Land acquisition begins for road project

The Pasco County Commission has given the go-ahead for land acquisition in preparation for a project to extend Clinton Avenue and realign State Road 52.

Planning for the major project began nearly 14 years ago, with a route study. Since then, there have been additional studies and public meetings, but no construction schedule.

In March, residents attended an open house to study maps and learn about the updates to a 2005 Curley Road Route Study, and review other road projects in northeast Pasco County. (File)

But, it wasn’t until July 10 that commissioners approved the project and authorized the acquisition of 69 parcels through eminent domain.

Construction is expected to begin in 2019.

The project will widen State Road 52 from two lanes to four lanes, from east of Uradco Place to east of Fort King Road, at the intersection with Clinton Avenue.

State Road 52 also will shift westward. And, a roundabout is planned at the intersection with Mirada Boulevard, an internal road for the master-planned community of Mirada.

Sufficient right of way will be acquired to accommodate a future six-lane road. The project is about 7 miles long.

The parcels are needed for right of way, as permanent and temporary easements, and to construct stormwater ponds for drainage.

To initiate eminent domain, county commissioners approved a resolution that shows a public purpose for the project.

According to county documents, the roadwork “will enhance mobility, improve traffic operations, and provide safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.”

Various studies have focused on interconnecting segments of the proposed project.

In March, county officials invited residents to an open house to learn information on the Prospect Road/Happy Hill Road Route Study.

A similar open house was held in 2017, as part of efforts to update the Curley Road Route Study that originally was done in 2005.

Published July 25, 2018

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