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...]

Homeless shelter to help families find housing

A “one-stop navigation center” for the homeless population in Pasco County will provide temporary shelter for families, instead of the initial plan to help single adult men and women. If opened, the center would be Pasco’s first homeless shelter. An estimated $100,000 annual cost for around-the-clock security at the facility and neighborhood opposition to the original plan prompted the shift … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Voters could decide on four bond issues in 2018

Pasco County voters could be asked to support as many as four bond referendums in November to pay for upgrades to public safety, fire rescue, parks and libraries. County officials presented information on the bonds at a Feb. 13 workshop in New Port Richey. At a previous workshop, Pasco County commissioners had considered a single referendum for about $185 million to pay for public safety … [Read more...]

Del Webb moves into Bexley

Pulte Group broke ground on an 850-home, age-restricted Del Webb Bexley community in Land O’ Lakes on Jan. 31. The age 55 and older community is the first “active-adult” project built by Pulte in the Tampa Bay area since 1960, according to a press release from Pulte Group. “We feel the Tampa area is underserved for baby boomers looking to live in a place that is designed specifically for … [Read more...]

Doggy dining now legal in Pasco County

Pasco County now has an ordinance to permit doggy dining in outdoor areas of restaurants. The Pasco County Commission adopted the new measure unanimously at its Nov. 28 meeting in New Port Richey. A $50 permit fee was later approved on Dec. 12 in Dade City. The commission’s action, however, is news to many area restaurants that already have been allowing patrons to enjoy a meal on their … [Read more...]

Labor shortage delays debris removal

Those piles of Hurricane Irma debris could be sitting near homes for as long as a couple of months, Pasco County officials have said. That’s because there’s a shortage of work crews. Officials hope that residents will be patient, as the county struggles to pull together enough work crews. Pasco County Utilities, Solid Waste and Resources Recovery Department set the start of debris … [Read more...]