New interchange expected to ease traffic on area roads

Plans are underway to build an interchange connecting Overpass Road to Interstate 75 in Wesley Chapel, and the project is expected to have a flyover ramp. The ramp would grant access from westbound Overpass Road to southbound Interstate 75. The Overpass Road bridge runs east-west above the interstate, which runs north-south. Richard Moss is the director of transportation development for … [Read more...]

301/98/Clinton Avenue project in initial stage

A realignment study of the U.S. 301/U.S. 98/Clinton Avenue intersection in Dade City has begun – with an eventual alternative corridor to be placed in the vicinity. This comes as Pasco County has seen a need to ease the flow of traffic and to reduce the number of accidents where these roadways meet. As a part of the study, the public is encouraged to weigh in with comments or concerns – … [Read more...]

Pasco MPO board approves new Wesley Chapel connections

Wesley Chapel motorists would have more options, under connections approved by the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization board on June 11. The first new connection calls for extending Wesley Chapel’s Meadow Pointe Boulevard, into Tampa. The second new connection calls for extending the planned Wyndfields Boulevard, which would run from State Road 56 to K-Bar Ranch Boulevard, in … [Read more...]

MPO eyes ways to boost transportation funding

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board is looking at ways to fund future transportation projects — including the possibility of increased revenues from the Penny for Pasco program or amendments to the county’s mobility fee program. Under the current Penny for Pasco program, which expires in 2024, revenues are raised through a one-penny surcharge for every dollar of … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills plans for future industrial hub

The City of Zephyrhills is developing a master plan aimed at increasing high-wage industrial jobs and boosting the region’s economy. Called the Zephyrhills Industrial Corridor Plan, it focuses on a large grouping of industrial properties and adjacent areas within the Chancey Road corridor, near the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. The proposed master plan industrial project is long-range … [Read more...]

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...]