Old Pasco Road restructure to enhance safety

Construction is underway to reconstruct Old Pasco Road’s intersections with Quail Hollow Boulevard, Oakley Boulevard and Boom Boom Drive, in Wesley Chapel.

The improvements are in response to a route study that concluded upgrades are needed to improve safety and increase traffic capacity.

Old Pasco Road is undergoing reconfigurations at its intersections with Quail Hollow Boulevard, Oakley Boulevard and Boom Boom Drive. The construction aims to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion. (Brian Fernandes)

Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore said he has heard concerns from motorists who travel on Old Pasco Road.

And Moore, whose District 2 includes the intersections in question, said he, too, has witnessed a need for improvements.

“Just driving that intersection myself, throughout the years, you could tell there was obviously a need,” he said. “There was safety issues – how it was configured.”

Moore also noted that this project will alleviate school traffic for buses heading to and from Cypress Creek Middle-High School.

The campus will have even more students in the fall, when the new middle school opens — creating additional capacity for both middle and high school students at the Old Pasco Road complex.

As part of the $3 million road construction project:

  • Two northbound left-turn lanes will be added on Old Pasco Road, leading onto Quail Hollow Boulevard
  • A northbound right-turn lane will be added on Old Pasco Road, leading onto Oakley Boulevard
  • Going south on Old Pasco Road, there will be a right-turn lane added, leading onto Quail Hollow Boulevard
  • The existing left-turn lane on southbound Old Pasco Road will be extended, leading onto Oakley Boulevard
  • Heading west on Oakley Boulevard, a right-turn lane will be added, leading onto Old Pasco Road
  • Heading west on Oakley Boulevard, its existing left-turn lane will be extended, leading onto Old Pasco Road
  • Old Pasco Road, heading north, will have an added left-turn lane, leading onto Boom Boom Drive
  • Old Pasco Road, heading south, will have an added right-turn lane, leading onto Boom Boom Drive
  • The traffic light at Old Pasco Road and Quail Hollow Boulevard will be reconstructed
  • The traffic light at Old Pasco Road and Oakley Boulevard will be reconstructed

“I know the citizens will be very happy,” Moore said. “The ones I’ve talked to are ecstatic that this is moving forward and coming to fruition.”

There are no expected lane closures or detours during construction.

The project is scheduled to be completed in Winter 2020.

Published January 15, 2020

Comments

  1. George Novak says

    I’ve lived in Quail Hollow since 1990 and I’m not “ecstatic that this is moving forward and coming to fruition”. This was a quiet area until the developers came and destroyed it. Now, the roads are worse than state road 60 in Brandon and the crime rate has soared. Wesley Chapel has become the worst place to live in North Tampa.

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