City of Tampa to Begin Work on Platt, Cleveland Streets Projects provide for Tampa’s first green, protected bike lanes

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The City of Tampa is set to begin work on Platt and Cleveland streets in South Tampa. The two projects along major thoroughfares into and out of downtown Tampa will include resurfacing of both roadways and provide for new cycling infrastructure, the City of Tampa’s first green, protected bike lanes.

Crews will formally begin work on Cleveland Street on Monday, December 1, 2014; work will begin along Platt Street on Monday, December 8, 2014.

“There probably isn’t a roadway as in need as Cleveland Street is, but we’re going in to fix the source, the problems you can’t see below. As the City moves forward to repair and improve our existing infrastructure on streets like Platt and Cleveland, it’s important that we make sure they are really serving all its users, including cyclists and pedestrians,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “In this case, we are adding new bike infrastructure, the first of their kind in Tampa, but we’re already planning miles more.”

The Cleveland Street reconstruction project runs from the Hillsborough River west to S. Armenia Avenue. The major scope of the project provides for the repair of existing utilities and drainage system. LED streetlighting and ADA compliant pedestrian ramps will also be installed. A buffered bike lane will be added on the north side of Cleveland Street with strategically marked green paint to alert drivers to watch for cyclists. Additional on street parking will be added along the south side.

The work along Cleveland Street will be done in phases and is scheduled to be completed in April 2015. The project costs $2 million and is being constructed by Ajax Paving.

On Platt Street from Audubon Avenue to Bayshore Boulevard, crews will resurface the roadway and remove one travel lane to accommodate a protected bike lane with strategically placed green paint and provide additional on street parking. Both the parking and bike lane are along the south side.

The work along Platt Street will be done in phases and is scheduled to be completed in February 2015. The project costs $1.4 million and is being constructed by Asphalt Paving Systems Inc.

Both projects will impact traffic. The City of Tampa recommends that motorist consider using alternate routes during this construction period to avoid any potential traffic congestion. However, access to businesses and residents will be maintained throughout the course of construction.

A visual rendering of both projects is available at in the folder marked “Cleveland, Platt Renderings.”

For additional information, please contact: 
Ali Glisson, Public Affairs Director 
(813) 274-8262