It may seem like traffic signals already are too abundant on S.R. 56 near the I-75 interchange, but the flashing stoplight at the entrance to Tampa Premium Outlets is now operational.
The signal officially went live on September 15. According to Pasco County Traffic Operations, the light at Grand Cypress Dr. and S.R. 56 was placed in flashing mode on Sept. 3 to alert drivers of its presence. The intent was to have the light flash through the weekend and then officially come online, but it remained in that mode for 12 more days.
However, due to modifications that still are needed for the traffic signal at Wesley Chapel Blvd., less than half a mile west on S.R. 56, the light remained in flashing mode for 12 days. A spokesperson for Pasco’s Traffic Operations department said on Sept. 10 that he expected the modifications to be completed within ten days, at which point the Grand Cypress Dr. traffic light officially would become operational, but those adjustments were made much more quickly.
Drivers should use caution.