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Hillsborough Storm Evacuation Scenarios

The purpose of this study is to recommend solutions to the Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) that improve evacuations for hurricanes and tropical storms without major road widenings. Hillsborough County’s population continues to grow, and we must be able to evacuate residents and visitors during emergencies. This study is looking at reducing congestion and improving travel where needed, focusing on:
  • transportation operations,
  • communications, and
  • personal behavior solutions.  

Please take this 5-minute survey and give us your feedback on some possible solutions that can make hurricane evacuations better for everyone in our county.  Thank you for participating!

For more information about the study, visit: http://www.planhillsborough.org/storm-evacuation-forecast-shelter-in-place-scenarios-study/



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2. This study is looking at solutions that do not require expensive major road widenings.
Do you agree with making such changes to improve travel during a storm evacuation?
4. Enhancements that modify a freeway interchange or add a turn lane at intersections could reduce congestion or delays.  
Do you agree with making such changes to improve travel during a storm evacuation?
6. Changing traffic signals to allow more traffic to evacuate away from the storm or coast could improve travel during an emergency.
Would you like to see this solution used during a storm evacuation?
8. During evacuations, would you use the shoulder of the interstate to evacuate if it’s allowed, such as on  I-75 or I-4?
10. Traffic congestion can be a concern when evacuating. The study has identified the top ten interstate (indicated by capital letters) and non-interstate (indicated by lower case letters) congested locations during hurricane evacuation, as shown on the map below.
Which of these areas have you experienced congestion during a past evacuation? (Select all that apply.)
Which of these areas would you expect or perceive to be congested during an evacuation? (Select all that apply.)


Space Cell ExperiencedExpect/Perceive
A. I-75 (Fowler Ave to I-4)
B. I-4 (McIntosh Rd to Branch Forbes Rd)
C. I-75 (Dr MLK Jr Blvd to Brandon Blvd)
D. I-4 (I-75 to Mango Rd)
E. I-4 (Paul Buchman Hwy to Park Rd)
F. I-75 (Gibsonton Dr to Big Bend Rd)
G. I-75 (Selmon Expy to US 301)
H. I-75 (Brandon Blvd to Selmon Expy)
I. I-75 (US 301 to Gibsonton Dr)
J. I-75 (Sun City Center Blvd to Valroy Blvd)
11. Traffic congestion can be a concern when evacuating. The study has identified the top ten interstate (indicated by capital letters) and non-interstate (indicated by lower case letters) congested locations during hurricane evacuation, as shown on the map below.
Which of these areas have you experienced congestion during a past evacuation? (Select all that apply.)
Which of these areas would you expect or perceive to be congested during an evacuation? (Select all that apply.)


Space Cell ExperiencedExpect/Perceive
a. Mango Rd (I-4 Ramps to Hillsborough Ave)
b. Bruce B. Downs Blvd (I-75 Ramps to New Tampa Rd)
c. Sun City Center Blvd (I-75 Ramps to US 301)
d. Bruce B Downs (Bearss Ave to I-75 Ramps)
e. George J Bean Pkwy (Airport Service Rd to Airport Recirculation Dr)
f. Bruce B. Downs Blvd (Fletcher Ave to Fowler Ave)
g. Fletcher Ave (Nebraska Ave to Bruce B. Downs Blvd)
h. Dale Mabry Hwy (Gandy Blvd to Interbay Blvd)
i. Dale Mabry Hwy (Sligh Ave to Hillsborough Ave)
j. US 301 (Riverview Dr to Boyette Rd)
12. Having accurate travel information during a hurricane is important. One solution being considered is adding more signs on roads and freeways to provide real time information on travel times to destinations, road closures or crashes, etc. These signs could be permanent or temporary, such as signs used during construction.
Do you agree such changes to improve travel during a storm evacuation would be helpful?
14. Hillsborough County is one of the fastest growing areas of Florida, which gains 700 new residents a day. One solution under consideration is the phasing of evacuations so that some people would be asked to evacuate sooner than others. For example, visitors staying at hotels could be asked to evacuate early.
Would you be in favor of phasing emergency evacuations?