FDOT syncing traffic lights in downtown Tampa, reinforcing speed limit

Hillsborough County

Officials with the Florida Department of Transportation are conducting a pilot study letting drivers know that there’s no need to speed down one-way streets in Tampa and St. Petersburg. 

Crews are syncing traffic lights and posting signs reading, “Signals set for 30 mph” along some streets, including Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa. 

It’s all about letting drivers know that they’ll make the green light if they go the speed limit. 

The new signs are part of a pilot program focusing on syncing the traffic lights on one-way roads, cutting down delays and encouraging drivers to go the speed limit. 

Drivers will also notice signs along Nebraska Avenue and Jackson Street in downtown Tampa. 

Officials said the pilot study is also being conducted in St. Pete at US 92 at 3rd and 4th Streets. 

WFLA 8 On Your Side tested it out along Kennedy Boulevard and found that it took exactly one minute to drive six blocks through downtown without hitting a red light until Ashley Drive. 

That intersection is just before the drawbridge crossing over the Hillsborough River leaving downtown. 

The study is set to wrap up in November with the final report expected early next year. 

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