Operation Traffic Signal: Remove the Danger at a Veterans' Hospital, USF & iQ Apartments Intersection
- Tampa, Florida
- United States of America
September 2020 Update: Very close to this dangerous intersection is a pedestrian bridge which goes over Bruce B. Downs Blvd. This bridge connects the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and the University of South Florida. During the current construction of the new bed tower at the JAHVH the pedestrian bridge was partially demolished. So people at USF and JAHVH can use the remaining pedestrian bridge, temporary steps and an elevator were connected to the remaining portion of the pedestrian bridge.
On 31 August 2020 a homeless person was observed sleeping on the walkway of the pedestrian bridge as people were walking to and from USF and JAHVH. Connecting on the USF side of the pedestrian bridge is the USF Shimberg Health Sciences Library. To see this pedestrian bridge and USF students running across BBD Blvd go to Instagram and search < pentagonmaverick >. Is this pedestrian bridge now a "home base" for the homeless?
12 June 2020 Operation Traffic Signal Update: Hillsborough County Government Update of 12 June 2020: Projected start of construction – January 2021. Projected completion of construction/signal operational – April 2021. Sawallesh comment: Your signature and comments on this petition may very well help to complete this project ahead of time.
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Hillsborough County Government Update, 16 January 2020: These projects are currently in Final Design stages to be let for construction this year (Potentially just before the summer). Hillsborough County will be signalizing and improving pedestrian features at the intersections at Bruce B Downs Boulevard & Richard Silver Way and Bruce B Downs Boulevard & Campus Hill Drive. In addition, we are in the Preliminary Engineering Design Phase for a sidewalk on the east side of Bruce B Downs Boulevard from Fowler Avenue to Fletcher Avenue. This project aims to improve pedestrian connectivity throughout the entire corridor.
Active duty, wounded and injured and veterans are treated at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa. Civilians, Veterans and Military are urged to sign this GoPetition, anonymously if you like. Across the highway from this Veterans' Hospital is the University of South Florida. Suggest reading signer comments 312, 409, 410, 491, 578 and 748 and then your comments would be greatly appreciated. Just click on "Signatures" at the top of this page.
University of South Florida students living in the iQ Luxury Apartment, adjacent to the Veterans' hospital luxury apartments are still crossing this very dangerous intersection multiple times day and night by walking, running and skateboarding. Diagonally across from iQ Luxury Apartments is the USF Shimberg Health Sciences Library.
And at this intersection, illegal left turns are still being made from Richard Silver Way. It is no doubt that thousands of USF students, professors, staff and employees drive through this dangerous intersection once and probably twice a day.
A new Fisher House in the Tampa Bay area was dedicated on 27 February 2019 by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fisher House Foundation and the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital. This is the second Fisher House at this VA Hospital in Tampa, a Level One Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center that provides intensive specialized and comprehensive rehabilitation care for military and veterans.
What has the Fisher House Foundation done to help expedite this traffic signal project at this very dangerous intersection? Many families who stay at these two Fisher Houses will / may drive thru this dangerous intersection multiple times a day.
This Hospital opened in 1972. For decades a traffic signal was needed at this dangerous main entrance / exit of the hospital which is on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. In August 2018 the US Department of Veterans' Affairs funded $1.4 Million for Hillsborough County to construct the traffic signal project. And now the Hillsborough County Government states the projected work will be completed no later than mid-2021. You can help put this project on FAST TRACK!
Urgently needed are critical traffic signals, pedestrian crosswalks with signals, turning lanes and modern street lights. Kudos to the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital which completed action to modernize Richard Silver Way which connects to Bruce B. Downs Blvd!
This traffic signal project is located in "Tampa's Hospital Row." Hospitals are the Advent Health and Hospital, James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital; Shriners Hospitals for Children, Moffitt Cancer Center, USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. And many, many medical offices.
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Who does the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital treat? FOIA 2018 answer: "In FY 17, Tampa/673 treated patients from 66 of Florida's counties, all 50 US states plus D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as seven countries outside of the US and its territories (NICARAGUA, SINGAPORE, AUSTRIA, COSTA RICA, POLAND, QATAR, SAINT CHRISTOPHER/St. KITTS AND NEVIS)."
Please sign and comment today, anonymously if you like. Petition is free. Civilians, Medical and Nursing Students, Veterans and Military are urged to sign this petition.
Please post this GoPetition on your social media sites and forward to Colleges and Universities, Businesses, Veterans and Military Communities. It is no doubt that many traveling to and from Tampa's Busch Gardens drive through this dangerous intersection. Thank you!
We, the undersigned, call on the US Department of Veterans' Affairs, University of South Florida, Hillsborough MPO Metropolitan Planning for Transportation, Hillsborough County Government, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHA - Special Grants) to take action to have traffic signals installed at the highway intersection of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and Richard Silver Way (JAHVAH Main Entrance/Exit) and the Entrance/Exit to the USF Shimberg Health Sciences Library Staff/Visitor parking lot in Tampa, Florida.
The Operation Traffic Signal: Remove the Danger at a Veterans' Hospital, USF & iQ Apartments Intersection petition to Tampa, Florida was written by Robert F. Sawallesh and is in the category Roads & Transport at GoPetition.