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Major reconstruction projects starts on U.S 41 just ahead of busy holiday week

U.S 41 reduced to single lanes near Port of Tampa
Posted at 4:54 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 07:13:20-05

GIBSONTON, Fla. — Drivers, there is a traffic alert you need to know about. A big road project started Monday in Hillsborough County, just ahead of the holiday weekend. FDOT is warning motorists to expect delays on U.S 41 near the Port of Tampa.

At US 41 on the intersection of Madison Avenue, the northbound lanes have been reduced to a single lane as of Monday night. The impacted areas are Pendula Point Road, Port Sutton Road and Madison Avenue. The point of the project is to rebuild these intersections in concrete. This will enhance the durability of the roads to keep up with growth in the area and increased truck traffic from Port Tampa Bay. According to FDOT, construction will be done in phases allowing a single lane in each direction of 41 and Port Tampa Bay.

FDOT is warning drivers to plan ahead because it’s going to take a lot longer to get to places. They’re anticipating  "significant traffic delays." Drivers in the area are dreading what this will mean for their commute.

“Oh my god, I’m going to be late for work, what’s going on?" said Janice Mcaffee, "It needs the improvement, it does, because we have a lot of problems on this road. It’s 41 so you’re going to have that.”

The $15.3 million project is not just about repaving. The project will impact Bullfrog Creek to Denver Street and bring with it improvements to turn lanes, traffic signals and roadway lighting.

In the meantime, drivers should plan ahead and expect to see construction through summer of 2019