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Old 08-02-2010, 01:46 PM
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I am potentially moving down to Tampa in October. My wife and I were just down for the weekend, and toured just about the whole city.

One question I have is where are the traffic problem spots for a commute?

My job is located on Linebaugh, just north of the Airport, pretty central and we definitely were looking into the Westcahse area, obviously it is a very nice area and very short commute...but up in the price range.

We toured Carrollwood and Town N Country, but lots of locals warned us that the area was going downhill rather quickly.

My question is how horrible is the HWY 60 causeway during rush hour?
Is it true to stay clear of HWY 19 in clearwater?
The Bruce B Downs going back and forth to New Tampa really bad traffic wise, as it seemed like the only area in town under major construction.
or is is better just to stay on 275?

The area is confusing...so many really nice homes next to so many run down spots...thats got to run havoc on property values.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:04 PM
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Carrollwood is fine. I don't know who told you that. Traffic on 60 may get heavy, but it usually stays moving. It gets bad at the 275 interchange, but construction is finishing up over there, so it may get a little better. 19 used to be really awful. It's gotten a little better since they've upgraded some of it to freeway standards.
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:07 PM
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[FONT=Verdana]Traffic all over is somewhat bad during rush hour. I would definitely not be silly enough to move across the bridge, unless you want an hour drive. New Tampa is way too far from Linebaugh....trust me, that is my commute currently and it takes over an hour. Like the above person said, Carrollwood is a great area. If you like Westchase, you might want to look at some of the homes in Countryway....they are pretty much in the same neighborhood, just a little older. Anything north of Linebaugh (in betwwen Dale Mabry and Sheldon) is good area, except maybe Plantation (not the best neighborhood).[/FONT]
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:37 AM
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Thank you very much.
I think Carrollwood might be feasible.
I am definitely looking into the Countryway area next time down.

I wish google maps had a rush hour travel time option. The commute times are so off, when any traffic is around.

Any opinions on traffic from North Clearwater or Palm Harbor - Safety Harbor or Oldsmar area. Basically going around the Bay, as opposed to over the causeway. Driving through Safety Harbor was slow, but traffic seemed to flow fine.
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:56 PM
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Takes me about 25 min. from Palm Harbor to get to the intersection of Linebaugh and Anderson(no. of the airport) Oldsmar would be a little less, Safety Harbor about the same. It's a straight shot from Tampa Rd(or 580 from Safety Harbor) to Forest Lake which becomes Linebaugh at Race Track Rd(from the east part of Oldsmar, you would use Race Track or Countryway to Linebaugh)
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Old 08-09-2010, 04:08 PM
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All of Tampa is nothing but traffic.
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:52 AM
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Originally Posted by CHASLS2 View Post
All of Tampa is nothing but traffic.
Almost all...

All the more need for the transit initiative to pass. Unfortunately, there has been some tea party opposition, which I can see from the 'additional tax' angle, but the fact that businesses are pleading for this to reduce congestion, costs for shipping/transit time, and the number of jobs that road, bus lane, and light rail projects would bring. It's a no-brainer, especially since tourists will be paying a significant percentage.
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