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COUNTY ROAD 769 (KINGS HIGHWAY) ALTERNATIVES PUBLIC MEETING

February 22, 2018
COUNTY ROAD 769 (KINGS HIGHWAY) ALTERNATIVES PUBLIC MEETING
Meeting Type: Open House
Date: Thursday, March 08, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location Name: Grace Presbyterian Church
Street Address: 10548 SW Kings Highway (CR 769)
City: Lake Suzy
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is hosting an Alternatives Public Meeting as part of the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study of County Road (CR) 769 (Kings Highway) in Charlotte and Desoto Counties. The public meeting is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 10548 SW CR 769, Lake Suzy, Florida 34269.
The study limits are Kings Highway from South Kingsway Circle in Charlotte County to Peace River Street in Desoto County. At this public meeting, FDOT will display information about Build alternatives that would widen Kings Highway to a four-lane divided highway within the study limits and show a video that will play continuously explaining the alternatives. A No-Build alternative is also under consideration, and will remain a viable alternative as the study continues.
The meeting will be an open house format where people can ask questions and provide comments to FDOT representatives in a one-on-one setting. Written comments will be accepted at the public meeting or mail comments postmarked by March 19, 2018 to Joshua Jester, E.I., FDOT project manager, at P.O. Box 1249, Bartow, FL 33931-1249, by telephone at 863-519-2251, toll-free at 1-800-292-3368, ext. 2251, or by email to joshua.jester@dot.state.fl.us. Comments can also be submitted on the project website www.cr769kingshighway.com. Your comments are an important part of this PD&E study.
FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. People requiring special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or 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 meeting.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by FDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. § 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016, and executed by FHWA and FDOT.
For more information about the Kings Highway PD&E study, please contact Joshua Jester, as referenced above, or visit the project website www.cr769kingshighway.com.

Proposed Amendments to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

January 23, 2018
Proposed Amendments to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) announces the start of a seven-day public comment and review period for proposed amendments to the FY 2017/18 through FY 2021/22 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) requested by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).  The TIP is a list of funded transportation projects covering a period of five years. Adopted each year in June, the TIP is updated by amendment throughout the year to ensure authorization of federal funds.

The proposed amendments include:

  • Highlands County Drainage Improvements – The HRTPO has received a request from FDOT to amend the FY 2017/18 – FY 2021/22 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to reduce the project limits from Woodlawn Drive to Pasadena Ave. to east of Theon St to west of Claudia Ave. This amendment is necessary to ensure authorization of federal funds in the current Fiscal Year 2017/2018.
  • Okeechobee County Drainage Improvements – The HRTPO has received a request from FDOT to amend the FY 2017/18 – FY 2021/22 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to reduce the project limits from  US 98/SR 700 from NW Street to SR 70  to SR 700/US 98 from north of NW 6th St to S of NW 20th Ave. This amendment is necessary to ensure authorization of federal funds in the current Fiscal Year 2017/2018.

Click here to view the amendment packet

The comment period for the TIP proposed amendment begins on January 24, 2018, and comments will be accepted through January 30, 2018. The proposed TIP amendments will be presented for adoption to the HRTPO Board at their meeting on February 21, 2018, with at least seven (7) days public notice. An opportunity for public comment will be available at the meeting before Board action is taken.

Printed copies are available upon request.  Anyone interested in submitting a comment may do so by contacting Community Engagement Manager, Marybeth Soderstrom, by email at msoderstrom@cfrpc.org, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or call (863) 534-7130 x 134.

Proposed Amendments to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

October 17, 2017
Proposed Amendments to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) announces the start of a seven-day public comment and review period for proposed amendments to the FY 2017/18 through FY 2021/22 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) requested by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).  The TIP is a list of funded transportation projects covering a period of five years. Adopted each year in June, the TIP is updated by amendment throughout the year to ensure authorization of federal funds.

The proposed amendments include:

  • DeSoto County Drainage Improvements – The HRTPO has received a request from FDOT to amend the FY 2017/18 – FY 2021/22 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to include the design and construction phase for a drainage improvement project on Parker Avenue from SR 70 to W Hickory Street. This project was recently added to the FDOT 5 Year Work Program and this amendment to include the project in the TIP is necessary to ensure authorization of federal funds in the current fiscal year.
  • FTA Section 5310 Operating Assistance for Ridge Area ARC – The HRTPO has received a request from FDOT to amend the FY 2017/18 – FY 2021/22 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to include Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 Operating Assistance funds recently awarded to Ridge Area ARC, Inc.
  • Adjustment of project limits of Intersection Improvement for US 27 and SR 64 – The HRTPO has received a request from FDOT to amend the FY 2017/18 – FY 2021/22 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to clarify the project limits for an intersection improvement in Highlands County at US 27 and SR 64 and revise construction costs.

Click here to view the amendment packet here.

The comment period for the TIP proposed amendment begins on October 17, 2017, and comments will be accepted through October 23, 2017. The proposed TIP amendments will be presented for adoption to the HRTPO Board at their meeting on November 1, 2017, with at least seven (7) days public notice. An opportunity for public comment will be available at the meeting before Board action is taken.

Printed copies are available upon request.  Anyone interested in submitting a comment may do so by contacting Community Engagement Manager, Marybeth Soderstrom, by email at msoderstrom@cfrpc.org, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or call (863) 534-7130 x 134.

FDOT, District One and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise announce an ePublic Hearing to present the Tentative Five Year Work Program for fiscal years 2019 through 2023

October 16, 2017
FDOT, District One and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise announce an ePublic Hearing to present the Tentative Five Year Work Program for fiscal years 2019 through 2023

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise announce an ePublic Hearing to present the Tentative Five Year Work Program. The Tentative Work Program lists transportation system improvements scheduled for fiscal years beginning July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2023. The ePublic Hearing begins at 9 a.m., Monday, October 16, 2017 and ends at 5 p.m., Friday, October 20, 2017. There are four ways to participate in the hearing.

1. Go to www.swflroads.com and click on Future Projects during the times listed to watch a video about the Draft Tentative Work Program for fiscal years 2019-2023, review the programs and maps, submit comments, and find information about how to contact an FDOT representative with questions. The ePublic Hearing will be open and available continuously during the listed times.

2. If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, you can use a computer at a local public library in each of the 12 counties within District One during the libraries’ regular operating hours.

3. FDOT representatives will be available at the following locations to meet with you in person, answer any questions, and assist with website access:

• Fruitville Public Library, October 16, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota, FL

• Fort Myers Regional Library, October 16, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers, FL
• Neil Combee Administration Building, October 17, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.,
330 West Church Street, Bartow, FL

• Charlotte Public Library Common area, October 17, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL

• Highlands County Board of County Commission Chambers, October 18, 2017 from
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., 600 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL

• Naples Farmer Market, October 20, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., 3347 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL

4. FDOT representatives will also be available with materials for review during the hearing week at the FDOT District One offices located at 801 North Broadway Avenue in Bartow and 10041 Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers. You can schedule a meeting at the offices by calling 863-519-2392 (Bartow) or 239-225-1975 (Fort Myers).

FDOT will accept comments from all interested parties if received by Monday, November 20, 2017. Mail comments to L. K. Nandam, P.E., District Secretary, FDOT, P.O. Box 1249,
Bartow, FL 33831, attention Bessie Reina, Urban Manager, or email comments to bessie.reina@dot.state.fl.us.

Highlands Transit Plan Adopted

October 5, 2017
Highlands Transit Plan Adopted

At their meeting on October 4, 2017, the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) adopted the Highlands Transit Plan. This is the first adopted transit plan for Highlands County. With extensive public input, the plan identifies local needs and transit preferences. The strategic vision will guide planning, development, and implementation of potential future public transportation service.

With an adopted plan, the HRTPO will now begin the administrative year-long process to become eligible to receive the state and federal funds that are set aside for public transportation in Highlands County. For more information or updates on the Highlands Transit Plan,  contact Marybeth Soderstrom at (863) 534-7130 x 134.

View the plan here.