Two years ago, the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee and MPO approved a strategic plan for fixing unincorporated Hillsborough County’s worst areas for bike and pedestrian safety. The Board of County Commissioners budgeted money and now the County’s Infrastructure & Development Services Department is moving ahead with top safety projects:
- Waters Ave already has had lanes narrowed, bike lanes added from Dale Mabry to Pinehurst, and a Project Development and Environmental study completed on the segment from Sheldon to Pinehurst recommending median modifications, shared outside lanes, and wider sidewalks for an estimated $8 million. In addition, intersection plans have been completed for Waters at Armenia and Waters at Savarese Blvd.
- Hanley Rd – Hillsborough Ave to Waters Ave: sharrows, share road signs, and a median have been installed, and the speed reduced.
- In the USF area, design plans have been completed for filling in missing sidewalks, installing street lights, mid-block crossings with rapid flashing beacons at key locations on 42nd St from Fletcher to Skipper, 56th St from Fletcher to Fowler, and Bruce B Downs Blvd from Fletcher to Bearss Ave.
- Bearss Ave – Dale Mabry to 22nd St: plans call for installing sidewalks on both sides and a mid-block crossing with flashing beacon near the Jimmie B Keel Library.
- Providence Rd – Bloomingdale Ave to SR 60: striping was repainted and markings added to the existing bike lane.
Next on the drawing board are safety projects on Northdale Blvd, Mango Rd, Parsons Ave and 78th Street. For more information, contact Michele Ogilvie at 813-273-3774 x317.