DADE CITY — The long-discussed widening of Interstate 75 in Pasco County could begin a year from now.
A planner for the Florida Department of Transportation told Commissioner Ann Hildebrand on Tuesday that the department is issuing a contract to widen the four-lane highway to six lanes between State Road 54 and State Road 52. Hildebrand said the project would cost $69 million and construction is slated to begin next October.
"It is good news for I-75 and people traversing north and south through our county," she said. "They are really moving off the dime."
Bipin Parikh, Pasco's assistant county administrator for development services, said the project also would widen adjacent segments of SR 52. It also includes a compromise for the Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club community to reduce road noise. New lanes would be shifted east — away from the neighborhood — and the state would add more trees as a buffer.