The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for the widening of US 98 (SR 35/ SR 700) from two lanes to four lanes from the Polk County Line / CR 54 to US 301 (SR 39/SR 41) which includes the realignment of US 98 (SR 35/SR 700) between CR 35A to US 301 (SR 39/SR 41). The realignment allows US 98 to align with the Clinton Avenue (New SR 52) intersection at US 301 and was the results of a separate Alternatives Corridor Evaluation [ACE] study. The study is located in unincorporated Pasco County and Dade City, FL, and is a distance of approximately 8.6 miles. The project limits are shown on the project location map below.
US 98 is a two-lane undivided facility and is functionally classified as an urban principal arterial. The realignment will eliminate the existing closely spaced intersections of US 301 at US 98 and US 301 at Clinton Avenue, to reduce crashes, and to enhance safety. In addition, the project will include improvements to bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Currently, there are no pedestrian or bicycle facilities along US 98, but sidewalks on the north and south side of Clinton Avenue at the approach to the intersection with US 301. Also, bicycle lanes begin approximately 1,200 feet east of the Clinton Avenue and US 301 intersection.
The objective of the project is to develop and evaluate “Build” alternative(s) and provide the environmental and engineering analyses and documentation for the FDOT to reach a decision on the type, conceptual design, and location of the improvements. The “No-Build” or “No Action” alternative remains a viable option throughout the PD&E Study.
Project information and documents from the US 301/US 98/SR 35/SR 700/Clinton Avenue Intersection Realignment Study ACE Study (WPI 443368-1) can be found here: https://fdotd7studies.com/US301US98INT/