2045 roadway plan officially pushes forward

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board has approved the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan that includes numerous projects that are expected to be pursued within a 20-year time frame. “The goal is to develop [a] cost-affordable plan that covers a minimum of 20 years through the planning process,” Wally Blain, of Tindale Oliver, told the MPO board during a Dec. 11 … [Read more...]

Overpass Road could be widened

Residents can review a proposal for improvements to Overpass Road at a public hearing on Dec. 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the First Congregational Church of Zephyrhills, 7900 Fort King Road in Zephyrhills. Pasco County, the Florida Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration will host the event. Maps and related documents will be available for review. There will be a … [Read more...]

Tampa Bay Express gaining favor in Pasco

A project to build express toll lanes on interstate highways, known as the Tampa Bay Express, has picked up an endorsement from the Pasco County Commission. Commissioners voted 4-1 on May 10 to send a letter to the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization urging a favorable vote on the project. The planning organization is scheduled for a June 22 vote on a project that has gained wide … [Read more...]

MPO keeps elevated road on county transportation plan

A group that spent months successfully fighting a privately built elevated toll road through the heart of Pasco County got a bit of a setback last week. But its members seem to be OK with it … for now. Pasco County’s 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan is on its way to both federal and state authorities, highlighting the county’s plan for roads, transit and sidewalks over the next 25 years. … [Read more...]

MPO keeps elevated toll road on long-range county plan

Pasco County's 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan is on its way to both federal and state authorities, highlighting the county's plan for roads, transit and sidewalks over the next 25 years. And one transportation feature that made the cut? Elevation roads along the State Road 54/56 corridor. A group of residents successfully fought a proposed private elevated toll road that would've stretched … [Read more...]

Time to walk to school on Wednesday

Drivers should be extra careful on school routes Wednesday as many students will take to the street. It's part of International Walk to School Day, which raises awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. It also emphasizes the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian … [Read more...]

Connecting Overpass Road to I-75 now up to county

Seven months might seem like a long time to await a decision. But when it comes to building major roads, time isn’t always on your side. Florida Department of Transportation District 7 secretary Paul Steinman announced to Pasco County commissioners last week that the Federal Highway Administration has approved a new interchange that will connect Interstate 75 with Overpass Road. The … [Read more...]

Feds approve Overpass Road interchange on I-75

The Federal Highway Administration has given a green light to the new Interstate 75 interchange that will be built on Overpass Road, not far from Wesley Chapel District Park. "This is a huge accomplishment, as all new interchange requests along the interstate system go up to Washington, D.C., for approval," Florida Department of Transportation District 7 secretary Paul Steinman told Pasco … [Read more...]

Pressure grows on Scott to veto speed limit bill

AAA is not a big fan of raising the speed limit on Florida highways, and is asking Gov. Rick Scott to veto a bill that would do just that. S.B. 392, which was introduced by state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, would allow Florida to join Maine as the only states east of the Mississippi River that would allow speeds above 70 mph. The bill would allow the Florida Department of … [Read more...]

Be careful in highway work zones, FDOT says

In 2012, there were 51 fatalities, nearly 3,500 serious injuries and 4,700 crashes -- all in Florida's work zones. Although that's down from 62 fatalities and 3,700 serious injuries, the Florida Department of Transportation wants to continue to bring light to dangers in work zones, designating this week National Work Zone Awareness Week. "Florida has many infrastructure improvement … [Read more...]