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Commute gets harder Thursday

Published June 13, 2007


LUTZ - A section of County Line Road popular with Land O'Lakes commuters is scheduled to close for more than two months beginning Thursday. The closure will enable builders of a new shopping center to widen the road with turn lanes.

Contractors are authorized to close County Line between N Dale Mabry Highway and Deer Lake Road. But they will effectively shut down a cut-through between Dale Mabry and U.S. 41 that usually carries more than 13, 000 vehicles a day, including many Land O'Lakes residents driving to Hillsborough County jobs.

Although the shopping center is in Pasco County, the road is maintained by Hillsborough County, where officials are requiring it to be reopened by Aug. 20, the day classes resume in Hillsborough County public schools.

On Tuesday, an electronic sign near County Line's intersection with U.S. 41 announced the road would close today.

But Steve Valdez, a Hillsborough spokesman, said County Line was supposed to remain open until Thursday.

The shopping center, at the northeast corner of Dale Mabry and County Line, will be anchored by a Target store. The center will have three entrances on County Line, and is expected to add nearly 1, 300 trips to the road's traffic.

[Last modified June 12, 2007, 22:00:08]

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