HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – Hillsborough County officials want public feedback on the West Shore Boulevard Complete Streets project, which stretches from W. Kennedy Boulevard to W. Boy Scout Boulevard.
The proposed project aims to improve safety along this corridor and promote new business areas in the region. Upgrades to the West Shore Boulevard Complete Streets project include shady trees, shaded walking areas for pedestrians and bicycles, wider sidewalks, pedestrian lighting, amenities, and street design.
This project also assesses the potential for improved sidewalks, bike lanes, shared paths, intersection elements, speed reduction strategies, and more.
In addition, according to Hillsborough County, there will be improved safety and traffic features along the corridor for pedestrian, bicycle and ADA access and use.
District leaders say the changes, along with real estate redevelopment, will ultimately transform the corridor into a “dynamic city street”.
The hope is that the project will attract more people to the region. One driver for this is a new “social space” in front of Westshores’ shops.
Now the district managers want to know what you think. People across the community can join one virtual public forum between September 30th and October 15th.
Employees will have the opportunity to watch a project overview video, review project details, and make comments online through the Hillsborough County Engagement Hub.
Public comment on this project ends on October 15th at 11:59 p.m. Public contributions is also answered by phone Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Those who prefer to comment by phone can call Hillsborough County Public Works at (813) 635-5400. An employee will be happy to help you, according to the representatives of the district.
The planning report for the project is expected to be completed by October 31st. Although the total cost of construction for this project is estimated at $ 13.8 million, no funding source has been secured at this time, according to Hillsborough County.
As funds become available for the next phases of the project, public follow-up meetings will be held to learn details of the final designs and construction of the project, the district leaders said in an announcement about the project.
This project is in line with the Vision Zero principles, the aim of which is to create multi-purpose roads without fatalities for the users of the corridor, according to representatives of the district.
The project is a collaboration between Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa, the Westshore Alliance and FDOT.