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For immediate release - August 17, 2005

Lake County Commissioners approve transportation program

TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved Tuesday the 2006-2010 Transportation Construction Program.

The program outlines transportation projects scheduled for the next five years that are either funded by impact fees, the transportation trust fund or sales tax funds from the voter-approved one-cent sales tax referendum. The majority of the projects slated to begin construction in 2006 occur in the impact fee portion of the program. Of the 73 projects outlined in the impact fee assessment portion of the five-year program, 28 are scheduled to begin construction in 2006.

“We’re looking forward to a very busy year to get these projects moving forward,” said Jim Stivender Jr., Director of the Department of Public Works.

Of the 28 impact-fee projects programmed for construction in 2006 some of the larger projects include:

  • Widening Old Mount Dora Road from U.S. Highway 441 to State Road 19
  • Constructing a new 24-foot road that connects Woodlea Road to Dead River Road
  • Constructing a new four-lane road, referred to as the South Lake Connector, from Lakeshore Drive to Citrus Tower Boulevard
  • Constructing a new two-lane road from U.S. Highway 27 to Citrus Tower Boulevard
  • Improving the intersections of State Road 44 and Sleepy Hollow Road at U.S. Highway 441
  • Constructing two new four-lane roads, referred as Hooks Street Extension phases III and IV, from 3,300 west of Citrus Tower Boulevard to Citrus Tower Boulevard and from U.S. Highway 27 to Hooks Street phase II.

While sales tax projects are less prominent in the second year of the penny sales tax program, Stivender said residents should already begin seeing the benefits of the extra sales tax funds allocated to County road projects. Two road improvement projects that are currently underway and funded by additional sales tax dollars are the widening and repaving of county roads 439 and 46A.

“These are rural roads that no one has probably touched in 20 years except for maintenance,” Stivender said. “The traveling lanes are worn out and naturally water would stand in those areas so these projects are eliminating a safety hazard.”

Other benefits of the voter-approved one-cent sales tax include an accelerated Lake County resurfacing program. About 35 percent of the sales tax funds earmarked for road construction are for the resurfacing program. Last year, 75 County maintained roads were resurfaced as a result of the new program and additional sales tax funds.

To view the entire 2006-2010 Transportation Construction Program, please go here.


Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445

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