Sprucing up Spruce Street

Spruce street cornerIf you’re headed to the Home Depot to work on the honey-do list, or to Total Wine to celebrate the end of the honey-do list (as if there is ever an end), you’ve probably experienced traffic difficulties in the area of Spruce Street and Dale Mabry Highway. The City of Tampa has recognized the issues, studied the traffic characteristics, developed concepts to address the concerns, and are starting design. The intention is to recommend a phased approach for a number of safety and operational improvements along Spruce Street from Hesperides to Dale Mabry.

To address the lack of connectivity, sidewalks and sharrows are being recommended as well as a possible midblock crossing with raised median to access HART bus stop. To improve traffic flow and business access, the study will look at adding continuous two way left turn lanes, increase turn lane storage, reorganizing lanes and extending Spruce Street to Hesperides Street.

For more information, contact City of Tampa Director of Planning and Design, Ben Money, P.E.