Lawmakers present ways to cut traffic backups at MacDill Air Force Base

Traffic backed up during the morning hours outside the MacDill Air Force Base (WFLA)

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – State and government leaders met Thursday morning to discuss ways to ease traffic congestion around the entrances to MacDill Air Force Base in South Tampa.

For years, traffic has backed up at the base’s four entrances, mainly the entrance at the Dale Mabry gate.

“It’s kind of crazy because it takes an extra hour for us to get up and come from Temple Terrace,” said Eddie Anderson, who drops off his wife every day at the base.

Military leaders, U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Florida, and state Sen. Jack Latvala want things to change.

They just asked the Florida Department of Transportation to begin a year-long study that’ll look at ways to fix the mess.

“This is about doing the right thing for the men and women in uniform who call MacDill home,” Jolly said. “This is about doing the right thing for the Tampa Bay area.”

Among the ideas: re-directing traffic and enlarging gates.

But, it’ll take several years for a permanent fix to be put in place due to planning and construction. And, that means more years of waiting.

Around 10,000 vehicles drive onto the base each day, officials tell 8 On Your Side.

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