Task Force meets on vision for State Road 54/56

A discussion on transportation solutions on the State Road 54/56 corridor will begin anew on Aug. 24, with the second in a series of meetings by the Vision 54/56 Task Force. The 17-member, volunteer task force had an organizational meeting in April. The study by the task force members will consider practical solutions to easing congestion, and promoting greater safety and mobility on a … [Read more...]

Neighborhood Notebook seeks suggestions

Give a community a piece of chalk and chalkboard, and wait — people will write what’s on their minds. That’s the idea behind the Neighborhood Notebook, a chalkboard that’s intended to invite those passing by to share their ideas about how they want their community to grow. The chalkboard is being placed at various locations in central Pasco County to seek community input. At the … [Read more...]

Seeking input on road connections

Pasco County will host an open house to find out if area residents in Wesley Chapel want to open up roads between Pasco and Hillsborough County. The public is invited to Pasco-Hernando State College on April 18 to make comments and get answers on three potential road projects from members of the county’s Metropolitan Planning Organization. The Wesley Chapel Roadways Connections Study wants … [Read more...]

Task force on traffic issues starts up again

A 17-member volunteer task force will pick up where two previous task forces left off — drilling down into the details of tackling traffic issues along State Road 54/State Road 56. Much of the discussion is expected to center on traffic issues at State Road 54 and Little Road, and at State Road 54 and U.S. 41. Little Road is seen as more typical of congested intersections in the … [Read more...]

Traffic relief coming to I-75 and State Road 56

Motorists stuck in long lines of traffic at the Interstate 75 and State Road 56 interchange could get relief sooner rather than later. It will come in the form of a new interchange known as a diverging diamond – a design gaining popularity nationally as a solution to traffic jams at major crossroads. The Florida Department of Transportation is moving the approximately $18.5 million road … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Ideas clash for solving traffic woes

A proposal for a flyover at State Road 54 and U.S. 41 got a big thumb’s down at a recent transportation task force meeting aimed at finding solutions for reducing congestion on one of Pasco County’s busiest east/west corridors. In fact, the idea of a flyover anywhere along State Road 54 and State Road 56 between U.S. 19 and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard met stiff resistance. About 50 people, … [Read more...]

Overpass at State Road 54 and U.S. 41?

The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a meeting to gather public comments on a proposed overpass at the intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 54. The event, which includes an open house and formal presentation, will be on Dec. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Myrtle Lake Baptist Church, at 2017 Riegler Road in Land O’ Lakes. The presentation will be made at 6:30 p.m. The … [Read more...]