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Hillsborough Co. Leaders work to fix deadly road in USF area: 15th Street Corridor

15th Street is a popular cut through road in the University Area. Engineers are in the process of installing safety improvements after hundreds of crashes there.

TAMPA, Fla. — In an area known as a popular cut through for drivers In Tampa near the University of South Florida, too many people are dying.

The 15th Street corridor connects Fowler and Fletcher avenue. 

“This particular corridor is the second highest crash corridor in Hillsborough county involving pedestrian bicycle crashes and deaths. Also, it’s the 10th highest in terms of automobile crashes,” said Bob Campbell, the Hillsborough County Transportation Engineering Manager.

It’s why Bob Campbell and his team of transportation engineers are working overtime to make safety improvements. Those improvements include new sidewalks, nine marked crosswalks, rapid flashing beacons and raised warning signs.

"Hopefully if they see each other and react to each other, we can avoid having an interaction with negative results,” Campbell said.

Lined with churches, daycares, stores, apartment complexes and more, the two-lane road carries 15,000 people per day. According to HART, it’s the bus line’s No. 1 wheelchair pick up corridor.

TECO is partnering with the county to install upgraded LED lighting through the corridor between fowler and fletcher.  More safety improvements are on the way within the next year, as the county leaders say this corridor is one will remain a top priority.  

It’s been about six months since the last deadly crash in this area. the county is working on some immediate fixes to try to prevent this from happening again.

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