Prompted by a review of severe crashes, the City of Tampa and FDOT are planning changes to Plant Ave and Hyde Park Ave. Today, these roads exist as a one-way pair from Platt St to Kennedy Blvd near the University of Tampa. They have on-street parking and posted speeds of 30/35 mph and serve the neighboring commercial uses at the signalized intersections. Plant Ave is a historic brick road from Platt St to Brorein St, but also provides access to on- and off-ramps for the Selmon Expressway.
A review of fatal and incapacitating injury crashes throughout Tampa from 2009 to 2011 found that this pair of roadways had a cluster of 10 such crashes. As a result, the City analyzed the roads to improve safety and submitted them as a candidate for FDOT funding under the Highway Safety Improvement Program. Based on the analysis and field reviews, the City recommended providing two lanes in each direction and adding:
- On-street parallel parking
- Bike lanes
- Pedestrian ramp bulb outs at the intersecting streets to shorten the crossing length and improve the sight distance for pedestrians
FDOT has included design and construction funding for these improvements in their work program. The City expects construction to begin by next June. For more information, contact Nina Mabilleau at the City’s Transportation & Stormwater Services Department.