Transportation leaders hope to paint more road murals across Tampa area

TAMPA - A South Seminole Heights neighborhood was the first to get the green light to paint a mural on the road in hopes of slowing drivers down. 

The painting that was done in July has been a hit for a lot of neighbors off North River Boulevard in Seminole Heights. 

The large red, yellow and blue painting shows a mandala -- something that's meant to show unity in the area.

Now, transportation leaders hope to see the Paint the Intersection campaign expand as Plan Hillsborough wants to make the program part of its Vision Zero campaign. 

Vision Zero aims to reduce traffic fatalities in the Bay area by reducing them to "zero." 

The Vision Zero goal has been adopted by the Tampa City Council, Hillsborough County Commission, Temple Terrace City Council, Plant City Commission and by the school board of Hillsborough County. 

The murals are expected to be just one small maneuver to get drivers to slow down as they approach the painting that's in the middle of the road. 

Here's the thing: the painting has to be on a side street and can't be on main intersections or on state roads. 

Plan Hillsborough's Vision Zero leaders plan to take the city of Tampa's idea to county commissioners next week in hopes of expanding program. 

Neighborhoods are required to apply, and raise the funding themselves, many times using grants. 

Also, 80% of neighbors have to be on board too. 

For more information go to, Plan Hillsborough.

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