FDOT approves new Street Lighting Project

Plan will help 76 troubled spots across county
Posted at 5:58 PM, May 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-11 17:58:04-04

"I'm a grandmother and I won't walk my kids anymore across the street," said Lynn Rojas.

It's just too dangerous says this grandmother of six.

"It's the worst I've ever seen. I mean, accidents, it's like every other day. It's like, sometimes twice a day," said Rojas.

The intersection at Hillsborough Avenue and Town 'N' Country Boulevard is risky to cross and at nighttime, it's even worse.

"It's dark at night. We do need some more street lights. Some of them work and some of them don't," said Rojas.

Those new street lights are coming according to the Florida Department of Transportation because pedestrian deaths are on the rise.

In 2011, the FDOT says 499 pedestrians were hit and killed walking in our State.

In 2014, that number jumped up to 606 pedestrian fatalities.

Newer, brighter LED street lights will make it easier for drivers to see.

"The traditional street lights that are out there today on many of our roads. They have more of a yellow glow, a yellow hue and unfortunately sometimes pedestrians fade in that lighting," said FDOT's Kris Carson.

76 locations around the county will get the LED lighting spots along Fowler, North Nebraska, and West Hillsborough.

But it will take time for the $15 million in state safety funding to be put to work.

The design phase doesn't begin until 2018.

"It's too dangerous for kids, you know, and the elderly," said Rojas.