It looks like FAMU Way will begin its third phase in construction real soon. What was once just a notion derived from citizen feedback in 2010 is now an ongoing project that has completed the first and second phase this year. Construction of the third phase will begin in 2018 extending to Gamble road and Lake Bradford Road.
Phase one and two required reconstruction on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and extended FAMU Way to Pinellas Street.
Communications lead for the FAMU Way Extension, Carrie Poole said although the original aim was to assist traffic flow through the city, the project also generated significant community involvement.
“This project has been a very special and unique project in the way that is has been led by the community. From the very beginning folks were going door to door talking to folks and getting their feedback to determine where exactly the road was going to go,” said Poole.
After reaching out to Florida A&M University staff, residents in the area as well as students, one of the most common complaints was the ditch running throughout the nearby neighborhood.
“What we heard mostly from residents was get rid of that ditch, it’s not safe, it’s an eyesore and it divides our community in a way,” said Poole.
Christopher Flowers, a Tallahassee native said seeing positive changes in his hometown makes him proud.
“I’m proud not only because of the advancements in the city, but also because a roadway is named after my institution. It proves to be very helpful when added to my travel route, as it cuts down on time,” said Flowers.
Essentially the FAMU Way project helped connect the community while additionally placing amenities along the way. “As of right now there are three roundabouts but alongside it runs the capital cascade trail. You have a beautiful storm water pond and a playground along the newest section of Railroad Square which serves as a community gathering spot,” said Poole.
William Freeman, graduating senior at FAMU, said the construction of FAMU Way added value to the university and the city of Tallahassee.“I think it’s a good look for the university, it definitely minimizes the flow of traffic here. A lot of students use that road not only at my university but FSU students as well,” said Freeman.
Although the entire project won’t be completed until 2018 Poole is pleased on the overall progress. “It’s very exciting…Especially after spending a lot of time working with residents to ensure that this would create a project that they would be proud of,” said Poole.