Bayshore Boulevard offers one of the longest continuous stretches of sidewalk in the world — nearly 5 miles in total. From sunrise to sunset, the area is populated with runners and cyclists enjoying the breathtaking view. The city is now proposing a project to help calm traffic on the road.
Reduced speed limits in Bayshore’s future
The project includes signing and pavement marking enhancements to improve safety in the corridor for all modes of travel. The city hopes the traffic calming measures will allow them to reduce the speed limit on the road from 40mph to 35mph.
Reduction in traffic lane width
The proposed improvements include the removal of faded striping between Rome Avenue and Platt Street, and the installation of new striping with black contrast in the skip lines and bike message striping. Drivers would also see a reduction in the width of travel lanes to 10 ft.
Heightened visibility at crosswalks
Rapid reflective flashing beacon crosswalks at three locations along Bayshore: South Dakota Avenue, South Delaware Avenue, midway between South Brevard Avenue and West Swann Avenue.
Design to be complete by May
The design portion of the project should be completed by May of this year. A pedestrian crossing study will be conducted from June through October 2017. Following the studies and approval, construction would begin shortly thereafter.
The City will host a public meeting to share further details about the enhancements on Bayshore Boulevard Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6pm-8pm at the Kate Jackson Community Center (821 South Rome Avenue).
*Article by Andrew Harlan ([email protected]), writer/editor of That’s So Tampa