A section of Overpass Road — between Old Pasco Road and Boyette Road — is scheduled to be closed to all traffic for approximately a year beginning on Feb. 8, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
The road closure is needed as the existing bridge over Interstate 75 is removed and a new one is constructed, a news release from the state transportation department says.
A signed detour route will direct traffic around the closed section of Overpass Road, using Old Paso Road, Wesley Chapel Boulevard (County Road 54 and State Road 54) and Vandine Road/Boyette Road, according to the release.
This design-build project will construct a new interstate interchange on I-75 at Overpass Road, about 3.5 miles south of State Road 52. The new diamond interchange will include a flyover ramp for westbound Overpass Road access onto southbound I-75.
To accommodate the new interchange, Overpass Road will be widened from two lanes to four lanes between I-75 and Old Pasco Road and six lanes between I-75 and Boyette Road. Blair Drive will be realigned to connect with Old Pasco Road. McKendree Road will be realigned to connect with Boyette Road.
Construction on the new diamond interchange, including changes to local road patterns, began on Oct. 26. Completion of the approximately $64 million project is scheduled for summer 2023.
Initially, crews will work in the southwest area of the project, where a new neighborhood access road will be built at Old Pasco Road. It will replace the current Blair Drive link to Overpass.
Overpass Road Interchange
A new interchange to Interstate 75 is being built at Overpass Road.
Construction limits: From Old Pasco Road to Boyette Road on Overpass Road
Construction cost: $64 million
Project start date: October 2020
Estimated completion date: Summer 2023
Detour: Overpass Road is expected to be closed for approximately one year, between Old Pasco Road and Boyette Road, beginning Feb. 8.
Published February 03, 2021