Conversion of Cass and Tyler Streets to Two-way Traffic Is Coming Soon
Construction is under way on the Cass Street and Tyler Street Two-way Improvements Project in downtown Tampa. When complete, Cass Street and Tyler Street from the Hillsborough River to Nebraska Avenue will become two-way streets. A barrier-separated cycle path will also be added along the south side of Cass Street from Doyle Carlton Drive to Nebraska Avenue. When the project is finished, the converted two-way Cass Street and Tyler Street will help restore the downtown street grid, improve local access, and transform Cass Street into a central spine as outlined in the Invision Tampa Center City Plan.
On December 11, 2015, the first segment of the two-way project will be implemented. Cass Street and Tyler Street between the Hillsborough River and Ashley Drive will become two-way streets. Motorists traveling Ashley Drive will be able to turn west on Cass Street and drive over the Cass Street bridge.
Motorists will continue to be able to use Tyler Street westbound to access the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the Times Building, and the Barrymore Hotel. Visitors dropping off at the Glazer Childrens Museum and at the Tampa Museum of Art that are exiting from I-275 onto Ashley Drive will be able to use Cass Street westbound to Doyle Carlton Drive.
Motorists heading south on Ashley Drive from I-275 will have access to the Straz Center from Tyler Street for valet and drop-offs. Straz patrons desiring to park at the Poe garage will continue south on Ashley Drive from I-275 to the garage entrance. Recommended routes to the Poe garage are as follows:
- From the north: north or south on I-275 to Ashley Drive, south on Ashley Drive to the garage entrance (on right)
- From the west: eastbound on Kennedy Boulevard to Willow Avenue, north on Willow Avenue to Cass Street, east on Cass Street to Ashley Drive, south on Ashley Drive to garage entrance (on right)
- From the east: West on Kennedy Boulevard to Florida Avenue, north on Florida Avenue to Tyler Street, west on Tyler Street to Ashley Drive, south on Ashley Drive to garage entrance (on right)
- From the south: north on Florida Avenue to Tyler Street, west on Tyler Street to Ashley Drive, south on Ashley Drive to garage entrance (on right) **
** Motorist are highly discouraged from using Ashley Drive northbound to access the Poe garage.
Part of the downtown cycle path (also called the “green spine”) will be completed in this area; however, it will not be open for use until the entire green spine is completed in 2016.This map illustrates the planned improvements.
The City and its contracting team will continue to provide weekly email updates to anyone who requests them. The updates will include a map showing active construction areas, road closures, “hot spots,” and other pertinent information. Anyone who would like to receive construction updates is asked to please email the request to: email@example.com.
Residents and businesses with questions or concerns may call the UCAP hotline at (813) 777-9222.