‘Completing’ Plant City’s Collins Street

PlantCity_CollinsStreet_conceptmapBack in 2000, the Florida Department of Transportation agreed to divert traffic around Plant City’s historic district by relocating the State Road 39/ I-4 interchange to Alexander Street and creating a new bypass for SR 39 north of I-4. The bypass project is now being built and scheduled for completion in 2014. Once completed, FDOT will transfer the portion of SR 39 from Alexander Street to Knights-Griffin Road, also known as Collins Street (and a portion of Redman Parkway), to the City’s ownership.

Plant City asked the MPO to help develop a ‘complete street’ concept plan for the two-mile segment of SR 39 from Alexander Street to Reynolds Street. Today, this segment of SR 39 varies from two to four lanes and serves a wide variety of neighborhoods, shopping centers and businesses, some of which are vacant or under-utilized. The concept plan will also help to promote the City’s Midtown Redevelopment Vision Plan, as well as its historic downtown.

The plan will address opportunities and constraints, focusing on a themed design and integrated streetscape concept. A ‘complete street’ serves all users – motorists, bicyclists, walkers and people with mobility impairments. Improvements adding to the ‘streetmosphere’ could include:

  •  Plenty of decorative street lighting
  • Trees and landscaping to provide shade and interest while encouraging traffic speed reduction
  • Intersection improvements, additional sidewalks, and highly-visible decorative crosswalks
  • On-street parking and bulb outs
  • Reconfigured lanes to accommodate both bicyclists and on-street parkers
  • Themed signage and street furniture

The concept plan will be presented to the public in August and to the Plant City City Commission this Fall. For more information, contact Lisa Silva at 813/273-3774 x329 or silval@plancom.org.