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Project Details
Work Type Widening and Realignment
Phase Construction
Limits from the Polk County Line to US 301 at Clinton Ave.
Project Start August 8, 2023
Length 8.7 miles
City
County
Road
Construction Cost $146.3 million
Estimated Completion Fall 2028
Contractor Prince-Ajax US 98 Constructors
About

This design-build project will widen US 98 creating a 4-lane divided roadway from the Polk County line to north of Townsend Road and realign US 98 from north of Townsend Road to US 301.

The realignment allows US 98 to align with Clinton Avenue, which became the new SR 52 at the intersection of US 301 in February 2023.

Four new roundabouts will be built, including one at the new intersection of US 98 and Clinton Avenue east of US 301.There will also be 3 new signalized intersections. 

The existing bridge over CSX Railroad and old Lakeland Highway will be replaced with twin bridges.

There will be a 6-foot sidewalk on the east side of the road and a 10-foot wide shared use path on the west side of the road that will connect to the Withlacoochee State Trail on US 301. 

The contractor is responsible for finalizing the design plans and building the improvements. The design portion of the contract is nearing completion. Construction officially began with clearing activities on February 12, 2024.

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* A Virtual Public Meeting was held on this project on November 29, 2022. A copy of the presentation can be found at the video link below under "Project Videos." If you would like to view a PDF version of the presentation along with the script, please click on the presentation under "Project Files."

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Widening of US 98 is underway in Polk County adjacent to this Pasco County project. Click here for information on the US 98 project in Polk County.

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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
  • US 98 between CR 54 and Old Lakeland Highway 
    Lane closures/flagging operations: Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    US 98 at the Hillsborough River bridge area (about 1.5 miles north of CR 54 / Polk County line)
    Lane closures/flagging operations: Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Project Files
Project Videos
Project Images
Preparing equipment for pile driving at the Hillsborough River bridge (6-24-2024 photo)
Excavating for a drainage pond (6-24-2024 photo)
Placing clean embankment after removing muck material (6-24-2024 photo)
Removing unsuitable soil (6-24-2024 photo)
Placing embankment on the west side (southbound) of US 98 (6-20-2024 photo)
Clearing a future pond area near CR 54 (6-18-2024 photo)
Looking northwest over US 98 at the CR 54 intersection where the widening project begins in Pasco County (5-3-2024 photo)
Looking northwest over US 98, north of Pasco CR 54, at beginning widening work on the west side of the corridor (5-3-2024 photo)
Looking northwest over US 98 at early clearing work on the west side of the corridor at the Hillsborough River bridge (5-3-2024 photo)
Looking northwest over US 98 at drainage pond construction south of Stanton Hall Drive (5-3-2024 photo)
Looking northwest over US 98, north of Townsend Rd., where land has been cleared for the new roadway alignment (5-3-2024 photo)