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FDOT hosts public hearing to discuss Whitehair Bridge replacement

Lake and Volusia Counties -- The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will host a public hearing to talk about design plans for a new fixed-span bridge over the St. Johns River. The hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Sanborn Activities and Event Center, 815 S. Alabama Ave. in DeLand.

The project limits are along State Road (S.R.) 44 from west of County Road (C.R.) 42 in Lake County to east of Ed Stone Park in Volusia County.  The total project length is approximately 0.5 miles. 

The project includes reconstructing the two-lane rural roadway bridge approaches through the project; replacing the signal at the S.R. 44 and C.R. 42 intersection; and relocating Pier 44 Marina.  There will also be access changes to Ed Stone Park, St. Johns Marina, Old New York Avenue, and Shady Oaks. The bridge will be designed to accommodate a future 12-foot multi-use trail.

The proposed improvements will enhance safety and access along S.R. 44. This design project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2018. Right-of-way acquisition for this project is currently funded in Fiscal Years (FY) 2018 and 2019.  Construction of this project is currently funded in FY 2020.

The public hearing begins with an open house at 5:30 p.m., when participants may review project information and discuss the project with staff. There will be a brief presentation at 6 p.m., after which participants may provide comments to all present. The hearing ends at 7:30 p.m.

Staff members will be available to discuss the project and answer any questions before and after the presentation.

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 e-mail at Jennifer.Smith2@dot.state.fl.us.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Kathleen Enot at 386-943-5149 or by e-mail at kathleen.enot@dot.state.fl.us at least seven (7) days 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).