Westchase neighbors seeing progress from county officials on dangerous street

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla — Royce Drive isn't problem free just yet, but Tina Hall says Hillsborough county officials are listening.

"It was really nice to see the increased attention to the issue," Hall said. "I know all of the residents are greatly concerned about it, not just in our neighborhood but throughout Westchase. We have a big problem with speeding."

They also have a big issue with illegal parking. And, last month a little girl was hit by a car while riding her bike. Fortunately she's doing ok. But with the way people drive in the neighborhood, Hall fears other kids could get hit too.

"My kids now are on bikes and scooters, so they're more concerning because they're traveling around the neighborhood. Not a lot of people watching out for them," she said.

Monday, May 7, the Hillsborough County Public Works department reached out to tell Hall it opened a service request with traffic engineering to look into residential traffic calming measures. 

"I was like 'oh OK great! Yes!' It was really great to talk to him and he was really helpful in explaining the process and very interested in my concerns and that kind of thing," said Hall.

A speed hump similar to one on Bridgeton Drive on the other side of Linebaugh Avenue is what people hope slow folks down.

Neighbors say they've also seen Hillsborough County Sheriffs Deputies patrolling more often, handing out tickets and citations to people for parking too close to stop signs. They say that happened the day after our first story ran on April 24th. 

"We're all really having our fingers crossed that we get something to happen to calm down the traffic in this neighborhood," said Hall.

Public works says there are certain protocols it must follow before installing anything.

Click here to see how the process works.

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