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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.

DRAFT 2018-22 Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS) Plan Public Workshops Re-scheduled

October 5, 2017
DRAFT 2018-22 Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS) Plan Public Workshops Re-scheduled

DRAFT 2018-22 Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS) Plan & maps available online HERE.

Public Workshops Re-scheduled

The FGTS Plan establishes the vision for implementing a connected statewide system of greenways and trails for recreation, conservation, alternative transportation, healthy lifestyles, a vibrant economy, and a high quality of life. The Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) is updating the FGTS 5-Year Plan and holding 14 public open houses throughout the state.

The purpose of these meetings is to receive public input on the proposed update to the draft written 2018-2022 FGTS Plan and Land and Water Opportunity & Priority Maps.

Please plan to join us at a location close to you.  If you are unable to participate in person, there is a comment form online which you can submit by e-mail or conventional mail. Comments accepted through December 15, 2017.

The Open House schedule:

Thursday, October 26 – North Port

Morgan Family Community Center

Meeting Room A/B

6207 West Price Blvd.

North Port, FL 34291

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Monday, November 6 – Miami Lakes

Miami Lakes Optimist Park Clubhouse

6411 NW 162 StreetMiami Lakes Optimist Park Clubhouse

Miami Lakes, FL 33014

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Monday, November 6 – Tallahassee

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Douglas Building

Conference Room A

3900 Commonwealth Boulevard

Tallahassee, FL 32399

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Tuesday, November 7 – Sebring

Bert J. Harris, Jr. Agricultural Center

Conference Room #2

4509 George Boulevard

Sebring, FL 33875

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Wednesday, November 8  – Port St. Lucie

St. Lucie Transportation Planning Organization

Coco Vista Center

466 SW Port St Lucie Blvd. #111

Port St. Lucie, FL 34953

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Wednesday, November 8 – Dunnellon

Historic Train Depot

12061 S. Williams Street

Dunnellon, FL 34432

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Thursday, November 9– Temple Terrace

Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Southwest District

13051 N Telecom Parkway

Temple Terrace, FL 33637

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Tuesday, November 14 – DeBary

Debary Hall

198 Sunrise Boulevard

DeBary, FL 32713

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Wednesday, November 15  – Palatka

Ravine Gardens State Park

1600 Twigg Street

Palatka, FL 32177

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Thursday, November 16 – Jacksonville

Ed Ball Building

Conference Room 851

214 N Hogan Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Monday, November 20 – Live Oak

Suwannee River Water Management District

Suwannee Room

9225 County Road 49

Live Oak, FL 32060

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Monday, November 27 – Port St. Joe

St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Center

3915 State Road 30-A

Port St. Joe, FL 32456

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Monday, December 4 – Milton

Blackwater Heritage State Trail

Visitor Center

5533 Alabama Street

Milton, FL 32570

4:00-7:00 CT

 

For More information: 

Christine Small, Division of Recreation and Parks

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

3900 Commonwealth Blvd., M.S. 795

Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000

850-245-2939

Christine.Small@dep.state.fl.us

FDOT Public Hearing Scheduled for Thursday, October 5

September 21, 2017
FDOT Public Hearing Scheduled for Thursday, October 5

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.