Sunday, November 18, 2012

Kinnan / Mansfield connection update

Mansfield Blvd. at the county line
The Tampa Tribune reports that representatives from Tampa and Pasco County met last week to discuss Tampa's request to open Kinnan Street to Mansfield Blvd. in Wesley Chapel.  Tampa has renewed interest in its opening because the K-Bar Ranch development wants to gear up for hundreds of more lots.  Pasco on the other hand, has concerns over the volume of traffic on the two lane Mansfield Blvd., particularly at Wrencrest and Beardsley. 

From the Trib:

David Goldstein, Pasco's chief assistant county attorney, said Pasco commissioners are willing to open the road, but they have demands.

"We need to be sure there are adequate safeguards," he said. "The issue is once it's open, if we need traffic calming on Mansfield, who's going to pay for that? Because we don't think we should have to."

Those improvements could include traffic circles or signals at two key intersections, at a cost of up to $500,000. He said either the city of Tampa or K-Bar developers should pay for the improvements because the bulk of the traffic would be Hillsborough residents driving north to get to Wiregrass — with its shopping mall, hospital and community college — or to the S.R. 56 interchange.

"If they don't want to meet our demands, we'll leave it barricaded," Goldstein said.

An additional New Tampa connection to Pasco's Meadow Pointe Blvd.which also currently dead ends at the county line, was mentioned and it is possible that a K-Bar connection could happen within three years.

See previous blog post regarding this topic


Anonymous said...

So Pasco is saying..."Pay for traffic signals and speed bumps on your way to leave tax dollars in Pasco." Did Pasco pay for the widening of BBD for their residents to go to jobs in Tampa?

Russ Perlowski said...

No, but Hillsborough/Tampa did ask! Pasco's position is Tampa/Hillsborough residents use Pasco's BBD and SR 56 to travel to the interstates and didn't pay.

I think they will reach a compromise on this and open it up. Just don't count on it happening before Xmas!

Anonymous said...

I do hope they open the road with the provisions of speed bumps and and a speed monitor like they have on county line road by the school showing your speed. Speed Limit should be the same 30 miles and hr. Also why stop there. Open up to Meadow Point Blvd as well. That should ease some of the traffic on Mansfield, especially for those who live in Meadow Pointe's 3,4 and 5.

Anonymous said...

Leave it barricaded. Kinnan will turn into an interstate if they open it.

Anonymous said...

Agree with the first anonymous comment.

Such a myopic view by Pasco! It is good for Pasco to make it as easy as possible for folks to get to Wiregrass, Sams Club, the furniture stores by 75 and also the future stores west of 75.

For a $500k investment, they can generate several million soon

Anonymous said...

How about a 50/50 split on the $$$s. There are businesses and potential commercial developments along Cross Creek and Morris Bridge that would benefit from easier access for Pasco residents.

Judging from traffic on BBD and Morris Bridge I think Pasco needs to wake up and realize their residents use Tampa's roads all time and they don't all go to 54 to get on the interstate.

Also, with the widening of BBD this road will be used by locals only and limited mostly to meadow point, and the neighborhoods along cross creek.