Officials reveal plans for massive Tampa Riverwalk expansion

Tampa’s Riverwalk is growing. The 6-mile expansion project involves completing the remaining gaps in what will be a 12.2-mile path/trail, and installing enhanced, safe crossing features at major roadways. The project connects the existing Riverwalk on the East Side of the River to what will be the new “West River” side of the Riverwalk.

The expansion will also include the creation of new bike lanes for cyclists. For added safety measures for pedestrians connecting to the Riverwalk will also be put in place.

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Officials have stated that the Tampa Riverwalk Project begins at Platt Street and Bayshore Boulevard, across the Publix (243 Bayshore Boulevard). The system then proceeds under the Brorein Street Bridge, moves along the Hillsborough River and connects to the University Tampa.

$24 million expansion of the Riverwalk

This new system is also expected to connect with the new Rome Yard Development. The mixed-use redevelopment will include 17,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, a job training center, and over 30,000 sq. ft. of amenity spaces.

While a completion timeline is still TBA, officials expect the entire expansion of the Tampa Riverwalk will be completed in by 2026. The growth of the Riverwalk will also follow the policies of Vision Zero, an initiative to make roads and walkways safer for pedestrians and cyclists in the city.

The Riverwalk expansion is possible thanks to a $24-million federal BUILD (Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development) grant. Tampa will cover the remainder of the cost.

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