Hillsborough County aims to widen Bell Shoals Road to ease traffic congestion

Public meeting scheduled Tuesday evening
Input wanted on plan to widen Bell Shoals Rd.
Posted at 4:29 AM, Oct 23, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Hillsborough County wants the public's input on a big traffic projecthappening in Valrico, where the county plans to widen the segment of Bell Shoals Road between Bloomingdale Avenue and Boyette Road.

There is an open house for the Bell Shoals Road widening project on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Bloomingdale High School Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.

The plan is to widen that section of the road from a two-lane, undivided rural road, to a four-lane, divided urban facility. The 3.1-mile corridor will have two vehicle lanes, a bike lane, and a sidewalk in both directions, according to Hillsborough County. The project will also widen the existing bridge over the Alafia River, improve stormwater drainage, and enhance pedestrian safety features.

Project Area Map

Renderings of Community Entrances

Bell Shoals Rd. Project Fact Sheet

 A new traffic signal will be added at Starwood Avenue and the existing traffic signals at Glenhaven Drive, Rosemead Lane, and Bloomingdale Avenue will be upgraded.  

The new design will help ease traffic congestion and increase safety by allowing more cars to make it through the area more easily, according to Hillsborough County.

The $65 million construction project is being funded by Newland Communities and Hillsborough County, according to county leaders.

 Construction is expected to begin in fall 2018 and be finished in 2022.