The project will build a roundabout at the intersection of US 98 / Ponce De Leon Blvd. and CR 491 / Citrus Way to improve safety. Construction is underway and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.
DRIVER ALERT: New traffic signal at US 98 and CR 491
Brooksville, FL -- The traffic signal at US 98 and CR 491 (Citrus Way) is now in full operation (it had been in flash mode since late November 2021 until becoming fully operational March 30, 2022). Drivers should be alert to the new, temporary signal and be prepared to stop in all directions. The signal will be used to control traffic safely until construction of the new roundabout is completed in spring 2023.
Drivers should also be alert to traffic shifts on US 98 in the project area and drive within the posted 30 MPH speed limit.
ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE: County Road 491 (Citrus Way) is closed on the south side of US 98
Brooksville, FL -- County Road 491 (Citrus Way) closed March 18, 2022 on the south side of the US 98 intersection. No access to/from CR 491 on the south side of US 98 is available to drivers around-the-clock through approximately December 2022. CR 491 is open ONLY for local residents from Lake Lindsey Road to south of US 98 (access to US 98 is blocked).
Detour: Drivers are directed to use Lake Lindsey Road and US 98 as a detour route around the closed portion of the intersection. Guide signs are posted along the detour route. Detour Map
Modern Roundabout Safety and Navigation
- Roundabouts are the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) leading action to reduce high-speed right-angle crashes and resulting fatalities. Roundabouts eliminate high-speed right-angle crashes at the intersection. Drivers are to travel at speeds less than 30 MPH and enter into the roundabout by merging.
- The FHWA has conducted studies that demonstrate tremendous benefits of the roundabout design, including (1) Up to 90% reduction in fatalities; (2) 76% reduction in bodily injury cases; (3) 30-40% reduction in pedestrian crashes and (4) 75% fewer conflict points than four-way intersections.
- This modern single-lane roundabout will be posted to be navigated at speeds of 25 MPH or less.
- This roundabout is located near several mines serviced by over-size, over-weight (OSOW) tractor-trailer combinations. This roundabout has been designed to accommodate larger OSOW vehicles for most of the movements at the intersection. Larger vehicles may track-over the truck apron as they navigate through the roundabout.
- Buses will not need to use the truck apron to negotiate the roundabout.
- There are no lane closures at this time.