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Project Details
Work Type Widening
Phase Construction
Limits from east of US 301 to the Sumter County line
Project Start November 18, 2021
Length 4.7 miles
City
County
Road
Construction Cost $43 million
Estimated Completion Spring 2025
Contractor Southland Construction, Inc.
About

This project is widening and reconstructing SR 50 (Cortez Blvd) from east of US 301 to the Sumter County line. The two lane roadway will be widened to a four lane roadway and two bridges will be built over the CSX railroad crossing. A 12-foot-wide shared use path will be built on the south side of the roadway. 

Burwell Road will be realigned to a new intersection with SR 50 just to the east of its current location.

Construction is active and is projected to be completed in the spring of 2025.


* Construction cost includes original construction contract amount plus approved contract changes. It does not include inspection oversite.

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SR 50 traffic shifted to new alignment

Ridge Manor -- Just before noon on Thursday, November 16, both directions of traffic on SR 50 (Cortez Blvd) were shifted south to new roadway (the future eastbound lanes) from east of Burwell Road (CR 575) and continuing approximately 3.2 miles to the east end of the project. SR 50 is expected to remain in this alignment into spring 2024.
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Burwell Road intersection at SR 50 shifted to the east

Ridge Manor -- The intersection of Burwell Road (CR 575) at SR 50 was relocated about one-quarter mile to the east on July 5, 2023. The traffic shift is needed to continue reconstruction and widening of SR 50 in this area. The temporary relocation of the intersection is expected to be in place into early 2024.

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Contact Information
Project Information
John McShaffrey
813-975-6930
roadwork@dot.state.fl.us
Media Contact
Kris Carson
813-975-6060
Kristen.carson@dot.state.fl.us
Closures
  • SR 50 is CLOSED in eastern Hernando County

    Ridge Manor -- As of Saturday morning, July 13, 2024, SR 50 is closed to all traffic at the railroad tracks east of US 301. The closure is needed to erect beams for a SR 50 bridge over the railroad tracks and is expected to be in place around-the-clock for approximately 12 days for bridge construction and CSX railroad signal work. No traffic will be permitted to enter the work zone or cross the tracks during the closure. SR 50 is open to local traffic only from US 301 to west of the railroad tracks. SR 50 is expected to reopen on Wednesday, July 24, 2024.

    DETOUR: Traffic is being detoured using US 301 and State Road 575 / CR 575 (Burwell Road). This is a lengthy detour; drivers are encouraged to plan extra time into their schedules to travel through the detour or consider alternate routes.  Detour Map

