East Corridor Project US 98 / CR 30A beautification and Safety improvements
Goal and Scope The goal of our committee is to create a safe and beautiful infrastructure made up of intertwined residential and commercial elements with lighted pedestrian walkways, bicycle paths and an awe-inspiring landscape. This will be the “Gateway” to South Walton County and a model for our community and many other communities in Northwest Florida. The following items are the top priorities of our committee: • Safety • Beautification • Maximization of the multi-modal aspect of the roadways Geographic Scope of the project • US 98 from WatersoundParkway to the Walton-Bay County Line • CR 30A from Rosemary Beach East to US 98
Project Elements • Reduction of Speed Limit on US 98 • Median and ROW Landscaping and Lighting • Inter-connected and Safe Pedestrian-friendly Sidewalks • Inter-connected and Safe Bike Paths • Safe Pedestrian and Cyclist-friendly Access Crossing US 98 • Undergrounding of Utilities • Aesthetic Improvement of Existing Developments
Need for the Project *Pedestrian crossing 98 struck by vehicle 5/31/14
Design 30A / 98 Intersection Pedestrian Bridge
Plant Materials Eastern Section Muhly Grass Sabal Palm Tree Form Ligustrum Medjool Palm Russian Sage Sand Live Oak Dwarf Yaupon Crepe Myrtle Imperial Blue Plumbago Pindo Palm Saw Palmetto
Plant Materials Western Section Muhly Grass Saw Cordgrass Sand Live Oak Bermuda Turf Grass (all sections) Saw Palmetto
Multi-use Path Design Example - Buffer from Roadway Example - Instructional Signage Example – Multiple Uses * Our current proposed design calls for a 10-foot wide path with a wider section for pedestrians than for cyclists on both sides of the roadway. Paths shown here are examples and may or may not depict those characteristics.
Project Status and Funding Needs • Awaiting FDOT response to request to reduce speed limit on US 98 • FDOT comments on landscape design and path location due 6/16/14 • Cost to light multi-use paths TBD based on FDOT comments • Estimate from Gulf Power on cost to underground utilities due 6/30/14 • Aesthetic improvement of existing developments currently underway • Pedestrian bridge design to be submitted to FDOT 6/13/14 for comments • Current cost estimates: Plantings $ 809,000 Irrigation $ 350,000 (Will decrease if borings exist and St. Joe can provide reclaimed water) Multi-use Paths $ ???,??? Landscape Lighting $ ??,??? Pedestrian Bridge $ 1,450,000 Total $ ?,???,???