May 17, 2021 | Issue 5
PUBLIC EVENTS & INFORMATION
Public Information Meeting: Babcock Street Corridor Planning Study
Calling all south Brevard residents! The Florida Department of Transportation, District 5, invites you to a public meeting regarding project plans on Babcock Street (State Road (S.R.) 507) from Palm Bay Road to New Haven Avenue (U.S. 192) on Tuesday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m.

The purpose of this project is to evaluate the current transportation operations and needs along this 3-mile section of Babcock Street. As part of this first step in the project process, the potential safety and mobility enhancements, as well as multimodal improvements, will be studied along the corridor. Both short-term and long-term proposed improvements will be recommended from this study. Follow the "Meeting Information" link below to learn how to attend online, via phone, or in person.
TRAIL CLOSURE:Coast-To-Coast Trail from Aurantia Road to Maytown
Per FDOT District 5, the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail is currently closed, between the Aurantia Road trailhead in #BrevardCounty and the Maytown Road Trailhead in #VolusiaCounty, for maintenance on a drainage structure and to fix some potholes. The closure is scheduled to last another four weeks, through the end of May. Signs for the closure will be posted at each trailhead. Schedules are subject to change due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.
St. John's Heritage Parkway Alternative Corridor Evaluation
Virtual Public Meeting: May 25, 5:30 PM
Brevard County Public Works Department invites you to a Virtual Public Meeting for the St. Johns Heritage Parkway Alternative Corridor Evaluation (ACE) Study on Tuesday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m.

The ACE Study is being conducted to evaluate the potential for a new roadway corridor that could connect the existing segments of the St. Johns Heritage Parkway between Babcock Street on the south to Malabar Road on the north, a distance of approximately 14 miles.
An ACE Study is a transportation planning study that involves a combination of engineering analysis, environmental evaluations, public engagement, and agency coordination. The goal of the study is to identify the need for the project, develop and evaluate new roadway corridors and determine if a viable roadway corridor can be advanced. If a viable corridor or corridors are identified, and funding is in place, the project could advance to the next phase, which in this case is a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study. At this time, the PD&E Study, Design, Right-of-Way, and Construction are not funded. 

The meeting will introduce the study, presential initial corridors, and will have an opportunity for public input. Free to attend, but registration is required.
Register Now! #TransportationThursdays: FDOT Partnership, 6/3/21
Join SCTPO Executive Director, Georganna Gillette, during our next #TransportationThursdays webinar on June 3, at 10:00 AM, to learn more about how the SCTPO and local governments coordinate and partner with the Florida Department of Transportation. Registration is required.
SCTPO to Host Virtual Annual Open House
You're invited! Join us online for our virtual Annual Open House to discuss trending projects in Brevard and the proposed 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) on June 16, 2021, at 5:30 PM. Free to attend, but registration is required.

Come share your thoughts about the transportation projects to be implemented over the next five years! We'll also be chatting about how new aspects of transportation planning are transforming the ways we work, play, and live within our communities.
TRENDING IN TRANSPORTATION
SCTPO Governing Board Actions Recap: May 2021 Meeting
Here are the actions that the SCTPO Governing Board made during the May 13, 2021 meeting:

  • Approved Work Order 21-13K, 2020 State of the System Scope of Services
  • Approved Resolution 21-19, Recommending Brevard County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) Continue as the Community Transportation Coordinator for Brevard County
  • Approved Resolution 21-20, FY21 - FY25, Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment
Re-watch May 2021
SCTPO Governing Board Meeting
Learn More About the SCTPO's Transportation Resiliency Master Plan
The votes are in! Poll responders said that they had heard of resiliency, but not transportation resiliency - so, where does it fit?

