Although temporary, the new feature will enhance safety for pedestrians
Those who walk or drive along South St. will see something new in the coming days, something that has not been tried in St. Augustine, until now.
Pedestrians and vehicles have to share the roadway since there is no continuous sidewalk along South St., even though it is a primary route for vehicles traveling between Riberia St. and M.L. King Ave., St. George St. and Marine St. Pedestrians, forced to use the roadway, have simply had to do so carefully, and drivers have had to exercise extra caution and keep an eye out for pedestrians.
But in the next few weeks, South St. users will see a designated pedestrian lane beside the lanes for vehicles. The designated pedestrian lane will run along the north side of the street the full length from Riberia St. to Maria Sanchez Lake.
During the first week, the pedestrian lane will be delineated with traffic cones with striping set to start November 8. The pedestrian lane will be in place for a 60-day trial period after which evaluations will be made on the use and function of the street. Following that trial period, there will be consideration to installing a permanent sidewalk in place of the lane.
Pedestrian lanes, although new to St. Augustine, are common in other cities as a temporary accommodation for areas where a sidewalk may not be possible and yet pedestrian use is high. Initially there will be traffic cones marking the area so drivers will become familiar with the new lane, but it will eventually be stripped just like any other lane along the roadway.
For more information, contact the city’s Mobility office at 904.209.4211.