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Magnolia Drive Trail project resumes, road closures until next year

Some Tallahassee motorists can expect more road closures as part of their commute as Leon County resumes Phase 2 of the Magnolia Drive Trail Project.

The entire project, which officially launched in 2021, aims to “improve connectivity and improve safety” along the South Magnolia corridor from South Adams Street to Apalachee Parkway.

According to the province, additional goals include “modernizing landscaping to beautify the area, improving street lighting to improve pedestrian safety and converting underground electrical lines to increase resiliency during storms.”

The road closure and construction, which began May 8, will cover the portion of South Magnolia from Pontiac Drive to Diamond Street. The entire phase 2 will last until the end of 2025.

But that was interrupted by the May 10 storms and tornadoes, which left a trail of destruction through downtown Tallahassee, including the neighborhoods around that stretch of road.

Now motorists can once again anticipate detours that require them to navigate South Monroe Street or Blair Stone Road.

Here’s what we know so far:

What is included in the final phase of Magnolia Drive construction?

According to online data, Phase 2 includes:

  • Reconstruction of the roadway, including a 2.5 meter wide multi-use path on the south and east sides of the roadway.
  • A landscape buffer of 1.20 meters between the path and the roadway.
  • A sidewalk between Seminole Drive and Alban Avenue.
  • A new traffic light at Jim Lee Road and Magnolia Drive.
  • Water and sewer line improvements.
  • A closed rainwater drainage system on the south and east sides of the roadway.

The province has sent mailings to residents affected by the road closure. On their website, officials say that “residents along that section will have access to their driveways during construction.”

It adds: “Any disruption to access will be temporary and communicated by the contractor well in advance.”

Other phases have already been completed and once the second part is finished next year, the final phase will cover Diamond Street to Apalachee Parkway, which is currently under design.

Arianna Otero is the City Solutions Reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat. Contact her via email at [email protected] or on Twitter/X: @ari_v_otero.

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