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Project limits are from C.R. 527 to Florida’s Turnpike in Sumter and Lake Counties

 

Sumter and Lake Counties The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), is hosting a public hearing regarding the Project Development & Environment (PD&E) study for County Road (C.R.) 470, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Park East Wing Meeting Room located at 1589 County Road 459, Lake Panasoffkee, Florida 33538.

The study limits are along C.R. 470 from C.R.527 to Florida’s Turnpike in Sumter and Lake Counties, which extends 10.6 miles. The proposed widening of C.R. 470 improves capacity, enhances safety, and provides for long-term mobility needs within the study corridor. This involves a localized realignment to create a continuous C.R. 470 corridor intersecting US 301 in a single location. The recommended improvements also require a portion of SR 471 to be reoriented following the C-528 corridor south of Sumter State College. http://c-470study.com/

The hearing will begin as an open house at, with a formal presentation at 6:00 p.m.

The purpose of this public hearing is to present the recommendations of the PD&E Study, and to receive public comment. The concept to be presented reflects public input received at the Alternatives Public Meeting held in June of 2016, as well as detailed engineering and environmental evaluations that have been performed to provide the documentation information necessary for FDOT to reach a decision on the type, design, and location of the improvements. The hearing also includes planned location, design and operation of driveways, side street connections, median openings, and traffic signals.

Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Sophia Villavicencio-Ortiz, Public Involvement Coordinator, by phone at 407-839-4006, or via email at svillavicencio@vhb.com prior to the hearing. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact us by using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice).

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons wishing to express their concerns relative to FDOT compliance with Title VI may do so by contacting Jennifer Smith, FDOT District Five Title VI Coordinator by phone at 386-943-5367, or via email at jennifer.smith2@dot.state.fl.us.

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) pursuant of 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and FDOT.