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Intersections such as this one along State Route 19/Gulf Coast Highway will get brighter in the nighttime after FDOT’s plan to update the roadway’s lighting system is completed.

WESLEY CHAPEL — The Pasco Metropolitan Planning Organization is poised to approve an amendment to the 2018-19 Transportation Improvement Program that will provide better lighting along U.S. 19-Gulf Coast Highway.

During a meeting on April 3, the MPO’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee gave the plan its approval, which will pass it to the MPO for a final vote.

According to officials, the nearly $2 million project will either upgrade or add intersection lighting along most of the highway, from the Holiday area to County Line Road in the north, plus three intersections along State Road 54.

The report to the advisory committee stated the improvements fit with the Mobility 2040 goals, which include the improvement of safety and security.

Funding for the project will come from the Florida Department of Transportation’s safety budget and will not involve local funds.

Officials called it “good news” for the county, as there have been numerous accidents along the much-travelled route. This move is in response to local communications with the state concerning inefficient lighting, they say.

The project is being designed by FDOT, but officials say they believe the new LED lights will be installed on current traffic lighting infrastructure where available.

Construction is anticipated to begin sometime in the fall of 2019 or early Spring 2020.

The intersections scheduled for upgrades along U.S. 19-Gulf Coast Highway are:

South: Holiday Lake Drive-Louis Avenue; Flora Avenue; Alt. 19-Continental Drive, Bonita Road-Mile Stretch Drive; Darlington Road; Sunray Drive; Gulf Trace Boulevard; and Moog Road.

Central: Old Bailles Bluff Road-S.R. 54; Trouble Creek Road; Floramar Terrace; Marine Parkway; Gulf Drive, Cross Bayou Boulevard; Main Street; Grand Boulevard; Ridge Road; entrance to Gulf View Square-Holiday Hills Boulevard; Embassy Boulevard; Scenic Drive; Fox Hollow Drive; Cinema Drive-Regency Park Boulevard; and Jasmine Boulevard,

North: Hammock Road-Ranch Road; S.R. 52; Beacon Woods Drive; Hudson Avenue; New York Avenue; Denton Avenue; Emerald Boulevard-Little Road; and Travel Park Drive-County Line Road.

The intersection scheduled for upgrades along State Road 54 are at Grand Boulevard, Madison Street and Rowan Road.