Gandy Draft Shows Better Roads Needed

By MICHAEL H. SAMUELS The Tampa Tribune

Published: Jan 13, 2007

Up to $30 million in roadway improvements are needed to keep pace with unbridled growth around Gandy Boulevard, a draft transportation study report states.

The study calls for three main projects: a new road along Tyson Avenue between West Shore Boulevard and Manhattan Avenue; widening West Shore to four lanes from Tyson north to Fair Oaks Avenue; and adding a southbound lane on Manhattan from Gandy to Tyson.

"Those are the solutions that seem to be attracting the most attention," said William Oliver of Tindale-Oliver and Associates, the city's consultant on the Gandy Area Transportation Study.

The yearlong study looked at traffic flows on the major roads south of Gandy and the effect of development.

More than 2,000 residences are planned or under construction along West Shore south of Gandy, including New Port Tampa Bay, Westshore Yacht Club and Casa Bella on Westshore.

The study reports about 84,200 vehicle trips daily on the major north-south roads south of Gandy, which will increase by about 30,000 trips when planned developments are completed.

The final report, set to be completed this month, should include a prioritized list of proposals, said Jean Dorzback, the city's transportation planning chief.

City staff will discuss which projects are feasible and when they could be done.

"We'll look at the different sources we have available to us," Dorzback said. "What impact fee money we have for that district and what other projects are currently in the budget."

He said Tindale-Oliver's proposals seem feasible.

"We may have to break them into phases to make them more manageable," she said. "We only have a small pot of money."

Reporter Michael H. Samuels can be reached at (813) 835-2109 or msamuels@tampatrib.com.


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