More than 1,400 people walk across Fletcher Avenue in Tampa each day, sometimes putting their lives at risk. The road is one of the most heavily used and dangerous in the area, the New Tampa Patch reported in July. Fletcher Avenue from Nebraska Avenue to 50th Street has one of the highest pedestrian injury rates in all of Hillsborough County.
There were 63 reported pedestrian accidents on Fletcher Avenue during 2006-2012, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Three pedestrians died and 22 suffered incapacitating injuries. The majority of people affected were low-income residents and students who don’t own cars.
Such accidents and fatalities could soon be reduced by safety improvements proposed by the Hillsborough County Public Works Department, according to the New Tampa Patch.
Their proposals include:
- Construction of a sidewalk on the south side of Fletcher between Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and 50th Street.
- Construction of pedestrian refuge islands, mid-block pedestrian crossings and bicycle lanes.
- Resurfacing of the road from Nebraska Avenue to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.
Additional information and pictures of the possible upgrades can be seen at the Fletcher Avenue Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety project webpage.
The estimated cost for the project is $4.4 million, more than half of which would be supplied through safety grants from the Florida Department of Transportation. Construction is expected to begin soon and last about a year.
This is great news for pedestrians who have to traverse Fletcher Avenue. However, if you have been injured due to a careless or inattentive driver, you may need the assistance of an experienced Florida traffic collision attorney. The Disparti Law Group, P.A., of Tampa can advise you about your right to compensation for medical costs and other expenses, including lost wages.
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