01/18/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/18/2018 08:42
In early 2018, six projects are scheduled to start in northwest Hillsborough County and near the University of South Florida that will make walking and biking safer for residents. The safety projects will complete $8.5 million in improvements for the top 10 locations in unincorporated Hillsborough County identified as pedestrian and bicycle high crash areas. Four other projects were previously completed by Hillsborough County on Providence Road, Hanley Road, and two sections of Waters Avenue.
The upcoming Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program projects include:
1. 42nd Street - Fletcher Avenue to Skipper Road
2. 56th Street - Fletcher Avenue to Fowler Avenue
3. Bruce B. Downs Boulevard - Fletcher Avenue to Bearss Avenue
4. Bearss Avenue - Dale Mabry Highway to 22nd Street
5. Waters Avenue - Sheldon Road to Pinehurst Road
6. Waters Avenue and Savarese Blvd. Intersection
7. Hanley Road - Hillsborough Avenue to Waters Avenue
8. Waters Avenue - Pinehurst Drive to Anderson Boulevard
9. Waters Avenue - Anderson Boulevard to Dale Mabry Highway
10. Providence Road - from Bloomingdale Avenue to State Road 60
All of these projects support the Vision Zero Action Plan by providing safer, more convenient and comfortable walking, cycling, and transit through improvements including completing sidewalk gaps, construction of bicycle lanes, mid-block crosswalks with flashing beacons, street lighting, handicap ramps, crosswalk markings, and additional pedestrian features.
Photo information: : Marked shared bicycle lanes were one of the improvements along Hanley Road between Hillsborough and Waters avenues designed to help keep pedestrians and bicyclists safer.