After receiving public input and reviewing a traffic analysis, the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency voted to amend the Northeast Gateway project at their December 12th meeting. The vote accepted a staff recommendation that will create a new two-lane roadway that will run through Welaunee Plantation.
The project has been the focus of numerous discussions between government and community leaders since the kick-off meeting in March.
The staff provided a traffic and cost analysis for five roadway corridors for the project. The five corridors were evaluated against the project purpose to improve mobility, enhance connectivity, and reduce transportation pressures on surrounding roadways across Northeast Tallahassee and Leon County.
Also, additional considerations were given to preliminary cost, neighborhood traffic analysis, current and future land use, economic development expectations, new interstate access, and public input. For example, collaboration with Killearn Homes Association (KHA) resulted in consensus over the traffic modeling inputs and results.
Based on the analysis, the staff recommendation is the combined extension of Welaunee Boulevard to Roberts Road and Shamrock Street. The construction cost estimate for the project is $42 million.
Staff noted that recommendation meets the following conditions:
- Best meets the project purpose to relieve traffic pressures on arterial roads from existing, ongoing, and future development
- Best provides relief to community collector roads at all study years
- Maximizes economic benefit of new road construction and future land uses
- Best opportunity for potential new interchange
- Best connectivity
- Maximized opportunity for leveraging State funds for Welaunee Boulevard construction
- Endorsed by KHA on two conditions: full funding of the project and that Roberts Road open first