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Posted September 10, 2021 | 4:18 PM

Large Project on McMullen Road will Create Safe Route to School for Rodgers Middle School Students

Correction: This release as been updated to correct the price of the project and a spelling error.

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2021) - A new sidewalk project along McMullen Road near Rodgers Middle School continues Hillsborough County's efforts to facilitate a safe route to school in the area. The project will see the completion of sidewalks and creation of a large waiting area where students can gather to cross the busy street with the assistance of a crossing guard.

The new project fills in gaps in the existing sidewalk, adding about 5,500 feet of sidewalk along the west side of McMullen Road from north of Fawn Dale Drive to north of Leonard Avenue. An additional 200 feet of sidewalk will be added in front of Pep Boys Auto Service & Tire to close the existing gap located several hundred feet south of Boyette Road.

To increase safety for students waiting to cross McMullen Road at Tucker Road, a large landing area for staging the high volume of pedestrian traffic will be maintained on the northwest corner of the intersection. Existing paved or unpaved driveways will be paved from the road to the back of the new sidewalk, as well as extending cross drains as needed.

Hillsborough County already has built new sidewalk for almost a half-mile along the north side of Tucker Road from McMullen Road to the school. The County also installed new crosswalks at Tucker Road and McMullen Road with pedestrian-activated flashing beacons. The new crosswalks allow for a crossing guard to work the intersection during high-traffic times of day.

The total cost of this phase of the project is $1.23 million and should be complete in mid-2022.

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 Sept. 13 and Sept. 25 at 11:59 p.m. Visit HCFLGov.net/HCEngage to participate.

Questions in English or Spanish about the virtual public engagement for the Northern Hillsborough Intersection Upgrades may be directed to the Customer Service Center at (813) 635-5400.

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