On June 3rd, the MPO approved the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the next 5 years, starting October 1, 2014. The TIP outlines the major transportation projects to be funded with State and Federal transportation funds.
Over the next five years, the MPO’s local and state partners will spend more than $1.3 billion in State, Federal and local funds on new and better roads, bridges, and intersections, as well as sidewalks, bikeways, trails, buses, and bus stops. Major projects in the coming year include:
- Widening of Bruce B Downs Blvd north to Pasco County
- Design for the I-275 and SR 60 interchange
- Completion of Bike Lanes on Bayshore Blvd from Rome Ave to Bay-to-Bay Blvd
- Replacement of the Howard Frankland Bridge – northbound direction
- Construction of the Automated People Mover at Tampa International Airport connecting to the CONRAC center
- Numerous resurfacing projects to maintain the existing roadways
Ongoing projects such as the Widening of I-275 between Westshore and Downtown, I-75 in Temple Terrace and New Tampa, East Martin Luther King Jr Blvd (SR 574) in Valrico and Seffner, and pedestrian safety improvements on Fletcher Ave will continue as well.
The TIP allocates funding to the following major project categories:
- Ports, Airports & Rail Projects 47%
- Road & Highway Capacity Projects 17%
- Bridge & Maintenance Projects 13%
- Transit Projects 12%
- Intersection, Interchange & Signalization Projects 11%
- Planning Projects 1%
- Stand-alone Walk & Bike Projects* <1%
* Most non-Interstate road projects also include sidewalks and bicycle facilities.