When FDOT’s draft Tentative Work Program came out, listed among the District’s most important transportation projects was funding for many of the MPO’s highest priorities. The funded projects span the entire county with projects in Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City, and unincorporated Hillsborough. They also fell nicely into the categories the MPO developed in anticipation of federal requirements for performance measures to track progress. Here are the much needed projects we can look forward to:
Preserving the system. Funding in fiscal year 2022 for Maydell Bridge replacement and HART’s bus replacement program.
Reducing crashes. Funding walk-bike projects on Floribraska Ave, Cass St, Morris Bridge Rd, and around eight elementary schools.
Managing congestion for drivers and shippers. Funding for interchange improvements on I-75 at Big Bend Rd and Gibsonton Dr, at Westshore and Gandy Blvds, 3 locations in Plant City, and the extension of Apollo Beach Blvd.
Providing real choices when not driving. Funding for the Tampa Bypass Canal Trail PD&E study, the first segment of the South Coast Greenway and a trailhead for the Selmon Greenway.
Major projects supporting economic growth. Improving access to the Port with a PD&E study for a grade-separated interchange at US 41 over the CSX rail lines. New funding for TBX is proposed only on Segment 5 (I-275 west of Downtown).