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Inside: ECRWSS See pages 23-36! See pages 3-22! Sheriff Bob White By Michael Smith Pasco County Sheriff Bob White held an impromptu press conference on February 26 to announce that crime in the unincorporated areas of the county (which includes Wesley Chapel) dropped by nearly 8 percent in 2009, when compared with 2008. Night Of 5000 To Benefit Young Burn Victims, Neighborhood Nibbles & Much More! Meet State House Candidate Elena McCullough, High School Winter Sports Wrap-Up & More!

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  • coming north on I-275 have had toattempt to cross two or three lanes oftraffic coming north on I-75 in order toget [all the way to the right] to the S.R56 exit on the east side of the highway,all while northbound motorists comingon I-75 had to fight through that trafficin order to continue on their way pastthe exit. The new ramps will eliminateall that merging and confusion,McShaffrey says.

    Once the (ramp) project is com-plete, every motorist exiting to S.R. 56

    will be taken out of the mix of ongoingtraffic, he says.

    According to the most recent traf-fic studies, which were conducted in2008, there were 119,000 vehicles perday on the stretch of I-75 between theI-275 exit and the S.R. 56 exit (bothnorthbound and southbound), withabout 22,500 of those accessing theofframp at S.R. 56 from northbound I-75. The congestion at the interchange

    (down 6.4 percent);burglary (down 5.7percent); larceny(down 7.7 percent);and motor vehicletheft (down 21.5percent). Robbery(7.3-percent higher)was the only catego-ry that increasedfrom 08.

    Overall, White said, the total num-ber of reported crimes in the countydecreased by 7.8 percent, including a3.6-percent decrease in violent crimesand an 8.2-percent decrease in non-vio-lent crimes. White noted that 09 wasthe second consecutive year that thecountys violent crime index haddecreased, and said that the numbers

    were even more impressive, consideringthat even though the countys popula-tion rose once again last year, the percapita number of crimes decreased.

    These numbers indicate that thedeputies of Pasco County are hard atwork fighting crime in the county,Sheriff White said. When we look atcrime statistics, we look at the trend,and these numbers show that overall,crime is trending downward.

    According to PCSO spokesmanDoug Tobin, there were a number of

    By Michael Smith

    Pasco County Sheriff Bob Whiteheld an impromptu press conference onFebruary 26 to announce that crime inthe unincorporated areas of the county(which includes Wesley Chapel)dropped by nearly 8 percent in 2009,when compared with 2008.

    According to the statistics, thenumber of crimes in six of the sevencategories that are tracked by the PascoCounty Sheriffs Office (PCSO), theFlorida Department of Law Enforce-ment and the Federal Bureau of Investi-gation dropped in 2009. Those cate-gories include: murder (which wasdown 50 percent); forcible sex offenses

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    Interstate Construction Keeping Drivers On Their ToesBy Michael Smith

    Weve been getting quite a fewinquiries from local residents and busi-ness owners asking about all the high-way construction work thats beengoing on between the junction of I-75and I-275 and the S.R. 56 interchange.Well, heres the scoop:

    Most of the work that people areseeing in that area is related to the con-struction of new ramps for northbounddrivers on both highways who are exit-ing the interstate at S.R. 56. Accordingto Florida Department of Transporta-tion (FDOT) spokesman John McShaf-frey, the new ramps, which will bealmost a mile long, will allow driverswho plan to exit the interstate at S.R.56 to do so well before they reach thebusy interchange. The new northboundI-275 exit ramp will cross over I-75,while I-75 will be widened and resur-faced, and will include a new bridgeover Cypress Creek that will accommo-date traffic exiting onto S.R. 56.

    The $29.9 million project alsoincludes the construction of huge new

    drainage ponds in the area where thetwo interstates pass underneath CountyLine Rd., which are required not onlyfor this project, but also for the eventu-al widening of I-75 itself.

    In fact, McShaffrey says that theramp project actually was originally acomponent of the widening project,but, since the widening of I-75 fromFowler Ave. all the way up to S.R. 52 isnow on hold (at least for the immediatefuture), because of a lack of funding,FDOT planners last October decided tomove forward with the ramp project,which is expected to be finished by thesummer of 2012.

    It was pulled out of the wideningproject for two reasons, McShaffreysays. One, because we can afford itnow, and two, because it will provide atremendous benefit to motorists.

    As anyone who regularly uses theS.R. 56 interchange knows, that areahas been difficult to traverse ever sinceit opened in 2002, but even more sorecently, with the influx of new residen-tial communities and businesses allalong the S.R. 56 corridor. Motorists

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    By summer 2012, drivers reaching the apex of I-75 and I-275 will no longer have tocross over multiple lanes of traffic to get to or around the S.R. 56 exit ramp.

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