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Intersection Upgrades on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard near USF Will Improve Safety

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 25, 2021) - A stretch of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard between Richard Silver Way and Campus Hill Drive near the entrance to the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital will undergo a redesign with a new traffic signal, pedestrian access upgrades, and bike lanes to improve safety for all users of the roadway.

This project will add a new traffic signal at the intersection of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard at Richard Silver Way (the entrance to the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital) and at the intersection of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard at Campus Hill Drive. Additional pedestrian safety improvements include sidewalks, curb ramps, and buffered bike lanes between University of South Florida (USF) Pine Drive to Holly Drive. Geometric improvements will be incorporated into the existing turn lanes to support the new traffic signals and enhanced pedestrian safety features.

In addition to the two new traffic signals, new sidewalks will be built on both sides of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard from Pine Drive to Holly Drive, with a seven-foot buffered bike lane and raised traffic separators to physically separate bicyclists from vehicles.

The project is expected to reduce traffic congestion, improve pedestrian safety, improve drainage, and make it easier for residents and patients to enter and exit the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital. The project could be complete by the end of 2022. It is jointly funded by Hillsborough County and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital.

Public Engagement Opportunity

The County will conduct a virtual engagement using The Hillsborough Engagement Hub to collect feedback from the public. Public comment for this project is open between Aug. 25 and Sept. 7 at 11:59 p.m. Visit HCFLGov.net/HCEngage to participate.

Questions in English or Spanish about the virtual public engagement for the Bruce B. Downs Boulevard Intersection and Safety Improvement Project may be directed to the Customer Service Center at (813) 635-5400.




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