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Group meets to create plan to address St. Augustine's traffic issues

Mobility task force will discuss transportation, parking, safety

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A local group is meeting for the first time Wednesday to create a city mobility plan to address St. Augustine's traffic issues.

The mobility task force will discuss transportation, parking and safety as the city continues to grow.

The city and a consultant team are working together to develop a plan that will improve the mobility of St. Augustine, meaning how traffic flows and where people can bike and walk. This task force is made up of 15 people who live and work in the community and have an interest in making it better.

The city already put $100,000 toward a consultant, LittleJohn. The task force can make recommendations to the consulting company, but citizens are also being asked for input.

The city said the first phase of this project will take until October. During that time, projects will be planned and eventually funded through St. Augustine. Along with the traffic issues, routes for hurricane evacuation and emergencies will be taken into the consideration, as well as problems with flooding throughout the city.

"St. Augustine is a little town with a lot of people, and so we have a lot of big city issues and especially when we have weather like we did this past weekend with Colin, major flooding, even if it's just high tide, we saw major flooding," mobility task force member Heather Neville said. "So what type of systems do we need to address hurricane evacuations?"

Below is a list of some of the topics that will be covered. The goal is to begin to start improving these areas of the city with the help of the task force and consultant:

  • Overall street network
  • Land use and urban design
  • Streetscapes
  • Parking
  • Transportation demand management
  • Capital improvements program

In addition to the public meeting Wednesday night, there will be an open house all day Thursday at City Hall for members of the community to drop in, ask questions and give input on what issues they believe need to be addressed.

The open house will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Alcazar Room at City Hall. Tap or click here for more information.