DADE CITY — By month's end, Pasco officials plan to open the State Road 56 extension linking Bruce B. Downs and Mansfield boulevards.
The early opening, which was not scheduled until February, coincides with the start of school and is intended to help ease traffic in the Wiregrass area.
The 3-mile extension is being built by Locust Branch, LLC, and Meadowpointe IV Community Development District.
"The CDD is highly motivated to solve their traffic problem," said county engineer Jim Widman.
As a safety measure, county officials want a section at SR 56 and Bruce B. Downs to be restriped before they would open the road.
Officials said the opening of SR 56 is critical to easing congestion when the State Road 54 widening project gets under way. That project is ready to go out to bid, said Widman.