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FDOT launches new effort to improve safety along Busch Blvd in Temple Terrace

Posted at 4:47 AM, Oct 30, 2018

TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Transportation is launching a renewed effort to improve safety along Busch Boulevard in Temple Terrace following a record of serious and deadly crashes.

FDOT is working on a pedestrian safety improvement project along east Busch Blvd. from Nebraska Ave. to 50th St. 

In this three-mile stretch, there were 252 crashes in 2016 and three of those were deadly. Preliminary numbers reveal there were 262 crashes in 2017 with three of those being fatal. And so far in 2018, there have been 191 crashes, with two of those crashes being deadly, ABC Action News found.

Officials said they are looking at installing HAWKS (High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk Beacon) at the following potential locations: 

  • Busch Blvd. @ 12th St. 
  • Busch Blvd. @ Brooks St. 
  • Busch Blvd. @ 19th St. 
  • Busch Blvd. @ Pawnee Ave.

The design is anticipated for 2020 for these locations and will be paid for in full with federal funds.

FDOT is also working to improve safety for people who walk and ride bicycles along Busch Boulevard with a pop-up safety event Tuesday, October 30, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 56th Street and Busch Boulevard.

You will also have the opportunity at 8 a.m. to meet local leaders and hear how you can join FDOT's safety initiative.

FDOT will also be installing free bicycle lights and providing helmets for those who arrive by bike as well as giving away other great safety items, like reflective backpacks and armbands.

Featured Speakers Include:

  • David Gwynn, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Seven Secretary
  • Kenneth R. Albano, City of Temple Terrace Chief of Police 
  • Dr. Robert L. Bertini, Director, Center for Urban Transportation Research
  • Jonathan Forbes, Chair, Hillsborough County Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee