BROOKSVILLE — Plans for the county’s first real truck stop were approved unanimously by the Hernando County Commission earlier this month.
The Race Trac at the Interstate 75 interchange at State Road 50 will expand beyond its current footprint. The approved master plan changes include building an 8,100-square-foot convenience store and separate fueling areas for up to 26 cars and six trucks.
At the rear of the the expanded 5-acre property will be an extended parking area for trucks.
The truck stop is at the southwest corner of SR 50 and Bronson Boulevard and the northwest corner of Bronson Boulevard and Cracker Crossing.
The project approval comes as work continues on the widening of I-75 and the associated reconstruction of the bridge and interchange at SR 50.
County commissioners echoed support for the project and development in the area expressed several weeks ago by the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission.
"This is fantastic for our county,'' said Commissioner John Allocco. Commissioners have been discussing how new road projects can help with county finances, particularly through gas taxes. Bringing cars off the interstate to fuel up in Hernando County will be boon for that fund, he said.
This project also will help another business approved in that area recently, a recreational vehicle park whose customers will find the truck stop an easier place to fuel up, Allocco said.
“There is exciting stuff happening there now,” said Commissioner Steve Champion.