For the rising new Tampa and Wesley Chapel communities, Interstate seventy five is the primary connector.
However can the street deal with the quantity of visitors it’s anticipated to absorb the approaching years?
To assist take strain off of I-seventy five, the state prolonged the northbound exit ramp at State Street fifty six almost two miles. However resident Jessica Vega stated a brand new exit stands out as the reply.
“The road to get on to the ramp goes all the best way again to the exit for Bruce B Downs,” Vega stated. “And it actually simply backs up the remainder of the interstate’s visitors for individuals making an attempt simply to get on there. Then when you’re on there, you are caught.”
As soon as visitors takes the exit for State Street fifty six, barrier partitions maintain drivers from getting again to the interstate.
Then there are those that simply will not wait in line.
“In order that they get again onto the interstate and take it as far up as the doorway to the ramp after which reduce into the road,” Vega stated.
Vega’s suggestion is a brand new exit at County Line Street.
“If they might get off at County Line Street as an alternative of ready the place to get onto fifty six, the place individuals are making an attempt to get to the mall or the companies in addition to the resident areas there, I feel that might alleviate a whole lot of that visitors making an attempt to get all off at that one exit,” she stated.
Kris Carson of the Florida Division of Transportation stated it isn’t potential to place an exit in at County Line. The explanations? It is too near the fifty six exit, there are environmental points, the close by relaxation space and the airport. They’re all elements into why that is not an choice.
However Carson stated FDOT has been taking a look at an choice which can work.
“So what we’re taking a look at proper now’s beginning development later this yr on I-seventy five and State Street fifty six, the place we will take that interchange and make it a diverging diamond interchange,” Carson stated. “It is just a little difficult to elucidate, however primarily we will attempt to clear automobiles by means of there quicker to get them off that ramp.”
People who drive I-seventy five at College Parkway in Sarasota understand how that sort of interchange works. It has eliminated a majority of the visitors jams there since opening final fall.