FDOT to install new crosswalk on MLK Jr Blvd

Concept rendering of the soon-to-be-installed crosswalk

Concept rendering of the soon-to-be-installed crosswalk

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is planning to install a new pedestrian crosswalk along West Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd (SR 574), between MacDill Ave and Gomez Ave in Tampa. Many people are crossing this busy road to access St Joseph’s Hospital and medical facilities on both sides, along with stores, eateries and bus stops.

The new crosswalk will be located away from the existing traffic signals, and will be equipped with push-button activated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB), a pedestrian refuge area in the existing landscaped median, as well as crosswalk signing and high-visibility pavement markings. Construction is expected to begin soon and will be completed before the end of Spring 2015.

WalkWise Tampa Bay will be visiting St. Joseph’s Hospital to explain how to use the new pedestrian crosswalk and RRFB system as well as to spread pedestrian safety tips. For more information about this project contact Stephen Benson at Stephen.Benson@dot.state.fl.us or 813/975-6255.