Transportation resiliency is the ability of a transportation system to move people and goods around even when it is faced with various events or obstacles. Transportation resiliency is vital to our complex network of infrastructure, communications, economy, tourist industry, unique environment, and more.
Think of it as one more piece of the larger puzzle of our resilient Space Coast community.
Lake Andrew Drive Extension to Pineda Causeway: Now Open!
Photo Courtesy of Viera Company
The Lake Andrew Extension to Pineda Causeway opened on May 5, 2021. This $15.3 million project includes Lake Andrew Drive improvements, Pineda Causeway improvements, and it will include a new multi-use trail tunnel under Pineda, the traffic signal, and two new roads adjacent to the new Costco site, Akarad Drive and Cobalt Street. We are so excited to see this progress in the Melbourne/Viera area and to see another north/south corridor for residents and commuters!
Re-watch May Advisory Committee Meetings on YouTube
Miss last the latest Advisory Meetings? The recordings of each meeting are available to watch at your convenience on our YouTube channel. Don't forget to like our videos and subscribe to our channel!
Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
May 10, 2021
Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting
May 10, 2021
LOCAL & MODAL PARTNER UPDATES
45th Space Wing at Patrick SFB and Cape Canaveral SFS Redesignated to Space Launch Delta 45
The Department of the Air Force has re-designated the 45th Space Wing at Patrick SFB and Cape Canaveral SFS to its new official name, Space Launch Delta 45 (SLD 45), as of May 11, 2021. The Space Launch Delta 45 will continue to report to Space Operations Command until Space Systems Command is formally established in the coming months. There will be many ‘first-to-comes’ for the Space Launch Delta 45 team and we are fortunate to be alongside for this historical moment in military and space history
Port Canaveral, State of FL Establish COVID-19 Vaccination Center
Port Canaveral has worked with the State of Florida to establish an on-site COVID-19 vaccination center at the Port. Anyone ages 16 and older – including members of our local community, plus crew members of cargo and cruise vessels – are able to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at Port Canaveral. 

The State is providing TWO VACCINE OPTIONS at Port Canaveral – the Johnson and Johnson single-shot dose is available now and for as long as supplies last; and, the first dose of the Pfizer two-dose vaccine will be available until May 21 to allow three weeks to pass before administering the second dose before the site closes.

The walk-in, no cost, no appointment needed vaccine clinic is being operated by the Florida Department of Emergency Management at the Canaveral Port Authority’s Maritime Center; 445 Challenger Road, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM and parking is free in the parking lot next to Maritime Center. The entrance is on the west side of the building – follow the signs posted outside. This program is expected to continue through Friday, June 25, 2021.
East Central Florida Regional Planning Council Seeks Input:
Central Florida Vision "How Did We Grow?" Survey
In 2007, the region worked together to help shape the future of Central Florida through the "How Shall We Grow?" Regional Vision. Now, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council wants to have a meaningful conversation about how well the region has implemented the vision and how to improve.

They want to hear from you again regarding your values, priorities for the region, and how they are doing in creating a great place to live, learn, work and play. If you're new to the region, learn more here.
Brightline Railroad Construction Advisory: Brevard County
Brightline announces lane closures, work zone, railroad crossing, and bridgework information for Phase 2 construction from Orlando to West Palm Beach, connecting Orlando to South Florida:


Motorists and watercraft should proceed with extra caution through work zones and adhere to posted detour signs, speed limits, and other signage.
Railroad construction information can also be found online here.
Brevard Railroad Crossings Closures:

Melbourne – Railroad Crossing at Prospect Ave. (LONGTERM CLOSURE)
Full road closure through May 2022 for bridge work at Crane Creek. The crossing will be fully closed until the completion of work.
  • Eastbound Prospect Ave. traffic will be directed to Stone St., travel south on Stone St. to WH Jackson St., travel east on WH Jackson St. to US-1, and travel north on US-1 to access Prospect Ave.
  • Westbound Prospect Ave. traffic will be directed to US-1, travel south on US-1 to WH Jackson St., travel west on WH Jackson St. to Stone St., and travel north on Stone St. to access Prospect Ave.
 
Melbourne – Railroad Crossing at Suntree Blvd.
Full road closure, 7 a.m., Tuesday, June 1 through 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 2.
Detour Information
  • Eastbound Suntree Blvd. traffic will be directed to travel south on N. Wickham Rd. to Pineda Cswy., travel east on Pineda Cswy. to US-1, and travel north on US-1 to Suntree Blvd.
  • Westbound Suntree Blvd. traffic will be directed to travel south on US-1 to Pineda Cswy., travel west on Pineda Cswy. to N. Wickham Rd. and travel north on N Wickham Rd. to Suntree Blvd.
 
