Mayor Buckhorn to cut ribbon on 22nd Street Enhancement Project

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn and community leaders will cut the ribbon on the completed 22nd Street Enhancement Project on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The event will be near the 22nd Street roundabout in East Tampa, between N. 21st Street and N. 22nd Street, which is anticipated to open to thru traffic after the event.

"Projects like this are more than new infrastructure and better landscaping; it's about generating economic opportunity, creating complete streets that serve everyone, and transforming a community," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "22nd Street is now a gateway for all of East Tampa, welcoming visitors, businesses, and residents alike into a great community."

The 22nd Street Enhancement Project provides for pedestrian, streetscape and roadway improvements to 22nd Street from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard south to E. 21st Avenue. The traffic flow along 22nd street will be improved because of the added roundabout, upgraded traffic signals, and construction of bus stops with pullouts.

Other enhancements along the 22nd Street corridor include landscaping, irrigation, enhanced crosswalks, increased sidewalks, a 10-foot multi-modal trail on the west side, improved bus stops and shelters, and pedestrian lighting. While construction was occurring, aging water and wastewater lines were replaced and upgraded.

Phase I of the 22nd Enhancement Project was completed in early 2011. The improvements made as part of Phase I extended along 22nd Street between Lake Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The ribbon cutting on September 4, 2013 marks the completion of phases 2A, 2B, and 3.

The total cost for all three phases was $5.6 million. The cost for Phases 2A, 2B, and 3 was $3.1 million, with $1.14 million in funding from the Florida Department of Transportation and $2.9 from TIF funding from the East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area. R.E. Purcell, A.R. General, AJAX, and Florida Safety Contractors handled the construction.