Please let us know what you think about all of this chatter.

It appears that starting next spring Tampa and Hillsborough County officials are working on implementing plans to resurface and reconfigure Bay to Bay Blvd between Dale Mabry to Bayshore Blvd.

Between Dale Mabry to Esperanza Avenue- Bay to Bay maybe going to 3 lanes — one in each direction (obviously) and a turn lane in the middle. Officials are thinking of putting a bike lane protected by a 2-foot buffer on each side of the road.

Then, since there is really just too much traffic between Esperanza to Bayshore to consider reducing the lanes the current plan is to paint the pavement to designate “sharrows” — shared lanes for both cars and bikes.

Basically, we are looking at 6 blocks, or 0.6 of a mile, of increased pedestrian access, followed by paint on the ground into the congestion of Esperanza to MacDill traffic.

And gaps in the sidewalks would be filled in.

DKS Associates, a local strategic transportation planning company did a study and they believe that making these adjustments will “maintain existing acceptable traffic conditions, but result in longer queues in the single through lanes” at intersections with traffic lights.

Lol, kind of sounds like there is gonna be even more traffic to get to and past that MacDill light- sure that is acceptable we love more traffic!

The project cost is $600,000. There will be a public meeting in the fall hosted by officials outlining their plans and get residents’ reactions to the project.

City transportation and stormwater services director Jean Duncan believes this would be similar to a reconfiguration done last year on Palm Avenue. Which does look lovely, and works, however there is a significant difference in traffic.

Feel free to chime in and give your 2 cents 🙂