City of Tampa Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Bay-to-Bay Blvd. Resurfacing Project
Over recent months, the City of Tampa has been in close coordination with Hillsborough County to consider various alternatives that would improve safety for all users of the Bay-to-Bay Boulevard corridor. Hillsborough County is planning to resurface this roadway later this year from Dale Mabry Highway to Bayshore Boulevard. The County agreed to accommodate the City of Tampa’s request to consider changes to the existing roadway configuration.
“We appreciate all of the input we have received on this project,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “After much consideration it is our belief that the portion of Bay-to-Bay from Dale Mabry to Esperanza was not best suited for the addition of bike lanes and the reduction of the number of lanes of traffic in order to accommodate them. There are other parallel streets that are better equipped to accommodate bikes without the major disruption of a very busy thoroughfare. Since I have been the Mayor we have added over 90 miles of new bike facilities* and I am committed to adding to that number in the right locations. The improvements that we will be making at the entrance to the Selmon Expressway and at the intersection of Bayshore Blvd and Bay-to-Bay Blvd should alleviate much of the logjam at those locations and facilitate the flow of traffic at peak times to a much greater degree.”
(*Bike Facilities: bike lanes, multi-use paths, and shared lane markings)
The City of Tampa held a public information meeting on February 8, 2018 to present options that have been under consideration. The meeting had nearly 150 attendees, and generated approximately 400 written responses from neighborhood residents and users of the roadway.
Based on all of the information gathered for this project, the City of Tampa has determined that the final recommendation is as follows:
From Esperanza Ave. to Bayshore Boulevard the following is recommended:
- The plans that were presented at the public meeting have not been modified for this portion of Bay-to-Bay Blvd.
- An additional eastbound left turn lane will be constructed at the intersection of Bay-to-Bay Blvd. and Bayshore Blvd. This will improve the operation of the intersection and also provide for a safer crossing of Bayshore Blvd. for bicyclists and pedestrians. The northbound traffic on Bayshore Boulevard will no longer be a free flow movement at this intersection, but will stop at the same time as the southbound traffic.
- A new sidewalk will be constructed on the south side of Bay-to-Bay Blvd. where a gap currently exists.
- Lane reconfiguration at the intersection of MacDill Ave. and Bay-to-Bay Blvd. will allow for a new left turn lane at the Lee Roy Selmon On-Ramp.
From Dale Mabry Hwy. to Esperanza Ave. the following is recommended:
- A four-lane undivided roadway section will remain. However, the width of the travel lanes will be reduced to provide for the installation of a 1-2 foot buffer area between the sidewalk and the outside travel lane.
- The inside travel lane in each direction will be reduced to 11 feet wide. The outside travel lane in each direction will be reduced to a minimum of 10 feet wide.
- These changes will provide a traffic calming effect, encourage adherence of the speed limit, and enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety. However, this reduction will not accommodate for bike lanes.
Additionally, the City of Tampa will reach out to Hillsborough County to work with TECO on a phasing plan to remove or relocate the TECO poles that currently are located in the sidewalk. Relocation of these poles will greatly enhance the safety for users of the roadway.
For Immediate Release
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