Posted September 24, 2021 | 10:23 AM
Roundabout Intersection Improvement Planned for Balm Riverview Road and Symmes Road
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 24, 2021) -Hillsborough County is designing an intersection improvement project at Balm Riverview Road at Symmes Road that should improve safety and reduce delays.
The County is designing a roundabout for the intersection, which is currently unsignalized with a stop sign for motorists approaching the intersection from Symmes Road. The current configuration creates long wait times for vehicles turning left from Symmes Road to go north on Balm Riverview Road.
Hillsborough is conducting a virtual public engagement regarding the project to receive input from the public about the County's recommended improvements.
Roundabouts reduce the number of potential conflict points and have been found to decrease the likelihood of severe or fatal injury crashes, making the intersection safer for all modes of travel. The construction of a single-lane roundabout will improve safety and traffic operations, reducing delay for vehicles on Symmes Road.
Roundabouts also have been proven to provide safer accommodations for pedestrians, as compared to standard signalized intersections. They are designed to promote slower entry, circulating, and exit speeds. Raised splitter islands slow and deflect approaching traffic, while also providing refuge for pedestrians. Crosswalks, sidewalks, and ADA features are also included in the design.
In order to construct the roundabout, Hillsborough County needs to acquire a property on the east side of Balm Riverview Road, which provides the majority of right-of-way for the project. Design and land acquisition are anticipated to be complete by late 2022. Procurement for construction should start in early 2023 with construction beginning soon after. The construction is anticipated to begin in mid-2023 and end in early 2024.
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. 27 and Oct. 10 at 11:59 p.m. Visit HCFLGov.net/HCEngage
Questions in English or Spanish about the virtual public engagement for the Balm Riverview Road at Symmes Road intersection improvements may be directed to the Customer Service Center at (813) 635-5400.