This project involves a 17.4 mile segment of SR 45 in Pasco and Hernando counties from SR 52 to SR 700 and a 1.9 mile segment of SR 700 in Hernando County from SR 45 to CR 485B.
Study Purpose and Need
The Florida Department of Transportation has proposed that SR 45 and SR 700 be widened to a multi-lane divided facility. The basic need for this improvement has been identified and documented through awareness of the projected growth and the inability of the existing facility to continue serving the growing transportation demand. State Road 45 is a major corridor between SR 55 (US 19) to the west and I-75 to the east and is also considered a evacuation route in the event of a hurricane.
The highway is to be improved from an existing two-lane rural facility to a multi-lane, divided facility. The existing roadway is predominantly 24 feet wide with 6 foot grassed shoulders. The existing right-of-way varies throughout the project limits from 100 feet to 225 feet. The improvement on SR 45 from SR 52 to Moreland Road would be a rural four-lane divided facility with provisions for future expansion to an ultimate six-lane divided section. From Moreland Road to 1400 feet north of Springhill Road the facility is to be improved to an urban six-lane divided section. A rural six-lane divided section is proposed from 1400 feet north of Springhill Road to 1400 feet south of Mason Smith Road. From 1400 feet south of Mason Smith Road to SR 700 the facility is to be improved to a urban six-lane divided section. The improvement on SR 700 from SR 45 to CR 485B would be a urban four-lane divided section.
There are two bridge structures located on this project. One structure located at Scotts Big ‘D’ Creek is recommended to be replaced. At Canal C-534 the bridge is recommended to be retained.