Fletcher Avenue PD&E Study
RS&H is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study in Tampa, Florida, for the widening of Fletcher Avenue, a major urban arterial roadway linking businesses, neighborhoods, the University of South Florida (USF), and the University Community Hospital (UCH) to I-75 in Northeast Tampa.
RS&H met with major stakeholders in the project corridor, including USF, UCH, and the Pepin Heart Hospital, to learn current needs and future development plans. Using this information, RS&H developed alternatives that will best serve the needs of the community and county. For example, pedestrian safety is a major concern for USF since most of the student housing is off-campus, requiring students to cross Fletcher Avenue on foot or bicycle. To address this concern, RS&H developed several concepts that included a bridge and pedestrian tunnel to improve pedestrian safety and reduce traffic congestion.
The Fletcher Avenue project is the largest PD&E Study in the region over the next several years and is one of the few Hillsborough County has undertaken that meets federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) standards. RS&H’s experience with the FDOT’s Efficient Transportation Decision Making (ETDM) and federal NEPA processes will reduce project delays and increase the likelihood of federal funding.