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Magnolia Drive Trail Project

Project Information

This project page will be regularly updated.

The goal of the Magnolia Drive Trail project is to enhance connectivity and improve safety along the South Magnolia Corridor from South Adams Street to Apalachee Parkway.  

Since construction efforts began in 2016, Leon County and Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency have undertaken several improvements, including:

  • Creating trails to enhance connectivity.
  • Updating landscaping to beautify the area.
  • Enhancing street lighting to improve pedestrian safety.
  • Upgrading water and sewer infrastructure for better functionality.

Additionally, the overhead electric lines will be converted to underground, increasing the area’s resiliency during storm events and improving the corridor’s aesthetics.

Project Update: Phase II

A bit of dust leads to a lot of beauty!

Leon County is excited to bring new sidewalks, beautiful landscaping, street lighting, and also putting the overhead electrical lines underground.

Beginning May 8, and continuing until the end of 2025, the County and our partners will be significantly improving Magnolia Drive from Pontiac Drive to Diamond Street. That section will be closed to through traffic, but residents along that section will be able to access their driveways during construction. Any interruption to access will be temporary and communicated by the contractor well in advance.

Improvements for Phase 2 include:

  • Roadway reconstruction
  • 8-foot multi-use trail on the south and east side of the roadway
  • 4-foot landscape buffer between the path and roadway
  • 8-foot sidewalk between Seminole Drive and Alban Avenue
  • Traffic signal at Jim Lee Road and Magnolia Drive
  • Potable water and sanitary sewer upgrade
  • Enclosed stormwater drainage system on the south and east side of the roadway
  • Street lighting
  • Trash and recycle pads
  • Underground electric provided by the City of Tallahassee

Detour Map: Phase II

Magnolia Drive Detour Map-1

Project Phasing and History

The Magnolia Drive improvements are divided into phases, spanning from South Adams Street to Apalachee Parkway, in order to responsibly detour traffic while mitigating congestion:

  • Phase 1 - South Meridian to Pontiac Drive (Complete)
  • Phase 2 - Pontiac Drive to Diamond Street (Anticipated Completion: End of 2025)
  • Phase 3 - Diamond Street to Apalachee Parkway (Under Design)
  • Phase 4 - South Monroe Street to South Meridian Street (Complete)
  • Phase 6 - South Adams Street to S. Monroe Street (Complete)

Magnolia Drive Trail Project Location Map

Media Outreach

For media inquiries, please reach out to Leon County Community and Media Relations at or call 850-606-5300. 

Project Contact

For questions about Phase 2 of the Magnolia Drive Trail project, please reach out to Chris Muehlemann, P.E., Leon County Public Works, at or 850-606-1536.

Learn more about the Magnolia Drive Trail project on Blueprint’s project website.

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