Progress continues to be made on the Weems PASS project, as crews work hard to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible. Much of the current work taking place is underground. Since this progress can be hard to see, we wanted to provide area residents and businesses with an update about a few of the things that have been accomplished within the last two months.
- Completed construction of stormwater enhancements between Tavistock Drive and Mahan Drive, which includes over 1,400 linear feet of new pipe.
- Constructed the eastern half of the roadway between Tavistock Drive and Mahan Drive.
- Installed over half of the multi-use trail.
- Continued construction of the foundation for the new bridge.
- Upgraded sewer lines throughout the corridor.
Beginning Monday, January 27, the traffic pattern will change along Weems Road to allow for construction within the center of the roadway. Traffic will be “split” to either side of the roadway and all businesses will maintain access. During this time, left turns will be limited in certain areas, so vehicles may need to use the roundabout to do a U-turn as a temporary alternative during construction. As always, thank you for your patience as we improve the utility and transportation infrastructure along Weems Road. More information about the project is available at Talgov.com/Weems.
Weems PASS Project Progress
Weems Update October 23, 2019: Eliza Roundabout to Open Monday
Crews are making great progress on the Weems Road Pedestrian and Street Safety (PASS) project. Starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, the roundabout at the Eliza Road intersection will be open to traffic. Crews will continue working on landscaping and other finishing touches in and around the roundabout, so please use caution when traveling in the area. South of the roundabout, Weems Road will remain closed to through traffic
Starting on Monday, motorists can expect a lane shift north of the roundabout (Mahan side), which will last 3-4 months. A temporary lane is being constructed to allow two-way traffic to be maintained as crews complete roadway reconstruction and the installation of new underground utilities in the area. During this phase of construction, residents accessing the Weems Plantation neighborhood will need to use Dartmouth Drive, as construction will prevent access from Tavistock Drive.
Work also continues south of the roundabout near the railroad tracks. Crews are removing the existing stormwater outfall structure in preparation for installation of a new bridge to alleviate flooding in the area. Bridge work is anticipated to begin in December.
We will continue to provide updates as this project moves forward and appreciate the patience of area residents and businesses as we work to improve the Weems Road corridor. Visit Talgov.com/Weems for more information or email Weems@Talgov.com if you have a specific question about the project.
Update: June 19, 2019:
The City of Tallahassee recently began construction on Phase 2 of the Weems Pedestrian and Street Safety (PASS) project. This infrastructure project includes building a sidewalk on the west side of the road and a 12-foot-wide multi-use trail on the east side of the road from the railroad tracks to Mahan Drive. Additionally, the project includes water and sewer enhancements, the construction of a new bridge structure at the outfall of the existing stormwater facility and a roundabout at the intersection of Weems Road and Eliza Road. Phase 1 was completed in 2012 and included the construction of a new roundabout at Weems Road and Easterwood Drive, as well as enhancements along Weems Road from Easterwood Drive to the railroad tracks.
Starting on Tuesday, June 25, Weems Road will be closed to thru traffic. The first phase of construction includes building a new roundabout at the intersection of Eliza Road/Dartmouth Drive and Weems Road, necessitating the closure. During this time, residents in the Weems Plantation neighborhood will be directed to use Tavistock Drive to enter/exit the neighborhood. Every effort is being made to maintain local access to businesses and residences in the area. Once crews begin construction on the roadway enhancements north of the new roundabout, they will construct a temporary lane on the west side of Weems Road to allow two-way traffic to continue north of the closure all the way to Mahan Drive.
Work to build the new bridge just north of the railroad tracks is anticipated to begin later this fall, at which time the road closure will be extended to that location.
This project is anticipated to be complete by late 2020.
As construction progresses, information will continue to be added to the project website. For more details and to sign up to receive future email updates on this project, visit Talgov.com/Weems.
Update: December 13, 2018:
The City will have all the necessary easements from properties along Weems Road by the first of the year at which time the project manager plans to bid the construction…stay tuned.
Update: February 8, 2018
City Commission elected leaders approved a resolution authorizing the Mayor of Tallahassee to execute an agreement with FDOT for $1 million in funds for the Weems Road extension.
The project is intended to relieve congestion at the state-maintained intersection of Capital Circle NE and Mahan Drive.
The road improvement will allow those travelling north on Weems road to cross over Mahan and travel to Capital Circle NE via the extension which is located behind the retail center that includes Academy Sports and Publix.
On Monday, June 12th, City Engineers held an Open House with their proposed plan to improve Weems Road between Mahan and the railroad tracks. If you care to submit your comments, please submit via the comment form below (or via print version – click here) and return via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 850-765-4353, or mail to Weems HOA, 7113-2 Beech Ridge Trail, Tallahassee, 32312. Once we have gathered the forms, we will request a neighborhood meeting, with the city, at either the park or gazebo on a Saturday morning, to answer any questions you may have; so, please send them back no later than July 7, 2017.
Weems Road Phase 2 Improvements – Comment Form
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Weems Road Phase II Project
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will there be a sidewalk on both sides of Weems Rd?
- There will be a 5/6’ sidewalk on the west side of the roadway from the sewer pumping station to Mahan
- There will be a 12’ wide trail on the east side of the roadway from the railroad tracks to Mahan
2. Will there be a left (Heading North on Weems) turn lane to Acadian?
- There will be a northbound left turn into the back entrance of the shopping center across from Acadian.
- There will be a southbound left turn into Acadian as well.
- The length of the northbound right turn lane onto Acadian has been extended.
3. What are the Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) plans during construction, especially during peak traffic hours?
- The roadway will be open for local traffic only throughout the duration of construction which is estimated to be 12-14 months.
- The Weems Pond outflow and stream crossing will closed for the entirety of the project.
- There will be a bridge constructed at the pond outfall location just north of the rail road tracks.
4. When is construction scheduled to start?
- Construction looks as if it will begin in summer of 2018 with the possibility of utility work beginning prior to the roadway work.
5. How long is construction scheduled to take?
- Construction is currently anticipated to last approximately 14-16 months.
6. Will the city need to purchase any property, and on which side of Weems Rd?
- The City will need easements, both temporary and a few permanent on both sides of Weems Road. Additional right-of-way will be required to construct the roundabout.
7. Does part of the project include raising Weems Rd between the railroad tracks and the water treatment plant? For water capacity underneath road.
- The project is still under design, currently the roadway will be raised approximately 5’ via the construction of a bridge.
8. What will happen with the current culvert system?
- The Current culverts will be replaced with a bridge.
9. Does the project include installation of new street lights, and where?
- At this time there is not a plan to change the lighting along Weems Road. City Electric will evaluate the lighting along Weems and adjust accordingly for the new improvements.