HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Transportation leaders in Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa have released their priority list of road projects to reduce congestion and improve safety.
The Project Plan includes capital projects, citywide programs and operating expenses totaling $49M. Many of the projects include new sidewalks, pedestrian crosswalks, bulbouts and other road safety measures.
In a letter to the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization, Jean Duncan, head of the City of Tampa's Transportation and Stormwater Services Department, said the 2020 Project Plan will enable the city to expedite completion of a significant backlog of transportation projects throughout the city.
Duncan also said it will allow the city to begin rebuilding critical transportation infrastructure, better manage traffic congestion, improve safety for all users of city streets, and provide more ways for people to travel.
The city also plans to complete a major update to its Citywide Mobility Master Plan, establishing a long-term program of transportation projects that address the many transportation needs in our community over the next thirty years, according to Duncan.
In Hillsborough County, many of the proposed projects center around safety, including a Bridge Rehabilitation and Replacement Program, Roadway Pavement Preservation Program, Sidewalk Repair and Improvement Program and a Signal and Traffic Control Device Repair and Renewal Program.
In Plant City, they are planning on street resurfacing projects to improve pavement condition, reduces potholes and improves driving safety. The Project Plan 2020 includes 40 neighborhood streets to be milled and resurfaced for a total of 9.79 center-line miles. Two dirt streets will be designed and permitted and will be paved in the 2021 Project Plan.
In Temple Terrace, safety improvements are on the way in several locations, including sidewalk improvements outside Woodmont Charter School and Temple Terrace Elementary. Riverside Park will also see a Pedestrian Bridge Enhancement
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority is also getting a share of the dollars. The agency plans to use its share of the money on a Project Plan that includes planning, service, bus stops/transit centers, farebox replacement, real estate, rolling stock/vehicles, maintenance, operations and maintenance facility, technology, funds encumbered for future years, and administrative expenses totaling $253,092,000.
Despite this project list, the All for Transportation voter-approved tax has been tied up in litigation since it was passed in November. Commissioner Stacy White filed the lawsuit.