Reconnecting the Castillo & the Bayfront
Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Grant

Conceptual Design Documents

Design Issues
2nd & 3rd Public Meetings
November 18 & 19, 2010

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Six Potential Alternatives
2nd & 3rd Public Meetings
November 18 & 19, 2010

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Other Documents
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Conceptual Designs
STEP 1: Design Issues - General

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In developing the conceptual plans for the “Reconnecting the Castillo & the Bayfront” project, there are a series of design issues that need to first be discussed.  A series of drawings (PDFs) explore these issues, which include the following:

Design Issues: Mobility Needs & Options

PDF drawing: Mobility Needs & Options

Mobility Needs & Options
This project is all about moving people...these transportation modes include vehicles, tour buses, trolley trams, horse carriages, bicycles, and pedestrians. Service vehicles are also important to consider.

Note that a variety of options / suggestions are noted for each mobility need.

Design Issues:
Crosswalk Locations & Castillo de San Marcos Parking Lot

PDF drawing: Crosswalk Locations & Castillo de San Marcos parking lot

Crosswalk Locations
The following items need to be taken into consideration for crosswalk locations: (1) pedestrian safety, (2) vehicular traffic flow, (3) proximity to destinations and direct connections, (4) wayfinding / signage / orientation, and (5) distance between crossings.  Note that some options maintain the existing crossings, while others shift the locations to more appropriate connection points.  Generally, most of the options shift the dangerous crosswalk at the S-curve where South Castillo Drive transitions into Avenida Menendez.

Castillo de San Marcos parking lot location
The current NPS master plan identifies reducing the existing parking area to become handicap-accessible only AND to accommodate trolley tram drop off / loading.  Parking lot placement should consider the following: (1) pedestrian safety, (2) accomodating ADA parking, (3) ingress / egress from South Castillo, and (4) trolley tram loading.

Design Issues:
Roadway Cross Sections - Number of Lanes & On-Street Parking

PDF drawing: Roadway Cross Sections (Number of Lanes, Parking)

Roadway Cross Sections – Number of Lanes
To improve traffic flow, the reduction of decision points and improving conflict areas are of critical importance.  For instance, decreasing the amount of times tourists and locals switch lanes to get around a horse carriage, reducing the conflicts when a car brakes to get into the Castillo de San Marcos parking lot, and creating capacity for the extensive queue area needed for the Bridge of Lions will all help vehicular traffic (among others) move more efficiently. 

There are a number of items to consider regarding the reduction of lanes: (1) the capacity needs to connect a two-lane bridge with a two-lane roadway (West Castillo / San Marco), (2) queuing space for the Bridge of Lions, (3) alternative transportation needs, including bicycles, (4) the limits of the existing right-of-ways (or proposed ROWs), and (5) improved uses for wasted roadway space in the current layout.

Roadway Cross Sections – On-Street Parking
On-street parking is also shown in a variety of scenarios, including keeping parking on both sides, eliminating the east parking, and eliminating all parking with the exception of loading and drop off areas along the west side of the roadway.  The following items should be considered: (1) parking needs, (2) delivery needs, and (3) drop off / loading of patrons and guests accessing the bayfront businesses.

Note that of all the parking along this corridor, the eastern spaces and horse carriage loading do not maximize the potential of the bayfront.  In fact, the parked vehicles often block views of the bayfront and make pedestrian crossings unsafe by hiding pedestrians from oncoming cars.  The west side is slightly different, as there is a need for delivery vehicles, restaurant patrons, and hotel guests to drop off / pick up goods and people at the adjacent businesses.

Whether some or all parking is maintained, pedestrian bulb-outs are recommended as they better define parking / loading zones and help to reduce the roadway crossing width for pedestrians.


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More Opportunties for Feedback

The City of St. Augustine and the Halback Design Group team would like to highlight that continual opportunities for public feedback are available:

Jeremy Marquis, LEED AP, Project Manager, Halback Design Group, Inc.
Phone: 904.825.6747; Email:

Public Meetings
January 10 - City Commission
February 14 - City Commission
March 14 - Fourth Public Meeting (Commission Workshop
April 11 - City Commission


Project Schedule
(Note New Dates)

Data Collection, Research, Assessment, Framework
July 26 – September 17
• Kickoff Meeting
• City Commission Meeting – August 23 - “Planning Kickoff & Project Update”
• Full Data Collection through Framework Plan
• First Public Meeting – Thursday. September 16 (evening)

Alternative Design Options
September 20 – January 24

• City Commission Meeting – October 11 - “Research Findings & Alternative Design Intro”
• Conceptual Designs
• Preferred Plans
• Second Public Meeting – Thursday, November 18 (evening)
• Third Public Meeting – Friday, November 19 (afternoon)
• PZB (January 4, 2011 @ 2pm)
• Parking & Traffic (January 13, 2011 @ 9am)
• Anastasia Boulevard business owners (January 13 @ 6:30pm, Alligator Farm education center)
• Historic Area Chamber of Commerce (January 14 @ 8:30am, Prosperity Bank community room)
• HARB (January 20, 2011 @ 2pm)
• City Commission Meeting - January 24, 2011 @ 5pm - "Four Alternative Plans & Kickoff of Final Master Plan"
• City Commission Meeting - February 14, 2011 @ 5pm - "Six Alternative Plans & Kickoff of Final Master Plan"

Final Master Plan, Preliminary Design & Engineering
January 24 – March 11

• Final Master Plan (based on preferred alternate), Modeling, Permit Requirements, etc.
• Meetings as needed.

Grant Application & Wrap Up Meetings
March 11 – March 28

• Meetings as needed.
• Commission Workshop - March 14 - Alternate 12A
• City Commission Meeting – April 11 - “Final Master Plan and Next Steps”

Note: This schedule is subject to change and is provided for informational purposes only.



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