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FDOT: Pedestrian-Friendly Upgrades Needed On St. Augustine's Anastasia Blvd.

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Florida Department of Transportation

A busy St. Augustine boulevard needs upgrades to make it more pedestrian friendly. That’s the conclusion the Florida Department of Transportation reached after a safety study. The results were presented Wednesday at St. Augustine City Hall.

Surveyors walked Anastasia Boulevard from the Bridge of Lions to just past the Alligator Farm. It’s a highly-traveled section of State Road A1A.

Among the issues listed, inspectors found:

  • many crosswalk markings to be faded or missing.
  • sidewalks and ramps covered in dirt, plants and debris
  •  several broken or uneven sidewalks.

The report also recommends installing bike lanes on the stretch of road the next time it’s resurfaced.

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP