The George Road Connector Study took place over a two year period from February 2013 to February 2015. The task of the study is to recommend a connecting trail or other walk/bike facility that would provide links to neighborhood assets in the Town N Country (TNC) community and close a gap between the regionally significant Upper Tampa Bay Trail and the new Courtney Campbell Trail. The George Road Connector Study Team was specifically tasked with the investigation of a proposed north-south connection between the existing TNC Greenway and the north end of the U-path Trail at Skyway Park, which connects to the Courtney Campbell Trail. The U-path, on the west side of the Veterans Expressway, runs south to the City of Tampa’s Cypress Point Park and the Westshore area.
Over the course of the study, several routes were examined and input was received from residents, community groups, and stakeholders in the area. After evaluating the input received, George Rd. was selected as the preferred alternative.
Based on the constrained nature of the road, the proposal is to modify George Rd. to include sidewalks and bicycle facilities to connect the U-path Trail to the Town N Country Greenway. The resulting proposal is identified as the George Road Complete Street. . Based on community input, the complete streets project will provide recommendations along the corridor that will address bike and pedestrian activated crosswalks, address the feasibility of a pedestrian/bicycle overpass at Hillsborough Avenue, evaluate the possibility of optimizing the traffic signal timings at Hillsborough Avenue, lighting, gateway treatments, traffic circle and raised intersections and other pedestrian friendly treatments will also be assessed. The design process is expected to be complete by February 2016.
The MPO has also partnered with the Florida Dept. of Health to conduct a Health Impact Assessment of the project, which will proceed parallel to the design process for the George Road Complete Street.
For further information contact Michele Ogilvie @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 813.273.3774 x317.