The Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Widening Project (Segment A), from Bearss Ave. to Palm Springs Blvd., is approximately 3.5 miles in length and widens the existing 4-lane divided roadway to an 8-lane divided roadway.
Included in the project are the installation of approximately:
- 33,000 feet of storm pipe and drainage inlets
- 66,000 feet of curb and gutter
- 24,600 linear feet of sidewalk
- 3,450 feet of water main with 15 fire hydrants
- 18,400 feet of wastewater pipe
The existing signalized intersections will have pole and mast arm signalization installed. The multi-use pedestrian trail will be replaced and the addition of median landscaping will enhance the aesthetic view of the roadway. The bridges over Cypress Creek will be widened to match the widened roadway configuration.
The widening of the Bruce B. Downs Blvd. corridor from Bearss Ave. to County Line Road is currently Hillsborough County's largest transportation project. Two segments of the project, segments B and C, have been completed from Palm Springs Blvd. and Pebble Creek Blvd.
The project is a direct result of increased traffic congestion from the continued residential and commercial development along the corridor. The widening of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. not only reduces congestion and increases traffic capacity but provides additional safety features for pedestrians, bicyclists, and the motoring public.
What to Expect
- Construction activities will take place on weekdays between 7 am and 6 pm
- There may be occasional weekend or night work to cross driveways or side streets, therefore minimizing traffic impacts
- The work will involve heavy equipment and excavation, and will generate normal construction noise
- Access to businesses will be maintained throughout construction
- Traffic lane switches and potential closures will be necessary
- For the safety of the workers, pedestrians and other motorists, please observe all traffic control measures
- Most construction will be in the right of way; however, at times it may be necessary to work on private property with prior approval
- All areas affected by the construction will be restored
- Excavation work can sometimes cause an accidental water pipeline break or similar problem
- Should any water service interruption occur, instructions for a precautionary boil water notice will be issued by the City of Tampa and service will be restored as quickly as possible
Cost & Funding
The funds for the $55,758,000 project are being provided through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), via the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), along with the Hillsborough County Community Investment Tax (CIT) as part of the County's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) priority list of projects. Costs for this project are approximately: design $4,537,300; land acquisition $11,276,700; and construction $39,948,000.
- The design and land acquisition is completed.
- A pre-construction public information meeting was held Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
- Construction dates
- Started: early 2015
- Completed: December 15, 2017
- Project Manager – David Vogel, P.E., Public Works Department, (813) 307-1792
- Construction Inspection - Eric Rose, P.E., Resident Engineer, (941) 914-6144
- After Hours Emergencies - (813) 272-5275