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Citrus Park extension project making headway to improve traffic in West Chase area

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Posted at 7:43 AM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 08:05:10-05

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — After years of planning, the Citrus Park Drive Extension project is finally in the construction phase.

The goal of the project is to improve traffic flow and make roads in the area safer.

Hillsborough County leaders say these improvements are necessary to help with current and future traffic demands around Citrus Park and West Chase.

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Along with significant population growth over the years, roads are busy in the area filled with people visiting the Westfield Citrus Park Mall.

Currently, crews are in the process of connecting Citrus Park Drive from Sheldon Road to Country Way Boulevard.

Once complete, there will be several safety upgrades in both directions on the 2.82-mile extension.

There will also be new traffic signals along the route to help ease congestion.

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Right now, construction crews are clearing trees to make room for the extension.

The project will take bout two years to complete, and the county is now more than six months into construction.