The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Seven, in cooperation with Dade City and the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization, is identifying proposed improvements to US 98 at US 301 and Clinton Avenue in Pasco County. The project will evaluate potential alternatives for the realignment of US 98 to Clinton Avenue to eliminate the closely spaced intersections of US 301 at US 98 and US 301/US 98 at Clinton Avenue. The study would determine the best corridor to accomplish the realignment that would improve safety along the corridor facilitate east/west traffic movement, and maximize current Clinton Avenue investments, and address safety issues.
The study area, shown in the project location map below, is bounded by US 301/US 98 on the west, Clinton Avenue on the north, Old Lakeland Highway (CR 35A) on the east and US 98 on the south. US 301 is currently a four-lane divided facility throughout the project limits. A Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study has been completed for the widening of US 301 from four-lanes to six-lanes in the segment from south of US 98 to Clinton Avenue. US 98 is a two-lane undivided facility, and Clinton Avenue is a four-lane divided roadway. The US 301/US 98 corridor connects local commuters to regionally significant corridors, including I-75 to the west and I-4 to the east. The project study area includes portions of unincorporated Pasco County and Dade City.
The study, which began in April 2019, will include technical work and data analysis, along with various opportunities for the public to be involved in defining which corridors will move forward beyond the ACE process for further evaluation during a subsequent Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study.
Study Purpose and Need
The purpose of this study is to:
- Determine the best corridor to accomplish the realignment of US 98 to Clinton Avenue and identify existing challenges and opportunities related to existing and projected development, traffic operations, environmental impacts, access, safety, accessibility to transit, and pedestrian and bicycle connectivity.
- Identify suitable improvement alternatives that:
- Eliminate the closely spaced intersections of US 301 at US 98 and US 301 at Clinton Avenue;
- Facilitate east/west travel;
- Maximize the benefits from the current investment for the Clinton Avenue extension west of US 301 that is currently underway; and
- Enhance safety along the corridor.
- Identify any fatal flaws with the developed alternatives.
This project is needed to address the safety concerns in this area.
The closely spaced intersections of US 301 at US 98 and US 301 at Clinton Avenue have crash rates that exceed the statewide average. Between 2013 and 2017, the intersection of US 301 at US 98 experienced a total of 68 crashes. The predominant crash types were angle crashes (57%) followed by rear end crashes (32%). This intersection exhibited a crash rate (crash ratio = 2.457) that was consistently higher than the statewide average for a similar type of intersection.
Between 2013 and 2017, the intersection of US 301 and Clinton Avenue experienced a total of 71 crashes. The predominant crash types were rear end crashes (51%) followed by angle crashes (28%). This intersection exhibited a crash rate (crash ratio = 2.181) that was consistently higher than the statewide average for a similar type of intersection. A realignment of US 98 to Clinton Avenue to eliminate high traffic volumes at one of the two closely spaced intersections has the potential to reduce crashes and enhance safety.