19th Avenue PLAT Study

Figure 10: Pedestrian refuge island. Source: https://nacto.org/publication/urban-street-design-guide/intersection-design- elements/crosswalks-and-crossings/pedestrian-safety-islands/ The Hillsborough MPO 2040 LRTP Needs Plan indicates that 19 th Avenue will need to be widened from two lanes to four lanes from US 301 to US 41. This analysis indicates that four lanes are only necessary beginning at the intersection of 24 th Street with 19 th Avenue. Therefore, a two-lane cross section, as shown in Figure 11, should be provided for this node to further the strategies of the Ruskin Community Plan. The South Coast Greenway Trail is a planned regional trail system that will include a connection that runs along the 19 th Avenue Corridor fromUS 41 to US 301, a connection that extends from the Manatee County line, through Ruskin and Waterset, to the Tampa Bypass Canal Trail, and a connection that extends from the Manatee County line along US 301, through Sun City, to 19 th Avenue. To better connect bicyclists and pedestrians to the overall trail network, the Ruskin Town Center, and connected suburban nodes to the east, the cross section should incorporate the South Coast Greenway on the south side. In order to compliment the regional trail system in the area, and to further the intent of the Ruskin Town Center by providing multimodal connectivity to the nodes on 19 th Avenue, any future improvements to US 41 should incorporate the trail/multi-use path geometry described throughout this report .

Hillsborough County | 19 th Avenue PLAT Study | June 2020

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