US-1 Beautification Projects
The US-1 Streetscape project will include the first phase of a sidewalk along the east side of U.S.-1 from Kirkland Road to Ridge Road, the landscaping of selected medians, and pedestrian street lighting. The City and BCRA have been awarded a $650,000 National Scenic Byway Grant to assist the BCRA in the construction of the project. To see a copy of the US-1 sidewalk, lighting, and landscaping design plans please click on the highlighted words "US-1 Streetscaping" at the beginning of the paragraph. Construction is slated to begin in the summer of 2012. To see an aerial plan of the "Baywalk" portion of the sidewalk please click on the following: Baywalk Aerial Plan
The second phase of the US-1 Beautification project involves extending the first phase sidewalk along the east side of US-1 from Ridge Road to Port Malabar Boulevard. A pedestrian crosswalk will be installed at Port Malabar Boulevard. This phase of the sidewalk will include bridge crossings over three (3) drainage flumes. A $150,000 National Scenic Byway Grant was obtained for this project. Construction is planned in late 2012.
The third phase of the US-1 Beautification is the installation of decorative streetlights along the east side of US-1 from R.J. Conlan Boulevard to the south city limits with the Town of Malabar. A $788,000 Federal Highway Safety Grant was obtained for this phase of the beautification project. Installation of the lights is anticipated to begin in late 2013, early 2014.
Palm Bay Rd - Robert J. Conlan Blvd. Intersection Landscaping
In partnership with the City’s landscaping of Palm Bay Road with Florida Department of Transportation construction funds to widen Palm Bay Road from four lanes to six lanes, the BCRA will provide $75,000 to enhance the Palm Bay Road – Robert J. Conlan Boulevard intersection. This intersection is the gateway to the Bayfront Community Redevelopment District and to the Harris Corporation campus.
Main Street - Railroad Landscape Buffer
A contract has been awarded for LSP Nursery, Inc. to install a landscape buffer comprised of Sabal Palm and Wax Myrtle trees between the F.E.C. Railroad tracks and the Main Street drainage improvements between Hessey Avenue and Alexander Street. The buffer is part of the Tillman Neighborhood N.I.C.E. Program improvements. The cost of the buffer is $61,000.
Fairview Subdivision N.I.C.E. Program Improvements
Potable water lines in the Farview Neighborhood were upgraded from 2 inch lines to 6 inch lines with BCRA funds. The work was completed in May, 2012. Drainage improvements were made at the south end of Shenandoah Road and at the Spence Drive and Clinton Drive intersections with Shenandoah Road in 2012. Future projects in the neighborhood include reconstructing the broken sidewalk along the south side of Victoria Drive and extending the fence at Victoria Park along the railroad right of way/drainage ditch. The Farview Neighborhood is the second neighborhood to take part in the City's N.I.C.E. Program.
Palm Bay Road Streetscape Plans
30% drainage and design plans for Palm Bay Road between US-1 and Robert J. Conlan Boulevard have been completed by the Wade Trim, Inc. consulting firm. The plans incorporate entryway features at US-1, a roundabout at Main Street, sidewalks and pedestrian cross walks, on-street parking at certain locations, L.E.D. street lighting and landscaping. The BCRA has contracted with the Wade Trim Engineering Consulting firm to draft 100% design plans for the entire stretch of Palm Bay Road in the Bayfront Community Redevelopment District from Robert J. Conlan Boulevard to US-1. There is no funding for construction at this time. The BCRA and City will try to obtain funding from grants or possibly issue a bond in the future to pay for the improvements.