The objective of this PD&E study is to evaluate Phase 1 of the Northeast Gateway. Phase 1 is an extension of four-lane Welaunee Boulevard from Fleischmann Road over I-10 and north to connect at an intersection with a two-lane extension of Shamrock Street South, east of Centerville Road.
Phase 2, which is not a part of this study and unfunded at this time, will evaluate the continuation of a four-lane Welaunee Boulevard from the Shamrock Street Extension north to connect to Roberts Road as well as extending the Shamrock Street Extension across Miccosukee Road to provide connection to Mahan Drive.
Purpose and Need
The purposed of the project is to improve regional mobility and enhance connectivity for motorized and non-motorized users. In addition, the Northeast Gateway will reduce traffic congestion on surrounding roadways resulting from existing, ongoing, and proposed development on adjacent properties.
The project is needed to provide an alternative route for existing users of Centerville and Miccosukee Roads—two scenic roadways that are locally protected and designated as Canopy Roads. Ongoing and proposed development of the 7,000-acre Welaunee Critical Area Plan, which is nearly entirely located between Centerville and Miccosukee Roads, will result in increased congestion on these two Canopy Roadways, should a new transportation facility not be developed. In addition, the project is anticipated to provide relief to US 319 (Thomasville Road) and US 90 (Mahan Drive)—the first phase of a new regional gateway into Tallahassee.