The West Florissant Avenue Great Streets Project aims to help re-imagine and transform part of West Florissant Avenue to create a safe and accessible area for vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders. These improvements will seek to create an attractive sense of place – helping to make West Florissant Avenue a more desirable place to shop, socialize, travel, and live. Ultimately, the Project also hopes to be a catalyst for more community development and improved economic conditions along the corridor.
West Florissant Avenue is a critical transportation corridor in the St. Louis region, linking North St. Louis County and the cities of Ferguson and Dellwood to the surrounding communities and the rest of the area. WFA connects residents to employment centers, schools and universities, hospitals, and shopping centers. It is also home to many small businesses, retail centers, and the corporate world headquarters of Emerson Electric. Nationally, it is best known as one of the areas directly impacted during the 2014 civil unrest after the death of Michael Brown.
West Florissant Avenue is in need of a reset. This Great Streets Project would do that by serving all of the community – pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, motorists, residents, business owners and patrons, and students. Whether people are local to the area or visiting, the project will create a high quality, safe experience for all users and draw investment to a corridor with tremendous potential.
The West Florissant Avenue Project has been underway since 2013. Here is more information about each phase of the project.
The Master Plan planning process commenced in November 2013 and concluded June 30, 2014. The planning team, along with a robust community input from an advisory committee and several rounds of public meetings, came up with a vision framework and a list of recommendations and a project area that became the basis for the next phase.
West Florissant Avenue Master Plan (2014)
Design Concept Phase
The West Florissant Avenue Great Streets Project Preliminary Design phase for Segments 3, 4 and 5 was completed in late 2016. The Project team developed 30% design plans that gave the community specific design options to review and provide feedback, allows for flexibility, and is required for federal funding applications.
During the Preliminary Design phase, the Project team used the Master Plan framework, data analysis, engineering surveys, and extensive public feedback to make design and implementation recommendations that will help the vision become a reality.
The West Florissant Avenue Great Streets Project is also committed to workforce diversity and participation. Through December 2016, our diverse business enterprise (DBE) participation was 34%, well above our 23% project goal. The Project team includes 16% women and 22% minorities.
Design Concept Report
Draft Design Concepts