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A new interchange at Lutz-Lake Fern Road for the Suncoast Parkway is set to open Saturday

LUTZ — The Suncoast Parkway's new interchange at Lutz-Lake Fern Road is scheduled to open Saturday.

Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, a part of the Florida Department of Transportation, aims to open the on- and off-ramps at the interchange at 10 a.m. Saturday or maybe a little earlier, spokeswoman Christa Deason said Tuesday.

The $10 million interchange took a little more than a year and a half to design and build.

"This interchange is about access and congestion relief," Deason said. "A lot of community support" from residents of Lutz and Keystone smoothed the way for the project, she said.

Another $6 million in work is under way to widen and improve Lutz-Lake Fern Road on each side of the interchange, as well as to add sidewalks and pedestrian signals. The state expects that work to continue until February.

A new interchange at Lutz-Lake Fern Road for the Suncoast Parkway is set to open Saturday 08/11/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 6:39pm]

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