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Hillsborough officials to move forward with Citrus Park Drive extension to alleviate congestion

Residents encouraged to attend open house on Sept. 10
Posted at 5:47 AM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 05:47:36-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — On Tuesday, Hillsborough County officials will be holding a public information meeting on the construction of the Citrus Park Extension, which will connect Citrus Park Drive from Sheldon Road to Countryway Boulevard.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at Sickles High School, in the cafeteria, and have an open house format with a brief presentation and project display.

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Residents are encouraged to attend, ask questions and make comments on the $63 million dollar capital improvement project that Hillsborough County officials say will decrease traffic and increase safety.

It is a 2.82 mile extension of four-lane, dived urban road and will include a buffered bicycle lane and sidewalks in both directions.

New traffic signals will be installed at the new Fawn Ridge Boulevard intersection and at the entrance of Deer Park elementary.

The project also includes landscaped medians, drainage improvements, pedestrian safety that features water and wastewater infrastructure, and an upgraded traffic signal system.

The extension will provide pedestrian and bicycling connectivity to other neighborhoods as well as the Upper Tampa Bay Trail, and it will alleviate traffic congestion on Linebaugh Avenue and South Mobley Road.

Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2020.