NEW PORT RICHEY — The elusive push to extend Ridge Road has been extended.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had given the county a Feb. 13 deadline to submit all requested material for its permit application. But county officials asked for more time, saying the wildlife studies the Corps requested have to be done in certain seasons of the year.
The Corps then gave the county until Sept. 30 to finish its application.
The proposed limited-access road would connect heavily populated west Pasco with the Suncoast Parkway and eventually link to U.S. 41 at Connerton. The county has long argued the road is a vital link in the county's transportation system that would provide a new evacuation route during a major storm.
Environmentalists object that the road would cut through the 6,500-acre Serenova preserve. The federal Environmental Protection Agency considers the tract's wetlands to be an "Aquatic Resource of National Importance." That designation provides higher legal protection.