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Regarding Plans to Widen to Four Lanes


Marion County -The Florida Department of Transportation has scheduled a public hearing regarding proposed improvements to State Road (SR) 40 in Marion and Volusia counties. The project limits extend from approximately one mile west of SR 326—at the end of the existing four-lane roadway near Silver Springs in Marion County—to US 17 in Volusia County. 


The hearing will be held Thursday, August 18, at the Ocklawaha Bridge Baptist Church located at 14100 East Highway 40 in Silver Springs. It will begin as an open house at 5:30 p.m. with a formal presentation at 6:30 p.m., to allow interested persons an opportunity to express their views concerning the location; conceptual design; and social, economic, and environmental effects of  the proposed improvements to SR 40.


The recommended improvements include widening the existing two-lane rural roadway to a four-lane divided roadway. Several bridges, box culverts and pipes are also proposed with this project to allow wildlife to safely cross SR 40.


The draft project documents and other information are available for public review until August 29, 2011, during regular business hours at the following locations: Marion County Public Library, Ocala Branch, 2720 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala; and Astor County Library, 54905 Alco Road, Astor. These materials will also be available at the meeting/hearing. Those desiring to submit written statements and other exhibits, in place of, or in addition to oral statements, may do so at the meeting/hearing or may send them to Mr. Bill Walsh at the Florida Department of Transportation, 719 South Woodland Boulevard, DeLand, Florida 32720.  All exhibits or statements must be postmarked no later than August 29, 2011, and will become a part of the public hearing record.


Public  participation  is  solicited  without  regard  to  race,  color,  national  origin,  age,  sex, religion, disabilityor family status.  Those who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or require translation services (free of charge) should contact Mr. Bill Walsh, FDOT Project Manager at 386-943-5411 or e-mail at william.walsh@dot.state.fl.us at least seven days prior to the hearing.