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$2M safety improvement project planned for U.S. 19 in Pasco County

Posted at 4:09 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 18:51:58-04

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. -- You can barely drive a mile without seeing memorials along U.S. 19.

"it's a very dangerous highway," said Theresa Sucarichi.

That's why Sucarichi and other drivers call it "Death Valley."

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She said every time she has to take U.S. 19 to go somewhere she gets "horrified."

State Troopers, Pasco County deputies and officers respond to dozens of crashes on U.S. 19 daily. It keeps drivers, like John Stewart, on alert.

"I look this way and that way," he said. "There are a lot of people speeding and rear-ending people."

A major trouble spot is the 16-mile stretch from Holiday to County Line Road in Pasco County. According to state troopers, there have been 384 crashes this year. Six of them were deadly.

"They really need to do something with it," Sucarichi said. "I don't know what, but something."

Pasco County leaders support a $2 million safety improvement project that will include adding more street lights to the intersection and upgrading current lights. The Flordia Department of Transportation is paying for the project.

"It makes me feel better. I hope it works," said Sucarichi.

The work is expected to start this year or early 2020.