Saturday, July 14, 2018
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Seffner boulevard to get makeover on both ends

Two construction projects are set to begin on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (SR 574) widening project will start Monday, east of Parsons Avenue to east of Lakeview Avenue in Hillsborough County.

The Florida Department of Transportation's contractor, Pepper Contracting Services, Inc. will widen the current two-lane area to a four-lane roadway. Other improvements included in the $4.6 million project will include replacing the traffic signal at Kingsway Road, adding sidewalks along the north side of the road and constructing two retention ponds and a new drainage system.

The majority of construction activities will take place during daytime hours. Work requiring lane closures will take place at night between 8 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. Commuters will still have access to driveways and side streets.

The FDOT estimates the project will take 200 days and be complete spring 2017, weather permitting.

Meanwhile, construction at the intersection of Williams Road and SR 574 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) in Seffner will begin in September and officials expect to complete in 290 days.

The $5.3 million project, funded through the Public Works Capital Improvement Transportation Program, aims to improve traffic flow and safety.

According to HillsboroughCounty.org, the project will add dual northbound left-turn lanes, a northbound right turn lane, and two southbound left turn lanes on Williams Road. Other additions include traffic separators, pavement widening and resurfacing.

Construction will take place on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Commuters should anticipate temporary traffic lane closures and slowdown of traffic through the intersection. Access to businesses will be maintained.

Contact Brianna Kwasnik at [email protected]

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