2045 roadway plan officially pushes forward

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board has approved the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan that includes numerous projects that are expected to be pursued within a 20-year time frame. “The goal is to develop [a] cost-affordable plan that covers a minimum of 20 years through the planning process,” Wally Blain, of Tindale Oliver, told the MPO board during a Dec. 11 … [Read more...]

Construction crews busy on roadwork in Pasco County

When it comes to construction activity on Pasco County roads, State Road 52 is a hotspot. At least that was the message that David Gwynn, secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation’s District Seven, delivered during the North Tampa Bay Chamber’s breakfast meeting. Gwynn briefed the audience on the state transportation department’s current and upcoming projects in Pasco, during … [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...]

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...]

Overpass Road could be widened

Residents can review a proposal for improvements to Overpass Road at a public hearing on Dec. 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the First Congregational Church of Zephyrhills, 7900 Fort King Road in Zephyrhills. Pasco County, the Florida Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration will host the event. Maps and related documents will be available for review. There will be a … [Read more...]

Multi-use trail opens along U.S. 301

Get ready for a safer—and steeper — ride. The U.S. 301 Bicycle Pedestrian Trail is complete, allowing for riders to safely navigate through one of east Pasco’s busiest commercial corridors connecting Zephyrhills and Dade City. The 4.5-mile, 10-foot wide trail — built within the existing road right-of-way on the west side of U.S. 301 — extends from Kossik Road to Dade City Avenue. The … [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...]

Dade City gets its first Publix grocery

The grand opening of the first Publix in Dade City will be the launching pad for more retail coming soon to The Shoppes At Dade City. The approximately 45,600-square-foot grocery store opened its doors on Oct. 22 as the anchor for the shopping plaza at U.S. 301 and Clinton Avenue. More shops are on the way. Lee Nails and China King are in the permitting process, said Tracy Worrell, … [Read more...]

Priority highway projects focus on growth spots

Growth is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to building, widening and re-aligning highways that crisscross Pasco County’s landscape. Most highways in the county move north and south. It is the east to west connections that are often missing or out-of-date. The recently approved 2015 Priority List of Highway Projects tapped into that scenario. The Florida Department of … [Read more...]

Multi-use trail being built on U.S. 301

A resurfacing project will give motorists a smoother ride along a 6-mile stretch of U.S. 301 — one of Dade City’s busiest commercial corridors. But there is a new travel lane opening for pedestrians and bicyclists, too. Work on the $12.5 million project should be finished by spring 2016. As motorists whiz past on the new asphalt, pedestrians and bicyclists can stroll or pedal along a … [Read more...]