Commissioner Scott Carnahan, Chairman of the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners welcomed guests to the County Road 491 Phase I Roadway and Regional Storm Water and Utility Improvements Project Groundbreaking which was held on August 2 at the corner of CR491 and SR44. Over 30 people attended the morning event including Commissioners; Brian Coleman, Jeff Kinnard, Ron Kitchen and Jimmie T. Smith. Also attending were County Administrator Randy Oliver, County staff, community members and representatives from project partners, Pegasus Engineering and Commercial Industrial Corporation.
Phase I of the project includes a section of CR491 that is less than a mile from the future Suncoast 2 ramp on SR44 and is the third area to be widened by the County; the first section was from Grover Cleveland to SR44 and the second was from CR486 to Pine Ridge. This specific phase of 491 is from Laurel St to south of Audubon Park Path, approximately one mile in length. The roadway will be constructed with four travel lanes (convertible to six in the future) with a grass center median and (2)-two lane support roads (Line and Southern). The project also includes water and waste water improvements, a 12 foot wide Multi-Use Path along the west side of the road and a 5 foot wide sidewalk along the east.
The cost for road improvements and storm water will be $14.5M – 50% of the project construction cost paid by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) through a Transportation of Regional Impact Grant and a County Incentive Grant. The remainder of the project is funded through County Impact Fees and Gas Tax. Water and waste water improvements will have a cost of $3.3M and will be paid through Utility revenue.
Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and to look for alternate routes. Anticipated date of project completion is December 2019.