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Emphasizing Safety, Connectivity and Mobility: The SR 60 Corridor Project

SR60 Corridor

Vision and Initiation

Setting the Vision

Garrett Engineering, in collaboration with local stakeholders and the Florida Department of Transportation, crafted a vision that aimed to enhance mobility, improve safety, and integrate sustainable urban transit solutions. This vision was centered around creating a multi-modal corridor that could support the diverse transportation needs of the Tampa community while fostering a safer, more engaging urban environment.

Community Needs and Challenges

The SR 60 corridor, a critical artery for Tampa's traffic, had long been a source of concern due to high traffic volumes, frequent accidents, and inadequate pedestrian facilities. Community feedback highlighted the urgent need for safer, more accessible routes for pedestrians and cyclists, spurring the need for a comprehensive redevelopment plan.

SR60 Corridor

Design and Planning

One of the cornerstone strategies for the SR 60 project was the implementation of sophisticated access management techniques. This included the conversion of two-way left turn lanes into raised medians with dedicated access points, significantly reducing conflict points and smoothing traffic flow. These changes were crucial for transforming the corridor into a roadway that prioritized mobility over access, directly addressing the initial community concerns about safety and traffic efficiency.

Access Management Strategies

Recognizing the growing need for pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure, Garrett Engineering incorporated enhancements to support non-motorized users. This included wider sidewalks that met ADA compliance, the introduction of mid-block crossings with pedestrian hybrid beacons, and clearly marked and well lighted crosswalks. These improvements aimed not only to enhance safety but also to encourage a shift towards more sustainable and healthy modes of transportation within the urban landscape.

Enhancements for Non-Motorized Users

SR60 Corridor

Implementation and Community Impact

Construction Challenges and Solutions

The construction phase of the SR 60 corridor faced numerous challenges, from maintaining traffic flow during significant roadway changes to managing the logistics of urban construction. Garrett Engineering employed a phased construction approach, utilizing innovative traffic management strategies to minimize disruptions, and ensuring that communication with the public was maintained throughout the process to keep all stakeholders informed and engaged.

Measuring Success and Community Feedback

Post-completion, the SR 60 corridor is servicing motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists in new ways. These improvements not only enhance safety but also encourage a shift towards the overall mobility for the community.

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