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By the numbers: Bruce B. Downs widening

It's here. It's a pain. But it's supposed to be worth it. Construction started Jan. 4 along a 3.4-mile stretch of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in New Tampa where, for years, residents have begged for more driving room. From Palm Springs Boulevard to Pebble Creek Drive, cones are up, trees are being cleared away and cars are being slowed so that crews from Kamminga & Roodvoets can transform Bruce B. Downs from four lanes to eight. The $40.5 million widening, funded through federal and county dollars, is supposed to be completed in 2012. Officials say lanes will shift, but that the project should not cause any closures, except potentially overnight. Here's a look at the project, broken down by the numbers. Dong-Phuong Nguyen, Times staff writer

50,000 estimated number of daily car trips along the strip

70,000 estimated number of car trips per day by 2028

1,000 calendar days to complete

575 average number of barricades/barrels

2 million square feet of new pavement

1.7 million square feet of new sod

550,000 square feet of plastic liner for retention ponds

750,000 pounds of reinforcing steel for the Bruce B. Downs bridge over Trout Creek and retaining walls

140,000 cubic feet of concrete for bridges and retaining walls

37,000 truckloads of earth moved

6.5 miles of new concrete storm sewer pipe

6 miles of new water main and sanitary sewer pipe (funded by the city of Tampa)

Source: Scott G. Passmore, Resident Engineer, BBD Blvd. Widening, KCI Technologies Inc.

By the numbers: Bruce B. Downs widening 02/11/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 11, 2010 11:24am]

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