Could see the end to center turn lane, add greenery along corridor
MANDEVILLE — The City Council is moving forward with a feasibility study for a Florida Street makeover that could see the end of the so-called “suicide turn lanes” and replace them with medians and u-turn lanes, similar to the improvements made to Highway 190 between I-12 and Covington a few years ago.
The council voted 5-0 tonight (July 8, 2021) to adopt Resolution No. 21-29 which authorizes Mayor Clay Madden to contract Neel-Schaffer Inc. to perform what is called a “Stage 0 (zero) Feasibility Study,” which is step two in the process.
The City of Mandeville had previously hired Forte and Tablada Inc. to develop a conceptual layout depicting a much-changed Florida Street (U.S. Highway 190) between Carondelet Street and Jackson Avenue.
The concept calls for the existing center turn lane to be replaced with grassy medians including left-turn lanes and u-turns to improved the safety and aesthetics along the heavily trafficked corridor.
Mayor Clay Madden highlighted the Florida Street project during his recent annual “Traffic Summit,” saying he is excited to get it moving.