When I moved to Tampa back in 2016, I heard it over and over again…“avoid I-4 at all costs”. Sure enough, the I-275/I-4 interchange has lived up to its reputation. Without exception, my life has come to a screeching halt every single time I’ve ventured into malfunction junction. There are over 1,000 crashes a year in that area. But now a plan is in the works to remove the suck from the whole thing, and here it is.
Beginning this summer, a huge $223 million dollar project will begin. It includes a “flyover bridge”, which would allow two lanes of traffic to drive above existing traffic. Additional traffic lanes will also be built. The project will eventually connect to the I-275 capacity project, too. Plus, the plan includes efforts to get more people to use public transportation. The biggest problem is choke points, where merging and lane changes force traffic to slow down or even stop, and Tampa has lots of them. The Howard Frankland Bridge and the Westshore Interchange have been screwing up our rush hour traffic for months now.
In the meantime, residents are being asked what they would like to see alongside the planned routes. Some of the ideas that have been submitted so far include dog parks or sports areas. Residents are also being asked about preferred surfaces or artwork on barrier walls and landscaping. Until then, though, we will remain utterly terrified of the I-275/I-4 interchange. A public meeting is scheduled for January 26 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Source: Fox13News.com