The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
held its monthly public meeting on March 20, 2018, in Brooksville. A
presentation was made by Tampa Bay Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA)
regarding the MPO Regional Coordination Study.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) provided an
update regarding the following locations in the Hernando/Citrus MPO area:
Flashing beacons will be installed at the intersection of US
19 and St. Andrews Boulevard at the Heather Subdivision as a safety
A traffic signal is anticipated at US 19 and Hexam Road in
No improvements are anticipated at US 19 and Thrasher Avenue
at this time.
The traffic signal at US 19 and CR 488 (entrance to Duke
Energy) will be operational in approximately 2 months’ time.
The traffic signal at US 19 and Seven Rivers Hospital will
transition to a full operational signal in the near future.
A trail will be constructed along US 19 in Citrus County
between Hernando County and the City of Crystal River. The timing has not
been finalized;however, FDOT has committed to inclusion of the trail.
Additional information regarding FDOT projects can be
obtained from their public information office at: http://www.fdot.gov/info/moreDOT/districts/dist7.shtm
The Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) updated the MPO
Board and public in attendance regarding the following:
Suncoast Parkway 2 is under construction, from US 19 to SR
44 with anticipated completion date Spring 2022.
Suncoast Parkway 2 from SR 44 to CR 486 is currently
under procurement for design.
The Coastal Connector is a high level planning study called
an Alternative Corridor Evaluation (ACE) study that is evaluating new
transportation corridor alternatives in Citrus and Marion Counties.
Public meetings to present preliminary corridor alternatives are scheduled for
Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Citrus County and Tuesday May 1, 2018 in Marion
County. For more information on this study visit the website at www.coastalconnector.com
Additional information regarding FTE projects and public
meeting specifics can be found on their website at: http://www.floridasturnpike.com/projects.html
The MPO Board directed the Hernando County Human Resources
Department to commence negotiations with Mr. Steve Diez as Executive Director
of the MPO. The Board also approved the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA)
FY 2018 Annual Certifications and Assurances and authorized the Chairman and
MPO attorney to execute the documents as required by the FTA, and recommended
the selection of Mid Florida Community Services DBA Trans-Hernando as the
Community Transportation Coordinator for Hernando County to the Florida
Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged.
The Tentative Work Program will be reviewed and approved by
the MPO at their June 19, 2018 meeting. Additional project details will
be available at that time. Please Contact the Hernando/Citrus MPO at (352)
754-4082 for more information