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State picking up tab for road improvements at Hernando airport corporate park

Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 11:29 PM

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Once Accuform Signs opens its new 305,000-square-foot building in the corporate park section of the airport, officials expect plenty of truck and vendor traffic.

And that doesn’t include the vehicles driven by the 571 people who will staff the new building, tentatively set to open early next year.

To accommodate the extra traffic, road improvements at the corner of Corporate Boulevard and Aerial Way needed to be done. And the state has agreed to kick in 100 percent of the funding.

Office of Business Development Director Mike McHugh announced Thursday that Hernando County has been awarded a $1.1 million transportation infrastructure grant to improve the transportation network to accommodate Accuform’s expansion on 40 acres at that intersection.

That also will help facilitate traffic on the western end of the airport, home to other corporate park tenants.

The grant will allow for the realignment of Corporate Boulevard, a traffic signal at Corporate Boulevard and Aerial Way and the extension of Technology Drive by about 1,500 feet.

McHugh said construction should begin soon.

“It’s a great grant to help us with supporting the company and what they’re going to need from a transportation standpoint,” McHugh said.

When it opens, Accuform Signs will be one of the largest manufacturing centers in the county, roughly the size of two-and-a-half Sam’s Club stores.

Accuform’s expansion was so big that Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent attended a function announcing the news last October.

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