When Fletcher Avenue was identified as an area of high pedestrian crash rates, our friends at Hillsborough County, Florida Department of Transportation, WalkWise Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization joined together in an effort to make the area safer – with award winning results! Construction of the $5 million Complete Streets project to re-design the road for pedestrian and bicycle safety was completed in late 2014 and was recently named State and Local Collaboration Project of the Year for 2014 by the Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents (FACERS)!
The Complete Streets project focused on pedestrian safety by providing increased signage, new mid-block pedestrian crossings with refuge islands, Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons, and bicycle lanes on the 3.1 mile segment that spans from Nebraska Avenue to 50th Street. Construction of a sidewalk on the south side of Fletcher between Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and 50th Street allows walkers to feel safe and out of harm’s way.
A big congrats to Hillsborough County, WalkWise Tampa Bay, FDOT, and the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization for helping implement all the incredible changes on and around Fletcher Avenue!