Enhanced pedestrian crossings will be installed along Penman Road as the first step in an effort to improve bike/pedestrian safety at the Beaches.
The crossings, which will feature rapid flashing beacons, are planned to improve pedestrian safety along the busy north-south corridor while further roadway improvements are considered, according to Sam Mousa, chief administrative officer for the city of Jacksonville.
In a recent letter to Beaches officials, Mousa said the Jacksonville mayor’s office understands that the Beaches communities want to see improvements to the Penman Road corridor.
Beach cities sent resolutions to the county last month asking for a “complete street” concept for Penman Road to make it safer and better able to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists.
Mouse said Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry will include a new project in his proposed capital improvement budget for the upcoming fiscal year to facilitate a complete street study.
“The study would include services to determine corridor concepts, stormwater management needs, real estate acquisition needs and cost estimates for potential improvements,” Mousa said.
In addition, the study will consider bike and pedestrian improvements along identified corridors from Penman Road to the beach.
Mousa said the county’s public works department will be asked to discuss potential bike/pedestrian crossings on State Road A1A with state Department of Transportation officials.