TAMPA, Fla. — A Hillsborough County resident is frustrated over the growing traffic on Sligh Avenue near Interstate 275.
Kim Nadeu is familiar with this frustrating feeling: sitting in her car, stuck in traffic.
“We have so much traffic coming in and out of this neighborhood. Not only residential but commercial for all of these people that are working,” Nadeu said.
Her main concern is the intersection of Sligh and Nebraska avenues in Tampa, especially when heading westbound toward the entrance of I-275.
“Waiting here at these lights, it can take three, four more turns of the light for us to get through the intersection,” Nadeu said.
That’s something in recent years that’s become a bigger problem as more people have moved to the area.
“It’s frustrating. We have to get the kids out 10 or 15 minutes earlier to adjust waiting at a traffic light. That’s our main way to get to where we need to go,” Nadeu said.
One of the problems is for drivers turning left onto Nebraska Avenue — there is a dedicated turn lane but no dedicated turn signal. That can back up traffic during busy times.
Right nearby, a new apartment complex is being built, which Nadeu and her neighbors fear will also add to the traffic.
Nadeu also has safety concerns there.
The Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is now studying Sligh Avenue from Armenia Avenue to Nebraska Avenue to see how safety can be improved. They’re also studying Waters Avenue as well.
“It started out as a major inconvenience and I think now it’s become a safety concern,” Nadeu said. “With the growth in this area, we’re just not sure how well the light at this intersection can handle all of the traffic that comes through on a day-to-day basis.”
Find more information on the Vision Zero Streets Study.