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Marion County, Fla. — The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a public meeting regarding project plans for the I-75 Northbound Rest Area Reconstruction from north of County Road (C.R.) 484 to south of State Road (S.R.) 200 on Tuesday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m.

The purpose of this project is to update the facility to better serve travelers. The project will bring the building up to current standards, add picnic shelters, an area for pets, and a maintenance shed. Additional parking will also be added for passenger vehicles, recreational vehicles, and commercial trucks. The project will include coordination with Marion County Utilities to reconstruct water and wastewater systems at the facility as well. The public meeting is being held to present information and receive community feedback.

The FDOT is also designing plans to reconstruct the southbound I-75 rest area. However, construction for the southbound rest area is not yet funded. Additional outreach will take place once the project is funded for construction.

The Department is offering multiple ways for the community to participate in the meeting. All participants, regardless of platform they choose, will receive the same information on the proposed project.

Virtual Option: Interested persons may join the Virtual Public Meeting (VPM) from a computer, tablet, or mobile device. A VPM is a free live presentation or webinar over the internet. For this option, advance registration is required by visiting the link below. Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting online. Please note, Internet Explorer cannot be used to register or attend this webinar. https://bit.ly/3fbb7o3.

Phone Option (Listen Only): Participants may join the meeting in listen-only mode by dialing 1-866-901-6455 and entering the passcode 708-093-646 when prompted.

In-Person Open House Option: Participants may attend in person by going to Marion Oaks Assembly of God, 13977 SW 32nd Terrace Road, Ocala, FL 34473. The in-person meeting will be an open house where participants can stop by anytime between 5:30 p.m. and time 7 p.m. to view a looping presentation and project displays, speak with project team members, and submit comments or questions. The Department requests advance registration for this option to ensure all attendees are accommodated safely and according to social distancing guidelines. To register for the in-person open house option, please contact the FDOT Project Manager Megan Owens by phone at 386-943-5140, by email at Megan.Owens@dot.state.fl.us, or U.S. mail at Florida Department of Transportation, 719 S. Woodland Boulevard, MS 542, DeLand, Florida 32720.

Attendees will be asked to follow all safety and sanitation guidelines as well as adhere to any local ordinances. Persons who are not feeling well should not attend the in-person meeting.

All meeting materials, including the presentation, will be available on the project website at www.cflroads.com/project/438562-1 prior to the meeting.

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.

Persons who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Megan Owens at 386-943-5140 or Megan.Owens@dot.state.fl.us at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. If you are meeting or speech impaired, please contact us by using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice).