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Road safety upgrades to begin on Highland and Violet in Seminole Heights following crashes

Drivers can expect reduced travel lanes
Posted at 5:37 AM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 06:33:08-04

TAMPA, Fla. — After several crashes, changes are coming to a busy roadway in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood.

Starting in August, FDOT will be making roadway and pedestrian improvements to Highland Avenue and W. Violet Street (Business US 41) from N. Florida Avenue to W. Ida Street in Tampa.

This project will reduce the number of southbound travel lanes on Highland Avenue and westbound Violet Street from three lanes to two lanes beginning west of the Florida Avenue (Business US 41) and W. Violet Street intersection and continue south to W. Ida Street.

Highland Avenue will remain a three-lane southbound roadway between W. Ida Street and W. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (SR 574).

The new roadway configuration will provide a buffered bike lane for cyclists along the south side of W. Violet Street and along the east side of Highland Avenue.

Other improvements include rebuilding existing concrete traffic separators, adding pedestrian crossings, installing necessary signage, and striping the roadway with new pavement markings

Motorists should anticipate daytime and nighttime lane closures during construction.

The $255,051 project is expected to finish in early 2020.