New system to help Clearwater drivers navigate busy U.S. 19

New system to help Clearwater drivers navigate busy U.S. 19
New system to help Clearwater drivers navigate busy U.S. 19

CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) – The City of Clearwater wants to make driving along U.S. Highway 19 a whole lot easier.

A new wayfinding system is set to be implemented along a seven-mile stretch of roadway to help drivers navigate the area.

“I think it will really help everyone,” said Clearwater assistant planning director Gina Clayton. “It will help us find destinations. It will help people know they’re in the City of Clearwater. It will help tourists find their way around,” she said.

The system will use signs, banners, artwork and murals to help drivers identify that they’re in Clearwater. Certain colors and fonts will make signs easy for drivers to read and remember.

The highway, which runs through many municipalities in Pinellas County, tends to back up often in the morning and during the evening commute. It can also be very confusing.

“You do pass by a lot of businesses you can’t see from that expressway,” said driver Christie Teartt, who uses U.S. 19 daily.

The city is holding a public forum to get ideas on the wayfinding system. It’s scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarion Inn & Suites on U.S. 19 in Clearwater. City leaders plan to preview three concepts at the meeting and allow residents to weigh in.

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