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New Tampa Boulevard construction underway

New Tampa Boulevard construction underway

Tampa, FL -- Construction for the New Tampa Boulevard Extension project began yesterday, June 20. 

The project provides for a bridge over Interstate 75 and a two-lane highway between Commerce Park Boulevard and the extension of New Tampa Boulevard.  Additional improvements include retaining walls, a bike path, lighting, storm sewer, sidewalk, fencing, hardscape, and landscape.

The extension is approximately 0.7 miles long and spans from the termination point of the existing western part of New Tampa Boulevard to the northern termination point of Commerce Park Boulevard within the city limits of New Tampa.

Gas prices continue to fall

Gas prices continue to fall

Tampa, FL -- Average retail gasoline prices in Tampa fell 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.52/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.66/g, according to gasoline price website TampaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Tampa during the past week, prices yesterday were 92.0 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 24.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

The national average has decreased 19.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 92.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

Commissioners approve electric vehicle charging stations

Commissioners approve electric vehicle charging stations

Hillsborough County, FL -- Electric cars are coming this fall and Hillsborough County is taking a big step in accomodating the newest mode of energy-efficient transportation.

County Commissioners unanimously approved Wednesday a pilot project to sponsor 10 electric vehicle charging stations for October.

This effort, led by Commissioner Mark Sharpe, District 7 Countywide, marks the start of developing the infrastructure for the anticipated increase in electric vehicle use by consumers seeking cleaner and cheaper energy alternatives. 

The ChargePoint charging stations themselves are free, as well as maintenance during this pilot project. Hillsborough County will only pay for their installation and electrical usage.

Initial proposed charge station locations as part of Hillsborough County’s effort include:

Oil prices drop below $100 a barrel, look for gas prices to continue to drop

Oil prices drop below $100 a barrel, look for gas prices to continue to drop

Tampa, FL -- Oil prices dropped below $100 to settle Friday at $99.29 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange—93 cents less than last week, according to a AAA report.

Prices fell after Saudi Arabia announced it will increase production quotas next month by 10 million barrels a day.

The decision was partly based on concern the high oil and gas prices are slowing the worldwide economic recovery. The increase is said to ease supply concerns and help make up for the loss of Libyan oil exports. The U.S. dollar was given a boost after the value of the euro fell, which could push oil prices lower this week.

New Tampa I-75 widening

New Tampa I-75 widening

Work is underway to widen I-75 from 4 lanes to up to 8 lanes with 3 travel lanes and 1 auxiliary lane for traffic getting on or off the highway.

Construction will be phased with current construction from S.R. 56 to C.R. 54 in Pasco County. 

This 4.3 mile stretch under construction began in March and will be completed in 2012 at a cost just below $23 million. 

Funding is primarily from federal gas tax revenues with some state money as well.

New road projects underway

New road projects underway

Plant City, FL -- The Florida Department of Transportation’s contractor, Better Roads, Inc., recently started a project that will resurface 4.4 miles of U.S. 92 between N. Howard St. and the Polk County Line.  

In addition to the resurfacing, the median opening at Palm Ave. will be closed to extend the left turn lane from westbound U.S. 92 onto Maryland Ave.
 
Other items in the project include:

Plant City driver's license office closes

Plant City driver's license office closes

Plant City , FL -- The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced that the Plant City state-operated driver license office, located at 2402 James L. Redman Parkway, Unit 1, will close its doors on Friday, June 3 at 5 p.m.

Hillsborough County Tax Collector Doug Belden does provide full driver license services at the following locations:

• 2211 N. Falkenburg Road, Brandon, FL 33619
• 1834 James L. Redman Parkway, Plant City, FL 33563
• 3002 College Ave., Ruskin, FL 33570
• 6283 W. Waters Ave., Tampa, FL 33634