Learn More at Public Hearing on October 14
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is designing plans to implement access management safety and operational improvements along U.S. 441 from Griffin Road to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Leesburg. Access Management is the careful planning of the location, design, and operation of driveways, median openings, and street connections. The proposed design calls for replacing the existing two-way left turn lane with a 13-foot-wide raised median that will have directional and full median openings. Additional improvements include resurfacing, sidewalk construction, and updates to traffic signals, drainage, and lighting.
The Department is offering two ways for the community to participate in the hearing. Interested persons may join the Virtual Public Hearing (VPH) from a computer, tablet, or cell phone. Or, they may participate in person by going to the Venetian Center – Harris Room located at 1 Dozier Court, Leesburg, Florida 34748. The public hearing will occur on Wednesday, October 14, at 5:30 p.m. All participants, regardless of the platform they choose, will participate in the same live hearing.
A VPH is a free live presentation or webinar over the internet. If you wish to participate in the VPH online, registration is required in advance by going to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3264660439149858573. Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the VPH online. At this time, Internet Explorer is not supported by GoToWebinar and the link for the meeting will not work on this platform. Please use an alternate web browser to register and attend the meeting.
Participants who are unable to join on a computer may join the meeting on their telephones in a listen-only mode by calling 1-866-952-8437 and entering the passcode 629-294-626 when prompted. Participants joining on their telephones will not be able to provide a public comment during the public hearing. If you would like to provide a public comment, please contact Sam Jumber, P.E., FDOT Project Manager, at 386-943-5244, or by email at: [email protected].
For those who choose to participate in person, the Department requests advance registration to ensure all attendees are accommodated safely and according to current social distancing guidelines. Per local ordinance, attendees will be required to wear masks and follow any other local guidelines. Attendees who are not feeling well should not attend the in-person meeting. To register for the in-person option, please contact Sam Jumber, P.E., FDOT Project Manager, at 386-943-5244, or by email at: [email protected].
The VPH and in-person meeting location will open at 5:30 p.m. A presentation will begin at 5:45 p.m., followed by a formal public comment period. If joining online, please provide adequate log-in time to view the presentation in its entirety.
All meeting materials, including the presentation, will be available on the project website at http://www.cflroads.com/443546-1 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, by email at [email protected].
Persons who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Sam Jumber, P.E., FDOT Project Manager, by telephone at 386-943-5244, or by email at [email protected] 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).
Media inquiries should be directed to the FDOT Communications Office at [email protected] or by telephone at 386-943-5593. The information shared at the public hearing will be available for review online at www.CFLRoads.com/443546-1, after the hearing.
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.