Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hillsborough County officials say proposed intersection improvements would cut wait times

BRANDON — The tiny meeting room at the Bloomingdale library filled up before the public forum even started.

It was standing room only, and the air conditioner limped along, making it a sweat box inside. But nobody seemed to complain about the heat.

Instead, the crowd gathered Tuesday night to discuss four proposed intersection improvements on State Road 60 and Bloomingdale Avenue that will affect some residential areas.

If the proposals make it past the planning stage, county officials say commuters from Brandon and Valrico will get relief from long waiting times on Bloomingdale Avenue intersections at Little and Pearson roads and SR 60 intersections at Dover and Mulrennan roads. The proposed intersection improvements offered turning lanes, sidewalks, bike lanes, wheelchair-accessible ramps and possibly signals, county officials said. Planners presented three scenarios for each intersection improvement using land from the west side, east side or a little of both.

Community members had a chance to videotape their concerns, fill out a comment sheet, or speak with county officials and consulting engineers during the forum.

Longtime residents Jim and Linda Dougherty live across from the Bloomingdale Fire Department near the east side of the Little Road intersection.

"We're worried if they expand the intersection, our houses will be practically on the sidewalk," Linda Dougherty said. "Will it devalue our home when we decide to sell? Will we be reimbursed on property taxes from loss of property?"

Doug Templin, a disabled veteran, has lived on the southwest corner of Pearson Road and Bloomingdale Avenue for 20 years. He said he fears the proposed improvements would encroach on his land. In one scenario, the county's map showed a new retention wall that would be built very close to Templin's pond.

"I already lost seven silver leaf maple trees when TECO came through," Templin said.

Although SR 60 improvements didn't really draw much attention during the forum, Boyd and Betty Hanes wanted more information. The couple, who live in Strawberry Ridge near the Dover Road intersection, worries about all of the accidents they've seen at the intersection. Without improvements, they suspect things will only get worse.

"We're happy about the improvements, and whichever one costs the least is good for us," Betty Hanes said.

The preliminary design and engineering study will be completed in two phases. Planners expect to finish SR 60 by the end of August. Designs for Bloomingdale Avenue should be available by November, county officials said.

Construction funds are in place for the intersection at Little Road and Bloomingdale Avenue. But county officials have not set a completion date.

Traci Rader can be reached at hillsnews@sptimes.com.

Hillsborough County officials say proposed intersection improvements would cut wait times 07/30/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 30, 2009 4:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. A Time magazine with Trump on the cover hangs in his golf clubs. It's fake

    National

    The framed copy of Time magazine was hung up in at least four of President Trump's golf clubs, from South Florida to Scotland. Filling the entire cover was a photo of Donald Trump.

    A framed copy of Time magazine, dated March 1, 2009, that hangs in at least four of President Donald Trump's golf clubs, from South Florida to Scotland, is fake. There was no March 1, 2009, issue of Time. The real March 2, 2009, issue of Time featured actor Kate Winslet on the cover. But the issue makes no mention of Trump. [Left, Time; right, Angel Valentin for the Washington Post]
  2. Editorial: The human cost of slashing Medicaid

    Editorials

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had no choice Tuesday but to postpone voting this week on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act that is just as devastating as the version passed by the House. The Congressional Budget Office's estimate that Senate bill would eliminate health care coverage for 22 million …

    Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press
  3. Vince Young takes shot at Bucs' Ryan Fitzpatrick

    Blogs

    Former NFL quarterback Vince Young, out of the league since 2011 and complaining about not getting more opportunities to prolong his career, took a shot at new Bucs backup Ryan Fitzpatrick in a story posted at …

    Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who signed with the Bucs to be Jameis Winston's backup this fall, has played for six other NFL teams in his 12 seasons in the league.
  4. Editorial: Scott's poor choice for CFO

    Editorials

    Gov. Rick Scott didn't reach too deeply into Florida's talent pool in appointing his friend Jimmy Patronis to fill a vacancy as the state's new chief financial officer. This is an exceptionally weak choice for a Cabinet post that requires a sophisticated understanding of banking and other financial services, and it …