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Flashing beacons light up along pedestrian crosswalks on Bayshore Boulevard

Posted at 4:40 AM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 17:39:55-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Major changes are going in on Bayshore Boulevard in three key intersections after a deadly crash that killed a mother and baby girl.

The City of Tampa plans to install three Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons, according to Jean Duncan, Transportation and Stormwater Services Department Director.

The flashing beacons will light up for the first time on Wednesday, October 23 at three pedestrian crosswalks: 

  • S. Dakota Ave. and Bayshore Blvd.
  • S. Delaware Ave. and Bayshore Blvd.
  • Midblock between S. Brevard Ave. and W. Swann Ave.  

These are three areas where some of the highest numbers of pedestrians are crossing Bayshore Boulevard, according to a pedestrian crossing study completed by the City of Tampa.

Pedestrians are also often crossing during the morning and evening rush hour, when as many as 3,000 cars are traveling down Bayshore, according to the study.

The idea behind the rapid flashing beacons is to draw more attention to pedestrians so drivers will know when to stop so they can safely cross the street.

The work to install these started October 1 and involved some sidewalk, pavement, and signage work, in addition to the installation of the three beacons.