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South Tampa resident calling for fixes to Himes Avenue

Posted at 2:16 AM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 07:31:14-04

TAMPA, Fla. — A frustrated South Tampa resident is emailing our Driving Tampa Bay Forward tip line to see if any significant repairs are planned for a stretch of Himes Avenue.

Jose Lleras has lived in the area for nearly three decades. He says Himes Avenue between Gandy Boulevard and Interbay Boulevard has been full of bumps and potholes for years now.

“I travel up and down Himes pretty much everyday and it’s like an obstacle course,” said Lleras.

Lleras says he would like to see repairs instead of potholes just being patched.

“Fix up our streets for us,” he said. “We pay taxes just like everybody else. We just want something in return.”

City of Tampa officials say Himes Avenue is planned for resurfacing after the Stormwater Engineering Division completes the Lower Peninsula Design Build Project, which is in preliminary design. Because of that, there isn’t an exact timeline of resurfacing for Himes.

“I think it’s terrible,” said Lleras. “I’ve been here since ’92 and every year it gets progressively worse.”

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