Fletcher Avenue Complete Streets

Tampa, Florida

The 2005 Hillsborough County Traffic Services Division Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program Final Report ranked Fletcher Avenue as the worst bicycle/pedestrian corridor in the County. The corridor was the top priority in the 2010 Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP). This 3.01-mile bicycle and pedestrian improvements project included the addition of bike lanes, pedestrian refuge islands, and signalization for mid-block crossings. The project was comprised of two typical sections. The first section, from Nebraska Avenue to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (CR 582A), the existing corridor consisted of a 5-lane, undivided curb and gutter roadway with sidewalk. Within this section, the center turn lane was replaced with a traffic separator to provide the pedestrian refuge and the travel lanes were re-stripe to accommodate the bicycle lanes. In the second section, from Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (CR 582A) to 50th Street, the existing typical section included a 4-lane, divided, rural roadway with paved shoulders (marked for bicycle usage) and a raised median and sidewalk along the north side. The proposed improvements included the addition of sidewalk along the south side of the road. This award-winning project implemented the PSAP key strategies of mid-block crossings, signalized intersection improvements, transit stop coordination, lighting, and speed management transforming the corridor into a “Complete Street” for all users.

Project Awards:

  • 2016 Engineering Excellence Honor Award
    Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers
  • 2014 Project of the Year
    Tampa Bay Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • 2014 State and Local Collaboration Project of the Year (FDOT District Seven and Hillsborough County)
    Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents