CLEARWATER, Fla. — The city of Clearwater has targeted several streets for a major overhaul.
- Complete Streets Program making streets safer
- Effort started about 20 years ago
- LINK: Residents asked to take part in survey
The effort is called the Complete Streets Program.
"They're about making streets safer for all users of all ages and all abilities," said Ric Hartman, senior transportation planner for the city.
It started about 20 years ago with something as simple as wheelchair access to curbs.
Today, complete streets encompass a wide variety of safety and functional priorities.
"There's so much interest and investment going on in infrastructure and roads and just improving the quality of life," Hartman said. "And it's all part of trying to redevelop our communities into active economic growth opportunities."
Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater is a perfect example of a Complete Streets Project.
A curve in the road is called a chicane. It slows down the traffic and created what is essentially a circle in the middle of the roadway. That circle then becomes part of a beautification project, and also serves as a pedestrian refuge island that lets people who want to cross the street do so in a safe space before heading over to the other side.
Drew Street has been identified as one of the streets in need of renovation.
Currently, a group of cyclists comes to a break in the Pinellas Trial, then rides diagonally across all lanes to rejoin the path. A change would keep those riders in their own safe space.
Making Clearwater easier to navigate for those on four wheels, two wheels or two feet is the ultimate goal.
City officials are asking residents to give opinions on the project. Here is a link to the survey.