The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has abandoned the four corridors it was considering for a northern turnpike extension and is looking at different options, state Rep. Ralph Massullo told the Chronicle late Wednesday.
Instead, FDOT will look at making improvements along Interstate 75 and possibly other corridors to relieve traffic congestion.
Massullo said he spoke with the FDOT district secretary about the issue and the agency may make it public as early as Friday.
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“I shared with him my idea of improving a small portion of I-75 connecting to U.S. 27 and using already developed routes to get to the Suncoast (parkway),” Massullo said.
County Commissioner Jeff Kinnard called this “big news."
“I’m glad they made the decision,” Kinnard said. “Local governing boards have all come out against (the corridors)."
Kinnard agrees the state should look at improving I-75 and other corridors to relieve congestion.
The Chronicle will have more on this development in Friday’s paper.
Michael D. Bates is a staff writer with the Citrus County Chronicle and can be reached at email@example.com.