TEMPLE TERRACE - Hillsborough County officials plan to install a new traffic signal on Bullard Parkway later this year to avoid back-ups at Ridgedale and Sunnyside roads.
The four-way intersection just east of Bullard and North 56th Street is a frequent access point to the nearby Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club, the public library, Temple Terrace Elementary School, local businesses, residential neighborhoods and playgrounds.
The county plans to invest $268,000 to erect poles and traffic lights at the intersection before the end of the year, Hillsborough Public Works spokesman Steve Valdez said.
Road signs have been sprinkled throughout the area in the past week to inform people about plans for the new traffic signal.
Some see the new signal as a sign of progress for the city of 23,000 people.
City Council members David Pogorilich and Eddie Vance said they support any effort to make the streets of Temple Terrace safer.
Pogorilich said he is confident the county has gone through the necessary steps to decide a traffic signal is warranted at Bullard where it intersects with Ridgedale and Sunnyside roads.
"If it's a safety issue, they have to do it." Pogorilich said. "It feels a bit close to 56th Street (and Bullard Parkway). But if there is a safety issue, we've got to do it."
Vance said he suspects the county wants to make it easier for commuters on Ridgedale and Sunnyside roads to make left turns onto Bullard Parkway, a busy east-west thoroughfare that becomes East Busch Boulevard west of North 56th Street.