The Florida Department of Transportation intends to use federal aid funds authorized by the Federal Highway Administration in the development of four Ianing of SR 44 from SR 45 (US 41) in Citrus County to 1-75 in Sumter County.
Study Purpose and Need
The purpose of this project was to enhance the state arterial system, accommodate projected future traffic and provide a safer facility.
The proposed project is located in east central Citrus County and northwest Sumter County. The proposed upgrading of SA 44 begins just east of the SA 44/SR 45 (US 41) intersection and will tie into the proposed SR 44/1-75 interchange. The SR 44/1-75 interchange plans indicate that SR 44 will be a five lane urban section.
SR 44 has experienced high accident rates within the project limits. The Florida Department of Transportation’s 1988 Strategic Transportation Plan indicates the multilaning of SR 44 from coast to coast to enhance the state arterial system. SR 44 is included in the ‘Florida Intrastate Highway System”. Both the Citrus and Sumter County Comprehensive Plans indicate the need to multilane SR44.