‘Tis the season is South Seminole Heights. We spent the day (and some of the evening) lighting up the gazebo in Rivercrest Park! We hope everyone gets into the holiday spirit!
Make sure to stop by Saturday, 12/15. Our Annual Holiday Concert featuring the Sunshine Brass Band will start at 4pm and we will enjoy two 45 min sets of classic holiday music! Bring your children, your pets, a blanket or chairs and come enjoy an evening with your neighbors and friends in South Seminole Heights! ... See MoreSee Less
Last night we shared the FDOT short and midterm plans to address our traffic and pedestrian safety concerns along Highland Ave. The picture attached details the plans by the City of Tampa for the same. Both have to work in unison for a comprehensive solution so it’s great to see these plans. Both the FDOT and City of Tampa plans will be presented at City Council this morning. Tune in now as it should be covered in the next 30 minutes. ... See MoreSee Less
Updates to traffic and pedestrian safety concerns for Highland Ave. This will be presented to Tampa City Council at tomorrow’s morning session By FDOT West Central - Tampa Area.
SUMMARY OF ACTIONS: USB 41/Florida Ave/Violet Street/Highland Ave Osborne Ave Tree trimming - completed • Highland Ave approaching Osborne Ave. West side completed on Wednesday 12/5 and East side will be done Thursday 12/6. Signal changes – completed • Add extra signal head Weeding and sidewalk cleanup – completed/underway • Remove weeds and debris from sidewalks and trim trees blocking view of signs and obstructing a clear walking path. West side completed on Wednesday 12/5 and East side will be done Thursday 12/6. • After completion, herbicide will be applied to minimize future regrowth. Pavement Markings – December/January • “Signal Ahead” pavement markings on Highland Ave • Add lane arrow markings on Highland approaching Osborne Speed Study (under review) – December/January Evaluate possible reduction in posted speed limit
Violet Street Curve visibility upgrades – completed/underway • Replacement of curve warning signs with larger panels • Add Reflective Pavemenet Markings on approach & thru curve • Replace and adding more lane delineators (flex posts) with reflective material • Install Stop Ahead warning sign for thru/right turn lane. • Replacement of faded signs (ordered and will be installed by January) Advisory Speed Pavement Markings – December/January • Add “15 MPH” large white pavement markings on two approaches o Southbound Florida Avenue approaching Violet (2 sets) o Eastbound Violet approaching Highland (4 sets) Speed Study (under review) – December/January • Evaluate possible reduction in posted speed limit Lane Reconfiguration – up to 6 months • Restripe the Florida-to-Violet curve and reduce Violet to 2 lanes. • NB Florida will now yield instead of having a free-flow lane onto Violet. • The WB thru/right turn lane @ Violet @ Highland will be shortened and will develop closer to Highland. Extra pavement will be striped out as buffer between sidewalk and outside lane. Signal Warrant Analysis – Highand @ Violet • Signalize intersection and provide pedestrian crossings • FDOT to collect data and develop recommendation in January
The attached color photos are short term improvements to be completed by January.
The black and white photos are mid term improvement to be competed by Fall 2019. ... See MoreSee Less
All the tree growth blocking visibility to the light at Osborne and Highland is being cut back this morning. When we attended the City Council meeting last week we agreed that attention was due to Violet and Highland but pointed to traffic crash data that showed there were far more accidents of an equally serious nature taking place at Osborne and Highland. The city has committed to identifying solutions to both.
The second annual Heights Unites Music & Arts Festival presented by Tampa General Hospital will take place on February 23, 2019 at Brew Bus Brewing in beautiful Seminole Heights. This annual event is a partnership between the South Seminole Heights Civic Association & Brew Bus Brewing to raise money...
On Thursday SSHCA President, Stephen Lytle, and Vice President, Steve Swiger attending the Tampa City Council meeting to create further awareness about our concerns. As a result council is asking Jean Duncan from The Transportation Department and Chief Dugan from the Tampa Police Department to provide an update at the regularly scheduled council meeting on Dec 6th.
At least two City Council members have been actively discussing our concerns and solutions with Secretary Gwynn from Florida Department of Transportation. There are quite a few ideas being floated out there that combine short term solutions with expecting the long term strategy we have been discussing over the last couple years. We are actively working with all parties to address our neighborhood concerns as quickly as possible.
Once there are actual commitments and plans in place we will share those with our residents so you are aware of the changes that are coming. There are a lot of parties involved in this right now to make sure it is addressed satisfactorily.
Please make sure to mark your calendar for 1/16 which is our General Membership Meeting in January. We expect to have representatives from FDOT, City of Tampa Transportation, TPD, and City Council. If you have any questions please email email@example.com. ... See MoreSee Less