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State seeks answers to Central Pasco traffic backups


Originally Posted on Tampa Bay Times By C.T. Bowen on September 17, 2021

LUTZ — Timing can be everything for Brian Nelson and Deb Boyd when they leave their Carson Drive home in Land O’ Lakes.

She does her Walmart shopping at 6 a.m. to avoid a traffic backup at the nearby intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 54. And, they both route their drives through the rear access of a shopping center parking lot in a circuitous journey to reach SR 54 where they said they still sit through three traffic light cycles to turn left onto U.S. 41.

The state says 124,000 vehicles pass through the SR54/U.S. 41 intersection each day. That’s a 25 percent increase from six years ago and projections call for 50,000 additional vehicles to use the intersection over the next two decades. Read more.