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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Seven has conducted a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) study to evaluate alternative improvements for State Road (SR) 50 (US 98/Cortez Boulevard) from the in Hernando County.  This study extends to Lockhart Road on the eastern end of the project for a length of approximately 7.2 miles. The section along SR 50 to the east of Lockhart Road was studied as a part of a separate approved PD&E study – SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) from west of I-75 to US 301 (SR 35/Treiman Boulevard), Work Program Item (WPI) Segment No. 416732-2, with the I-75 interchange area expected out under WPI Segment No. 411014-1.

Study Purpose and Need

SR 50 is a major east-west rural principal arterial that spans central Florida from coast to coast. In Hernando County, SR 50 connects several regionally significant corridors, including US 19, SR 589 (Suncoast Parkway), Us 41, and US 301. SR 50 is also a hurricane evacuation route, a designated truck route, part of the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS), and part of the West Central Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Chairs Coordinating Committee’s  (CCC) Regional Roadway Network. This segment of SR 50 connects the City of Brooksville to I-75.

The purpose of this project is to address projected roadway congestion due to future growth along the project corridor and within Hernando County.  Increasing roadway capacity along this segment of SR 50 will accommodate future growth, provide for enhanced emergency response times and emergency evacuation, and work in conjunction with other projects planned or underway to increase the capacity of SR 50.  The annual average daily traffic (AADT) within the study limits varied between 18,150 and 22,700 vehicles per day (VPD) in 2014.  Year 2040 AADT’s based on Tampa Bay Regional Planning Model (TBRPM Version 7.2) are predicted to range from 47,400 to 59,100 VPD.  This would result in level of service (LOS) “F” at the major intersections.

Within the limits of this PD&E study, the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) showed a need for improving SR 50 to 8 lanes, but the 2045 LRTP only shows funding for the design phase and right of way phase for expansion to 6 lanes in the Cost Feasible Plan. 

Public Hearing

Public Hearing was held: December 10, 2019

 

The Florida Department of Transportation held a public hearing for this project on December 10, 2019. Click here for more information.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Amber Russo, P.E., FDOT Project Manager
Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven
11201 N. McKinley Drive
MS 7-800
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 975-6260
(800) 226-7220
amber.russo@dot.state.fl.us

Send us your Comments

The public plays an important role in the project development and decision-making process of this study. Send us your comments and ideas to help us determine the most appropriate conceptual design alternatives for this portion of SR 50.

 

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Project Schedule

The SR 50 (US 98/Cortez Boulevard) project is currently in the Project Development & Environment (PD&E) study phase of the FDOT’s 5-step highway development process.

 

Public Hearing was held: December 10, 2019

 

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Contact Information

For more information or to comment, please contact:

 

Amber Russo, P.E., FDOT Project Manager
Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven
11201 N. McKinley Drive
MS 7-800
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 975-6260
(800) 226-7220
amber.russo@dot.state.fl.us


For media inquiries, please contact:

 

Kristen Carson, Public Information
Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven
11201 N. McKinley Drive
MS 7-110
Tampa, FL 33612-6456
(813) 975-6202
(800) 226-7220
kristen.carson@dot.state.fl.us


Comuniquese Con Nosotros
Nos importa mucho la opinión del público sobre el proyecto. Si usted tiene preguntas o comentarios, o si simplemente desea más información, por favor comuníquese con nosotros. Nuestro representante, señor Manuel Flores, (813) 975-4248, Departamento de Transportación de Florida, 11201 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa, FL 33612, manuel.flores@dot.state.fl.us.