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Road projects require lots of lead time and money, so transportation planners often think long-term — five years ahead, a decade, sometimes more. But plenty of local projects have finally cleared all the planning hoops and are set to open in 2019. They include extra lanes on major roads, new traffic lights and improved intersections. Some will help your commute, others will make you safer. All of them are intended to make life easier. Here are 10 projects you can expect to see completed in the new year:

Helping your commute

• State Road 60 gains a lane from U.S. 301 to Falkenburg Road in Brandon

Anyone who has gone to Brandon Mall or spends time in East Hillsborough County knows the frustration of the growing traffic east of Interstate 75 on State Road 60. This $21 million project hopes to ease that by adding one lane in each direction, widening SR 60 from four lanes to six. The project, which addresses a one-mile stretch between Falkenburg Road and U.S. 301, started in May 2017. Drivers can expect relief when construction finishes in early 2019. “There is a lot of rapid growth and a lot of traffic out there,” said Conrad Campbell, construction engineer with the Florida Department of Transportation. “If you’re leaving the mall area or Brandon and heading west toward Tampa, the commute will be a little better.”

• Widening the last section of I-75 from Tampa Bay to Wildwood

The state has spent years widening I-75, a main corridor linking Tampa Bay to the rest of Florida and beyond, from four lanes to six. Construction on the last section in Hernando County adds one lane in each direction from south of U.S. 98/State Road 50 to the Hernando County line. The work should be completed by fall 2019. “This is the last piece in the Tampa Bay area,” Campbell said. “We’ll finally get that last little bottleneck cleared up.”