Cost rules out U.S. 41 underpass

Even dropping the cost from more than half a billion to $250 million, an underpass at U.S. 41 and State Road 54 would be too pricey. Members of the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization have opted not to add the underpass - also called a tunnel - to a list of recommended road designs to ease traffic congestion at U.S. 41 and State Road 54. Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said … [Read more...]

Calls being made to widen Old Pasco Road

Some Pasco County commissioners are now calling for the widening of Old Pasco Road before a proposed business park is built on the road. “I don’t want to see anything built until the road is widened,” Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said during the board’s May 8 meeting. “We need to make sure the entire road is widened. It will be a nightmare for a lot of residents who live across from … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch still practices patient approach to growth

Since the outset of the development of Wiregrass Ranch, the Porter family has used a patient approach to assembling the building blocks of a community. Over time, land once occupied by cattle and orange groves has been transformed. Developments including The Shops at Wiregrass, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, North Tampa Bay … [Read more...]

Tunnel under U.S. 41 could cost half-billion dollars

It could cost more than a half-billion dollars to build a tunnel under U.S. 41 to tackle the traffic gridlock at that juncture with State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes. A study recently completed for the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization put the estimated cost at more than $550 million. That’s significantly more than the $134 million estimated to build elevated lanes over the state … [Read more...]

County commissioners plan future road projects

Pasco County commissioners favor a pair of road projects for segments of Curley Road and Prospect Road that are aimed at handling more traffic in a rapidly developing area of the county. The roadwork is part of a network of projects, by the county and the Florida Department of Transportation, to improve connectivity with State Road 52, Clinton Avenue, Curley and Prospect roads. In the … [Read more...]

Pasco commissioners approve business park

The Pasco County Commission liked the business park, but couldn’t stand its proposed name. “Vibrant Sun (Business Park) would sound like I’m going to a casino,” Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said. So, instead of being called the Vibrant Sun Business Park, the new development site will be known as Overpass Business Park. The business park, which will be located on 91 acres at … [Read more...]

Price nearly doubles for ‘diverging diamond ‘

Construction of the diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 75 and State Road 56 now has an estimated cost of $40 million. That’s $16 million more than the original estimated cost of $24 million. Despite the higher cost, construction is still expected to begin this summer. The retrofitted interchange is expected to take two years to three years to complete, said Bill Jones, who is … [Read more...]

Bus rapid transit could be ride of the future

A proposed bus rapid transit system is under scrutiny as a “catalyst” project to jump-start a long-range regional transit vision for residents in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties. It is getting mixed reviews from community leaders and elected officials in the Tampa Bay region. In the next weeks and months, representatives of Jacobs Engineering will gather public comments on the … [Read more...]

State Road 56 extension moving forward

Construction on the State Road 56 extension is on track for its scheduled completion in late 2019, according to Florida Department of Transportation officials. The approximately 6-mile extension will give motorists a new four-lane route between Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills. Work began in February 2017. City planners in Zephyrhills are looking ahead to the project’s completion, and its … [Read more...]

‘Mr. Don’ provides safety and encouragement

On weekday mornings and afternoons, Don Niles ushers students to safety at Double Branch Elementary School in Wesley Chapel. Officially, Niles is the school’s crossing guard. But, the 76-year-old is much, much more to students and faculty. Known as ‘Mr. Don’ to the Double Branch community, Niles is known for going the extra mile to forge relationships and lend an ear to … [Read more...]