Gov. Rick Scott to announce I-75 widening project

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on April 3, 2014 

From the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

Gov. Rick Scott will visit Tampa on Thursday to tout the upcoming widening of I-75 in Pasco County.

This is Scott's fourth transportation-related announcement in the Tampa Bay region in recent months.

The Department of Transportation's five-year work program includes $128.6 million to widen I-75 from two lanes to three in each direction. Scott will announce that construction will begin in two weeks, and in an announcement he called the project "critical to thje state's economic competitiveness and quality of life."

Motorists will soon see signs of progress. Work will begin later this month on a nearly-eight mile stretch of I-75 from just north of State Road 52 to the Pasco-Hernando line.

In May, construction crews will tackle an additional 6.7 mile segment from north of County Road 54 to north of State Road 52. The ultimate goal is to make I-75 a six-lane divided highway from the Georgia state line to Tampa Bay.

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