Construction began this month on the widening of a stretch of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Seffner.
The two-lane portion between Highview Road and Parsons Avenue will be converted into a four-lane road with a center turn lane, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
The project also includes the addition of new sidewalks on both sides of the road and new hurricane-resistant poles and signals at the intersections of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Highview Road, Pine Street and Parsons Avenue.
Due to the construction, some businesses along the road had to reconfigure their parking spaces or driveways to remain accessible, the FDOT said. During planning a few years ago, the state purchased right-of-way land that included the famed Eleven Mile Tavern and a carwash.
The project is estimated to cost more than $7.1 million and is expected to be complete by next summer, FDOT said.
Shelley Rossetter, Times staff writer