Priorities set for sidewalk and road projects

Board members of the Pasco Metropolitan Planning Organization have adopted a priority list for road projects that is largely unchanged from last year. But, there is one exception: The list now includes a plan to widen U.S. 301 to a four-lane divided highway from the Hillsborough County line to State Road 56. The five-year work program runs through fiscal year 2020-2021. While there’s … [Read more...]

Twin goals: Safe roads and increased tourism

San Antonio is a destination for many bicycle enthusiasts who want scenic vistas and the rolling hills they can find in rural northeast Pasco County. On weekends, bicyclists en masse pedal their way across the landscape. For four years in a row, San Antonio has hosted Gran Fondo Florida, one of eight events nationwide in the Gran Fondo National Championship series. County officials are … [Read more...]

Tampa Bay Express gaining favor in Pasco

A project to build express toll lanes on interstate highways, known as the Tampa Bay Express, has picked up an endorsement from the Pasco County Commission. Commissioners voted 4-1 on May 10 to send a letter to the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization urging a favorable vote on the project. The planning organization is scheduled for a June 22 vote on a project that has gained wide … [Read more...]

Task forces consider road choices

Two volunteer task forces recommend more in-depth review of a range of traffic solutions for State Road 54 and State Road 56 that include keeping redesigned roads at ground level, building flyovers or a no-build option. The West Task Force and the East Task Force concluded the first phase of a vision study for the State Road 54 and State Road 56 corridor with meetings on March 28 and March 31, … [Read more...]

Task forces ready to make choices on transportation

Two task forces are grappling with critical decisions on the future of State Road 54 and State Road 56. The final meeting of the West Task Force was scheduled for March 28, after The Laker/Lutz News’ press deadline. The East Task Force is scheduled to meet on March 31 at 5:30 p.m., at Rasmussen College. Eighteen transportation alternatives for the state highway corridors are expected … [Read more...]

Town hall covers myriad topics

A local church was packed with more than 100 residents during a town hall meeting held by Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey, and county staff. Those attending had a chance to get a primer on how Pasco County departments function, and to get snapshots of what’s happening across the county and in their neighborhood. They also got a chance to speak face-to-face with county staff members … [Read more...]

Scenic vistas are in U.S. 301 vision plan

Between Zephyrhills and Dade City, a ribbon of asphalt connects two cities with distinct characteristics. At either end, U.S. 301 is a gateway into two versions of small town America. Between those places, motorists are treated to scenic vistas, rolling hills and wooded valleys. “Anyone who drives it understands the uniqueness,” said James Edwards, director of Pasco County’s Metropolitan … [Read more...]

Commuter trains coming soon?

Nearly 80,000 Pasco County residents commute daily to jobs in neighboring counties, clogging the highways north and south with cars. But, CSX Florida could be on board to ease those traffic jams with a future commuter rail line chugging through the heart of Land O’ Lakes. CSX officials are putting 96 miles of railroad tracks, from two separate rail lines, on the market. The tracks are lightly … [Read more...]

Pasco wants a say in path of recreational trail

The Florida Department of Transportation is studying the proposed path for the South Sumter Connector Trail, a segment needed to close a gap in the planned 275-mile Coast-to-Coast (C2C) Connector Trail. Two routes are being considered for the connector, but just one passes through Pasco County. Most of both possible routes is in Sumter County, but the stakes are high for communities in Pasco, … [Read more...]

Task forces looking for traffic solutions for State Road 54/56

A private development plan to build an elevated toll road along the State Road 54 and State Road 56 corridor fell apart more than a year ago. But, the experience left lingering ill feelings because of a lack of public input on the project. County officials now plan to start discussions again on how to deal with a major traffic headache on a corridor with exploding growth from rooftops to shops, … [Read more...]