The City of Tampa and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) conducted a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) study to evaluate alternative improvement options along the 40th Street / McKinley Drive corridor between Hillsborough Avenue (SR 600/US 92) and Busch Boulevard (SR 580), and its continuation as North McKinley Drive from Busch Boulevard (SR 580) to Fowler Avenue (SR 582), in Tampa and Hillsborough County, Florida.
Study Purpose and Need
The objective of the PD&E Study was to provide documented environmental and engineering analyses which will help the City of Tampa, FDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reach a decision on the type, conceptual design, and location of the necessary improvements along 40th Street/McKinley Drive corridor to accommodate future transportation needs in a safe and efficient manner. The PD&E Study also satisfies the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in order to qualify for Federal aid funding.
The 40th Street/McKinley Drive corridor is a north/south urban minor arterial facility between 30th Street on the west and 56th Street on the east. The corridor is currently a two-lane rural (open drainage), county-maintained (off-state system) roadway from Hillsborough Avenue (SR 600/US 92) to Fowler Avenue (SR 582). South of Hillsborough Avenue, 40th Street is a six-lane divided urban facility and carries the US 41 designation. This portion of the facility is currently maintained by the state. The existing 40th Street/McKinley Drive corridor is functionally classified as a minor arterial, based on the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plans and FDOT. This corridor provides intermittently for pedestrian facilities but not for bicycle facilities. In addition, the 40th Street/McKinley Drive corridor is designated as Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HARTline) Route # 5 and is a transit emphasis corridor. A transit emphasis corridor is designed to give public transit advantage over the single occupant vehicle, as stated in the City of Tampa Comprehensive Plan Transportation, Mass Transit and Traffic Circulation Elements. This roadway provides access along its length to businesses, multi-family units, residential subdivisions and community facilities. The existing posted speed limit along the 40th Street/McKinley Drive corridor from Hillsborough Avenue to Busch Bouelvard is 56 km/h (35 mph) and from Busch Bouelvard to Fowler Avenue is 72 km/h (45 mph).