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Feedback Sought for State Road 44/U.S. 441 Safety Improvements


Lake County - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will have a public hearing about safety improvements on State Road (S.R.) 44/U.S. 441 at the intersections of Fern Drive in Leesburg, and Waterman Way/Nightingale Lane in Tavares, Lake County.


The project will discuss converting the full median openings to directional median openings. These modifications reduce traffic conflict points at the intersections, improving safety.


The public hearing will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tavares-Leesburg, 3601 West Burleigh Boulevard, U.S. Highway 441, Tavares, FL 32778. 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.


Persons with disabilities who require special 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 media inquiries, please contact the Public Information Office: Jessica Ottaviano 386-943-5473 / Jessica.Ottaviano@dot.state.fl.us.


The Florida Department of Transportation reminds drivers to buckle up, it’s the law.