Beach Street Streetscape

Project update

At the Nov. 20 City Commission meeting, the commissioners approved moving forward on the Beach Street Streetscape with the caveat that city staff must develop a plan to help mitigate the project’s impact on businesses. The streetscape, first recommended in 2010’s Riverfront Master Plan, will reduce lanes on Beach Street from Orange Avenue to Bay Street; from four lanes to two lanes in an effort to slow traffic and create a more pedestrian-friendly and destination-focused downtown. The project is being coordinated in a manner to reduce the impact to businesses during the construction phase. The streetscape widens sidewalks in front of storefronts, adds shade trees, offers new and brighter lighting and reconstructs the decorative arches damaged by Hurricane Irma. The project also adds an additional 43 parking spaces along Beach Street. Updated 11/22/19

Presentation at City Commission meeting Nov. 20, 2019 

Beach Street Streetscape

The streetscape for Beach Street, which will reduce the roadway from four lanes to two lanes, was a concept identified as a need for the area in the Riverfront Master Plan, which was approved by the City Commission in July 2010. 

Traffic Engineering Data Solutions, Inc. completed a Traffic Impact Analysis of reducing the number of lanes of Beach Street from Bay Street to Orange Avenue as recommended by the Riverfront Master Plan. 

  • Data collected during peak hours
  • Factored major projects approved – Beach Street Condo Towers Planned Development (510 residential units), Cosmopolitan Planned Development (195 residential units) and other development on north end of Beach Street 
  • Capacity analysis demonstrated that reducing Beach Street to two through lanes would not lower the level-of-service below the acceptable level-of-service since the proposed capacity exceeds the projected volume until 2033, at a 2% compound growth rate.
  • The Volusia Transportation Planning Organization has developed procedures for conducting transportation impact analyses, which have been adopted by the City of Daytona Beach and the County of Volusia. Additionally, this evaluation was completed according to procedures standard of practice of traffic engineering in the State of Florida, meeting the requirements of the Florida Dept. of Transportation.

Conclusion: Traffic Impact Analysis validated the feasibility of reducing Beach Street to two-lane avenue.

Benefits of Beach Street Streetscape

  • Traffic lanes reduced from four to two lanes to slow traffic and create more parking for customers
  • Wider sidewalks in front of the storefronts, which will create more outdoor dining opportunities and pedestrian access
  • Shade trees along the sidewalks and preservation of the iconic Medjool Palms in the center median
  • New and brighter lighting
  • Reconstruction of the decorative arches damaged by Hurricane Irma

Highlights of the proposed Beach Street Streetscape include: 

  • Wider sidewalks in front of the storefronts, which will create more outdoor dining opportunities and pedestrian access
  • Shade trees along the sidewalks and preservation of the iconic Medjool Palms in the center median
  • Traffic lanes reduced from four to two lanes to slow traffic and create more parking for customers
  • New and brighter lighting
  • Reconstruction of the decorative arches damaged by Hurricane Irma
  • Work is expected to begin in January 2020 
  • The project will be divided into six sections, with each section to be completed prior to the next section being started
  • Work would start on the east side (Riverfront Park side), northbound side between Orange and Magnolia avenues and close the outer lane closest to the park  
  • Sidewalks on the west side of Beach Street will be open throughout the project and work to replace pavers will occur after business hours  
  • The design has been closely coordinated with the proposed design of Riverfront Park

Background on the Riverfront Master Plan

Prior to 2010, numerous plans for the Beach Street area were created that all came to the same conclusion – the park needed to be improved to help revitalize downtown. The Riverfront Master Plan, which the process to develop the plan began in 2004 and concluded in spring 2010 with the City Commission approving the plan, called for creating a more pedestrian-friendly atmosphere downtown and reducing the traffic lanes to two lanes. The Riverfront Master Plan was to be implemented over 15 years. A key finding of the plan was to create a pedestrian-friendly destination atmosphere further enhanced by the reduction of through traffic lanes and provision of angled parking along both east and west sides of the street. This will slow traffic and narrow the crossing distance for pedestrians moving back and forth between the Riverfront Park and the downtown shops and restaurants establishing a sense of place.

A series of three public involvement meetings were held at key points in the process - following Analysis, Program Development, and Conceptual Design - to allow the consultants an opportunity to present findings and listen to citizen’s suggestions for improvement. Additional public presentations and focus group meetings provided opportunities to test design prototypes and to obtain technical information about the site and existing facilities. The Riverfront Master Plan was also discussed at Redevelopment Board, Planning Board and City Commission meetings.