MPO keeps elevated road on county transportation plan

A group that spent months successfully fighting a privately built elevated toll road through the heart of Pasco County got a bit of a setback last week. But its members seem to be OK with it … for now. Pasco County’s 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan is on its way to both federal and state authorities, highlighting the county’s plan for roads, transit and sidewalks over the next 25 years. … [Read more...]

Elevated toll road down, almost out

The private elevated toll road proposed for the State Road 54/56 corridor isn’t so private anymore. And that might be enough to cancel the project altogether. Florida Department of Transportation secretary Ananth Prasad said he has some serious concerns about the controversial 33-mile project, especially after the developers behind the project — International Infrastructure Partners — signaled … [Read more...]

FDOT leader goes point-by-point on elevated toll road

Patrick Knight has been an active voice against the proposed elevated toll road in the State Road 54/56 corridor, and tried to pull the big guns into his fight by writing Gov. Rick Scott. Instead, Knight's letter was answered by Florida Department of Transportation District Seven secretary Paul Steinman, who responded to Knight point-by-point on the potential 33-mile project that would stretch … [Read more...]

Another civic group rejects elevated toll road concept

Just a day after Pasco County's organization of homeowners associations rejected plans for an elevated toll road along the State Road 54/56 corridor, another group has come out against it. The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce, whose office is just blocks from where such a road project would go through in Land O' Lakes, has given a thumbs down to the potential $2.2 billion private proposal from … [Read more...]

PACA gives a big no to elevated toll road

In a move that is not necessarily surprising, the Pasco Alliance of Community Associations has come out against a proposed elevated toll road in the State Road 54/56 corridor. John Copeland, PACA's president, presented the group's decision to Pasco County Commissioner chair Jack Mariano in a letter Wednesday, saying they are "opposed to this solution." PACA represents 60,000 residents living … [Read more...]

Town hall over elevated toll road descends into chaos

The crowd was there to speak, not to listen. After spending nearly an hour hearing why some Pasco County leaders like planning and development administrator Richard Gehring were still open to exploring the possibility of an elevated toll road along the State Road 54/56 corridor, hundreds of people gathered at a town hall meeting at Sunlake High School Monday night interrupted, shouted and booed … [Read more...]

Elevated road proposal moving forward quickly

All the talk about a proposed elevated toll road along the State Road 54/56 corridor has put it years and years in the future. But if the Florida Department of Transportation finalizes an agreement with International Infrastructure Partners LLC, such a project connecting Zephyrhills and New Port Richey may come much faster, with the first public presentation of the road’s conceptual plan … [Read more...]

Elevated road brings community together … to protest

Author Margaret Mead once cautioned to “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world” because “indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Jason Amerson isn’t exactly looking to change the world. But he is building support to stop change along State Road 54 that could bring an elevated toll road in the future. “I never imagined something like … [Read more...]

Elevated road could bring 1,000 construction jobs

If everything goes as planned, a team of international developers could break ground on a 33-mile elevated toll road along the State Road 54/56 corridor by the end of next year. And it could mean a nearly $100 million windfall for the Florida Department of Transportation as well through a “confidential” stipend. A proposal from a development group that includes Gerald H. Stanley’s … [Read more...]

Next step toward elevated road: Public education

The biggest obstacle in the way of an elevated road connecting the east and west sides of Pasco County is public education. At least that’s what Pasco County Commissioners stated last week just before signaling their support of the Florida Department of Transportation’s continued study into an unsolicited bid that would build upward on the State Road 54/56 corridor. “I definitely don’t … [Read more...]