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Feedback Opportunity for Proposed Improvements on S.R. 44, St. Johns River

Improvements include fixed-span bridge, signal replacement, access changes


Lake and Volusia counties - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is conducting a public meeting for proposed improvements 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 0.8 miles.

The meeting begins as an open house and will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Sanborn Activity and Event Center, located at 815 South Alabama Avenue in DeLand. During the open house, displays and other project information will be available review. Staff will also be available to discuss the project and receive comments. Following the open house will be a presentation at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of this public meeting is to present information and receive public input regarding the proposed design.

The proposed improvements include construction of a new fixed-span bridge over the St. Johns River, which will be designed to accommodate a future 12-foot multi-use trail, and reconstructing the two-lane rural roadway bridge approaches, south of the existing bridge. In addition, the signal at the S.R. 44 and C.R. 42 intersection will be replaced and the access road to Pier 44 Marina will be relocated. Access changes to Ed Stone Park, St. Johns Marina, Old New York Avenue, and Shady Oaks are also proposed as part of this design project. Additional improvements also include new stormwater ponds and various safety enhancements.

The proposed improvements will enhance safety and access along S.R. 44. The design is scheduled for completion in Fall 2019. Right of way acquisition is currently funded in Fiscal Years (FY) 2018 and 2019, and construction is currently funded in FY 2020. 

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, FDOT project manager, by phone at 386-943-5149, or via email at kathleen.enot@dot.state.fl.us 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 at jennifer.smith2@dot.state.fl.us.

Media inquiries should be directed to the FDOT Communications Office at d5-pio@dot.state.fl.us or by phone at 386-943-5479. Project information is also available online at www.CFLRoads.com.  

The FDOT reminds you to stay alert. Put the phone down. It can wait.

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