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Work on East Hanna Ave. & Central Ave. Traffic Update

David Nelson Construction has re-arranged its construction schedule to focus on Central Avenue south of Hillsborough, Crest Avenue and the Hillsborough River outfall. The revised schedule means crews will be working on East Hanna Avenue near Seminole Heights Elementary School in spring of 2023 instead of 2022.

This change will not affect the overall schedule, but it will help the project team reduce impacts to the neighborhoods where crews are currently working, particularly near Hillsborough High School. Construction on Central Avenue is exacerbating traffic congestion near the high school which is impeding residents’ access to homes. This schedule change will help us complete work on Central before the start of the next school year, barring unforeseen conditions.

We are working with Hillsborough High and the school district on options for reducing traffic tie-ups during school drop-off and pick-up. Additionally, the contractor is working to improve traffic on Central between Louisana and Wilder to ease congestion. However, construction activity will increase on Central in coming months. If you are a parent or guardian of a student at HHS who routinely drops off or picks up a student, you must follow the rules regarding traffic flow and be as efficient as possible to avoid blocking in neighborhood residents.

Work on Tunnel Under I-275 Begins in Late January

Work will begin on or about Jan. 24, 2022, to install a stormwater pipe under I-275 from North Taliaferro Avenue west to Caracas Street. This work continues through April, barring unforeseen conditions.  The pipeline will be installed under I-275 by microtunnel, a trenchless construction technique that involves:

  • Installing dewatering wells and pumps that will run 24 hours a day continuously through the duration of the work.
  • Digging large tunnel shafts on both sides of the interstate (at the Taliaferro/Caracas intersection and at the end of East Caracas Street on the west side of I-275).
  • Staging a soil separating machine, control trailer and other equipment on Taliaferro.
  • Bringing a crane into the areas to lower the tunnel boring machine into the sending shaft, to lower pipe into the shaft through the tunneling operation, and to retrieve remove the tunnel boring machine, once complete.
  • Crews will work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday until tunneling is complete.

Crews will install the 72-inch diameter stormwater pipeline on Caracas as the tunnel operation is completed. Residents should expect to hear construction noise and possibly feel some vibration during tunneling and pipeline installation.

Microtunnel work area East Caracas and Taliaferro

North Taliaferro Avenue will be closed from East Wilder Avenue to East Ellicott Street as crews install a stormwater pipeline under I-275.

POSTPONED: Central Avenue Closure North of Hillsborough Avenue

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the temporary closure scheduled to begin Jan. 3 for northbound Central Avenue between Hillsborough and West Henry avenues has been postponed until the end of January or beginning of February.

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ADA Accommodations

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in a public hearing or meeting should contact the City of Tampa’s ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the proceeding. The ADA Coordinator may be contacted via phone at 813-274-3964, email at TampaADA@tampagov.net, or by submitting an ADA – Accommodations Request Form.