Delays expected at parkway toll ramps on sr 54
If you use State Road 54 to get on or off the Suncoast Parkway, you may see some delays in the weeks ahead. The outside toll lane on the northbound exit ramp onto State Road 54 will be closed starting Monday, and the inside toll lane on the southbound entrance ramp onto the Suncoast Parkway will be closed starting Wednesday. The closures will last four to six weeks, while crews convert those lanes into Sunpass-only lanes, according to Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. It's part of a $1.25-million project to add Sunpass-only lanes to every plaza to keep traffic moving. One other improvement to watch out for: Crews this week will install changeable message signs near milepost 20 in Pasco County, temporarily halting traffic while the overhead signs are lifted into place. The work will start late Tuesday and should wrap up by 6 a.m. Wednesday — barring any unforeseen delays, of course. The signs are part of a $27-million Intelligent Transportation System, providing updated traffic information to drivers on the Suncoast Parkway, Veterans Express and Polk Parkway.
Pasco TV helps you prepare for storms
Hurricane season is here. If you need some pointers on getting prepared, check out Pasco Television, the 24-hour government-access channel, which will air extensive hurricane preparedness programming through the end of the season Nov. 30. This month's installment of Pasco 360 features emergency management director Jim Martin with tips on staying safe during a hurricane or other disaster. The show airs at 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. daily on Bright House Ch. 622 and Verizon Ch. 42. Pasco Television will air other programs at 6:30 a.m., noon, 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. daily with advice on storm readiness, putting up storm shutters and seeking help in the aftermath.
Master gardeners to show you how
How does your garden grow? The Florida Master Gardeners will offer their green thumb expertise at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road. For information, call (727) 861-3040. Or, if you're more interested in orchids, mark your calendar for 7 p.m. Wednesday, when Don "Woody" Woods of Phelps Farms will demonstrate techniques for mounting orchids on various mediums. The Orchid Society of West Pasco meets in the Buena Vista Manor clubhouse at 5112 Rosada Ave. in Holiday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Bring plants for sale or exchange. For information, call (727) 942-0812.
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