78th Street has a history of vehicle and pedestrian crashes. This project will provide pedestrian safety enhancements and placemaking elements to the 78th Street corridor. This County funded project will install pavement markings, signs, and median street art aimed at pedestrian safety. More changes are being planned and will follow using a Federal Safe Streets for All (SS4A) Grant awarded to the County.


The project is within unincorporated Hillsborough County and will extend around 1.24 miles on 78th Street from Causeway Boulevard to Palm River Road.


Pedestrian safety and speed management measures are included within the project plus placemaking elements. This will include new crosswalk striping and signs, along with pedestrian and bike safe standing areas in the median lane. 


Project Details

  • Intersection safety enhancements at Palm River Road and 78th Street, including new signs and importantly giving pedestrians a head start to go into the crosswalks before cars are given the green signals to go.
  • Adding more white striped crosswalks in the corridor.
  • Placemaking elements in front of Clair Mel Elementary School which include painted art within the median on either side of the existing crosswalk.


During this time, residents and motorists traveling on 78th Street should be aware of the following:

  • Traffic control for safety during the placemaking part of the project.
  • Lane closures and potential detours.

Quick Facts

CIP# 69682004


Location: Palm River – Unincorporated Hillsborough County


Project Type: Safety enhancements


Current Project Phase: Receiving community comments and opinions of the proposed safety changes. The comments will be used to make changes to the safety actions to be installed in 2024.


Project Objectives:

  • Provide pedestrian safety enhancements to the busy travelled road.
  • Install art as part placemaking for the Palm River community.


Estimated Project Schedule: This aims for installation in 2024.


Project Budget:

Total: $70,000

Design: Done In-House by Hillsborough County

Construction: $70,000


Funding Source(s): Hillsborough County

Open House

6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024

Palm River Elementary School (cafeteria)

805 Maydell Dr, Tampa, FL 33619