34th Street to see safety improvements following deadly crashes

Two-mile stretch will get three new roundabouts
Posted at 6:13 PM, May 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 18:13:31-04

A dangerous stretch of 34th Street in Tampa is getting some major safety fixes after 14 deadly and incapacitating crashes.

The two-mile stretch of 34th street from Columbus to Hillsborough will see changes like additional signage and beacons, new bike lanes and also things to make the area easier to navigate.

The City of Tampa also plans to add three roundabouts to 34th street. They will be located at the intersections of 34th and Osborne, 34th and 21st and 34th and Lake.

Tyronda Sampson and Michael Wimbley died in a hit-and-run crash at 34th and Lake in January. Sampson's three-year-old child was the only one to make it out of the car alive.

"I was in my house and I heard it," said Tiana Hills, a business owner who lives near the crash site. "We thought maybe a plane fell. It was just that loud." 

She believes the addition of a roundabout is a safe option to help prevent more crashes like that one.

"I think that in this area would really help," she said.

Other business owners in the area say the changes will help protect their customers who walk the streets of Jackson Heights.

"I just think the time has come," said Drew Shaw, who owns Drew's Tasty Snack Bar. "They've fixed everywhere else so you know, this will be a good start too."

The City of Tampa hope to have the majority of these upgrades in place by October 2020.