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01/18/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/18/2018 08:42

10 Places That Promote Safer Walking & Biking

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

  • Sidewalk construction to complete gaps, addition of two mid-block crossings with flashing beacons (by USF Bull Market and just south of Skipper Road), and restriping. Street lighting was installed last year as part of an adjacent project.
  • Cost: $388,878

2. 56th Street - Fletcher Avenue to Fowler Avenue

  • Sidewalk construction to complete gaps, addition of two mid-block crossings with flashing beacons (at 122nd and 127th avenues), and street lighting.
  • Cost: $1,128,361

3. Bruce B. Downs Boulevard - Fletcher Avenue to Bearss Avenue

  • Sidewalk construction to complete gaps and street lighting.
  • Cost: $374,331

4. Bearss Avenue - Dale Mabry Highway to 22nd Street

  • Sidewalk construction to complete gaps, paved shoulder for bicycle lane, and flashing beacons in front of the Jimmie B. Keel Library.
  • Cost: $1.6 million

5. Waters Avenue - Sheldon Road to Pinehurst Road

  • Sidewalk construction, median widening to create wide outside travel lane for 'shared' bicycle lane, and street lighting.
  • Cost: $1.2 million

6. Waters Avenue and Savarese Blvd. Intersection

  • Sidewalk construction, handicap ramps, additional pedestrian features, and crosswalk markings.
  • Cost: $53,340

Completed projects:

7. Hanley Road - Hillsborough Avenue to Waters Avenue

  • Raised medians and traffic separators, 'shared' bicycle lane markings, reduced speed limit, handicap ramps, additional pedestrian features, crosswalk markings, and street lighting.
  • Completed 2015

8. Waters Avenue - Pinehurst Drive to Anderson Boulevard

  • Marked bicycle lanes
  • Completed 2014

9. Waters Avenue - Anderson Boulevard to Dale Mabry Highway

  • Marked bicycle lanes
  • Completed 2014

10. Providence Road - from Bloomingdale Avenue to State Road 60

  • Marked bicycle lanes
  • Completed 2013

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.

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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.