Herschel Street/St. Johns Avenue Improvement Project begins in early January

The Florida Department of Transportation begins construction on intersection improvements along St. Johns Avenue (State Road 211) from Herschel Street to Canterbury Street in early January of 2022, weather and schedule permitting, according to a recent press inquiry about the timeline. The FDOT hosted its final public open house to discuss proposed changes to the roadway, medians and striping on State Road 211, the open house was hosted online, by phone and in person, for anyone wishing to take part Dec. 8.

Proposed improvement include replacing two signalized intersections in the area with roundabouts on Herschel Street at Geraldine Drive and at St. Johns Avenue. To complete construction of these two roundabouts, some changes are proposed including eliminating the left turn from Herschel Street southbound to Woodmere Drive, eliminating the left turn from Geraldine Drive to Herschel Street and through movement to St. Johns Avenue, and eliminating left turns and through movements from Woodmere Drive.

The proposed design also requires the closure or modification of driveways in FDOT right-of-way. Two driveways on the north side of St. Johns Avenue in front of St. Johns Food Store and St. Johns Flower Market will be modified. One driveway in front of St. Johns Properties and Casablanca Day Spa will be closed. One driveway on Herschel Street in front of St. Johns Plaza and Harps Restaurant will be modified. The east driveway on Geraldine Drive in front of Ray Hardware will become right in/right out. The driveway in front of Herschel Animal Clinic will be modified.

Other improvements include new parking over Fishweir Bridge, sidewalk updates and new signage. The project is expected to be complete by Summer 2022 and will cost $1.2 million. FDOT selected American Lighting and Signalization LLC to complete the project.

FDOT began to consider changes several years ago to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety in the area. RAP facilitated multiple meetings with FDOT, Fishweir Elementary School parents, neighbors and other stakeholders.

The FDOT plan was first presented at a public hearing in early 2020. On July 15, 2021, FDOT hosted an information session for the public.

Herschel Street/St. Johns Avenue Improvement Project map
Herschel Street/St. Johns Avenue Improvement Project
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