The St. Lucie Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) retained Stanley Consultants, Inc. to complete this preliminary feasibility study to evaluate multimodal improvements to the Walton Road corridor from Lennard Road to Indian River Drive. Walton Road is located within the limits of the City of Port St. Lucie and is owned and maintained by St. Lucie County. A demand for multimodal facilities exist in the surrounding study area due to residential and commercial land use, St. Lucie Civic Center, St. Lucie Medical Center, Savannas Preserve State Park, Woodstork Trail, existing off road shared use paths, and the National East Coast Greenway trail.
The multimodal improvements are consistent with local transportation plans. The FY 2014/15 – FY 2015/16 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for the St. Lucie TPO includes Task 4.1, Walton Road Multimodal Improvements. Sidewalk improvements to the Walton Road corridor from Lennard Road to SE Green River Parkway are included in the list of priority projects (LOPP), were identified as part of the Walk-Bike needs and network improvements, and included in the cost feasible plan for the recently adopted Go2040 St. Lucie TPO Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Completing the off road shared use path missing link from Lennard Road to SE Green River Parkway was included in the recommended preferred alternative contained in the Bicycle/Pedestrian Corridor Study Area of Interest Analysis completed by the St. Lucie TPO in 2011.