The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a public hearing for the Malabar Road (State Road (S.R.) 514) Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study from Babcock Street to
U.S. 1 in Brevard County on Wednesday, Feb. 28 beginning at 5 p.m. at the City of Palm Bay Council Chambers. The meeting will be an open house format until a presentation at 6 p.m., followed by public comments.
FDOT will present the recommended build alternative to widen Malabar Road from Babcock Street to U.S. 1 from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway where warranted. The project will also change the Access Classification of Malabar Road from Class 3, which does not prevent turns for traffic traveling in opposite directions, to Class 5, which prevents turns across the median of a divided highway. Chapter 335.199, Florida Statutes, requires a public hearing to present the proposed access classification change when any project on the state highway system closes or modifies an existing access.
The hearing is being conducted to give interested persons an opportunity to express their views concerning the location, conceptual design, social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed improvements. Persons wishing to submit written statements, in place of or in addition to oral statements, may do so at the hearing or by sending them to Lorena Cucek, FDOT District Five MS 501, 719 S. Woodland Boulevard, DeLand, FL 32720. All statements postmarked no later than March 13, 2018 will become a part of the public hearing record.
The draft environmental and engineering reports are available for review through March 13, 2018 at the following locations:
- Franklin T. DeGrodt Library, 6475 Minton Road SW, Palm Bay, FL 32908
- Malabar Town Hall, 2725 Malabar Road, Malabar, FL 32950-4427
- The study website – www.sr514malabar.com
Public participation is sought 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 to [email protected].
Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Lorena Cucek, FDOT Project Manager, at 719 S. Woodland Boulevard – MS 501, DeLand, FL 32720, by phone 386-943-5392, or by email to [email protected]. 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).
Media inquiries should be directed to the FDOT District Five Communications Office, 386-943-5479 /[email protected].