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New turn lanes answer a prayer

By TIMES STAFF
Published April 14, 2007


TAMPA

Father David DeJulio was serious about the gut-wrenching traffic on Cross Creek Boulevard. But when he complained to Mayor Pam Iorio two years ago, DeJulio half-jokingly added, "Unfortunately, I even hate to go to church in the morning."

But DeJulio endured, and on Friday he cheered the opening of new lanes Iorio helped bring to Cross Creek.

Workers moved barrels out of the new lanes around 1 p.m. Friday, converting the western end of New Tampa's principal east-west artery to four lanes and clearing one of its worst traffic bottlenecks. The project ended more than a month ahead of schedule.

It cost $6.9-million, jointly funded by the city, Hillsborough County and local developers.

The widening was on the drawing boards when DeJulio and others begged Iorio for help. But then progress accelerated.

"I guess God works in mysterious ways," DeJulio mused Friday.

ST. PETERSBURG

Water workshops seek ideas for future supply

If you're one of the 2.4-million people enjoying the area's drinking water, you may want to attend the upcoming meetings hosted by Tampa Bay Water.

Offer your creative water protection solutions and participate in interactive discussions aimed at planning for future supplies.

Workshops begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY, APRIL 16: Loretta Ingraham Recreation Center, 1611 N Hubert Ave., Tampa.

TUESDAY, APRIL 17: Brandon Community Center, 502 E. Sadie St., Brandon.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18: New Port Richey City Hall, 5919 Main St., New Port Richey.

MONDAY, APRIL 23: Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24: West Community Library at St. Petersburg College, 6700 8th Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25: Harbor Hall, 1190 Georgia Ave., Palm Harbor.

SPRING HILL

Fire rescue district fights county takeover

Spring Hill Fire Rescue went to court Friday, filing a request for an injunction that would keep the County Commission from taking over the fire district.

The County Commission is scheduled to vote on the takeover on Tuesday.

Spring Hill Fire Chief J.J. Morrison insists that Spring Hill residents voted to create the district, and only the voters can dissolve it. Part of the fire board's legal action calls on the judge to declare that a referendum on the dissolution is required.

WESLEY CHAPEL

SR 54 improvements to cause a detour

Pasco County is closing a section of Old Pasco Road, between State Road 54 and Post Oak Boulevard, because of work to widen and improve SR 54.

The closure is effective Sunday at 7 p.m. and will last roughly three weeks.

Drivers will have to go through Lexington Oaks Boulevard, and connect to Old Pasco Road via Post Oak Boulevard, which is a new road. They can also access Old Pasco Road from Oakley Boulevard, which is nearer to Interstate 75.