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News Release: 2/18/2021:ANNOUNCEMENT OF STUDY APPROVAL State Road 50 (US 98/Cortez Boulevard) Projec

On October 27, 2020, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) pursuant to 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by the FHWA and FDOT, was granted Location and Design Concept Acceptance for the State Road (SR) 50 (US 98/Cortez Boulevard) Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study from the Brooksville Bypass to west of Interstate 75 (I-75), a distance of approximately 7.2 miles.
The preferred alternative for this project is the build alternative presented at the project public hearing which includes widening the existing four-lane divided rural highway to a six-lane divided highway with sidewalks on both sides of the road. No additional right-of-way (ROW) is required for the expanded roadway typical section along SR 50. A small amount of additional ROW is anticipated at various intersection corners at Griffin Road, Dorsey Smith Road, Clayton Road, Spring Lake Highway, and High Corner Road. Additional ROW is proposed for off-site stormwater management facility and floodplain compensation sites. This project is now eligible to proceed to the next phase of development once funded in the FDOT Five-Year Work Program.
There are no upcoming project phases (design, ROW acquisition or construction) that are funded in FDOT’s current 5-year work program (2020/21 to 2024/25).
For more information about the project, please visit the project website at:
Additional details and maps are in the attached newsletter, a copy of which has been mailed to property owners. Advertisements announcing the approval were posted in La Gaceta and Tampa Bay Times newspapers in February 2021.

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