The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in cooperation with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Seven, conducted a Freight Sub-Area Study focusing on the CSX Intermodal (CSXI) Terminal in East Tampa and general truck circulation within the area between Columbus Dr, Orient Rd, 50th St (US 41) and the terminal. The roadway connections within this sub-area have heavy truck traffic that accesses an intermodal rail terminal, distribution centers, trucking company yards, scrap yards, and other manufacturing businesses.
Many of the roads connecting these facilities to I-4 and the main highway system are inadequate and/or not designed for large trucks. Besides the industrial uses, the area has the remnants of small residential clusters mostly in the form of mobile home parks and scattered single family residences.
The CSXI Terminal is a major facility for transferring freight from rail to semi-trailers, generating between 200 and 500 truck trips per day. The only access road, 62nd St, is a narrow, formerly residential street with open drainage and deep ditches on both sides. During the early stages of the Tampa Bay Regional Goods Movement Study (TBRGMS), drivers surveyed at the terminal entrance gate identified access to this facility as problematic.
In the short term, the study recommends new turn lanes Broadway Ave at 62nd St and shifting the CSXI entrance to Orient Rd as a potential longer-term improvement. MPO staff will present alternative solutions to the MPO Board at its January 8, 2013 meeting.
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