Efforts resurface in quest to widen Old Pasco Road

The Long Range Transportation Plan now includes a project to widen a 7-mile stretch of Old Pasco Road, from State Road 52 to County Road 54, which is also known as Wesley Chapel Boulevard. The widening had been included in the long-range plan as far back as 2014, but was subsequently dropped. Now, it’s back in. The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization board unanimously approved … [Read more...]

Pace of Pasco’s road construction picking up in 2019

It’s no secret that dealing with traffic congestion is a way of life for Pasco County residents. Whether they’re commuting to work, taking the kids to school, going grocery shopping, heading to a doctor’s appointment or taking care of myriad daily needs, there’s good chance motorists will get stuck in traffic and have to wait for traffic lights to cycle at intersections. Getting anywhere … [Read more...]

Compark 75 sold to Atlanta investors

Compark 75, a Class A industrial park off Wesley Chapel Boulevard, is under new ownership, according to a news release from Cushman & Wakefield. The real estate services company negotiated the sale of five buildings at the park to MDH Atlantic Acquisitions LLC. The Atlanta-based real estate investment company has more than 11 million square feet of properties in the southeastern United … [Read more...]

Widening project of State Road 52 at Interstate 75 nears end

Nearly three years after dirt began flying, a $72.6 million project to widen State Road 52 and Interstate 75 is heading into its final phase. Completion is expected in summer 2017. Motorists have learned to navigate through construction cones, barricades and lane shifts — heading north or south on I-75, or east and west on two-lane State Road 52. Traffic flow has slowed, and sometimes … [Read more...]

Overpass Road/I-75 interchange under review

About 100 residents had the chance to see the design for a proposal to widen and extend Overpass Road at a public hearing on Dec. 15, but the project is years away from construction. The project, estimated at $220 million, calls for widening and extending Overpass Road, aligning it with Fairview Heights and Kossik roads, and building a new Interstate 75 interchange. The nearly 9-mile project … [Read more...]

Traffic relief coming to I-75 and State Road 56

Motorists stuck in long lines of traffic at the Interstate 75 and State Road 56 interchange could get relief sooner rather than later. It will come in the form of a new interchange known as a diverging diamond – a design gaining popularity nationally as a solution to traffic jams at major crossroads. The Florida Department of Transportation is moving the approximately $18.5 million road … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel Boulevard to be six lanes

Pasco County now is on a path to widen County Road 54 — also known as Wesley Chapel Boulevard — to a six-lane divided road. The move comes nearly 15 years after the county proposed widening the road from two lanes to four lanes. The project also will include a multi-use trail on one side and a sidewalk on the other side. No construction start date is announced, but the road’s design is … [Read more...]

New apartments and offices approved

Brightworks Crossing — a mixed-use project calling for offices, self-storage units, apartments, and a hotel with up to 150 rooms, landed on the desks of Pasco County’s planners nearly a year ago. And, on Aug. 9, the Pasco County Commission pushed the project along with a series of approvals. Commissioners unanimously agreed to amend the county’s comprehensive land use plan and to rezone the … [Read more...]

Land sale pending near Hercules Park

A commercial corner by the entrance into Hercules Park is on its way to being sold. What happens with the remainder of the park's land will depend on negotiations between officials from Pasco County Schools and the City of Zephyrhills. Zephyrhills officials remain eager to see the park reopened and refurbished, said Steve Spina, city manager. He anticipates meeting with school district … [Read more...]

Seeking to stop illegal dumping

The collection bins that people fill with donations of shoes and clothes are a familiar sight around the community. For the most part, they help local charities that operate thrift stores or have giveaway programs to benefit low-income individuals and families. In most cases, they’re clean, well marked and routinely emptied. But, not always. And now, the Pasco County Commission and … [Read more...]