The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Seven is conducting a Corridor Planning Study along 56th Street/50th Street from the Selmon Expressway to Fletcher Avenue.
The study will document existing multimodal corridor needs, existing and future travel needs, and community visions and desires along 56th St/50th St. In order to plan and design for the unique areas along 56th St/50th St, the corridor will be divided into segments based on the existing Context Classification and community areas. Based upon an understanding of the corridor needs, an evaluation will be conducted to determine a range of possible improvement scenarios, from location-specific multimodal improvements to corridor-wide typical section alternatives.
The process will begin with engaging local agencies and corridor stakeholders. The collaboration between the Department and key stakeholders will include establishing a Project Advisory Group (PAG) comprised of agency staff from the various units of the Department (planning, design, traffic operations, and program management); Hillsborough TPO; the Cities of Tampa and Temple Terrace; Hillsborough County; and HART. At this time, it is planned that meetings will be held virtually due to COVID-19, however there may be opportunities for in-person events or meetings throughout the course of this project.
The Study will include defining the problem, defining the corridor needs, and defining and selecting alternatives. Concept Development will be conducted under a separate scope of services that will be scoped after alternatives have been developed.
Phases of the Study
The project teams’ focus is in integrating Context-Sensitive Solutions (CSS) within the land-use and transportation planning processes to assist communities in reaching their livability goals by encouraging the consideration of land use, transportation and infrastructure needs in an integrated manner.
The study is broken down into four phases, each with its own technical and public involvement focus.
Phase 1: Defining the Problem:
Identifying Issues & Opportunities through:
- Effective Stakeholder Engagement
- Review of Previous and Ongoing Planning Studies
- Traffic Data Analysis
- Safety Analysis
- Future Travel Patterns and Multimodal Needs
Phase 2: Defining Purpose & Need
Derived from data and analysis related to stakeholder values and priorities built and refined through:
- Guiding Principles
- Evaluation Criteria / Metrics
Phase 3: Identifying and Evaluating Multimodal Alternatives
The development of:
- Segment and Intersection Alternatives
- Alternatives Evaluations
- Technical Assessments
Phase 4: Corridor Development Plan Implementation Strategy
The development of:
- Corridor Development Plan
- Funding Partners
- Scoping Package for Future Phase(s)
The result of the 56th Street/50th Street Corridor Planning Study will include the development of a Corridor Development Plan, which will identify a range of multimodal solutions to address the mobility needs within a context that reflects the long-term vision for the study corridor. The Corridor Development Plan will include short-, mid- and long-term implementation strategies that guide future development within the corridor, as well as specific improvements that can potentially be advanced in the near term though local agency participation and/or by FDOT. The Corridor Development Plan shall also provide a discussion on the identification of barriers to implementation for the preferred concept plan.