Project Files
Project Images
A third bridge beam is positioned into place (7-17-2024 photo)
Cranes hook up to a bridge beam to lift it from the transport vehicle (7-17-2024 photo)
A second bridge beam is lifted into place (7-17-2024 photo)
A second bridge beam is lifted into place (7-17-2024 photo)
Cranes place a concrete beam into place over the railroad tracks (7-16-2024 photo)
Cranes place a concrete beam into place over the railroad tracks (7-16-2024 photo)
Cranes are in place to pick up the next beam coming in on a transport truck (7-16-2024 photo)
Cranes are in place to pick up the next beam coming in on a transport truck (7-16-2024 photo)
Cranes are in place to pick up the next beam coming in on a transport truck (7-16-2024 photo)
Looking east over SR 50 where westbound SR 50 is closed (lower left) east of the railroad tracks (7-13-2024 photo)
WB SR 50 is closed east of the railroad tracks and detoured to Burwell Road (7-13-2024 photo)
Looking west at the lane reduction on eastbound SR 50 where traffic is detoured to southbound US 301 (7-13-2024 photo)
Eastbound SR 50 is closed at US 301 and detoured south on US 301 (7-13-2024 photo)
Looking north over US 301 at SR 575 (to the right) where SR 50 traffic is detoured due to the closure east of US 301 (7-13-2024 photo)
Looking east over SR 50 towards Burwell Road and the CSX railroad tracks (7-13-2024 photo)
Getting a crane ready to set bridge beams later in the month (7/2/2024 photo)
Getting a crane ready to set bridge beams later in the month (7/2/2024 photo)
Getting a crane ready to set bridge beams later in the month (7/2/2024 photo)
Building the roadway base for new westbound SR 50 traffic lanes
Stabilizing the roadway base for new westbound SR 50 traffic lanes
Placing concrete for shoulder barrier wall
Storm water pond construction
A view of concrete work from above
Bridge construction for eastbound SR 50 traffic over the CSX railroad tracks
Bridge construction for eastbound SR 50 traffic over the CSX railroad tracks
Looking east at construction of the new SR 50 roadway (8-10-2023 photo)
Looking west at construction of the new SR 50 roadway (8-10-2023 photo)
Earthwork for the new eastbound SR 50 roadway (8-10-2023 photo)
Earthwork for the new eastbound SR 50 roadway (8-10-2023 photo)
Compacting soil for the new eastbound SR 50 roadway (8-10-2023 photo)
Looking east at construction of the eastbound SR 50 approach to a new bridge over the railroad tracks (8-10-2023 photo)
Looking west at construction of the new elevation of eastbound SR 50, east of the railroad tracks (8-10-2023 photo)
Looking west at construction of the new elevation of eastbound SR 50, east of the railroad tracks (8-10-2023 photo)
Looking southwest at the temporary realignment of Burwell Road next to SR 50, east of the railroad tracks (8-10-2023 photo)
Looking north at the temporary realignment of Burwell Road approaching SR 50 (8-10-2023 photo)
Looking east on the temporary alignment of Burwell Rd next to SR 50 that will be part of the future eastbound SR 50 (8-10-2023 photo)
Looking north at the temporary Burwell Road connection to SR 50, east of its prior location (8-10-2023 photo)
Looking north over Burwell Road at the new approach to SR 50 (7-6-2023 photo)
Looking north over Burwell Road's new approach to SR 50 (7-6-2023 photo)
Looking south towards SR 50 and the new Burwell Road approach to SR 50 (7-6-2023 photo)
Looking southeast over SR 50 and the new Burwell Road approach to SR 50 (7-6-2023 photo)
Looking east over SR 50 and the new Burwell Road approach to SR 50 (7-6-2023 photo)
Looking east over SR 50 at the temporary, relocated Burwell Road intersection near the middle of the picture (7-6-2023 photo)
Looking west over SR 50 at the temporary, relocated Burwell Road intersection at the bottom of the picture (7-6-2023 photo)
Constructing the new eastbound SR 50 approach and bridge over the railroad tracks (6-1-2023 photo)
Looking east at construction of the higher elevation eastbound SR 50 leading to a bridge over the railroad tracks (6-1-2023 photo)
Looking north from the new Burwell Road approach to SR 50 (6-1-2023 photo)
Looking north from the existing Burwell Road at the new approach to SR 50 (6-1-2023 photo)
Looking east at construction of the temporary Burwell Road intersection with SR 50 (6-1-2023 photo)
Compacting the base for the new SR 50 eastbound roadway (6-1-2023 photo)
Moving material for the new eastbound SR 50 roadway base (6-1-2023 photo)
Work on the east end of the project building the new eastbound SR 50 roadway (6-1-2023 photo)
Looking east on SR 50 at the transition to the project in Sumter County (6-1-2023 photo)
