TAMPA (FOX 13) - Construction is underway on what city officials are calling one of Tampa's "top three most dangerous roadways." Himes Avenue, between Kennedy and Columbus, is getting a makeover.
"It was one of the top three locations for fatal accidents," said Jean Duncan, who oversee's the city's department of transportation.
The project will consist of replacing the center left turn lane with raised medians, reducing the speed limit from 40 mph to 35 mph, and adding bicycle lanes.
According to city officials, seven fatal accidents were reported on this section of Himes Avenue between 2009 and 2011. This prompted the city to request state dollars to fund a safety improvement project. After a long wait, the money, totaling nearly $1.8 million, finally came in.
"Definitely needed construction," said Joseph Scaglione, who lives near Himes. "It's nice to see that they're doing some work out here."
Other residents are surprised to hear about Himes' dangerous reputation.
"To me, it looks like it's going to be more of a pain," said Richard Achey.
The project is expected to be completed September 2018.