Although the widening of Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. in the same area is still ongoing (see page 6), after more than two months of construction, drivers and bicyclists now can share the road in the northern portion of Tampa Palms.
Since December 12, City of Tampa crews have been working to resurface sections of Tampa Palms Blvd. and Commerce Park Blvd. The resurfacing of these roads made access to the Shoppes at The Pointe, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Stonewood Grill & Tavern, as well as several apartment communities in the area, even more difficult than it was before. The roadways, which wind their way through the Tampa Palms Areas 4 and 8 and serve as gateways to the subdivisions within, have been re-striped and resurfaced, with added bike lanes.
The $1.2-million resurfacing project was completed on February 15 and improved about two miles of roadway in two sections — Tampa Palms Blvd. from Ebensburg Dr. (at the entrance to the Wellington community), all the way to BBD. The second section resurfaced and re-striped Commerce Park Blvd. from Tampa Palms Blvd. to Primrose Lake Circle, which is where this year’s Taste of New TampaTM will be held on Sunday, March 24.