Although there didn’t seem to be a lot of answers for the traffic questions posed during his town hall appearance Nov. 16 at The Venetian Events Center at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church (story on previous page), Hillsborough County District 5 Commissioner Ken Hagan did have some good news for local drivers.
Hagan revealed that Brookron Dr. (photo), which more than a few attendees likely traveled to get to the town hall, could be resurfaced by this time next year.
A story in our last issue reported that the 18-year-old road, riddled with potholes in some sections, had been patched over at least 50 times and had been the source of several resident complaints.
Local resident Sasenarine Persaud emailed county commissioners to make his case that repaving the road — which he described as “a motley (collection) of patches, ridges and depressions, with a new pothole opening every week” — should be a priority.
Hagan worked on doing just that. He said the road previously was on the unfunded project list and was unlikely to receive any attention until 2021 or ‘22. “But, I am very pleased that I was able to get that road reclassified from local to a connector road,” Hagan said. “So now, I’ve got that road funded for fiscal year 2019, which begins in October. I’ll do everything I can in October and November next year to have that road resurfaced. I think that’s pretty good news.”
The county’s public works department said the estimated cost of resurfacing Brookron Dr. is $500,000.