MPO board meeting addresses current agendas

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization board addressed three key topics during its April 11 session. Those items were: The Tampa Bay Resiliency Study Future transportation funding, through a proposed transportation surtax A requested extension on a project related to the MPO’s long-range plan John Villeneuve, director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), … [Read more...]

Survey asks for input on Wesley Chapel road connections

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization is asking for the public’s input as it evaluates three potential roadway connections between Wesley Chapel and Hillsborough County. Residents are encouraged to review the proposed options, and to provide feedback through an online survey, according to a news release from Pasco County. The three potential connections are: Between … [Read more...]

Efforts resurface in quest to widen Old Pasco Road

The Long Range Transportation Plan now includes a project to widen a 7-mile stretch of Old Pasco Road, from State Road 52 to County Road 54, which is also known as Wesley Chapel Boulevard. The widening had been included in the long-range plan as far back as 2014, but was subsequently dropped. Now, it’s back in. The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization board unanimously approved … [Read more...]

Local governments share forum

Pasco County has shared interests with city governments, but it’s a rare occasion for county and city officials to meet in a joint public forum. But, that’s exactly what happened on June 26 when staff members and elected officials from Pasco County, the town of St. Leo, San Antonio, Zephyrhills and Dade City sat down at Saint Leo University to discuss topics of mutual interest, and such … [Read more...]

Delay appears likely on Ridge Road extension permit

Pasco County officials were hoping for a decision on a permit, and a construction start for the proposed Ridge Road extension by winter 2018. Instead, a revised schedule provided to the United States Army Corps of Engineers projects the anticipated permit decision in late February 2019. Despite the revised time frame, Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles remains hopeful of a quicker … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel road study looks for traffic solutions

Pasco County is moving forward with efforts to find consensus on easing traffic congestion in Wesley Chapel and building road connections between Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Consensus appears elusive, however, on the proposed linkage between Mansfield Boulevard, in Pasco County and Kinnan Street in Hillsborough County. Pasco residents don’t want more traffic whizzing down a … [Read more...]

Public meeting set on roadway connection study

The city of Tampa, Hillsborough County and Pasco County remain at odds over whether Kinnan Street in New Tampa should connect to Mansfield Boulevard in Wesley Chapel. A 450-page draft report, known as the Wesley Chapel Roadway Connection Study, looks at that road project, as well as two other potential intra-county road connections in the Wesley Chapel and State Road 56 area. The study says … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Price nearly doubles for ‘diverging diamond ‘

Construction of the diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 75 and State Road 56 now has an estimated cost of $40 million. That’s $16 million more than the original estimated cost of $24 million. Despite the higher cost, construction is still expected to begin this summer. The retrofitted interchange is expected to take two years to three years to complete, said Bill Jones, who is … [Read more...]