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City of Tampa to discuss $24 million BUILD Grant to extend Riverwalk, improve Big Bend Road Corridor

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Posted at 6:46 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 08:01:05-04

TAMPA, Fla. — On Monday, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and Congresswoman Kathy Castor will celebrate and discuss the $24 million BUILD Grant the City of Tampa received from the Department of Transportation.

The DOT says there were more than 660 applicants for the billion dollars it’s spending. The projects in Tampa were one of only 70 selected.

Officials say some of that $24 million is dedicated to extending the west side of the Riverwalk north to connect neighborhoods and make it easier for people to walk or bike around the area.

Project leaders say the money will be used to connect areas like Downtown Tampa, West Tampa, Tampa Heights, Hyde Park and Ybor City.

Crews will make changes like adding new pavement, guard rails, lighting, landscaping and traffic calming improvements.

Officials say the Riverwalk has been a vital part of Tampa’s redeveloping downtown and waterfront.

Another portion of the grant will be used to improve the Big Bend Road corridor.

The press conference starts at 11 a.m.