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Open House for I-75 Widening Project

Sumter County –  The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 5, is holding an informational open house regarding plans to widen Interstate 75 (I-75) from north of the Hernando County line to south of County Road (CR) 470 in Sumter County.

The design-build project improves safety and capacity on I-75 by widening the road from four (4) lanes to six (6) lanes, fully reconstructing the interchange at exit 314 (State Road 48) and updating the ramps, including milling and resurfacing, at exit 309 (CR 476B/CR 673). Other upgrades include Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), drainage, guardrail, signing and pavement markings, signalization and other miscellaneous structures. The project cost is $76.9 million. It is scheduled to begin fall 2014 and is estimated to finish in winter 2016.

The public meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Park, East Wing Meeting Room, located at 1589 CR 459, Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538. It will be an informal open house with plans available for review and project staff present to address questions. The meeting will end at   7 p.m.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services, free of charge, should contact: Irina Lallemand, Public Involvement Coordinator, at 352-427-4054, or irina.lallemand@dot.state.fl.us, or via regular mail at 1405 Thomas Avenue, Leesburg, FL 34748, at least seven days prior to the meeting.

Media questions may be directed to the FDOT Public Information Office: Steve Olson, Public Information Manager, at 386-943-5479, or steve.olson@dot.state.fl.us. You may also view project information at www.cflroads.com.

For additional information concerning the project, please contact the FDOT Project Manager, Eric Jaggers, CPM, at 352-326-7715 or via email at eric.jaggers@dot.state.fl.us.