Leon County Commissioners heard a status update on the widening of Crawfordville Road (US 319) to the Wakulla County line during the Tuesday, September 14, 2021, meeting.
During a meeting on May 11, 2021, the Board requested an update concerning the Crawfordville Road (US 319) widening project from south of the merging point of Crawfordville Road and Wakulla Springs Road to the Leon County/Wakulla County line. This segment of Crawfordville Road is approximately 3.3 miles and functionally classified as a Rural Principal Arterial Road located on the south side of Leon County.
Crawfordville Road is maintained by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). FDOT conducted a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study between 1998 and 2003. The study resulted in a recommendation for widening the road to accommodate the high average daily traffic volume, which is approximately 12,900 vehicles a day.
The Crawfordville Road project in Leon County consists of two segments for widening. The first segment is from L. L. Wallace Road to the south of State Road 61, approximately 1.61 miles. The second segment is from the Wakulla County line to L.L. Wallace Road, about 1.693 miles.
After the PD&E Study, the project continued to the preliminary engineering phase and reached 60% design completion. However, due to a lack of funding, the final design has not been completed. The estimated project costs in present value are summarized in the chart below.
Crawfordville Road Widening Project Costs
Although funding for the Crawfordville Road widening project is not included in the current FDOT five-year program, the FDOT has prioritized these segments for resurfacing. The design for the resurfacing project is 60% complete, and bids for construction will occur in summer 2022.
The Crawfordville Road project is ranked ninth on the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency’s (CRTPA) priority list. The CRTPA ranks projects annually for which the agency is seeking transportation funding.
Should the Board wish to advance the Crawfordville Road widening project, the Board may request the CRTPA consider moving the project up the priority list as part of the annual review and approval process. Alternatively, the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency (IA) Board may direct Blueprint staff to provide an agenda item with an analysis of funding and financing options and the process for adding the Crawfordville project to the Blueprint list.