Construction soon on safety improvements at sinkhole

Construction on two turn-around driveways to ease traffic flow at the site of a sinkhole in Lake Padgett Estates is expected to be done by this fall. The sinkhole opened up on July 14, 2017, causing extensive damage. It split Ocean Pines Drive into two segments, swallowed two houses, a motorcycle and a boat, and caused seven houses in the area to be condemned. Pasco County is in initial … [Read more...]

Sinkhole to get turnarounds and a fence

Pasco County has selected the solution it plans to pursue regarding the sinkhole that opened last year in Lake Padgett Estates in Land O’ Lakes. The county plans to build two “hammerhead” turnarounds on each side of the sinkhole. A six-foot decorative fence and an access gate also will be installed around the sinkhole on Ocean Pines Drive. The estimated cost for the work is … [Read more...]

Old Pasco Road extension under review

A study is underway to investigate extending Old Pasco Road/Ossie Murphy Road, by adding two new roadways north of State Road 52 to east of the Interstate 75 bridge underpass. Officials from Pasco County Engineering Services ultimately foresee an approximate 1.25 mile, four-lane divided urban (curb and gutter) section, whereby Old Pasco Road would stretch approximately 4,000 feet northward … [Read more...]

Traffic woes may lessen at 41/54

Some relief may be coming in 2018 to reduce the daily traffic jams at U.S. 41 and State Road 54. Frustrations at the intersection are common, as more than 100,000 motorists pass through the intersection every day. Pasco County and state highway officials are now looking at a plan to lessen congestion. The plan calls for lengthening turn lanes, providing more room in those lanes to improve the … [Read more...]

Ridge Road extension needed to avert potential disaster

There I was on a recent Monday morning, headed west on State Road 54 on my way to one of the several part-time jobs that occupy me since the demise of the Tampa Tribune. And, it was all good. I had my podcast going on. I was making good time. The consumption indicator in my car’s computer reported I was cruising at more than 40 miles per gallon. As much as a 60-something guy not on his way … [Read more...]

Bell Lake and Collier to get turn lanes

Road crews will start work within the next month to construct new turn lanes at Bell Lake Road and Collier Parkway. County officials say the redesign will ease traffic congestion. But, area residents are more than a little skeptical that anything short of a traffic light will solve congestion problems. About 50 people brought their concerns to an Aug. 25 public meeting at the Land O’ … [Read more...]