The City of Tampa and East Tampa Community Redevelopment Agency’s N. 22nd Street Enhancement project received a Roy F. Kenzie Award from the Florida Redevelopment Association. Honored in the Capital Projects and Beautification category, the project was the East Tampa community’s highest priority for redevelopment. It incorporates a multitude of livable community features, preserves the values and revitalizes the character of the community, and seamlessly integrates multi-modal options.
As a gateway into East Tampa, the N. 22nd Street project safely accommodates all modes of transportation with pedestrian, streetscape and roadway improvements. The mile-long existing road was reconstructed to a two-lane curb and gutter section with landscaped medians, left-turn lanes, sidewalk, multi-use trail, dedicated bus bays, bus shelters, and pedestrian lighting. In addition, five-leg intersection was reconfigured into a roundabout for safer and more efficient traffic flow. Located in the heart of the community, the roundabout features a 20-foot-tall obelisk which serves as a gateway honoring the incorporation of East Tampa into the City of Tampa in 1911. Textured pavement was used to highlight pedestrian crosswalks, and traffic signals were upgraded with mast arm supports with video detection, LED signal heads, and countdown and audible pedestrian signals.
Enhancement of the corridor promotes economic stimulation for commercial and residential development, and provides safer, more comfortable pedestrian and bicycle access to transit and community infrastructure.