HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A new project in southern Hillsborough County is underway that is designed to relieve some congestion in the Big Bend Road area.
Hillsborough County is now extending Apollo Beach Boulevard, otherwise known as Paseo Al Mar, and creating an overpass over Interstate 75.
The project will extend the existing four-lane divided highway, creating an overpass on I-75 to connect U.S. 41 to U.S. 301.
The connection is expected to reduce traffic congestion on other east-west corridors like Big Bend Road by providing an additional route for residents and commuters in southern Hillsborough County.
The project connects Apollo Beach Boulevard on the east side of I-75 with Balm Road on the west by connecting Paseo al Mar Boulevard.
The project begins on the eastern side of the freeway at the edge of the Belmont Housing Development and connects to the Waterset development on the western side of I-75.
Construction will also align with the Vision Zero principles, adding sidewalks and bike lanes to the area.
The more than $26 million road project will be paid for partially by an FDOT grant along with a developer and Hillsborough County.
Construction is scheduled to be complete in late 2022.