NEW PORT RICHEY — One of the study areas of the New Port Richey Public Library was filled with handouts, charts and maps that outlined Mobility 2045, the latest update of the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s long-range transportation plan.
It was the last of two stops where the public could see what has been developed as a result of studies as well as ideas from the public derived from a recent survey.
A 30-day comment period on the federally mandated transportation plan began Nov. 1, with all the documents now available online at mobilitypasco.com.
Required to be updated every five years, the plan shows where transportation revenues will be spent. Once finalized, it must be approved by the local MPO board before it is implemented by state and local agencies.
There were six goals set for Mobility 2045. They are: supporting economic development; improving safety and security; providing local and regional connectivity and transportation choices; creating quality places, providing a reliable, resilient and efficient multimodal transportation system; and encouraging public participation.
In the public survey, Pasco County residents said their main priorities for local transportation are safety-crash reduction, roadway capacity and traffic signal technology-coordination.
With that in mind, the revenue allocation for roadway capacity will increase from 64 percent in the 2040 plan to 71 percent in the 2045 plan.
Roadway maintenance will increase 55 percent, from 9 percent to 14 percent.
The plan also noted the projects that are committed through 2024 include:
• The widening of Little Road from Trinity Boulevard north to S.R. 54 to six lanes from four lanes.
• The widening of Trinity Boulevard from Little Road east to S.R. 54 to four lanes from two lanes.
• The widening of S.R. 52 to four lanes from two lanes from the Suncoast Parkway east to U.S. 41.
• The long-planned phase I of the Ridge Road extension, from Moon Lake Road-DeCubellis Road east to the Suncoast Parkway.
Some of the major project highlights include widening S.R. 52 from U.S. 41 to Old Pasco Road, just west of Interstate 75, to four lanes from two lanes, and the widening of the two-lane sections of County Line Road North between East Road and Shady Hills Road.
The plan also shows expanded Pasco County Public Transportation transit evening service hours to 11 p.m. or 11:30 p.m., increased frequency, Sunday service, and seven Park ’n ride lots.
A final public hearing and adoption vote is scheduled for Dec. 11 at the Dade City courthouse.