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Drive-Thru Open House Set for S.R. 60 Widening

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Released By Florida Department of Transportation

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a drive-thru open house regarding the proposed widening design of State Road (S.R.) 60 from U.S. 441 to east of the Florida’s Turnpike, and the resurfacing of U.S. 441 from the Okeechobee County line to S.R. 60 in Osceola County.

The open house is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. outside the historic Desert Inn, 5570 S. Kenansville Road, Yeehaw Junction, FL 34972. Interested persons may drive up to the project tent any time during those hours to view project exhibits, speak with project team members, and provide input on the design.

The proposed design on S.R. 60 calls for widening the roadway to accommodate two 12-foot-wide travel lanes and a 12-foot-wide center turn lane within the project limits. The new center turn lane will help to alleviate congestion and improve operations between the Turnpike on and off ramps, and the U.S. 441 intersection. The improvements also adding a new traffic signal on S.R. 60 at the ramps to the Florida’s Turnpike, as well as highway lighting.

The design proposed for U.S. 441 includes resurfacing all travel lanes, along with necessary roadside and drainage improvements.

Persons who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact me, FDOT Project Manager Zachary Sullivan, P.E., by phone at 386-943-5425 or by email at zachary.sullivan@dot.state.fl.us, at least seven 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 the FDOT District Five Title VI Coordinator Jennifer Smith at jennifer.smith2@dot.state.fl.us.

FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.