State Road 56 is a six-lane arterial connecting Interstate 75 with SR 54 west and Meadow Pointe Boulevard across southern areas of Wesley Chapel in Pasco County. A heavily traveled commuter route, completion of SR 56 was a catalyst for rampant commercial development, including the Tampa Premium Outlets, and expansion of suburban development eastward along areas north of the Hillsborough County line. A $58 million project started in February 2017 extends the state road six miles east to U.S. 301. Expected to open by late 2019, a number of development projects, including the 3,500-acre Two Rivers Ranch, are already planned for the new roadway to the southwest of Zephyrhills.1
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Additionally, a $37.4 million project started in January 2019 rebuilds the diamond interchange with Interstate 75 into a diverging diamond (DDI). This is expected to alleviate some of the traffic congestion plaguing the current exchange.2
The corridor for SR 56 was incorporated in the 1982 Pasco County Comprehensive Plan.3 Initially considered by FDOT as the new alignment of SR 54 (with the old one referenced as SR 54A), the study for a second east-west roadway focused on undeveloped areas of southern Pasco County, between I-75 at Cypress Creek and U.S. 301 near Zephyrhills South. It included four-lane expansion of a 0.76-mile section of U.S. 301 leading northeast to CR 535 (Chancey Road), the Zephyrhills East Bypass. The new alignment evaluated comprised a six-lane, divided highway with a 50-foot grassed median within a 250 foot wide right-of-way.3
SR 56 was constructed from June 14, 1999 to June 2002 at a cost of $31.2 million. The three-mile project built a four highway from SR 54 east to a new diamond interchange along Interstate 75, and a six-lane highway from the freeway to CR 581 (Bruce B. Downs Boulevard).4
- "Planned highway work to transform southeast Pasco." Tampa Bay Times (FL), November 29, 2013.
- "New diverging diamond interchange at I-75, State Road 56 intersection to ease traffic." WFTS (Tampa, FL), March 14, 2018.
- State Road 54 Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study FDOT District 7 - archived studies.
- Interstate 75 at State Road 56 (new interchange & new road construction) - 258734.
http://mytbi.com:80/content/users/projectinfo.asp?projectID=60&RoadID=4Tampa Bay Interstates (FDOT District 7 project web site).
Page Updated 08-14-2018.