Despite heavy summer rains, the Gornto Lake Road extension will be complete about two weeks ahead of schedule.
A ribbon-cutting for the $4 million 0.6-mile stretch of roadway which runs north and south from State Road 60 to Town Center Boulevard, is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sept. 24.
A new traffic light should be in place at Town Center Boulevard by next week, said Hillsborough County Project Manager C.T. Chen. “It will probably energize early next week.”
This is the final stretch that will connect Gornto Lake Road from State Road 60, south past Bloomingdale Avenue to U.S. 301. While alleviating traffic flowing in and out of the mall, especially during peak times of day and during the busy winter season, it will also help alleviate some congestion for people traveling from north to south in the Greater Brandon area, Chen said.
The project has been on the books for years, with design work starting in 2006. The short segment will be able to handle 22,000 vehicles daily, Chen said.
Construction started in October, but the contractors steered clear of the mall traffic during the holidays, keeping work toward the interior.
County spokesman Travis Abercrombie said Commission Chairman Ken Hagan and Commissioner Al Higginbotham will speak at the ribbon-cutting, as will a spokesperson for the Westfield Brandon mall.