US-1 Beautification Projects
The first phase of the US-1 Streetscape project included 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 from the Melbourne City limits to the Malabar Town limits and pedestrian street lighting along the sidewalk along the bay were completed in 2013. The City and BCRA were 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 was completed in the Spring of 2013 and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on June 13, 2013. 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 is the installation of streetlights along the east side of US-1 from R.J. Conlan Boulevard to the south city limits with the Town of Malabar. A $906,757 Federal Highway Safety Grant was obtained for this phase of the beautification project along with a $108,811 grant form the Florida Department of Transportation for Construction Engineering Inspection (CEI) for the project. The project will consist of 108 total street lights. Twenty eight (28) of the streetlights around the bay area from Kirkland Road to Ridge Road will have decorative lights. City Council is scheduled to award the bid for the project at its September 4, 2014 meeting. Construction is anticipated to start by the end of the year and will take approximately 9 months to complete.
The third 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 will be after the Street Light project and is dependent on the availability of funds left over from the Street Lighting project.
Palm Bay Rd - Robert J. Conlan Blvd.
In partnership with the City's landscaping of Palm Bay Road and the Palm Bay Road - I-95 Interchange with the Florida Department of Transportation construction funds to widen Palm Bay Road from four lanes to six lanes, the BCRA helped to fund the Palm Bay Road - Robert J. Conlan Boulevard intersection. This intersection is a gateway to the Bayfront Community Redevelopment District and to the Harris Corporation campus. Work was completed in the Summer of 2013.
Main Street - Railroad Landscape Buffer
The BCRA funded the installation of a landscape buffer comprised of Sabal Palm and Wax Myrtle trees along the west side of the FEC Railroad tracks on the east side of Main Street from Hessey Avenue to Alexander Street. The buffer is part of the Tillman Neighborhood N.I.C.E. Program improvements. The cost of the buffer is $61,000.
Farview 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. In 2013 the fence at Victoria Park along the railroad right of way/drainage ditch was extended over the ditch after drainage pipes were installed. The Farview Neighborhood is the second neighborhood to take part in the City's N.I.C.E. Program.
Palm Bay Road Streetscape Plans
90% 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.
To view the Palm Bay Road conceptional streetscape plans click on the following: