Project Overview

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This study considered the location of a second east/west roadway south of the existing SR 54 (from here on referred to as SR 54A) corridor. Project limits for this study were from Cypress Creek at the western terminus to the Zephyrhills East Bypass at the eastern terminus, a distance of approximately 14 miles, which included a 1-mile segment of U.S. 301 from the new SR 54 (to be constructed in the study corridor) to the Zephyrhills East Bypass/Chancey Road intersection.

Study Purpose and Need

Pasco County has recently experienced rapid suburban development, and this growth is expected to continue as the large amount of existing vacant land is developed and existing land use is improved for the highest and best use. Currently, there are six large developments either under construction or proposed for the area adjacent to I-75 and east to CR 579, a distance of approximately 6 miles (Figure 2-1). These developments include Saddlebrook Village, Northwood, Trout Creek, Wesley Chapel, Oak Lake Village, and Williamsburg. These existing or proposed developments will border the proposed roadway. These six developments cover approximately 9,000 acres and include the development of 17,300 homes with 3.1 million square feet (msf) of light industrial development and a large shopping center. The above-projected development within the project limits is in accordance with the Pasco County Land Use Element and the goals established in Pasco County’s Draft Comprehensive Plan.

Pasco County updated their 1982 adopted Comprehensive Plan to be consistent with the 1985 Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Land Development Regulation Act, Chapter 163, Florida Statutes (FS). The proposed east/west roadway (SR 54) is consistent with the Future Land Use Element of the Updated Comprehensive Plan.

Proposed Improvements

Because this is a new alignment, there is no existing highway. A multilane rural typical cross section that would ultimately provide for a 6-lane divided highway with a 50-foot grassed median in 250 feet of right-of-way was selected for evaluation.

The project also proposes to improve the existing 2-lane rural facility of U.S. 301 to a 4-lane rural divided highway from the new SR 54 alignment intersection to the Zephyrhills East Bypass/Chancey Road, a distance of approximately 0.76 mile. In addition, the project includes the proposed construction of a new 1-75 interchange for the proposed SR 54 project. The proposed interchange would be a full-diamond interchange located approximately 2.5 miles south of the existing SR 54A interchange and 1.5 miles north of the I-75/I-275 apex.

Contact Information
For more information or to comment, please contact:

Environmental Management Office
Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven
11201 N. Malcolm McKinley Drive
M.S. 7-500
Tampa, FL 33612-6456

Phone: (813) 975-6000
Toll Free: (800) 226-7220

Para preguntas en Español
Valoramos la opinión del público sobre este proyecto. Si usted tiene preguntas o comentarios o si simplemente desea mas información en Español, favor ponerse en contacto con el ingeniero a cargo de este proyecto, la señora Elba Lopez al teléfono (813) 975-6403.