Planners add length to proposed service road along U.S. 301By MOLLY MOORHEAD
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 4, 2002
ZEPHYRHILLS -- A planned service road along the west side of U.S. 301 just got a little longer.
The city was going ahead with plans to apply for a state economic development grant to construct the road from the Golden Corral and Quality Inn Suites construction sites north to Daughtery Road.
But city planner Todd Vande Berg said Thursday the plan now is to extend the project farther south to Eiland Boulevard. Engineers will work on a revised cost estimate, and Vande Berg will present the idea to the City Council at its next meeting on Oct. 14.
Whatever the cost, the entire project -- road, sidewalk and drainage construction -- will be paid for by the state grant.
"We think it's a great opportunity to address the whole area. . . . The city won't have to kick in anything," Vande Berg said Thursday.
He said some parts of that stretch along 301 already have well-built service roads. Other parts have dirt roads, and others are just grass.
"It's kind of hit and miss where we're connecting," Vande Berg said. "We're looking at one continuous link."
The road will have limited access points. Vande Berg said he hopes the project will improve safety and traffic flow along the artery.
"It's a win-win for the city and for the businesses and the people who live there," he said.
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