Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pasco planners shift priority to State Road 52

Pasco County Commissioner Ted Schrader said the high-profile project for state roads 54 and 56 will “get built no matter what.”


Pasco County Commissioner Ted Schrader said the high-profile project for state roads 54 and 56 will “get built no matter what.”

DADE CITY — In the competition for state road money, State Road 52 got a higher spot on Pasco County's priority list of 26 highway projects on Thursday after transportation officials decided to bump it ahead of the high-profile State Road 56 corridor.

"It's going to get built no matter what," Commissioner Ted Schrader said at a meeting of the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The group includes the five county commissioners and representatives of the county's major cities. State roads 54 and 56 recently made headlines as a private investor submitted an unsolicited bid to build an elevated toll road there to alleviate congestion.

Planners said SR 54 and SR 56, which overlap in Wesley Chapel and are in primary commercial and residential areas, are "developer-driven," meaning developers would be chipping in a good chunk of the cost.

In arguing for the reshuffle, Schrader said that projects that have landed lower on the list have not received state money in the past.

"We sit and wait and wait and wait," he said of SR 52, which crosses in his east Pasco commission district.

Planners kept the top 10 projects intact. No. 1 remained adding continuous right-turn lanes to U.S. 19 from Pinellas to Hernando, followed by widening SR 54 from four to six lanes from the Suncoast Parkway to U.S. 41. No. 3 is building an interchange on the Suncoast Parkway at Ridge Road, which won't happen until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issues a wetlands permit. That application has been pending more than a decade.

No. 4 is widening Interstate 75 from four to six lanes from state toads 56 to 54, a project expected to be done by the end of October. Further widening of the interstate from SR 54 to SR 52 is next, followed by a new interchange at I-75 and Overpass Road and further widening of I-75 to the Hernando County line.

Nos. 9 and 10 began the list of improvements to SR 52. No 11, which involved adding four new lanes to SR 56, got bumped down to No. 17, while widening U.S. 41 took the No. 11 spot.

SR 52 improvements then took over No. 12 through No. 16 spots.

Schrader said he wanted those improvements listed consecutively "to give it continuity."

The list will now go to the Florida Department of Transportation, which will evaluate it and let MPO members know in December what projects will get state money.

Pasco planners shift priority to State Road 52 09/12/13 [Last modified: Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tallest building in Pinellas County in search of a new name

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — The name "Priatek" is gone from Pinellas County's tallest building, perhaps to be replaced by that of a much better-known company new to the Tampa Bay area.

    The Priatek name is off of downtown St. Petersburg's tallest building.
 [LARA CERRI  |   Times.  2015]
  2. Video: The scene in Seminole Heights at the sites of three killings


    Tampa police have blanketed the Southeast Seminole Heights neighborhood during their investigation of three shooting deaths over 11 days that they believe to be related.

    Balloons and candles seen along 15th Street where Anthony Naiboa, 20, was found dead on Oct. 19, photographed in Southeast Seminole Heights in Tampa on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. Three shooting deaths in the area in the last two weeks are considered by police to be related.
  3. FBI: Florida man sympathized with IS, wanted to bomb mall


    MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man who described himself as a sympathizer of the Islamic State extremist group faces terrorism-related charges stemming from a purported plot to bomb a Miami-area shopping mall, according to court documents filed Monday.

    An undated file image posted on an extremist website on Jan. 14, 2014, shows fighters from the Islamic State group marching in Raqqa, Syria. The group champions a hyper-religious lifestyle grounded in a self-proclaimed caliphate, but most recruits have a superficial understanding of religion and are largely ignorant in the laws of Islam. [Militant photo, via Associated Press]
  4. Frog Pond restaurant opens new location in downtown St. Petersburg


    There's a new option for breakfast and lunch in downtown St. Petersburg.

    Frog Pond's original location, seen here in 2006, has been open in North Redington Beach for 35 years. A new Frog Pond restaurant opened in St. Petersburg this week.
  5. Estuary wins pier design contest for the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway extension

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — And the winner is… Estuary.

    Voters overwhelmingly supported a pier design called Estuary for the $200-million extension of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa.
[Courtesy of AECOM]