WESLEY CHAPEL — Pasco County officials have won federal approval to add an interchange at Interstate 75 and Overpass Road.
The project, estimated at $55 million, is the first step in a larger effort to expand Overpass Road east toward U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills.
The project, which is still several years from breaking ground, requires multiple environmental and engineering studies and state approvals.
Funding would come from state and local sources, including the Penny for Pasco sales tax.
"Now that the Federal Highway Administration has approved the interchange, Pasco will have eight years to be under construction of the interchange or the approval process must be reinitiated," county planning director Richard Gehring said.
Officials have considered the interchange for more than 10 years as a way to relieve morning and afternoon congestion on State Roads 52, 54 and 56.
Additionally, the new road and interchange would help tackle growth north of Wesley Chapel, designated as an "urban service boundary."
Under the proposal, Overpass Road would be lengthened east and southeast from Old Pasco Road to Curley Road and Handcart Road before veering northeast to Fairview Heights Road.
Fairview Heights connects to Kossik Road, which connects to U.S. 301. The total distance is 9 miles.
The entire project is estimated at more than $100 million.
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