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Tampa adds South Tampa intersection to study list for speeders, traffic

Neighbors complain of South Tampa intersection
Posted at 7:49 PM, Nov 28, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. — South Tampa neighbors say they avoid the Sterling Avenue and El Prado Boulevard intersection if they can.   

"Cars race down, ignore the stop signs," said Kisa Shapiro. "People really ignore the speed limit. It's horrific.”

It's a magnet for speeders and crashes.

"Sterling tends to be almost a cut through I feel for people who are trying to avoid Dale Mabry,” she said.

The intersection is known to be even busier in the morning and the evenings.

"We've lived here three years and in that time, we've seen 7 crashes,” said homeowner Tushalee Shah.

Sterling is a cut through for drivers who are trying to get to and from Britton plaza.

"Something needs to be done," said Shah.

But it's crashes like the one that happened Monday night near Shah's home that keep her 6-year-old in the backyard at playtime. 

"I think making this, the stop here more visible, would definitely help," said Shah.

We contacted the City of Tampa’s Transportation Director today. Jean Duncan says the intersection wasn't on their radar. Now she's asked for a traffic and speed study to be done here which should take four weeks.

"It is a residential road so people obviously need to be careful when they drive here,” said Shah.

A study these moms say they will count on the city to report back on to make their neighborhood a little safer.

"It's a little bit of a game of Frogger. You just sort've have to cross your fingers and hope for the best and cars are coming fast,” said Shapiro.