Tampa, FL -- Over 18,000 cars travel on Bay to Bay Boulevard in South Tampa every day. So, why are less traveled roads in the area getting more attention? That's what Lance Zingale wants to know.
Pothole problems on Bay to Bay Boulevard
The forgotten stretch of Bay to Bay
Hilary Zalla, WTSP 8:15 PM. EDT August 25, 2016
"I've seen people swerve away from potholes. You're seeing a lot of roads being repaved and resurfaced around Tampa and this one misses the list," said Zingale, resident of South Tampa.
Zingale remembers potholes always being a problem along Bay to Bay Boulevard, but specifically the stretch from Dale Mabry Highway to MacDill Avenue.
"I've seen a number of places where the road has collapsed and they just fix the collapse, but not the road," said Zingale.
10News found out that over 30 years ago, the City of Tampa handed over several roads to Hillsborough County. The section of Bay to Bay Boulevard from Manhattan Avenue to Bayshore Boulevard was on the list and is now maintained by the county. This would explain why other similar roads in the area are being maintained differently.
"The city apparently addresses the issues on this road but for the county, this 1.5 mile stretch is just apparently over the years not a priority," said Zingale. "More people are moving to South Tampa and infrastructure has to be kept up."
The Hillsborough County Public Works Department is planning on repaving Bay to Bay Boulevard from Dale Mabry Highway to Bayshore Boulevard, but the timeline depends on funding. The department will be finalizing their budget at the end of September.
Bay to Bay Boulevard will be on the repaving list in either 2017 or 2018.
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