City, FDOT pledges signal along troubled Hillsborough Ave. area - FOX 13 News

City, FDOT pledges signal along troubled Hillsborough Ave. stretch

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Victoria Velasquez-Cabrera doesn't remember getting hit by a car on Hillsborough Avenue last month. But she does feel a pain that'll never heal: losing her sister.

"We were really close, we did everything together. Even if though we were sisters, we were best friends. We always told each other everything," she said.

Victoria and her sister, Norma, were hit as they crossed one morning on their way to Middleton High School. Victoria broke her arm, but her sister's injuries were much more serious. Norma died a few days after the crash at the hospital.

Now, FDOT and the City of Tampa are planning to build a crosswalk with a traffic light at the intersection where the girls and so many other students dart between traffic.

"Federal, state, county, city, we'll find the money to fund that signal and that's what we're going to do as soon as we possibly can," City of Tampa Transportation Manager Jean Duncan said Tuesday.

The cost doesn't come cheap. Construction of a new traffic light begins at $300,000.

Still, some say the new light at East Hillsborough Avenue and Meridian Pointe Apartments should just be a starting point for transportation crews.

"Hillsborough is no longer a business section. People live around there. We're going to have to go back and work not only on the crosswalk, we gotta look at it from Nebraska to 50th Street so we don't have anyone else being killed," Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller said Tuesday.

The signal will take at least 16 months to build, but lighting improvements on the road are already underway.

It's help weighing heavily on the hearts of some who've lost everything.

"I want the state to help all of us so no more families are destroyed, so no more kids suffer," Velasquez-Cabrera said.

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