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FDOT Public Workshop: SR 70

March 15, 2017
FDOT Public Workshop: SR 70

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold an Alternatives Public Workshop to discuss the SR 70 from Jefferson Avenue/Placid Lakes Boulevard to County Road 29 Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study in Highlands County, Florida.  The public meeting “open house” is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at the Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center, 2665 Placid View Drive, Lake Placid, FL 33852.  The study is evaluating widening the existing two-lane undivided roadway to four lanes and adding shoulders and a 10-foot detached multi-use path.

The purpose of this meeting is to present and obtain comments on the widening alternatives.  Department representatives will be available during the meeting to informally discuss the project and answer questions.  Attendees are encouraged to come to this meeting at any time between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to review the proposed transportation improvements.  FDOT will hold meeting to give interested people the opportunity to review displays and talk one-on-one with staff.

FDOT is notifying all property owners located within 300 feet of the project limits using the attached newsletter. The meeting is also advertised in the Florida Administrative Register and in Highlands Today.

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.  People who require special accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act or people who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley, District One Title VI Coordinator, at 863-519-2573 or by email at at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

For more information about the project, please contact Steven Andrews, Project Manager, Florida Department of Transportation at (863) 519-2270 or or visit the project website at


The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) pursuant to 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and FDOT.

Workshops Scheduled for Development of Highlands Transit Plan

February 14, 2017
Workshops Scheduled for Development of Highlands Transit Plan

Open house style public workshops are scheduled in Lake Placid, Sebring, and Sun N’ Lake as part of an effort to gather input from citizens for the Highlands Transit Plan that is currently under development. The plan will help establish a strategic vision to guide planning, development, and implementation of public transportation service options in Highlands County over the next 10 years. The plan, required by the Florida Department of Transportation, is being led by the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO).

The initial phase of the study will identify the community’s need for public transportation through public workshops, a survey (available here), and interviews with identified key stakeholders in the community.

Highlands Transit Plan Public Workshops:

February 27, 2017
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Mid Florida Credit Union
Community Room
6 N Main Ave, Lake Placid, FL 33852

March 2, 2017
2pm – 3:30pm
Sun N’ Lake Community Center
3500 Edgewater Dr., Sebring FL, 33872

March 2, 2017
5pm – 6:30pm
Sebring Civic Center
345 W Center Ave, Sebring, FL 33870

Future public workshops (planned for late Spring 2017) will gather input used to prioritize and evaluate identified public transportation alternatives for inclusion in the 10-year Highlands Transit Plan.

For more information and to participate in the survey visit To request a speaker on the Highlands Transit Plan for an event or meeting please contact Marybeth Soderstrom, Community Engagement Manager by email, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or call (863) 534-7130 x 134.

Proposed Amendment to the FY 2016/17 through FY 2020/21 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

February 3, 2017
Proposed Amendment to the FY 2016/17 through FY 2020/21 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) announces the start of a seven-day public comment and review period for a proposed amendment to the FY 2016/17 through FY 2020/21 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) requested by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The amendment includes two rail safety projects and the purchase of two mini-vans for use in the Transportation Disadvantaged program in Hardee, Highlands, and Okeechobee counties. These projects were recently added to the FDOT 5 Year Work Program.  This amendment is necessary to ensure authorization of federal funds in the current fiscal year.

The comment period for the TIP proposed amendment begins on February 3, 2017, and comments will be accepted through February 9, 2017. After the comment period closes and all input has been considered, the proposed TIP amendment will be presented for adoption to the HRTPO Board at their meeting on February 22, 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.

View the proposed amendment package.

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

HRTPO Temporarily Unable to Receive Email (Jan. 29 – 31, 2017)

January 31, 2017
HRTPO Temporarily Unable to Receive Email (Jan. 29 – 31, 2017)

Update: Our email system appears to be functioning properly. However, if you sent us an email between Sunday, January 29 and Tuesday, January 31, we may not have received it. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

We are currently experiencing technical issues with our email system and are temporarily unable to receive email. If you have sent us an email since Sunday, January 29, 2017, we have not received it, and it may not be recovered. To communicate with our staff please call us at 863-534-7130 until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

While we wait for service to be reestablished, please use our temporary email account,

Project Applications & Priorities Workshop

November 28, 2016
Project Applications & Priorities Workshop

Each year the HRTPO is responsible for developing a list of Priority Transportation Projects and submitting the list to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for consideration during development of the Five Year Work Program for DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties.

This workshop is to provide information on the available project categories and funding, application process, and priority setting schedule for fiscal year 2023.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center
4509 George Blvd., Sebring, FL 33875

The workshop will follow an HRTPO Technical Advisory Committee meeting scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the same location.

Applications are available here and local governments are encouraged to begin applications in advance of the workshop.

For questions regarding the  workshop or TPO and committee meetings, please contact Marybeth Soderstrom at For questions regarding the project applications, please contact Lori Carlton, Florida Department of Transportation, District One at