Mayor Buckhorn Announces Tampa to Invest in Hillsborough Avenue - Uses Red Light Camera Revenue to Keep Citizens Safe
Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced today the City of Tampa will invest in eastern Hillsborough Avenue corridor by re-timing the signals and upgrading the signage using funding provided by red light camera citations.
"It should not matter if you are walking, cycling, or driving down the street. Together, we can use revenue generated by drivers who put others at risk to make a roadway that much safer for everyone in our community," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "This is a start, and I will work with the Florida Department of Transportation to continue to look for opportunities to improve the Hillsborough Avenue corridor."
There are two red light cameras along the eastern stretch of Hillsborough Avenue, at 40th St. and Nebraska Ave. with five other signalized intersections in between at 15th St., 19th St., 22nd St., 30th St., and 34th St.
At all 7 intersections, the City of Tampa will extend the green signal phase to provide pedestrians with additional time to safely cross the street, as outlined in the 2013 East Hillsborough Avenue Corridor Study performed by the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization.
The City will invest and upgrade pedestrian signage along the corridor, which was also recommended in the 2013 East Hillsborough Avenue Corridor Study. For instance, new, additional signs will be installed to remind left or right-turning motorists to yield to pedestrians.
Funding for these improvements will come from the City of Tampa's FY 2014 red light camera revenue, and will cost approximately $200,000.
In addition to these improvements, the City of Tampa is working with Tampa Electric as part of Mayor Buckhorn’s "Bright Lights, Safe Nights" initiative to install additional streetlights with the intention of making the roadway safer.
Hillsborough Avenue is controlled by the Florida Department of Transportation, not the City of Tampa, meaning that all crosswalks and new signals must be approved and installed by FDOT.