Downtown’s infrastructure — our engineered systems of transport, information, energy, water and sanitation — is geared to create efficiencies and service a high level of demand. As the community grows and changes, our focus is on sustainable infrastructure that is economical and resource-friendly far into the future. And, in a traditionally sprawling city, Downtown serves as the hub for public transportation and is reclaiming options for pedestrians, bicyclists and boaters.
Public Infrastructure | Transportation
Downtown is beginning the process to convert one-way streets back into two-way streets to calm traffic and boost walkability in the core. East-west running Forsyth and Adams streets will be first to be converted connecting LaVilla, the Central Core and the Sports & Entertainment District. The recently completed Riverplace Boulevard Road Diet has reconfigured a main artery through the Southbank’s office and residential towers for multi-modal use. In Brooklyn, a road diet along Park Street will compliment growing residential and retail needs. And, proposed as part of the Emerald Trail Master Plan, a Hogan Street road diet will add a cycletrack and enhance connectivity to the St. Johns River.
The JacksonvilleTransportation Authority is also focused on improved multi-modal options via a new regional transportation center and bus rapid transit. Public-private partnerships are fueling a new innovation corridor with smart infrastructure and autonomous vehicles.
Click on the links below to learn more about exciting transportation projects happening in Downtown Jax:
Public Infrastructure | Parks
Parks are complex elements of a city. They can serve scores of different uses, may be specialized in their function, or can simply provide visual appeal for residents. Whatever function they serve, they act to define the shape and feel of a city and its neighborhoods. Parks also function as a conscious tool for revitalization. Parks can stem the downturn of a commercial area, support the stabilization of faltering neighborhoods, and provide a landmark element and a point of pride for constituents. DIA is not only a strong advocate for the park improvements described in more detail below, but is also initiating a parks master planning effort as part of CRA plan updates in order to insure recreational resources to meet the needs of the growing Downtown population as well as creating a a vibrant riverfront parks system for all of Jacksonville to enjoy.
Click on the links below to learn more about exciting park projects happening in Downtown Jax:
Public Infrastructure | Stormwater
In a Downtown, bisected by a major tidal river and ringed by tributary creeks, resiliency and flood prevention are critical infrasture initiatives to facilitate redevelopment and preservation of existing structures. In addition, construction of area stormwater ponds and creation of a water quality credit bank have allowed increased density while maitianing the water quality of the river. One current project with far-ranging impacts from flood control to creek restoration to trail creation is the McCoys Creek Project described in detail in the link below.
Public Infrastructure | Public Buildings
Downtown Jacksonville is the seat of consolidated local government including City Hall, City offices and services, Duval County School Board, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Supervisor of Elections, Property Appraiser and Tax Collector as well as the Duval Councty Courthouse, State Attorneys Offices and Public Defenders offices. In addition, Downtown is home to the Federal Courthouse, Federal Reserve, and Federal office building, And, JEA and JTA are headquartered Downtown. Add to that the libraries, museums, theaters and sports venues and Downtown clearly boasts the major public buildings for the region.
Click on the links below to learn more about exciting public building projects happening in Downtown Jax: