Posted: 7:37 am Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Interstate Toll Roads And Ray Jay Traffic Headaches 

By Ann Kelly

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization voted to go ahead with the planned addition of more than 90 miles of toll lanes to the interstate system among other improvements at yesterday’s meeting. Tampa Bay Next will remain a part of the plan despite some opposition. Look for the Howard Frankland Bridge to also be rebuilt as part of that plan.

The FDLE will be looking into allegations that the Port Richey Police Dept. of illegal activity that included among other things disciplinary files on some officers disappearing. It’s not the first time the FDLE has been called in to check on the PRPD; they were here in 2014 over a tow truck company scandal.

U2 performs at Raymond James Stadium tonight and you can expectplenty of traffic delays with up to 70,000 expected to be at the show. Security will also be very tight and with new ticketing technology that will also create some delays. Just like taking a flight out of TIA concertgoers should plan on be there two hours ahead of the show. Gates will open at 5 pm.

Hillsborough County schools will be back in session in less than two months but with fewer teachers. There’s a hiring freeze in effect. Superintendent Jeff Eakins has not said how long that freeze will be in effect.