New Tampa Area Bridge Project
The City of Tampa is constructing the New Tampa Boulevard Extension and bridge over I-75 to Commerce Park Boulevard. The project is approximately 0.7 miles long. The bridge will be constructed to accommodate four lanes of traffic, however, only two lanes of traffic will be provided when it is completed. The construction also includes an 8-foot bike path and a 5-foot sidewalk. The City plans to coordinate construction of the New Tampa Boulevard Extension and bridge over I-75 project with Hillsborough County's planned widening of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard from Palm Springs Boulevard to Pebble Creek Boulevard., however, the bridge will not open until almost a year after the completion of the Palm Springs Boulevard to Pebble Creek portion of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.
The New Tampa Bridge Project is planned to be a 24 month project, with construction starting in the summer 2011 and ending in the summer 2013.
The New Tampa Area Traffic Safety Study was performed to evaluate the existing conditions on the roadways in the area of the proposed roadway extension and recommended any additional, potential improvements that would enhance the operation and safety of the transportation network after the completion of the proposed extension project construction. The following roadways are included in this study:
- New Tampa Boulevard from Meadow Pine Drive to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
- Commerce Park Boulevard from Tampa Palms Boulevard West to the existing termini
- Tampa Palms Boulevard West
- Tampa Palms Boulevard East