• Completed Study

Project Overview

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 7 held an Alternatives Public Workshop on Thursday, June 15, 2023 to present the proposed improvements being considered and allowed the public to express concerns and make comments to be included in the project files.

Based on safety, engineering and environmental analyses, and public input received to date, FDOT will move forward with providing vehicular and pedestrian safety features throughout the entire corridor from N. Florida Avenue to west of N. 56th Street including wide sidewalks, intersection improvements, and mid-block pedestrian crossings. Within the transit segment from Nebraska Avenue to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, in cooperation with HART, we have decided to proceed with the Business Access and Transit (BAT) Lane Alternative which provides for a wider median and an opportunity for landscaping. Please note, the implementation of the BAT Lane Alternative is dependent upon HART’s successful request for lane repurposing and would not prohibit a future median transit alternative from being implemented by HART after the appropriate evaluation.

The project will now move into the design phase with the environmental clearance being conducted concurrently. Additionally, the identified future context classification of C3C (Suburban Commercial) will be further refined in the Design Phase with continued public outreach.

Please click here to view the Alternative Selection Announcement Newsletter (October 2023).

The Alternatives Public Workshop was offered in person with an option to attend virtually.

The in person Alternatives Public Workshop was held at:

University Mall (2nd Floor)
2200 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612

For more information on the Alternatives Public Workshop,
please visit the “Alternatives Public Workshop” page.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Seven conducted a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study for Fowler Avenue/State Road (SR) 582 from N. Florida Avenue to west of N. 56th Street in Hillsborough County, Florida, a distance of approximately 4.0 miles.

The project limits are shown on the project location map below.

Project Location MapProject Location Map
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Existing Conditions

Fowler Avenue is currently a four-lane facility from N. Florida Avenue to Interstate 275, an eight-lane divided facility between Nebraska Avenue (US 41) and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (County Road (CR) 581)/N. 30th Street, and six-lanes divided elsewhere. Bicycle facilities are located adjacent to the travel lanes and pedestrian accommodations are locate adjacent, but separate from the travel lanes.

Existing ConditionFowler Avenue from N. Florida Avenue to Nebraska Avenue
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Existing ConditionFowler Avenue from Nebraska Avenue to west of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
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Existing ConditionFowler Avenue from Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to west of N 56th Street
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Fowler Avenue is classified as an urban principal arterial. It is also a critical evacuation route as designated by the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s evacuation route network.

The Fowler Avenue PD&E Study evaluated transit alternatives from Nebraska Avenue to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and innovative intersections from Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to Bull Run Drive. The transit corridor from Nebraska Avenue to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard would reconfigure Fowler Avenue to include one of three transit alternatives: Business Access and Transit Lane; Median Guideway; and Frontage Lane.  Intersection and bicycle and pedestrian safety was also studied throughout the project limits.

The objective of the project was to develop and evaluate a “Build” alternative and provide the environmental and engineering analyses and documentation for the FDOT to reach a decision on the type, conceptual design, and location of the improvements. The “No-Build” or “No Action” alternative remained a viable option throughout the PD&E Study.

System Linkage

Fowler Avenue is an urban principal arterial that provides vital east-west connectivity between I-275 on the west end of the project corridor and I-75 just outside the project corridor to the east.  The 7.8-mile alignment of Fowler Avenue is from N. Florida Avenue to U.S. 301, a major U.S. route that runs from Sarasota, FL to Delaware.  The corridor is a regional east-west commuter route for residential communities that lie to the west (Forest Hills and Carrollwood) and east (Thonotosassa).

There are nine Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) routes that traverse Fowler Avenue in the study corridor (Routes 1, 400, 45, 12, 9, 5, 48, 275 LX and 6) providing transit service to destinations throughout Hillsborough County.

There are also existing bicycle lanes and sidewalks on both sides of Fowler Avenue providing connectivity for individuals and bicyclists.


A total of 3,320 crashes were documented between 2015 and 2019 along this corridor. Approximately 56% were rear-end crashes, which is a crash type typically related to “stop-and-go driving” conditions and is indictive of traffic congestion, and approximately 20% were angle and left-turn crashes. Of the 3,320 total crashes, there were 53 severe crashes with nine fatalities and 46 incapacitating injuries.  A total of 120 of the total crashes involved a pedestrian or bicyclist, which includes the nine fatalities and 17 incapacitating injuries.  Refer to the graphics below for all crashes and crashes with pedestrians and bicyclists.

