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Marion County - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is conducting a public meeting for the NE 36th Avenue design project, which begins at State Road (S.R.) 492 (NE 14th Street) and ends at NE 35th Street in Marion County.

The project has been divided into three segments:  Segment 1 (FPID 431798-2-52-01) is from S.R. 492 (NE 14th Street) to NE 20th Place; Segment 2 (FPID 431798-3-52-01) is from NE 20th Place to NE 25th Street; and Segment 3 (FPID 431798-4-52-01) is from NE 25th Street to NE 35th Street. Segment 2 includes NE 36th Avenue going over the existing CSX railroad.


The improvements to all three segments of NE 36th Avenue include: widening the existing two-lane road to a four-lane roadway; five-foot buffered bicycle lanes; six-foot sidewalks; a 20-foot median; and drainage and signalization improvements. With the bridge over the CSX railroad in Segment 2, there also will be a Texas U-turn and access road to retain access to adjacent properties.


Additional right-of-way will be needed to accommodate these improvements. For Segments 1 and 3, right-of-way acquisition and construction are not funded. For Segment 2, right-of-way acquisition is funded in Fiscal Year 2017 and construction is funded in Fiscal Year 2019.


The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Marion County Growth Services Training Room (next to the Public Library) located at 2710 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala. The meeting will be an open house format with a focus on the project refinements in Segment 2. Project information will be available for review along with the opportunity to provide public input. Throughout the meeting, a project presentation will run on a continuous loop. FDOT representatives will be available to discuss the project, answer questions, and receive comments.


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 by email at jennifer.smith2@dot.state.fl.us.

Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Laura Turner, Project Public Involvement Coordinator, by phone at 407-620-5095 or by email at turnerlk1@aol.com at least seven 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).