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Pinellas County transportation leaders want to 're-purpose' 34th Street

34th Street re-purposing
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Posted at 3:36 AM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 04:41:42-04

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Transportation leaders in Pinellas County are holding a public hearing to discuss re-purposing a portion of 34th street.

Leaders want to use the outside lanes of 34th Street from 22nd Avenue South of 54th Avenue South for bus use and business access.

The construction wouldn't start, if approved, until 2022 during a planned resurfacing project.

34th Street and Central Town Center Plan Survey

The resurfacing project would add 6-10 foot sidewalks on both sides of the road and enhanced pedestrian crosswalks.

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"The corridor traverses the center of the Skyway Marina District and this project follows the goals of the Skyway Marina District Plan to create a safe, walk-able and economically vibrant community," says Forward Pinellas in a Facebook post.

In a September 2018 study, Forward Pinellas said lane reduction would promote lower speeds, multi-modal uses and decrease crashes.

590 crashes occurred in that area from 2013-2017.

You can read more about Forward Pinellas' 34th Street plans by clicking here.

To learn more about the April 4 public hearing, which will take place at the Suncoast Hospice at 6 p.m., click here.