The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Seven is conducting a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) study along a portion of SR 50 in Hernando County. This PD&E study focuses on a segment of SR 50 from the Brooksville Bypass to west of Interstate 75 in Hernando County. The study extends to Lockhart Road on the eastern end of the project for a length of approximately 7.2 miles.
SR 50 is a major east-west corridor in Hernando County, connecting to numerous regionally significant corridors, including US 19, Suncoast Parkway, US 41, I-75, and US 301. SR 50 is a hurricane evacuation route, a designated truck route, and is part of the state’s Strategic Intermodal System (SIS).
Study Purpose and Need
In an effort to improve mobility and enhance safety within the corridor, several alternatives will be developed; including options for widening this portion of SR 50 from four to six lanes and adding features such as sidewalks and bike lanes.
SR 50 is a major east-west rural principal arterial that spans central Florida from coast to coast. In Hernando County, SR 50 connects to several regionally significant corridors, including US 19, SR 589 (Suncoast Parkway), US 41, I-75, and US 301. SR 50 is also a hurricane evacuation route, a designated truck route, part of Florida’s Strategic Intermodal System (SIS). This segment of SR 50 connects the City of Brooksville to I-75. 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. Year 2040 traffic volumes are predicted to range from 47,400 to 59,100 vehicles per day within the study limits. This would result in level of service (LOS) “F” at the major intersections if no roadway expansion were to occur. The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) shows design for expansion to 6 lanes in the Cost Feasible Plan.