Pasco County getting an earful from residents on proposed elevated toll road

Idea is just a private sector initiative right now

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization held an open house Saturday at the Shops of Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel.


They answered questions and listened to concerns mainly about the proposed elevated toll road along the state road 54/45 corridor. The privately funded toll road would stretch from U.S. 19 to U.S. 301.


"We definitely need something out here, but I don't know if that is the proper way to go about it," Pasco County resident Matthew Lamonica said.


"I can definitely see the benefit on certain time frames of days having extra lanes and extra space," another resident said.


Right now this is all just a private sector initiative to determine whether or not something like this would be feasible.


"This group has not even decided to move forward with it. They're looking at their number crunching now to see if it makes sense," Jim Edwards said.


Edwards is the Transportation Manager for The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization.


One of the main focuses of these open houses is to get people to fill out surveys to get their opinion on the study. Another thing they can do is offer up their own ideas on what they think needs to be done.


"That's the way to express an opinion and get it on paper. We need those things in writing," Edwards said.


Most stopping by agree something needs to be done about the growing traffic problems, but want all options on the table.


"My suggestion is a light rail, because a light rail, it doesn't put more cars on the road it, it takes more cars off the road," Lamonica said.


The final decision in the end will be made by the Department of Transportation. Pasco officials just want you to know your opinion does matter and encourage people to fill out their survey.


You can find that survey by going to: .

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