Improvements To Brandon Intersection Announced

Improvements at the intersection of Parsons Avenue/John Moore Road and Lumsden Road are now planned which will include a number of turn lanes and traffic signal modifications.

About two dozen local residents signed in and showed their interest in connection with the county’s proposed improvements at the intersection of Parsons Ave./John Moore Rd. and Lumsden Rd. in Brandon during a recent public meeting at Brandon’s Center Place, located at 619 Vonderburg Dr.
According to Hillsborough County officials, the $2.7 million project will include the addition of eastbound and westbound right-turn lanes on Lumsden Rd., as well as the addition of a southbound right-turn lane on Parsons Ave. 
In addition, modifications will be made to the median and the existing traffic signal to reflect the changes.
The proposed improvements include adding a designated eastbound right-turn lane on Lumsden Rd. to provide approximately 160 feet of storage length and adding a designated westbound right-turn lane on Lumsden Rd. to provide approximately 285 feet of storage length.
As for Parsons Ave., the proposed improvements include the addition of  a designated southbound right-turn lane on Parsons Ave. to provide approximately 150 feet of storage length, as well as a raised concrete median on Parson Ave.
Concerned about the proposed cement barrier on Parsons Ave., Valrico resident David Morrow asked the department to advise him on how motorists will be able to enter the businesses on the east side of the road.   
“I am against this cement barrier on the north side of Parsons,” Morrow said and asked, “What can be done?”
The project design is scheduled to be completed by the end of this month.
The acquisition of the required right of way is scheduled to be completed with in the next year.
Construction is scheduled to start late 2011 and be completed by late 2012 and is funded in its entirety by Capital Improvement funds. Visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org.