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Posted: 2/26/2010
Public Meeting To Discuss Intersection Improvements at Valrico/Wheeler Road and Valrico/Sydney Road

Hillsborough County will hold a public meeting to discuss proposed improvements at the intersections of Valrico Road at Wheeler Road and Valrico Road at Sydney Road in the Valrico area. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss proposed improvements and receive public input. County Staff will be at the meeting to discuss the details of the project and answer any questions residents may have. Please attend; we welcome your input. Date: Tuesday, March 9 Time: 6:30 p.m. Place: Colson Elementary School, 1520 Lakeview Avenue All meeting facilities are ADA compliant. For additional assistance, please call us. Para información, llamar al 272-5275.


SteveValdez,Manager, Public InformationHillsborough County Communications Department

Posted: 2/26/2010
County To Join Sun City Center In Celebrating Completion of U.S. Highway 301 Golf Cart Path

Hillsborough County Commissioners will join Greater Sun City Center officials, residents, and other community and government representatives in inaugurating its new golf cart path from East Del Webb Boulevard to U.S. Highway 301, on the eastern side of Sun City Center. The County built the path at the residents’ request to allow them to safely access and cross U.S. Highway 301 at the Cape Stone Avenue intersection.

Who: County Commissioners, Sun City Center Community Association officials and members, other Greater Sun City Center residents and officials, and Sheriff’s Office and State legislative representatives

What: Ribbon-cutting and community golf cart parade on newly-completed golf cart path from East Del Webb Boulevard to U.S. Highway 301

When: Tuesday, March 9, 10 a.m.

Where: Entrance to the new path on East Del Webb Boulevard, just south of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Sun City Center

Posted: 2/18/2010
Hillsborough County Public Works Launches Online Construction Project Status Feature

Have you ever wanted to find out the latest about major construction projects in your community? Now you can! The Hillsborough County Public Works Department has started a new community project information Web page that will give citizens the opportunity to view the status of major department projects under construction in the unincorporated county. Simply type in


SteveValdez,Manager, Public InformationHillsborough County Communications Department

Posted: 2/8/2010
Columbus Drive Bridge To Be Closed For Maintenance on Thursday Night

The Columbus Drive bridge over the Hillsborough River in West Tampa will be closed by the County Public Works Department on Thursday night, Feb. 11, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The closure is necessary to complete preventative maintenance on a bearing that operates the movement of the bridge.

During the closure, drivers are encouraged to use the following detours:

Eastbound traffic: Howard Avenue to Armenia Avenue to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Columbus Drive

Westbound traffic: North Boulevard to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to Armenia Avenue to Columbus Drive

These detours will be marked by detour signs.

Although Columbus Drive is within the City of Tampa, it is a County-owned road. Hillsborough County has an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Tampa and is responsible for major repairs or reconstruction.

Posted: 2/2/2010
County Completes Columbus Drive Extension Project

Hillsborough County has finished and opened a new section of Columbus Drive in East Tampa, which now extends from U.S. Highway 301 to Falkenburg Road. The project included lengthening the four-lane divided road, improving drainage, ponds and sidewalks, making traffic signal changes, and adding new entrance improvements for the Sheriff’s Juvenile Detention Center on Falkenburg Road.

Construction of the project started in July 2009. The entire project cost approximately $11.5 million, including land acquisition, and was funded with impact fees.

Posted: 1/21/2010
Update!!! 15 Sinkholes Closing County Roads in Plant City Area

15 sinkholes have appeared in the Plant City area starting yesterday that are impacting County-owned roads. County crews are on the scene to test the locations and other suspected locations and close sections of roads as necessary. Roads are open to local traffic up to the closures.

If residents see any additional sinkholes forming that will affect County roads, they should contact the Hillsborough County Public Works Department Customer Service Number at (813) 635-5400. View document for exact road closures.

Sinkholes can appear when groundwater is extracted quickly or in large quantities. They form in Karst terrain principally from the collapse of surface sediments into underground cavities in limestone bedrock, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The extent of the damage and the repair cost won't be known until officials can assess the sinkholes after the ground has settled.

Posted: 1/13/2010
Alert USF Community: Sink Hole on 50th Street, Road Closed

There is a sink hole near the sidewalk on 50th Street close to the USF property. It is large – about the size of a pick-up truck. The sink hole is in the City’s right of way. The City and the County have been called in and they are on site. They have informed USF that it is the responsibility of the City and County to take care of the problem. Traffic on 50th Street has been closed as the sink hole has extended under the road. There is also a water leak in the area. This water pipe belongs to the City. County and City work crews are on scene to take care of the sink hole/water pipe leak, which could take up to one week to complete.

Posted: 11/2/2009
Head Start programs awarded $11.7 million

Hillsborough County's Head Start and Early Head Start got a jolt of federal stimulus money with a whopping $11.7 million grant over two years.

Posted: 10/22/2009
Donate a Blanket for the Homeless at USF's Blanket Drive

We have so many people in the Tampa Bay area who are homeless and go hunger every day and this might be a small way for each of us to help. The Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement Office at USF is having a Hunger Awareness Week from November 2-7 to educate students about poverty homelessness issues. They are sponsoring a Blanket Drive and are donating blankets to the Salvation Army.

They have provided me with a box for people to donate blankets, so if you are interested in helping out someone less fortunate please stop by the Tampa USF campus Advising Office, FAH 120 double purple doors.

Posted: 9/30/2009
Winter Haven passes budget with no tax increase

Winter Haven City Commission gave final approval Monday to the fiscal year 2009-2010 budget representing a $14.8 million decrease from last year and no tax increase to residents. The $102.8 million budget is based on a tentative millage rate of 5.79 per $1,000 of taxable property value. This means that a homeowner with property assessed at $175,000 with a $50,000 homeowners exemption would pay $724 in property taxes.

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