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Palmetto’s Old Main Street getting safer, friendlier
City leaders want to make Old Main Street, also known as 10th Avenue, safer and friendlier for everyone who visits the area. (Florida Department of Transportation)
PALMETTO – More improvements are coming to the city of Palmetto.
City leaders want to make Old Main Street, also known as 10th Avenue, safer and friendlier for everyone who visits the area.
So, they are preparing for a big makeover, which includes major changes for the long stretch of road from Riverside Drive to 17th Street.
City leaders want to make the road more user-friendly, so it’s easier to cross the street, walk to shops and bicycle around town.
“It will have a safer environment for people to come and visit this area and come to businesses on 10th,” said Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant.
Bryant said the Complete Street Project is a nationwide trend designed to make roads safer.
She said it’s being funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.
In addition to improving the streets and sidewalks, the project also includes landscaping, stormwater improvements and lighting, as well as reduced speed limits and improved parking.
Phase one of the project is expected to begin next year.
The remaining phases will not begin until 2021.
City leaders don’t want to make the changes on their own and are asking for the public’s help.
Two public meetings are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m.
The meetings will take place at Commission Chambers at City Hall, 516 8th Avenue West in Palmetto.