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LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a public hearing regarding project plans on State Road (S.R.) 33 from south of Edgewood Boys Ranch Road to S.R. 50 on Thursday, June 17, at 5:45 p.m. The purpose of this project is to enhance safety and traffic operations along S.R. 33 from south of Edgewood Boys Ranch Road to S.R. 50. These enhancements include widening the existing paved shoulders through the curves in the road along Edgewood Boys Ranch Road and Groveland Airport Road. The project also includes reconstructing and upgrading the traffic signals at the S.R. 50 intersection, adding crosswalks and sidewalk curb ramps, and enhancing roadway lighting.

A southbound left turn lane will be added at the Pine Island Road (County Road 565B) intersection. Additionally, the two-way left turn lane from Wright Street to S.R. 50 will be converted to a southbound only left turn lane.

The Department is offering multiple ways for the community to participate in the hearing. All participants, regardless of platform they choose, will participate in the same live hearing.

Virtual Option: Interested persons may join the Virtual Public Hearing (VPH) from a computer, tablet, or mobile device. A VPH 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 hearing online. Please note, Internet Explorer cannot be used to register or attend this webinar. attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7892208016564636175

Phone Option (Listen Only): Participants may join the hearing in listen-only mode by dialing 415-655-0060 and entering the passcode 514-817-531 when prompted.

In-Person Option: Participants may attend in person by going to E. L. Puryear Building Community Center; 243 S. Lake Avenue, Groveland, FL 34736. 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 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 hearing.

All hearing materials, including the presentation, will be available on the project website at www.cflroads.com/project/445685-1 prior to the hearing. Also, a recording of the hearing will be available on the website within a week following the hearing.

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 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).