Boyette Road widening on track for Spring 2014 completion
RIVERVIEW - The light at the end of the tunnel is visible for any motorist who frequents the 2.6-mile stretch of Boyette Road between McMullen and Bell Shoals roads. Phase III of the Boyette Road Widening Project is on track to hit its Spring 2014 completion, according to the most recent update on Hillsborough County’s website. Work on the approximately $23 million Phase III began in August 2010. Phase I (from U.S. 301 east to Balm Riverview Road) and Phase II (from Balm Riverview Road east to McMullen Road) of the widening were completed in July 2004 and May 2009, respectively. Once finished, the road will have grown from a two-lane road to four lanes.The demolition of the old eastbound Bell Creek Bridge less than a month ago has given way to the current reconstruction of its replacement. Traffic was switched to the new westbound bridge on April 8. Besides the westbound bridge, other recent completed work includes storm pipe installation on the north side of Boyette Road and improvements to the intersection of Boyette Road/FishHawk Boulevard and Bell Shoals Road. Roadway construction — including the installation of sidewalks and sod — on the north side of Boyette between Donneymoor Drive and the bridge, as well as work on the proposed traffic signals within the project limits, is currently taking place. Between now and Spring 2014 end date, work will include the existing force main removal at the Boyette-Bell Shoals intersection and the ongoing excavation and sodding of ponds. For more information, visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org and click on the “County Transportation Projects link under the “Services” tab.