Himes Avenue Safety Improvements

The 1.5 mile segment of Himes Ave from Kennedy Blvd to Columbus Dr. is a 5-lane (two travel lanes in each direction and a two‐way left‐turn lane) Arterial roadway with a posted speed of 40 mph and serves the neighboring residential developments and commercial uses at the signalized intersections.  Himes Ave is a north/south roadway running parallel to Dale Mabry Hwy.  This section of Himes Ave also includes an interchange at I‐275. The project also includes improvements at the 0.3-mile segment of Columbus Ave on approach to Himes Ave from Lincoln Ave at the northern project limits.  In a review of city‐wide fatal and incapacitating injury crashes from 2009 to 2011, this segment of roadway exhibited a cluster of 11 such crashes; therefore, this segment was analyzed for countermeasures to improve safety and to submit as a candidate for FDOT Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Off‐System Funds. Based on the geometrics of this roadway, the crash patterns, and field reviews, the recommendation is to replace the two‐way left turn lane with raised traffic separators and median islands; dedicated bike lanes from Kennedy Blvd to Columbus Dr; and raised separators on Columbus Dr from Himes Ave to Lincoln Ave.

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