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Some Tampa residents concerned about busy Busch intersection

Posted at 5:56 PM, Dec 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 03:18:42-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Some Tampa residents fearful of the Busch Boulevard and N. 50th Street intersection are now asking for safety improvements. 

“My heart beats so fast and I’m just praying to God I make it home and I make it safe,” said Shawn Sherman. He called our Driving Tampa Bay Forward tip line after growing frustrated with the lack of changes there. 

Sherman, who was hit by a car on Busch Blvd. as a child, would like to see a turn light on N. 50th and more signage in the area. 

“Sometimes people just cut right in front of me and keep going,” Sherman said of crossing N. 50th. 

ABC Action News reached out to the Florida Department of Transportation. Officials say a turn light isn’t possible on N. 50th, but they are looking into installing signs reminding drivers to yield to pedestrians. 

“An accident is eventually going to happen here sooner or later,” said Sherman. 

FDOT found there have been three pedestrian-involved crashes at the intersection in the past five years.