The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) awarded B&N the Kennedy Boulevard Complete Streets project between Woodlynne Avenue and Brevard Avenue. This segment of Kennedy Boulevard connects historic landmarks like the University of Tampa (Tampa Bay Hotel, c. 1891) and the new $35 million Tampa General Hospital rehabilitation facility to Downtown Tampa and the Hillsborough River. The ongoing urban revitalization along this corridor has spurred the need for more walkable, multi-modal accommodations. B&N will focus on Complete Streets design to address safety, encourage multi-modal usage, and improve connectivity.
B&N has worked alongside of FDOT District 7 since the Tampa office opened in 1999. Our work on the Kennedy corridor started with a storm pipe replacement in 2014, which led to a complete mapping and condition assessment of the drainage system. Subsequently, B&N developed repair and improvement recommendations to modernize the drainage system alleviating historic flooding and maintenance concerns.
Recognizing extensive drainage improvements will require the road to be reconstructed, B&N’s collaborative relationship with both the City of Tampa and FDOT proved key in guiding the corridor improvements that help the City achieve its “Livable City” vision while addressing FDOT’s infrastructure needs.
B&N is implementing the drainage recommendations while including Complete Streets improvements such as Tampa’s brick patterned wide walks, multimodal connectivity, signals and speed management, safety improvements, green infrastructure and landscape. B&N will also update access management, utilities, and incorporate ADA compliance. B&N is honored to help revitalize and modernize the historic Kennedy Boulevard corridor known as the Gateway to Downtown Tampa.