2015-2019 Five-year Crash Data - All Crashesclick image to view data


2015-2019 Five-year Crash Data - Pedestrians and Bicyclistsclick image to view data


Alternatives Considered

From Nebraska Avenue to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard/N. 30th Street, three transit corridor alternatives were analyzed independently during the PD&E Study. All three alternatives include the conversion of the existing general purpose/continuous right turn lanes into transit prioritized/exclusive lanes to accommodate transit. These transit alternatives included:

  1. Business Access Transit (BAT) Lane Concept
  2. Frontage Lane Concept
  3. Median Guideway Concept

Refer to the following graphics developed for FDOT’s University Area Multimodal Feasibility Study for each transit alternative.  These alternatives will be further developed in accordance with this study as it progresses.

BAT Lane AlternativeBAT Lane Alternative
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Frontage Road AlternativeFrontage Road Alternative
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Median Guideway AlternativeMedian Guideway Alternative
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From Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to west of N. 56th Street, innovative intersection concepts were analyzed, but found to not be feasible. Innovative intersections analyzed include partial Median U-Turns (MUT), Restricted Crossing U-Turns (R-CUT), Thru-cuts and/or other innovative designs.

Project alternatives will provide safety improvements and multi-modal accommodations along the Fowler Avenue project corridor from N. Florida Avenue to west of N. 56th Street.

Partnerships & Companion Studies

Hillsborough Area Rapid Transit (HART) Arterial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) –
HART BRT Arterial Study (gohart.org)

Hillsborough County Planning Commission Fowler Avenue Vision Plan –
Fowler Avenue Vision Study | Plan Hillsborough

Tampa Bay Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) Regional Rapid Transit (RRT) –
Regional Rapid Transit | TBARTA

FDOT University Area Intermodal Center Study

FDOT N. 56th Street/ 50th Street Corridor Planning Study –
56th Street / 50th Street Corridor Planning Study (fdotd7studies.com)

Study Purpose and Need

Purpose of the study:

In the years 2015-2019 a total of 3,320 crashes occurred in the study corridor including:

  • 53 were severe crashes – 9 fatalities and 46 incapacitating injuries
  • 75% of all crashes were at 10 intersections in the corridor
  • 56% of all crashes were rear-end and 20% were angle/left turn

Pedestrian and Bicycle Crashes include:

  • 120 of all crashes involved a pedestrian or bicyclist
  • All 9 fatalities and 17 of the incapacitating injuries involved pedestrians and bicyclists resulting in 51% of all severe crashes
  • 68% of all crashes occurred at or near a signalized intersection
  • 73% of all pedestrian/bicycle crashes occurred between Nebraska Avenue and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard

Demographic data found in the FDOT Environmental Screening Tool identifies areas west of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard both north and south of Fowler Avenue that have large populations with no or only one vehicle per household making these populations dependent on walking, bicycling and transit.  Additionally, the University of South Florida (USF), located on the corridor just east of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, is attended by over 24,000 students, many of whom commute along the corridor to the campus and many of whom live in student apartment housing surrounding the campus that walk, bicycle or rely on the USF student transit service, the Bull Runner.  Providing a safe, travel time reliant, transit, pedestrian and bicycle friendly facility is imperative to obtain Vision Zero objectives for the corridor.

Contact Information

For more information or to comment, please contact:


Environmental Management Office
Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven
11201 N. McKinley Drive
M.S. 7-500
Tampa, FL 33612-6456


Phone: (813) 975-6000
Toll Free: (800) 226-7220


The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by FDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. Section 327, and a Memorandum of Understanding dated May 26, 2022, executed by the Federal Highway Administration and FDOT.


Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Roger Roscoe, Title VI Coordinator, at (813) 975-6411 or toll-free at (800) 226-7220,or by email to: roger.roscoe@dot.state.fl.us


Comuniquese Con Nosotros
Si usted tiene preguntas o comentarios, o si simplemente desea más información sobre este proyecto, favor ponerse en contacto con el señor Manuel Flores, al teléfono (813) 975-4248 o al correo electrónico manuel.flores@dot.state.fl.us