Looking east at bridge construction over the railroad on the south side of SR 50 (5-1-2023 photo)
Looking west at bridge construction over the railroad on the south side of SR 50 (5-1-2023 photo)
Wall construction on the south side of SR 50 for the higher elevation roadway between US 301 and the railroad (4-28-2023 photo)
Wall construction on the south side of SR 50 for the higher elevation roadway between US 301 and the railroad (4-28-2023 photo)
Storm water drainage pond construction on the north side of SR 50 (4-28-2023 photo)
New storm water drainage structure under what will be the new eastbound SR 50 roadway (4-28-2023 photo)
Looking east at embankment placement and compaction of new eastbound roadway base (4-28-2023 photo)
Temporary transition at east end of project entering adjacent construction project in Sumter County (4-28-2023 photo)
Desilting and video inspection of newly installed drainage pipe (4-28-2023 photo)
Looking north on Burwell Road at construction of new roadway alignment and elevation with SR 50 (4-28-2023 photo)
New roadway base at the intersection of Burwell Road and SR 50 (4-28-2023 photo)
Compacting soil over storm drainage pipe (4-24-2023 photo)
Precast concrete traffic railing and cast-in-place slab on the south side of SR 50, just west of Richloam Claysink Rd  (4-20-2023 photo)
Precast concrete traffic railing and cast-in-place slab on the south side of SR 50, just west of Richloam Claysink Rd  (4-20-2023 photo)
Placing asphalt at the east end of the project (2-14-2023 photo)
Work near the west end of the project along eastbound SR 50 (11-3-2022 photo)
Roadway base construction on the south side of the highway (11-3-2022 photo)
Cranes for bridge construction (11-3-2022 photo)
Pile installation for the foundation of the bridge over the railroad tracks (11-3-2022 photo)
Pile installation for the foundation of the bridge over the railroad tracks (11-3-2022 photo)
Storm water drainage pipe and structures to be installed (11-3-2022 photo)
Roadway and wall construction of SR 50 at a higher elevation (11-3-2022 photo)
Box culvert construction along the new elevated roadway corridor (7/29/2022 photo)
Permanent wall construction for highway widening (7/26/2022 photo)
Temporary wall for construction (7/26/2022 photo)
Traffic shift to temporary pavement (7/26/2022 photo)
Installing drainage system (7/14/2022 photo)
Installing drainage pipes (6/29/2022 photo)
Construction of permanent retaining wall on the left and temporary retaining wall on the right along SR 50 (6/16/2022 photo)
Box culvert and retaining wall construction in a section of SR 50 widening (6/16/2022 photo)
Steel rebar for box culvert construction (6/16/2022 photo)
Storm water drainage structure installation (5/24/2022 photo)
Storm water drainage structure installation (5/24/2022 photo)
Subsoil excavation along SR 50 for roadway widening (5/18/2022 photo)
Subsoil excavation along SR 50 for roadway widening (5/18/2022 photo)
East end of traffic shift along SR 50 for roadway widening (5/18/2022 photo)
West end of traffic shift along SR 50 for roadway widening (5/16/2022 photo)
Clearing and mulching operations along SR 50 for roadway widening (5/16/2022 photo)
Barrels and concrete barriers separate traffic and work areas along SR 50 at the Burwell Road intesection (5/12/2022 photo)
Looking east along SR 50 at widening work on the south side (5/12/2022 photo)
Placing embankment for the realignment of Burwell Road at SR 50 (5/12/2022 photo)
Monitoring turbidity in the water to ensure environmental protection and compliance (4/28/2022 photo)
Installing 36" drainage pipe (4/27/2022 photo)
Cleared area on the south side of SR 50 (4/27/2022 photo)
Clearing on the south side of SR 50 with turbidity barrier installed for environmental protection (4/27/2022 photo)
Temporary barrier wall installed along Burwell Road to separate the work zone from traffic (4/27/2022 photo)
Removing subsoil to replace with better soils (4/27/2022 photo)
Placing embankment for roadway base (4/13/2022 photo)
Looking west along SR 50 at clearing for roadway widening (1/13/2022 photo)
Looking west from Burwell Road at clearing on the south side of SR 50 (1/13/2022 photo)
Installed wetland protection devices (1/13/2022 photo)
Installed silt fence for environmental protection (1/13/2022 photo)
Stockpile of concrete drainage pipe that will be installed (1/13/2022 photo)
Looking east from Burwell Road at clearing on the south side of SR 50 (1/13/2022 photo)
Clearing vegetation for a new drainage pond (1/13/2022 photo)
Looking north at clearing along Burwell Road (1/13/2022 photo)