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Ormond Beach - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Five is conducting a public hearing regarding the proposed improvements to SR 40 (Granada Boulevard). This public hearing is being held to allow interested persons an opportunity to give feedback concerning the conceptual design of the proposed improvements to SR 40 (Granada Boulevard).

The proposed improvements consist of milling and resurfacing the roadway, improving existing drainage deficiencies, upgrading pedestrian features to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and construction of a raised median. Existing on-street parking will also be affected. The project limits are from Washington Street to the west end of the Halifax River Bridge, a distance of approximately 0.4 miles. The Draft Concept Plan along with other pertinent information will be available for viewing at the hearing.

The public hearing is Thursday, September 15, 2011, at the Ormond Beach City Hall Commission Chambers located at 22 South Beach Street in Ormond Beach. The public hearing will begin as an open house starting at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m. Formal presentations will be given at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Persons desiring to submit written statements and other exhibits, in place of or in addition to oral statements, may do so at the public hearing or by sending them to Ms. Kathleen C. Enot, Project Manager at FDOT District Five, 719 South Woodland Boulevard, MS 542 Deland, Florida 32720. All exhibits or statements postmarked no later than September 25, 2011will become a part of the public hearing record.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Robert Neil, P.E. at SRD, Inc., (813) 621-3250 or via e-mail at bneil@srdeng.com at least seven days prior to the meeting.

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