Governor Rick Scott recently announced the advancement of key widening projects along the I-75 corridor in Pasco County. These projects will address the growing transportation needs in the Tampa Bay area by widening the current interstate from two lanes in each direction to three, providing interregional connection vital to our economy.
Widening I-75, one of the most important freight and tourism corridors in the state, is critical to the state’s economic competitiveness and quality of life. These projects will accommodate current and future traffic growth in the area, create jobs, and enhance public safety and emergency evacuation.
Work is set to begin in late April on a 7.8 mile stretch of I-75 just north of State Road 52 to the Pasco/Hernando County Line. In May, construction crews will begin work on an additional 6.7 mile segment of the interstate, from north of County Road 54 to north of State Road 52. This portion of the project also includes major work on State Road 52, widening 1.6 miles to six lanes with frontage roads on the west side of I-75, and adding a westbound State Road 52 “loop” entrance ramp to southbound I-75. Total funding for both projects is $128.6 million.
These I-75 projects in Pasco County will utilize an alternative contracting method, known as design-build, to accelerate completion and minimize impacts to the traveling public.
Completing these projects in Pasco County is part of the continuation of making I-75 a six-lane facility from the Georgia state line to the Tampa Bay region.
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