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Trucks keep rumbling on Race Track

Published Sep. 28, 2005

Residents of Nine Eagles are accustomed to truck traffic on Race Track Road, so much so that even the arrival in summer of legions of trucks hauling dirt from a borrow pit seems hardly to have fazed them.

"It's almost hard to tell with all the construction going on and the new development going on," Eagles resident Kevin Germer said. "If you didn't have the construction traffic then you'd miss it."

Workers with Hardaway Co., a construction firm that owns a 100-acre tract east of Race Track Road and south of S Mobley Road, began digging a borrow pit in June that eventually will create a 25-acre lake. The lake is the third of three being dug on the property and is expected to be completed within two to four months.

Officials with Hardaway said the roughly 1-million cubic yards of dirt is being used on numerous construction projects, including roads and subdivisions.

When complete, the 100-acre tract will have three lakes big enough for skiing and boating.

Three additional lakes could mean a boon for future homeowners, but residents already in the area are feeling the brunt of increased traffic on Race Track Road, a street they say is already pushed to capacity.

"There have been dump trucks on Race Track for the last five years," said Mary Kaufenberg, executive general partner for Nine Eagles. "The more that's built along the area, it just gets worse."

Kaufenberg says she's not opposed to growth, as long as Race Track Road is widened. That, however, is not likely to happen any time in the near future.

Race Track's northern stretch is rated B on Hillsborough County's A to F scale, with A being the best rating. Even though the southern portion is a D, both are considered acceptable.

But even if Race Track were rated F, Hillsborough County's road budget is earmarked over the next 20 years for other areas. In the northwest area in particular, transportation impact fees paid by developers are committed to reimburse developers of Citrus Park Town Center for $22-million in road improvements around the mall.