Capital Circle Southwest (SR 263) Public Hearing – December 4, 2014
In progress. Following the Capital Circle Northwest Project the Blueprint 2000 team, working with its many governmental partners, began extensive improvements to the section of the corridor from Orange Avenue to U.S. 90. Termed the Capital Circle Northwest/Southwest Project, this 2.76-mile project includes expanding the two lane road to an attractive, safe, six-lane thoroughfare. The project includes enhanced medians, improved drainage and lush border landscaping. As with other Blueprint projects, the team has taken a holistic approach to corridor improvements including not only necessary capacity enhancements but also keeping in mind the safe transport of bicyclists and pedestrians as well.
Because of the environmental importance of Gum Swamp and the Bradford Brooks Chain of Lakes in the area of the project, extraordinary measures are being taken to control erosion and protect the ecologically sensitive wetlands along the corridor.Consistently applying a holistic approach to projects, the Blueprint team has once again created a plan for a major project that will reduce the impact of the project on important natural resources as well as reduce the potential for negative impacts on the environment. As part of the environmentally aware approach to the project, planners included wildlife crossings under the roadway and retaining walls in the Gump Swamp area. An existing box culvert at the crossing of Gum Creek is replaced by a 90-foot bridge accommodating the natural hydrological features of the creek.
An integral part of the environmental plan for the project includes a full regional approach to stormwater management and water quality enhancement. A total of 180 acres near Gum Swamp and along the corridor were purchased by Blueprint 2000 for wetland and floodplain mitigation. Because improvement of water quality is so important to Tallahassee residents, a complete and systemic treatment plan for stormwater runoff is part of the Capital Circle Northwest/Southwest project plans. Throughout the project parameters a total of seven stormwater ponds treat runoff from the 326-acre Bradford Brook Watershed. Additionally, Blueprint purchased the 115-acre Delta Industrial Park property and the 32.8-acre Broadmoor property. Both properties serve stormwater ponds and floodplain mitigation sites. Additionally, both parcels are potential park sites with the possibility of adding park amenities in the future. Since the 8.1-acre pond at the Broadmoor site is located within an area identified as Potential Greenways in the Tallahassee-Leon County Greenways Master Plan, connections have been developed to nearby trails within the Chain of Lakes Greenway. All properties purchased by Blueprint 2000 will be deeded to the City of Tallahassee after completion of the project. The City plans to use a 5-acre tract of the Broadmoor property for an electric substation, thereby improving service to city utility customers.