FDOT adds new term to Suncoast Parkway II lexicon

The Florida Department of Transportation is looking at Citrus and Marion counties for corridors that would branch off the extension of the Suncoast Parkway II toll road

There has been a new term added to the Suncoast Parkway II project lexicon by the group responsible for extending the parkway from the terminus of U.S. 98 through Citrus County -- and that term is, "Coastal Connector".

The parkway will pick up where it left off and will travel for 13 miles. The county has also asked the Florida Department of Transportation's "Florida's Turnpike" authority for a 2-mile extension from where the 13th mile will end at State Road 44 in Inverness to County Road 486.

Suncoast Parkway 2: For Citrus County, it's the road ahead

John Wade Jr., President, Citrus County Council

The Suncoast Parkway 2 project is ready to continue construction, and this leg will take it from Citrus County northward. The county has signed a Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to help pave the way for the coming parkway.

The question has not been, for sometime now, if the state's Sunshine Parkway II project will be going through Citrus County, but where -- and when construction will begin.

South Airport Road project complete

FRONT ROW, FROM LEFT: Former State Rep. Jimmie Smith, Citrus County Commission Chairman Ron Kitchen, Citrus County Commissioner Scott Carnahan, State Sen. Charlie Dean, and Inverness Mayor Bob Plaisted (Citrus Daily photo by Robby Douglas on Aug. 22, 2016). Click on image for larger photo.

A connector road from the Citrus County Animal Shelter to the Inverness Airport Industrial Park opened on Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that drew dignitaries from city, county and state governments .

The project was designed to construct a 24-foot-wide by 1,600-foot roadway (0.30 mile) connecting the southern end of South Airport Road and the northern end of South Eva Holden Point.

The roadway provides an improved access to the new Terminal Building and Hangers at the Inverness Airport, along with access to the future business park.

Halls River bridge getting new tech in makeover

The halls River Bridge on Citrus County Road 490-A is getting a makeover.

As it sits today, it's certainly no spring chicken, having been built in 1954.

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