The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is working to improve Busch Boulevard for motorized vehicle and pedestrian traffic in Tampa.
Work began in February on a $2.3 million project to repave 1.3 miles of Busch Boulevard between Dale Mabry Highway and Armenia Avenue. With expected completion by Fall 2012, the project will require nightly lane closures.
“As with all of our resurfacing projects, we evaluate the need for resurfacing and then get projects programmed in our Five Year Work Program
,” says Kris Carson, FDOT's public information officer. “The FDOT
will always maintain and preserve our current roadways to keep them safe for the traveling public.”
In addition to the repavement work, FDOT's contractor, Oldcastle Southern Group Inc.
, will build new sidewalks along both sides of the road. Traffic signals and poles at Twin Lakes Drive will also be replaced to meet current standards.
“The road will be a much smoother ride and safer for pedestrians,” Carson says.
Funds for the project were made available by the state of Florida. Other current FDOT resurfacing projects to be completed by Fall of 2012 include Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Nebraska Avenue to 42nd Street in Tampa.
Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Kris Carson, FDOT