TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Governor Rick Scott announced the advancement of $128 million in widening projects along the I-75 corridor in Pasco County by more than five years, according to a news release from the governor’s office Thursday. Scott’s office said these two projects will support 400 jobs in the Tampa area and will address the growing transportation needs by widening the interstate from two lanes in each direction to three.

"Today, we are announcing that not only are we advancing the projects by five years, but we are starting construction in just two weeks. I-75 is an important part of Florida's transportation system as it supports tourism, economic development and trade. Funding these widening projects will create more job opportunities and improve mobility and connectivity. By investing in our infrastructure, Florida will continue to be a place where businesses can grow and all citizens can achieve the American dream," Scott said.

Work is set to begin later this month on a 7.8 mile stretch of I-75 just north of state road 52 to the Pasco/Hernando county line, according to Scott’s office. In May, reps said construction crews will begin work on an additional 6.7 mile segment of the interstate, from north of County Road 54 to north of State Road 52. This portion of the project also includes major work on state road 52, widening 1.6 miles to six lanes with frontage roads on the west side of I-75, and adding a westbound state road 52 "loop" entrance ramp to southbound I-75, the governor’s office said in the news release.

Completing these projects in Pasco County is part of the continuation of making I-75 a six-lane facility from the Georgia state line to the Tampa Bay region.