The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold a public hearing about median modifications and pedestrian safety improvements. These modifications are part of a resurfacing project on SR 70 from Orange Avenue to Turner Avenue in Arcadia, DeSoto County, FL. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Calvary Baptist Church Worship Center at 1509 E. Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida, 34266. The evening will begin with an open house at 5 p.m., with the formal public hearing and presentation beginning at 6 p.m.
FDOT did pedestrian counts in 2015 and determined for safety reasons the mid-block pedestrian crossings are needed. As part of this resurfacing project, FDOT is designing mid-block pedestrian crossings between North 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue, and just east of 12th Avenue. The mid-block crossings will provide designated areas for pedestrians to cross SR 70. The mid-block pedestrian crossing at the driveways for the St. Paul’s Catholic Church and the Clock Family/McDonald’s restaurants will eliminate left turns out from each of these driveways. It will also eliminate west to southbound left turns into the Catholic Church.
FDOT is mailing an informational flyer to all property owners located within at least 300 feet of the median modifications on SR 70 and to other public officials, regulatory agencies, organizations and individuals interested in the project. FDOT conducts this hearing to give interested persons an opportunity to express their views concerning the location, conceptual design, and social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed improvements.
Draft design plans will be available for review through October 20, 2017, at the DeSoto County Library at 125 North Hillsborough Avenue in Arcadia. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday.
FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley, District One Title VI Coordinator at (863) 519-2573 or by email at Jamie.Schley@dot.state.fl.us at least seven days prior to the hearing. If you have questions about the project or public hearing, please contact Nicolas Leon, Project Manager at (863) 519-2376 or by email at Nicolas.Leon@dot.state.fl.us.