Complete Streets Improvement Projects Proposed in Hollywood
Welcoming, Accessible Complete Streets
City of Hollywood founder Joseph Young envisioned a "Dream City" on the Atlantic with bustling, tree-lined, pedestrian friendly corridors that criss-crossed their way to the Everglades. That vision is being reimagined for the 21st Century as "Complete Streets" - corridors designed and planned to accommodate all forms of transit with a focus on safety, convenience and comfort for people of all ages and abilities.
In Hollywood, key commercial corridors throughout the City will be rebuilt on the Complete Streets model, enhancing safety and convenience for walkers, cyclists, motorists and those using public transit or making deliveries.
Complete Streets Improvement Project locations proposed for the City include:
- Hollywood Boulevard from Dixie Highway to City Hall
- The FEC Corridor Greenway (Dixie Highway and 21st Avenue) from Pembroke Road to Sheridan Street
- Tyler Street from Young Circle to Dixie Highway
- A1A from Hollywood Boulevard to Sheridan Street
- Federal Highway from Pembroke Road to Sheridan Street
- State Road 7 from Pembroke Road to Atlanta Street
- Johnson Street from the C10 canal to US-1
- Johnson Street from 56th Avenue to 64th Avenue
Hollywood Boulevard "Complete Streets" Improvement Project
In May 2013, the City successfully applied for a grant from the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for a "Complete Streets" project along Hollywood Boulevard from City Hall to Dixie Highway. The City was awarded a grant for approximately $6.8 million with the caveat that the design incorporates "Complete Streets" guidelines. The design schedule was from 2014-2015 with construction scheduled to take place in 2017-2018. This project will be Broward County MPO's flagship project which will serve as a model for future County "Complete Streets" endeavors.
A summary of improvements that the plan proposes for this area is as follows:
- New paving, striping and surface drainage configuration
- New colored concrete walks
- New pedestrian cross walks with center refuge median and center walkway spline
- New 5-foot wide bike lanes with buffer zone
- New pedestrian scale lighting
- New ornamental plantings along the corridor (trees, palms, flowering shrubs and groundcover)
- New site furnishings including functional public art
- New American with Disabilities Act-compliant (ADA) parking spaces and accessible ways
- New ornamental shade structures at crosswalks
- Safer parking configuration
Walkable, Livable Community
Hollywood, through its Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), is using the Complete Streets design guidelines to reinvigorate important entranceways into the City and spark commercial redevelopment. Projects include pedestrian friendly sidewalks, bike lanes, and right-of-way improvements along State Road A1A from Sheridan Street to Arizona Street and along US-1.
From Obstacle to Opportunity
The Florida Department of Transportation's project to improve the US-441/State Road 7 corridor required multiple dry retention areas along the roadway. The City, working with FDOT and the MPO, developed a plan to reansform those spaces into a roadside linear park featuring decorative, landscaped buffered sidewalks and flowing shade trees. Amenities such as benches, picnic areas, playgrounds exercise equipment, enhances lighting, bicycle lanes and bus bays will make this a distinctive, visually appealing throughfare that is safer for pedestrians, residents and motorists alike.
What is a Complete Street?
A Complete Street is a roadway planned and designed for safe, convenient and comfortable use by people of all ages and abilities. These streets allow safe travel for walking, bicycling, driving, public transportation and deliveries.
What does a Complete Street include?
Some elements of a Complete Street can include buffered bike lanes, bulb-outs with ornamental plantings, median crossing refuge, shortened distances for clearly-marked crosswalks, pedestrian scale lighting, traffic calming circles/roundabouts, median islands, on-street parking, shade trees, bus shelters, and other pedestrian amenities such as benches and wider sidewalks.
What are the benefits of a Complete Street?
Complete Streets make economic sense; they encourage patronage through usable connections between residences, schools, parks, public transportation, offices, and retail destinations. They improve safety by allowing people to move more safely and easily within corridors and can reduce pedestrian risk by 28 percent thus promoting walkability. Other benefits can include calming traffic speeds, increasing property values, environmental benefits and opportunities for stormwater treatment for use in rain gardens or irrigation, etc. Aside from these important benefits, they also help to beautify areas in which they are constructed and enhance the quality of life of those who live and work within the area, thus strengthening the conditions and environment that allows an area to evolve and thrive.
Federal Highway "Complete Streets" project renderings
Johnson Street "Complete Streets" project rendering
Hollywood Boulevard "Complete Streets" project renderings (click on a rendering to enlarge. Adobe Reader required).
View from 24th Avenue
View from Doris
Overhead SEC Crosswalk
Hollywood Blvd. Section A
Hollywood Blvd. Section B
Hollywood Blvd. Section C
Hollywood Blvd. Section D
US-441/State Road 7 from Hollywood Boulevard north to Johnson Street