Pinellas County, Florida awarded DRMP a project to design 3,500-LF of new sidewalk along Haines Bayshore Road from east of US 19 to Sunrise Boulevard. The project is intended to improve pedestrian safety by providing sidewalk connectivity along a heavily traversed corridor.
This high-profile project is located near Clearwater Central Catholic High School, the Duke Energy Trail and residential communities. The new sidewalk will impact existing ditch volumes and will require new storm sewer piping and agency permitting. The project included a 15% Line and Grade submittal to justify the proposed alignment. An ICPR Version 4 stormwater model was produced to show no adverse impacts with the filling & piping of various ditch segments. Permits were secured from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). An innovative drainage design was done to avoid impacts to major utilities. Public involvement included coordination with Clearwater Central Catholic High School and several homeowner associations and a public meeting. The design for this FDOT LAP funded project met federal ADA criteria.
The new sidewalk provides students a safe way to and from the local high school. The nearby neighborhoods benefit from the improvements from the ability to use the sidewalk as a multi-use recreational path with connectivity to the Duke Energy Trail. Throughout the project corridor, the roadway no longer has to be shared by motorists and pedestrians.
2019 APWA West Coast Branch Transportation Project of the Year