The light at Lynx Paw Trl. and Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico will be functioning in early to mid-January.

For residents planning on driving down Lithia Pinecrest Rd., be prepared to make another stop at the intersection of Lynx Paw Trl. And Lithia Pinecrest Rd., as Hillsborough County has recently installed a traffic signal.
The reason for the traffic signal, according to Hillsborough County Public Works Department Community Relations Coordinator Patrick Murray, was for the design/ build of School Safety, Circulation and Access Program (SSCAP) for Lithia Springs Elementary.
“Traffic studies showed that a signal was warranted to improve safety at the intersection,” Murray said.
The program includes the installation of a traffic signal, which will be operational in early to mid-January, to improve safety at the school crossing. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements as well as new pavement markings will also be improved.
The total cost of the project is $361,000, with the signal cost of at $295,000.
Lithia Springs Elementary opened in 1992. At that time, there was no light at Lithia Pinecrest Rd. and Erindale Dr. and FishHawk Blvd. was not yet built.
According to the Hillsborough County Public Works Department Website, the School Safety Program works with the Hillsborough School Board, the sheriff’s office and individual schools developing plans for school-related traffic projects. These projects include pedestrian signals and crossings, school zones, parking prohibitions and school signing such as the Lynx Paw light.
Lithia Spring Elementary is located at 4332 Lynx Paw Trl. in Valrico. In addition to the school, a Kids R Kids facility is also located on the road at 4321 Lynx Paw Trl. in Valrico, as well as the River Hills plaza, which houses a variety of businesses, including The Brunchery, Flooring America, Millie’s, South Law Group, Stayton Law Group and more.
For more information on the traffic signal, please visit the Public Works Department’s Website at
For more information on Lithia Springs, please call 744-8016. To contact Kids R Kids, call 657-6200.

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