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Road expansion sure to ease traffic tie-ups in Brandon

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If you've ever been to the mall in Brandon during the holidays or weekends, you know driving in and out of there can be tough. There's a lot of traffic. A new road opened up last week is sure to help alleviate some of that congestion.

"This was a project of high priority for the community," Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higgentbotham said explaining that easing that traffic was important.

The road expansion connects State Road 60 and Causeway Boulevard. It's a half mile long and also has two bicycle lanes and a sidewalk along both sides.

"The good thing about the construction is it was done in a way that it did not interfere with the current traffic patterns," Higgenbotham said.

"As people learn there's alternatives now in using Gornto Lake, they will be delighted to know that get in and out of that area without using that road that goes around the mall," he added.

The county purchased land from a nearby cemetery to put in the road.

"We wanted to make sure that no graves that had been placed there years and years ago and we didn't have a record so we wanted to make sure we were respectful of the families and those who may have been buried there," Higgenbotham added.

County officials said they finished the road two weeks ahead of schedule and $85,000 under budget. It was a $4 million project. Planning began in 2006.

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