A new roadway in western Hillsborough County that will connect the Westchase community from Sheldon Road to Countryway Boulevard is scheduled to open Friday, Jan. 14. The new Citrus Park Drive extension is a 2.73-mile section of four-lane, divided urban road with bike lanes and sidewalks.
Connecting the two existing segments of Citrus Park Drive, the road will accommodate future traffic demands in the northwest area of Hillsborough County, including the neighborhoods within and around Westchase and Citrus Park.
This project will also enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety by incorporating Vision Zero principles and provide connectivity to other neighborhoods, as well as the Upper Tampa Bay Trail and Deer Park Elementary School. The new roadway also will alleviate traffic volumes on Linebaugh Avenue and South Mobley Road.
New traffic signals have been installed at the new Fawn Ridge Boulevard intersection and at the entrance of Deer Park Elementary. The entrance to Deer Park Elementary was redesigned to improve pedestrian access and safety.
Also included in the $51.7 million project are landscaped medians, drainage improvements, pedestrian safety features, and water and wastewater infrastructure.
Editor’s Note: The above article is a Hillsborough County Press Release