Starting on Monday, February 7, South Castillo Drive will be the center of a long awaited pedestrian enhancement project that, when completed, will provide a safer, friendlier and more attractive environment for one of the city’s heaviest foot-traffic areas.
Expected to last approximately eight weeks, the enhancements include wider pedestrian crosswalks, new pedestrian signals and new lighting throughout. The affected area runs the length of South Castillo Drive from San Marco Avenue to Avenida Menendez.
One immediate area affected will be Fort Alley (click here for location), the walkway extending from St. George Street to South Castillo Drive and one of the area’s three crosswalks. Fort Alley will be closed to pedestrian traffic throughout the project with alternative routes clearly marked.
Vehicular traffic in the area will be affected intermittently during the project when the four lanes are reduced to two, but this work is planned to occur during the nighttime hours thus minimizing inconvenience.
Funding for the project was secured by Congressman John Mica after, during a visit to St. Augustine, he noticed the challenges many pedestrians had in the congested area lying between popular St. George Street and the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. Soon after that visit, he started the difficult task of securing the necessary support to make the necessary improvements.
To view preliminary construction plans, click here.
The city will provide periodic updates through the media regarding traffic interruptions. For more information about the project, contact Mark Knight, Planning and Building Director, at 904.825.1065.