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News and Updates

  • The city of Clearwater is asking for the public’s help with developing a concept plan for improving Ft. Harrison Avenue for all users. 
  • The city of Clearwater and Forward Pinellas received a commitment from FDOT to move forward with the next steps for Complete Drew Street (from Osceola Avenue to US 19). While only a portion of Drew Street is part of the state highway system, FDOT agreed to develop a Corridor Action Plan (CAP) for the entire corridor. The CAP will identify safety improvements, prepare preliminary design options, develop cost estimates and recommend an implementation schedule. A preliminary scope of work is anticipated from FDOT in Spring 2020.

What are Complete Streets?

Streets are a vital part of livable, attractive communities. Everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, race or ethnicity, ought to have safe, comfortable and convenient access to community destinations and public places -- whether walking, driving, bicycling or taking public transportation. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) supports Complete Streets, adopting a statewide Complete Streets Policy and Implementation Plan, and integrating Complete Streets techniques into the 2018 FDOT Design Manual.

Complete Streets Implementation Plan -- Make Clearwater's Streets Safer and Friendlier for All People

The Citywide Complete Streets Implementation Plan (which can be viewed here) strives to achieve active, safe streets guided by an understanding of the relationship between surrounding land uses and street types in order to design streets and provide a transportation system that meets the mobility needs of people who use it. The plan also supports prioritization of transportation improvements in conjunction with development efforts.

                          

                         

Fort Harrison Avenue Complete Streets Study

The city kicked off its latest Complete Streets concept planning efforts in September 2019, studying the Fort Harrison Avenue corridor from Belleair Boulevard to the south to the merge with Myrtle Avenue/Alt. 19 to the north. The project connects three major destinations, Morton Plant Hospital Campus, Downtown and the future Imagine Clearwater waterfront redevelopment, and the North Marina Area. The city’s primary goal is to develop a Complete Streets Concept Plan that will enhance safety, mobility, and accessibility while also considering the land use contexts and character surrounding the corridor.

A Project Visioning Team (PVT) of representatives of neighborhoods and businesses near the corridor, as well as city and other agencies’ staff, will meet during the project to discuss various aspects of the corridor and provide guidance to the city’s project team as it formulates recommendations and concepts for City Council’s consideration.

Complete Drew Street 

The city of Clearwater received funding assistance through the Forward Pinellas Complete Streets Program to develop a Complete Streets Concept Plan for Drew Street from North Osceola Avenue to US Highway 19. City council approved the preferred Complete Streets scenarios for the Drew Street project area in September 2018. To view the approved plan, which includes scenarios for the different segments, click here.

Click here to view a short video showing some of the personal experiences and concerns from Drew Street residents, schools, and business owners.

News Coverage for Complete Drew Street

  • ABC Action News covered the Citywide Complete Streets efforts. View the news story here.
  • Spectrum Bay News 9 traffic reporter Chuck Henson covered the Citywide Complete Streets Implementation Plan. View the news story here.
  • Bay News 9 covered the plans for Drew Street. Watch the Bay News 9 coverage here.
  • ABC Action News covered the Complete Drew Street project and the city council work session. Watch the ABC Action News coverage here.

For Additional Information about the Complete Streets Projects and Programs

Contact the city of Clearwater's Planning and Development Department, at (727) 562-4567.