As work continues on the Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) at S.R. 56/I-75 and the widening of S.R. 54, some lanes will need to be closed at times to finish the job. Here’s a few upcoming things to keep an eye on, from the Florida Department of Transportation:

S.R. 54: The $42.8-million widening project from east of Curley Rd. to east of Morris Bridge Rd. (above) will have some around-the-clock lane shifts (essentially the closing of lanes in one direction while all traffic will use the lanes going in the other direction) scheduled from Monday, July 25 to Wednesday, July 27. The lane shifts are not represented on the map above, as they will be from just west of Curley Rd. to west of Meadow Pointe Blvd.

This project is widening the existing two-lane road to a four-lane highway with medians. A sidewalk will be built on the north side of the road and a 10-foot wide multi-use trail will be built on the south side. The sidewalk and trail will run the entire length of the project, from east of Curley Rd. to east of the Morris Bridge Rd./Eiland Blvd. intersection.


The S.R. 56 entrance ramp onto northbound I-75 may be closed from 10 p.m. Tuesday, August 2 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, August 3, weather permitting. Drivers will be detoured to enter from Wesley Chapel Blvd. The ramp could also be closed Wednesday, August 3 and/or Thursday, August 4 nights.

Here are the detour routes:

Eastbound S.R. 56 onto northbound I-75: Continue east past the closed ramp to S.R. 581 / Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. Turn left and go north on S.R. 581. At S.R. 54/Wesley Chapel Blvd., turn left and go west to the entrance ramp onto northbound I-75.

Westbound S.R. 56 onto northbound I-75: Continue west past the closed ramp to C.R 54 / Wesley Chapel Boulevard. Turn right and go northeast on C.R. 54. After passing under I-75, turn left onto the entrance ramp to northbound I-75.

Southbound I-75 exit to SR 56 to be closed Monday night, August 1

The southbound I-75, exit 275 ramp to S.R. 56 may be closed from 10 p.m. Monday, August 1 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, August 2, weather permitting. If necessary, this ramp could also be closed any night from Tuesday, August 2 through Thursday, August 4.

Detour Route to S.R. 56: Use Exit 279 to S.R. 54/C.R. 54. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left and go east on S.R. 54. Turn right onto S.R. 581 (Bruce B. Downs Blvd.) and go south to S.R. 56.

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