Rockledge – Railroad Crossing at Eyster Blvd.
Full road closure, 7 a.m., Wednesday, June 9 through 5 p.m., Thursday, June 17.
Detour Information
  • Eastbound Eyster Blvd. traffic will be directed to travel north on Murrell Rd. to Barton Blvd., travel east on Barton Blvd. to US-1, and travel south on US-1 to Eyster Blvd.
  • Westbound Eyster Blvd. traffic will be directed to travel north on US-1 to Barton Blvd., travel west on Barton Blvd. to Murrell Rd. and travel south on Murrell Rd. on to Eyster Blvd.
 
Rockledge – Railroad Crossing at Rinker Way
Full road closure at the grade crossing, 7 a.m. Thursday, June 24 through 5 p.m. Thursday, July 1. There is no detour as this is a private road.
EVENT RECAPS & SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHTS
SCTPO's Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Committee Enjoys Walking Workshop of Melbourne Complete Street
On April 26, the SCTPO's Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Advisory Committee participated in a walking workshop where they learned all about the Hickory Street #CompleteStreet in Melbourne. Led by City of Melbourne Assistant City Engineer, Tami Gillen, the stroll along the corridor showcased unique improvements such as bike lanes, marked and decorative crosswalks, median refuge islands, landscaping, street furnishings, and enhancements to bus benches and shelters.

One special feature spotlighted was the pervious pavers along the stretch near the Melbourne Library. This was the first time pavers have been used as a “thoroughfare,” where the rainwater goes through to help with flooding. We also saw some quacktastic visitors along the way. Special shout out to Melbourne Police Department, Space Coast Area Transit, and City of Melbourne, FL - Government for their support of this event.
In-Person, Virtual Attendees Learn About ADA Bus Stop Compliance
The SCTPO recently hosted two ADA Bus Stop trainings in partnership with Space Coast Area Transit and Tindale Oliver. Led by Bryan Weinstein, P.E., AI/PE, the training focused on ADA compliance at public transit bus stops. Attendees learned more about what makes a bus stop non-compliant, what is required, and details regarding amenities, such as shelters and benches. The training ended with a field review of local stops in Cocoa.
May is National Bike Month
May is #NationalBikeMonth! All month long, we'll be focusing on the individual and community wellbeing of bicycling. Whether you #BikeThere for fun, fitness, or with family, or taking essential trips to work or shop, you are part of our movement for safer streets, connected communities, a healthier planet, and happier people.
Space Coast Area Transit Hosts New App Pop-Up Events
This month, Space Coast Area Transit hosted multiple pop-up events to promote its new app. Transit riders spoke with staff and learned more about how to view a bus on its route with real-time arrival information, receive bus tracker alerts with up-to-the-minute arrival times, and find a route by name, address, area, location, or landmark. SCTPO staff supported the event by talking about bicycle and pedestrian safety.
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
May is #MotorcycleSafetyMonth! Motorcyclists are 29 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a vehicle crash. There were 8,583 motorcycle crashes and 510 motorcycle fatalities in Florida last year. Motorcycle and moped drivers have the same rights and duties as drivers of motor vehicles. Both motorcyclists and motorists should follow proper safety advice to keep everyone safe. #ShareTheRoadFL
Brevard Public Schools Now Hiring: Bus Drivers
Brevard Public Schools is currently hiring bus drivers! If you know someone who loves working with children and enjoys the flexibility and benefits this position provides, call at 321-633-3690 or visit www.brevardschools.org.
CALENDAR ITEMS & NEWS FEATURES
CALENDAR ITEMS
The SCTPO office will be closed on Monday, May 31, 2021, in recognition of Memorial Day. Our normal office hours will resume Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
CONTACT US
Title VI/Non-discrimination: For questions regarding our civil rights adherence policies, please contact Abby Hemenway, Title VI Coordinator, at abby.hemenway@brevardfl.gov or call 321-690-6890.