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Pinellas County MPO
310 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727.464.8200
Fax: 727.464.8201

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News and Updates

arrow FDOT Presents Details of Gateway Express Project

arrow MPO Approves Gulfport Trails Plan

arrow Board Actions and Summary of April 9, 2014 MPO Meeting Portable Document Format file

arrow Study Addresses Transportation Challenges of Elderly and Disabled

arrow Bicycle and Pedestrian Committees Consolidate

arrow MPO Approves Road Naming Standard

arrow FDOT Reports Sharp Decline in Pinellas Traffic Fatalities

arrow MPO Approves Preferred Alignment for Tri-County Trail

 


 

arrow FDOT Presents Details of Gateway Express Project

As announced by Governor Scott in February, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has advanced the construction of the "Gateway Express Project" to 2017, accelerating implementation by several years. The project includes construction of an elevated toll road from I-275 to the Bayside Bridge and from I-275 to US Highway 19.gatewayproject At the April 9 MPO meeting, FDOT Director of Transportation Development Debbie Hunt presented details on the project as well as an overview of the agency's managed lane projects in the region. To view the presentation, select heregatewayproject.

 

 

arrow MPO Approves Gulfport Trails Plan

Plans for 3.6 miles of trails in the City of Gulfport were approved by the MPO at their meeting on April 9. The proposed Gulfport trailsFEamend will now be reflected in the MPO’s Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan Facilities Element, which will help in the City’s efforts totrail obtain grant funding to construct them.  

The Gulfport trails plan includes five phases intended to create a more welcoming environment for bicyclists and pedestrians within the city, connecting several points of interest including Tangerine Park, the City Pier and Clam Bayou Nature Park. The project is being developed in five phases described below. Implementation of most of the trail facilities will involve expanding existing sidewalks to 10-foot widths. Some sections will require on-street treatments.

  1. 55th Street South corridor from existing trail east of Boca Ciega High School to Gulfport Boulevard South, then through Clymer Park and within Beach Boulevard South corridor to 28th Avenue South.
  2. 26th Avenue South, 44th Street South, 27th Avenue South, 46th Street South, 29th Avenue South corridors from Skyway Trail in St. Petersburg to Gulfport Marina.
  3. 31st Avenue South and 54th Street South corridors from Gulfport Marina to City Pier.
  4. Shore Boulevard South corridor from City Pier to 58th Street South.
  5. “Extra” – 58th Street South corridor from Shore Boulevard South to 28th Avenue South.

A separate phase is planned that involves paving the beach parking lot and streetscape improvements along Shore Boulevard and 54th Street South from 31st Avenue South to Shore Boulevard.

 

 

arrow Study Addresses Transportation Challenges of Elderly and Disabled

Through the coordinated efforts of the Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas MPOs, a regional assessment of transportation issues facing the elderly, disabled and low tdincome residents of the Tampa Bay area was completed in January.   The Pinellas MPO approved the study and associated recommendations at their meeting on March 12.  The results of the study will be incorporated in the transportation disadvantaged service plans of the three counties and will be utilized to guide the selection of projects for funding under the Federal Transit Administration Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310).  Section 5310 funding supports projects that provide transportation to elderly and disabled citizens in cases where public transit is inadequate or inappropriate.  Recommendations resulting from the study included expanding fixed route bus service to areas where the targeted populations are not adequately served, providing more travel opportunities for social/quality of life purposes and increasing travel training services for the elderly and disabled who depend on local transit systems to meet their transportation needs. 

 

 

arrow Bicycle and Pedestrian Committees Consolidate

As the MPO continues to look for opportunities to improve the efficiency of its planning program, the board approved the adoption of new bylaws on March 12 that consolidate the Pedestrian Transportation Advisory Committee and Bicycle Advisory ptacCommittee.  The newly formed unified committee will now function as the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).  The BPAC will be a 21-member committee comprised of citizens, law enforcement officials and representatives of local governments, public agencies and the Safe Kids Coalition.  They will serve in an advisory capacity to the MPO addressing the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians throughout Pinellas County.  The committee will meet on the fourth Monday of every month, 8:30 am, 310 Court Street in Clearwater.  The first official BPAC meeting is March 24. All meetings are open to the public.  

 

 

arrow MPO Approves Road Naming Standard

“When the road is the same roadway and the names change it is confusing to both visitors and new residents alike.”  That was a recent comment received by the MPO keenefrom a citizen and it’s typical of the responses they’ve heard over the years on the issue of multi-named roadways. But the MPO's Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) has found a solution. It involves revising state and county road signs at the intersections to include the road numbers in addition to the names and address ranges.

