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Progress occurs rapidly at South Clermont Connector

RELEASE DATE: June 6, 2006

TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Public Works is encouraged by the progress made on the County’s newest road construction project, the South Clermont Connector.

South Lake Connector
The initial phase of the project is to finish a rough grade of the 2.5-mile, four-lane roadway. The awarded contractor, DeWitt Excavating, is tasked with removing 484,971 cubic yards of earth material and placing 440,426 cubic yards of earth material. As of the end of May, the company is about 5 percent complete.

“The project is moving along faster than expected,” said Lori Conway, Director of the Lake County Department of Public Works, Funding & Production Division. “Not yet 30 days into the contract, I am very pleased with the progress thus far.”

The $13-million roadway project will provide a connection between Lakeshore Drive and Citrus Tower Boulevard and is expected to be completed in one year. Construction plans include curbs, gutters and bicycle lanes. The project is believed to be the most expensive transportation project ever for Lake County. The connection on Lakeshore Drive will be made just west of the Lake Louisa Road intersection, near Lake Minnehaha. The tie into Citrus Tower Boulevard will be just east of U.S. Highway 27.

For more information about the South Clermont Connector, call the Lake County Department of Public Works at (352) 253-4900.



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