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'Peanut' roundabout proposed for Van Dyke Road in Hillsborough County

Posted at 4:58 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 16:56:59-05

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — During a public information meeting Wednesday night, county officials will show off their proposal for a "peanut" roundabout in Hillsborough County.

Officials tell ABC Action News this would be the first of its kind in the state.

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The project hopes to ease congestion during peak hours and create smoother turning movements.

The County is also incorporating Vision Zero to enchance pedestrian safety.

Here's what's in the proposal:

  • Van Dyke Road will be expanded to four lanes with a grassy median.
  • New 10 to 12 foot shared use paths on either side of the road
  • Plus, a trail to connect Upper Tampa Bay Trail and Northdale Lake Park
  • Three new roundabouts in the area, including a peanut design

What's a peanut roundabout?

  • The design is oblong and entry points are further apart
  • Proposed at Van Dyke Road at Darby Lane and Lake Reflection Blvd. plus Grace Family Church.

The project is part of a $40 million Capital Improvement Project.