FDOT work plans bundle of bike/walk projects in the next five years
In Fall of 2015, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) released the Tentative Five Year Work Program for District 7, listing roadway projects planned in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus Counties between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2021. Many exciting bike/walk projects were included in the program.
Bay Area residents can expect the following engineering improvements for pedestrian & bicycle safety in various locations throughout the district:
New bike lanes, roundabouts, and traffic calming treatments
New sidewalks and shared use paths for cyclists and pedestrians
New sidewalks and bike paths near schools
New pedestrian crosswalks and flashing beacons
Extensions of existing bike trails, including the Upper Tampa Bay Trail, Druid Trail, Oldsmar Trail, and Pinellas Trail
A Pinellas Trail gateway with signage, parking, rest stops, water fountains, and landscaping
ADA ramps, driveway upgrades, and signal modifications
Overall, the FDOT’s Five Year Work Program is an exciting release for Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, as new engineering efforts make way for a future in that is healthy, fun, and safe.
Please note all construction dates are tentative and subject to change. For official information, contact FDOT at (813)975-6000.
Jason Jackman, Researcher for the Center for Urban Transportation Research at University of South Florida, teaches an in-person safety course to high school students shortly before classes were moved online.