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Blueprint Board To Vote On Moving Northeast Gateway Project Forward

A sign that says "construction traffic" sits in front of a row of houses.
Valerie Crowder
The Welaunee Boulevard extension would connect Canopy and the surrounding subdivisions to Tallahassee's northeast.

Tallahassee and Leon County elected officials will decide Tuesday evening whether to move forward with a proposed roadway extension through the northeast part of town.

The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Board will vote on the Project Development and Environment Study for the Northeast Gateway Project Tuesday at 5 p.m. inside the City Commission Chambers at City Hall.

Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier made the motion at the last board meeting to postpone the vote to allow time for leaders to gather more information before making a decision that will shape the area’s future.

"What it could look like in the future is, quite frankly, a lot of different neighborhoods, commercial areas, a lot of more intense development around a potential future interchange at I-10. So, this could look dramatically different in the coming decades. That’s why these early decisions are so critical.”

The project would extend Welaunee Boulevard several miles across undeveloped private property, connecting it to Roberts Road.

It would also extend Shamrock Road to help relieve traffic in and out of nearby subdivisions.

Leaders expect development to crop up in the surrounding 4,000 acres in the next ten to fifteen years.

Valerie Crowder hosts and produces state and local newscasts during All Things Considered. Her reporting on local government and politics has received state and regional award recognition. She has also contributed stories to NPR newscasts.