FDOT Partners with Tampa to Expand Opportunity Corridors Efforts
The Florida Department of Transportation will partner with the City of Tampa and provide over $1 million in beautification efforts as part of the ongoing Opportunity Corridors effort.
The funding, which comes from Landscape on State Roadways grant program, will be used to improve the aesthetics along Hillsborough Avenue from the Hillsborough River to I-275 as well as along Dale Mabry Highway from Gandy Boulevard to MacDill AFB.
“Just as we did throughout the urban core, we’re expanding our beautification efforts and working to transform our arterial roads to become the welcome signs they should be. A community feels about itself the way it looks,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “These roads are true gateways throughout our community.”
By improving the aesthetics along main transportation arteries, such as Dale Mabry Highway and Hillsborough Avenue, the city believes it can stimulate greater economic opportunity.
In 2012, the City of Tampa announced the Opportunity Corridors effort and improved the aesthetics along Bayshore Boulevard, Ashley Drive, Franklin St., Doyle Carlton Drive, Union Station, the Trolley Line from Downtown to Adamo Drive, Laurel Street, Orange avenue from Scott to Cass, as well as the on and off ramps to 275 off at Orange and Jefferson. As part of that project, more than 700 trees were planted in the urban core along with lighting and irrigation.