DADE CITY — Those who use Overpass Road in east Pasco County will soon have a more challenging trip as the Florida Department of Transportation has announced plans to close the road between Old Pasco Road and Boyette Road beginning Feb. 8 for approximately one year.
The closure is needed so that the existing bridge over Interstate 75 can be removed and a new bridge and interchange can be constructed.
Traffic will be detoured around the construction using Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel Boulevard and Vandine Road/Boyette Road. Signs will be placed to mark the detour route.
Local officials have touted the benefits of the new interchange once it is completed. Because of the congestion and delays seen in the construction of the I-75 interchange to the south at State Road 56, officials have expressed hope that the new interchange will take away some of the pressure there, by giving motorists accessing the interstate another option.
The Overpass Road interchange is a $64 million project which will be just under one mile in length.
Construction by design-build contractor the Middlesex Corporation began in October 2020 and the work is expected to be completed by the summer of 2023.
According to the Department of Transportation, to accommodate the new interchange, Overpass Road will be widened from two lanes to four lanes between the interstate and Old Pasco Road and six lanes between the interstate and Boyette Road. Blair Drive will be realigned to connect with Old Pasco Road. McKendree Road will be realigned to connect with Boyette Road.
Initial construction has been focused on local roads. In the southwest project area, a new neighborhood access road is being constructed at Old Pasco Road to replace the current Blair Drive connection to Overpass Road. In the northeast quadrant, McKendree Road is being realigned to connect to Boyette Road.
The new interchange will be located approximately 3.5 miles south of State Road 52.