Complete FAMU Way Extension Project by 2024.
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Target: Complete FAMU Way Extension Project by 2024.
Current Performance: Completed. The FAMU Way extension officially opened April 30, 2021.
As the fifth largest historically black university in the nation, Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been a cornerstone of our community since the late 19th century. As the community and the university grew, there was a need in the early 2000s to enhance traffic flow around the university. Community meetings for this milestone project began in 2008 to address the need for an additional east-west corridor. This resulted in the FAMU Way Extension project, which is more than 10 years in the making. As plans progressed and the conversation continued with the community over the years, the project grew to be much more than just a road project. FAMU Way is a world class roadway and multi-use trail that provides a connection from Lake Bradford Road all the way to the Monroe Street corridor. This connection creates a parallel route to Gaines Street, routing traffic along the north side of FAMU creating a gateway into the campus.
The project transformed the existing roadway, which used to have a deep and dangerous ditch running alongside it, into a safe and reliable corridor for multiple modes of transportation. The first two phases included extending FAMU Way from Wahnish Way to Gamble Street and created three roundabouts, wide sidewalks, a multi-use trail, a community gathering place at Lake Anita, a playground, landscaping and more. Phase 3, the final phase of the project, extended the roadway from the Gamble Street roundabout to the intersection of Lake Bradford Road. The project includes a new roadway, enhanced landscaping, a wide sidewalk, and multi-use trail.
In 2021, FAMU Way finished construction and the entirety of the road opened for public use. This new roadway construction on FAMU Way support an efficient transit network with well-connected roads and sidewalks for neighborhood residents.
As an added public amenity, in the summer of 2022, the City completed the Skateable Art Park and Coal Chute Pond Trail along FAMU Way and adjacent to Railroad Square. The Skateable Art Park, designed with significant input from its users, provides a designated skating space for the community and includes the longest snake run in Florida. It accommodates all skill levels and park users as well as feature a unique 3D rattlesnake sculpture that pays homage to the FAMU Rattlers. The Coal Chute Pond Trail is a paved walking trail that goes around the pond and includes interactive musical instruments, water fountains, and phone charging stations.
Underground Utilities & Public Infrastructure. Last Updated: October 2022