The TCC recommendation was approved by the MPO at their monthly meeting on February 12.  In addition, the MPO approved an accompanying proposal to support the consistent location of ground mounted stand alone signs at the approaches to major road junctions.  Replacement of the intersection and mounted signs would occur during routine maintenance. The estimated unit cost to replace the intersection signs is $130.

The TCC recommendations were based on the efforts of the Multi-Named Roads Workgroup, which is comprised of planning and engineering staff members representing the cities of Largo, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Dunedin as well as Pinellas County and the MPO.   In October, 2013, The MPO approved the Working Group’s recommendation to rename 102nd Avenue North as Bryan Dairy Road west of Starkey Road. Implementation of the 102nd Avenue North renaming would occur after the intersection and road sign project is completed.

 

 

arrow FDOT Reports Sharp Decline in Pinellas Traffic Fatalities

According to Peter Hsu of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 7 Pedestrian Crossing signSafety Office, the roads were a little safer in Pinellas County last year, particularly for pedestrians and motorcyclists. Hsu spoke to the MPO at their February 12 meeting about the State’s latest crash figures.safety  He indicated there was a 33 percent reduction in pedestrian fatalities and a 39 percent reduction in motorcycle fatalities in Pinellas County from 2012 to 2013. These reductions contributed to an overall 3 percent reduction in statewide traffic fatalities in the same year.  He credited the reductions to a district-wide program focusing on engineering, enforcement and education strategies.  These included installation of audible vibratory pavement markings, rapid flashing beacons at midblock crosswalks, pedestrian countdown signals, roadway safety audits and follow-up improvements, an education outreach safety campaign and grant funds allocated to assist local police in the enforcement of pedestrian laws.

 

 

arrow MPO Approves Preferred Alignment for Tri-County Trail

The MPO took a major step forward in its efforts to increase the accessibility of the county's trail network in the region with the approval of a preferred alignment for the Tri-County Trail between Pinellas and Pasco countiesPortable Document Format file at their meeting on December 11.cypress head The alignment resulted from the findings of a studyPortable Document Format file conducted by URS Corporation in coordination with MPO staff members from Pasco and Pinellas counties, affected property owners and citizens. The Tri-County Trail alignment follows an easterly path along Keystone Road in northeast Pinellas County to the Duke power easement where it proceeds north to Pasco County. 

The trail connects to the Starkey Wilderness Park in Pasco County at its northern end and also provides a connection to the Brooker Creek Preserve located on the south side of Keystone Road. Pasco County has already allocated funding for its portion of the project, which is scheduled for construction in fiscal year (FY) 2016/17.  The Tri-County Trail is also part of the Florida Coast to Coast Connector Trail Link to external site which extends from Pinellas County to Titusville on the east coast.

 

 


arrowAbout the MPO

The Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning OrganizationPhoto of an MPO in session at Courthouse (MPO) was established in 1977 following the passage of the Federal Highway Act of 1974. The task of the MPO is to develop plans, policies and priorities that guide local decision making on transportation issues. Principal responsibilities include the development of a 20-year Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Portable Document Format file a five-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Portable Document Format file a two-year Unified Planning Work Program Portable Document Format file and related transportation planning studies and projects. For more on the role of MPOs, read MPO's: A Primer Portable Document Format file.

The MPO seeks to improve transportation in the county for all principal modes of travel, including mass transit, walking, and bicycling, as well as automobile. The MPO prioritizes capital improvements to address the county's travel needs and allocates federal funding to implement the projects as identified in the TIP and the LRTP.

arrow MPO Public Involvement Opportunities

The MPO places a high value on public involvement. Presentations are made to professional, civic and social groups. The MPO also participates in community-based public involvement events including public hearings, forums and community fairs.

One way to become involved in transportation planning is by making a brief presentation on an issue that deeply concerns you during the "Citizens to be Heard" segment of the MPO's monthly meeting. Another way is through participation on one of the MPO's advisory committees. Openings occur periodically, and you are encouraged to apply if you are interested and willing to make a time commitment.

For any questions or comments regarding the contents of this website, please email, mail or telephone the MPO using the contact information below.

CONTACT:
The Pinellas County MPO
310 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727.464.8200
Fax: 727.464.8201
mpo@pinellascounty.org

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