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Orange County - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a public hearing regarding plans to improve safety in the area of State Road (SR) 426/Aloma Avenue at the intersection of North Goldenrod Road, in Orange County. The project addresses operational and safety concerns in the area by converting the full median opening to a directional median opening at North Goldenrod Road, closing the median opening at Hibiscus Avenue, and extending the westbound to southbound left turn lane at North Goldenrod Road. This modification reduces traffic conflict points at the intersection, improving safety.

The public hearing will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at The Praise Place Church at Slovak Garden, 3110 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park, FL 32792. There will be an open house at 5 p.m. during which staff will be available to discuss the project and answer questions, followed by the formal hearing presentation at 6 p.m., after which participants may provide their verbal comments to all present.

Participants may provide verbal comments directly to a court reporter before and after the formal presentation. Written comments can be submitted at the hearing, sent by mail to Dave Mixon, Florida Department of Transportation, District Five Traffic Operations, 719 S. Woodland Boulevard, M.S. #562, DeLand, FL 32720, or emailed to
Dave.Mixon@dot.state.fl.us, no later than May 22, 2017. All comments written and oral will become part of the project’s public record.

The draft project documents and other information will be available for public review from April 19, 2017 to May 22, 2017 at the Winter Park Public Library, 460 East New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789, Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Kelly Hiden, Public Involvement Coordinator by phone at 407-508-0839, or via email at
kelly@valerin-group.com at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.  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.

For more information about the project, please contact the FDOT Public Information Office at 386-943-5473 /
jessica.ottaviano@dot.state.fl.us.