The Pasco County Commission during its Aug. 22 meeting voted to reduce speed limits on three county roads, and it disbanded the Airport Zoning Commission because the commission had wrapped up its work.
Pasco County motorists should be aware that lower speed limits have been adopted on stretches of Morris Bridge, Chancey and Little roads.
The speed limit on Morris Bridge Road, from the Pasco County line to State Road 54 has been reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph.
A study conducted in the 3.4-mile area on Morris Bridge Road found that there had been 75 crashes within three years. The traffic volume on the road is an average of 14,000 vehicles per day.
The county board also revised the speed limit from 45 mph to 35 mph on Chancey Road from Morris Bridge Road east to Sandy Drive and from Allen Road east to US 301 (Gall Boulevard).
An assessment of traffic conditions, operational safety, and accident history was performed on Chancey Road from Morris Bridge Road to Gall Boulevard, according to materials in the board’s agenda packet. Within the last three years, the study area has seen 76 crashes. The background materials also noted that traffic on Chancey Road is significant, with an average of 8,700 vehicles per day passing through the area.
The speed limit on Little Road, from Plathe Road to Decubellis Road also has been decreased, in this case, from 55 mph to 45 mph.
The county board’s agenda packet notes that Little Road to the north and south of the study area has a posted speed limit of 45 mph.
The agenda background materials note that in the judgment of engineers in the county’s Traffic Operations Department, reducing the speed limit would improve operational safety and maintain uniformity of speed.
The county board also added some projects to be funded with Penny for Pasco tax proceeds. The revenues have exceeded projections, so the county is able to fund approximately $9.8 million in additional projects.
Here’s a look at what’s been added to the list:
- The Fire Rescue Logistics Building
- Denton Avenue and East Road
- Old Pasco Road
- Grand Boulevard
- Baillie Drive and Broadmoor Drive at Rowan Road Intersections
- Cypress Creek Boulevard at County Line Road
• Lakeview Drive/Bethwood Avenue at Moon Lake Road
• Mitchell Ranch Road at Seven Springs Boulevard
- Mitchell Ranch Road at State Road 54
• Notre Dame Drive at Rowan Road
• Oakwood Preserve at Mansfield Boulevard
• Slidell Street/Lacey Drive at Moon Lake Road
• Trinity Boulevard at Cool Springs Parkway
• Winding Oaks Boulevard at North County Line Road
In other action, the county board disbanded the Airport Zoning Commission.
That advisory board was created to address issues relating to airport zoning and land use compatibility regulations.
The county board adopted Airport Zoning Overlay Districts on Aug. 8, which signaled the completion of a collaborative effort involving the county’s legal staff, planning staff, the Airport Zoning Commission and community stakeholders.
The county board also:
- Approved the extension of a lease with Arts in Motion Community Youth Theatre/Arts Education Inc., for the Florida not-for-profit community youth theater to occupy the 5,828-square-foot building at 13971 Seventh St., in Dade City. The board also approved two additional one-year renewal options. The group is using the former IT/Data Building in Dade City.
- Appointed Denise Nicholas as the District 5 representative to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for a three-year term beginning on Aug. 8 and ending Aug. 8, 2026.
- Adopted a resolution recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day as a time to remember those who have died from overdose and acknowledge the grief of family and friends left behind. The resolution noted that Pasco County suffered 1,510 overdoses last year, of which 289 were fatal.
Published September 06, 2023