Florida State Road 56
|Maintained by FDOT|
|Length||6.732 mi (10.834 km)|
|Existed||March 28, 2002–present|
|West end||SR 54 / CR 54 in Wesley Chapel|
|I-75 in Wesley Chapel|
|East end||Meadow Pointe Blvd. in Wesley Chapel|
State Road 56 begins at a three-way intersection with State Road 54. At this point, State Road 54 makes a sharp left turn while State Road 56 continues straight on the same roadway. The state road at the beginning of its route is a 6 lane avenue that passes through a rural area of Wesley Chapel. After 0.9 miles, State Road 56 comes to an interchange with Interstate 75, which is exit 275 on the highway. The on-ramps allow access to both northbound and southbound I-75. After its intersection with I-75, State Road 56 enters the commercial district of Wesley Chapel. It travels 2.1 miles through the town before reaching a four-way intersection with State Road 581. After this intersection, the speed limit increases to 55 mph, and State Road 56 travels another 3.8 miles through rural Wesley Chapel before coming to its eastern terminus at a three way intersection with Meadow Pointe Blvd.
The first segment of SR 56, which stretched from SR 54 to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (SR/CR 581), opened on March 28, 2002 after three years of construction. The highway allows a more-direct access to Interstate 75 two miles (3 km) north of the northern terminus of Interstate 275, as opposed to SR 54, which parallelled I-75 for about three miles before meeting at its interchange.
The first phase of expansion, from Bruce B. Downs to Meadow Pointe Boulevard, began construction in March 2008 to mark the imminent opening of the Shops at Wiregrass. On July 31, 2010, after numerous delays, this extension of SR 56 opened for vehicular traffic.
An extension to US 301 in Zephyrhills is being planned by the FDOT, and has been part of the plan since the highway's conception. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
The entire route is in Pasco County.
|Wesley Chapel||0.000||0.000||SR 54 west / CR 54 east (Wesley Chapel Boulevard)||Western terminus|
|0.88||1.42||I-75 (SR 93) – Ocala, Tampa, St. Petersburg||Exit 275 on I-75|
|2.950||4.748||SR 581 north / CR 581 south to SR 54|
|6.732||10.834||To SR 54 / Meadow Pointe Boulevard||Current eastern terminus|
|Zephyrhills||US 301 / Gall Boulevard||Future eastern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- "Motorists Overjoyed". St. Petersburg Times, 29 March 2002. Retrieved 28 Mar 2010.
- FDOT straight line diagrams Archived March 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, accessed February 2014
- S.R. 56 gets scooped for extension, Tampa Tribune, March 18, 2008
- State Road 56 extension to start by spring, St. Petersburg Times, October 20, 2006
- "Florida has a gem of an idea to move traffic on and off I-75. It's called diverging diamonds". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
- "Construction On Diverging Diamond Underway In Wesley Chapel". WUSF News. Retrieved 26 February 2019.