THEA and the City of Tampa joining forces to enhance the safety of West Cleveland Street

West Cleveland Street in Tampa Bay has gained a reputation as one of the most hazardous roads for both drivers and pedestrians. Between 2021 and May 2024, the street witnessed an alarming 80 crashes. Recognizing the urgency of addressing this safety concern, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) and the City of Tampa have joined forces to develop solutions. Their collaborative efforts aim not only to enhance the safety of West Cleveland Street but also to integrate improvements with the larger South Selmon Capacity Project, which addresses the growing traffic demands along the expressway.

The City of Tampa had already initiated preliminary work on the Cleveland Street improvements amidst THEA’s expansive South Selmon project. This timing presented an ideal opportunity for both entities to collaborate. By synchronizing their efforts, they hope to bolster the South Selmon Capacity Project and implement critical changes to the Cleveland Street off-ramp. This coordination is expected to yield significant safety enhancements for both motorists and pedestrians in the area.

With an investment of $350,000, the Quick Build project will introduce several vital safety features. A new pedestrian crossing will be installed at the off-ramp, just west of Delaware Avenue, providing a safer route for foot traffic. At the intersection of Willow Avenue and Cleveland Street, improvements will promote multi-channel travel and include a one-way cycle track separated by a median, ensuring optimal safety for cyclists and pedestrians alike. These upgrades are designed to create a more secure and accessible environment for all road users.

In addition to these safety measures, the project will feature new crosswalks, green bike lane markings, and protected intersections. These enhancements aim to clearly mark spaces for different types of traffic, reducing the risk of accidents. Furthermore, adding 80 new parking spaces will help alleviate parking congestion and improve overall traffic flow in the area.

THEA’s commitment to improving transportation infrastructure is evident through projects like this. By prioritizing the safety and well-being of Tampa’s citizens, THEA and the City of Tampa are not only addressing immediate concerns but also paving the way for a more connected and efficient urban environment. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the construction period, and we assure you that this project is a testament to our dedication to enriching the lives of residents and fostering a safer, more navigable community.