November 2017 – Each year, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) checks its budget and funding forecast, and adds another year’s worth of projects to the rolling five-year Work Program. The latest annual update has just been released, and quite a few projects on the Hillsborough MPO’s priority list are now funded! The Tentative Work Program for Fiscal Years 2018/19 – 2022/23 includes funding for:
- Reconstruction of the Howard Frankland Bridge with room for transit, walk/bike, and no reduction in non-tolled lanes
- Quick-fix traffic flow improvements on I-275 in the vicinity of the Westshore SR 60 interchange
- Adding lanes on I-4, between the Selmon Connector and Branch Forbes Rd
- Safer intersections and walk/bike facilities for George Rd and W Hillsborough Ave in Town & Country; Morris Bridge Rd in Temple Terrace; and Kennedy Blvd, Floribraska Ave, and E Hillsborough Ave in Tampa
- The northern segments of the Green ARTery walk/bike corridor through Central Tampa, connecting Lowry Park to River Tower Park and 22nd St Park, along River Shore Dr and Park Dr
- An extension of Tampa’s Green Spine Cycle Track eastward to connect Downtown and Ybor City
- Upgrading bus technology — including the vehicle locator system that enables One Bus Away — and converting more buses to clean compressed natural gas fuel
- Many repaving and bridge repair projects, to preserve existing infrastructure
- Better lighting at intersections to reduce the severe crashes that are more likely in the dark
- Several seaport capacity projects to support economic growth
Funding to construct express toll lanes on I-275 between Lois Ave and Willow Ave (formerly Tampa Bay Express section 5), has been dropped from FY 2022 to allow FDOT to revisit the environmental impacts of this project.
FDOT has provided several ways to provide comments. The Work Program is also posted online for public comment (www.D7WPPH.com) between October 23 – November 6, 2017. An open house was held Monday, October 23, 2017 at the District 7 Headquarters, and presentations were made at public meetings of the MPO’s committees in October. The MPO board will review the Work Program at its monthly public meeting on November 8, 2017. Public comment on the work program at this meeting is welcome. Written comments made in advance on the facebook event page will be provided to the MPO Board prior to the November 8 Board Meeting.