Traffic heading west on Sunset Lane in Lutz often stacks up, as motorists who want to turn left onto U.S. 41 wait for their chance to do so.
Sometimes they’ll be stuck there for several light cycles, and the traffic behind them backs up on Sunset Lane.
Hillsborough County and the Florida Department of Transportation have come up with some proposed improvements, and the county held an open house on July 31. There, the public could ask questions, as well as share concerns and ideas.
Plans call for rebuilding the traffic signals.
A second left-turn signal from Sunset Lane onto U.S. 41 also is being considered.
Currently, Sunset Lane has a left-turn lane, a through lane and a right-turn lane.
Sidewalk improvements also are being considered, including pavement markings and ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.
On the opposite side of U.S. 41, Sunset Lane turns into Crystal Grove Boulevard, which is also expected to have some upgrades.
Design and construction costs for the improvements are estimated at more than $1 million.
Construction is set to begin in early 2021 and wrap up by early 2022.
Published August 21, 2019