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Road closed until Monday

Road closed until Monday

Dade City, FL -- Heads up to anyone who drives Dade City roads. 


The Dade City Police Department reported the railroad crossings at Tuskeegee Avenue and Wilson Street will be closed from Thursday, Jan. 27 until Monday, Jan. 31.  


CSX railroad will be working on the crossings.


For an alternate route, please use River Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard to the north and Dixie Drive to the south.

Widening project to I-275 in Wesley Chapel

Widening project to I-275  in Wesley Chapel

Wesley Chapel, FL -- The Florida Department of Transportation's contractor is widening I-275 from U.S. 41 (Nebraska Avenue -- just north of Bearss Avenue, Exit 53) to Interstate 75.

This will include adding one lane in each direction -- making that stretch of highway a six-lane roadway to match up with the existing six lanes to the south. The new lanes will be built in the median.

The cost of the construction project that started on Jan. 6 is $20.5 million. It is expected to be complete in the Fall of 2012.  

Is Governor's hold on road construction affecting active Wesley Chapel road projects?

Is Governor's hold on road construction affecting active Wesley Chapel road projects?

Wesley Chapel, FL - I bet you are curious if the Governor's recent hold on state road projects is affecting work/progress on our local roads under construction in Wesley Chapel.  According to Pasco County Engineer and Chief Project Manager Robert Shepherd, work has not changed on SR 56, SR 54, or BBD (Bruce B. Downs). 

Engineer Shepherd also adds:  Work on SR 54 from West of I-75 to east of Curley is approximately 65% complete with 39% of time used and another public meeting/update for the SR 54 widening project is scheduled for March 24th.

Additional roadwork updates from Shepherd:

  • SR/CR 581 (BBD) from south of SR 54 to the Hillborough County line to be complete by mid March, 2011.
  • SR 56 from BBD to Meadow Pointe Blvd. including signals at Mansfield and Meadow Pointe Blvd. is also on schedule for completion in late March, 2011

Widening of I-275 kicks off

Widening of I-275 kicks off

Another road widening project in our area was started last week.  I-275 will be widened from four lanes to six lanes (3 in each direction) from north of Bearss to the apex at I-75.  The new lane will be built in the median and a concrete barrier will be added in the median on the southern portion of the project. 

Additionally, some newer technology will be included in the project: 5 cameras, 20 microwave vehicle detectors, fiber optic cable, and one message sign.  The 5.7 mile project will cost $20.5 million and is estimated to be completed in the fall of 2012.

Bicyclist killed in accident on Little Road

Bicyclist killed in accident on Little Road

New Port Richey - Using a crosswalk to cross traffic on his bicycle at the intersection of Little Road and Jasmine Boulevard, 46-year-old Michael D. Kellogg was killed in an accident with a vehicle in the northbound inside lane of Little Road on Sunday night.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Highway Patrol are investigating the New Port Richey crash that occurred just after 7 p.m. as the driver of the car, 30-year-old Nicole Dobbs, attempted to brake but still collided with the bike.

Highway Patrol says that although Kellogg was at the crosswalk, he did not have the proper signal.

Kellogg is the tenth Bay area bicyclist killed locally since July.

Heavy fog prohibits transport of patients from serious accident

Heavy fog prohibits transport of patients from serious accident

Dade City, FL -- The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is working a serious accident at the intersection of Frazee Hill and Blanton Road involving two overturned vehicles.

Authorities tell us they are working to free the four patients from the cars. They have requested several helicopters, but they are unable to fly due to heavy fog.

Wesley Chapel man blacks out before Dade City crash

Wesley Chapel man blacks out before Dade City crash

Dade City, Florida - Amazingly, no one was hurt when an SUV hit some signs, overturned and crashed into a car outside a Pasco County restaurant.

The crash happened this morning outside the Village Inn Restaurant on Hwy. 301 in Dade City.

Investigators say 44-year-old John Mark Mitchell of Wesley Chapel apparently suffered some sort of medical issue and blacked out as he was driving on Highway 301.

Mitchell's SUV rolled through the red light at Hwy. 301 and Morning Glory, then swerved into a median sign, went into and out of a ditch before rolling several times and crashing into a car parked outside the Village Inn. Mitchell had no obvious signs of injury but was taken to a hospital for tests to try and determine what made him pass out.