One direction of Interstate 75 traffic in the Wesley Chapel area of Pasco County will be detoured to local roads each night between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m., beginning on Oct. 15 and finishing up on the morning of Oct. 17, according to officials from the Florida Department of Transportation.
The detours are needed to set concrete beams for one of two new Overpass Road bridges, FDOT officials say.
Southbound traffic will be detoured Friday night, Oct. 15, and northbound traffic will be detoured Saturday night, Oct. 16. Here are the details and detour routes:
- Southbound I-75 traffic will be detoured off the interstate between State Road 52 (Exit 285) and State Road 54/County Road 54 (Exit 279) between 9 p.m. Oct. 15 and 9 a.m. Oct. 16.
Detour route for southbound I-75: Traffic will be directed off at Exit 285. At the bottom of the ramp, turn right onto State Road 52 and continue for approximately one-half mile. At the next traffic signal, which is Old Pasco Road, turn left and go south on Old Pasco Road for approximately 6.75 miles to County Road 54/State Road 54. Turn left at the traffic signal onto State Road 54/County Road 54 (which also is known as Wesley Chapel Boulevard) and continue east about seven-tenths of a mile to re-enter southbound I-75.
- Northbound I-75 traffic will be detoured off the interstate between State Road 54/County Road 54 (Exit 279) and State Road 52 (Exit 285) between 9 p.m. Oct. 16 and 9 a.m. Oct. 17.
Detour route for northbound I-75: Traffic will be directed off northbound I-75 at Exit 279. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto State Road 54/County Road 54/Wesley Chapel Boulevard and continue west about eight-tenths of a mile to Old Pasco Road. At the traffic signal for Old Pasco Road, turn right and go north for approximately 6.75 miles to State Road 52. Turn right at the traffic signal onto State Road 52 and go east about three-quarters of a mile. After passing under I-75, turn left onto the entrance ramp to re-enter northbound I-75.
Motorists should be aware that Old Pasco Road is a two-lane road — with one lane in each direction. It is expected to be very congested during the hours of the detour. The posted speed limit along Old Pasco Road must be observed.
Motorists are urged to plan plenty of extra time to drive the detour and return to the interstate, or to consider alternate routes.
Law enforcement officers and traffic management personnel will be active along the detour route to assist with traffic flow.
Detour signs and message boards will be placed along the detour route for guidance.
Detour maps and directions are posted on the project web page, tinyurl.com/usysjbx6.
Published October 13, 2021