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Median work continues on Hancock Bridge Parkway

By Staff | Mar 26, 2020

People driving on Hancock Bridge Parkway west of Del Prado Boulevard are seeing something a little different about that four-lane street.

They can see a whole lot more of the road.

Many of the trees have been cut down, part of an $800,000 median improvement project that began about two weeks ago that will go from Del Prado to Santa Barbara Boulevard.

“It’s a beautification project like other medians we have enhanced. We had a design prepared for us utilizing what was existing, like the vegetation we could save,” said Stephanie Smith, special project coordinator.

The removal of the trees is by design and for safety, as their removal will greatly improve sightlines in both directions.

“We call it sight distance. We need to make sure trees and vegetation are not blocking the sight of drivers,” Smith said. “The city council has passed various themes for our medians, and I think this is a mixed median, so where we can keep the trees and not affect sight distance.”

The medians still will have some palms and other hardwoods, as well as bushes and low-ground cover. Smith said the final design will look a lot like the median design on Country Club Boulevard.

Unless impacted by coronavirus mandates, such as the city or state banning road construction, the contractors are continuing the work, Smith said.

The project is expected to be completed in July or August.