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Meeting scheduled for Kurt Street project alternatives

RELEASE DATE: October 15, 2007

EUSTIS — The Lake County Department of Public Works is holding a public meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23, beginning at 6 p.m. at Eustis City Hall, located at 4 N. Grove St., to discuss project alternatives for proposed improvements to Kurt Street, from U.S. Highway 441 to Bay Street.

Presently, Kurt Street provides motorists two lanes of travel and no paved shoulders. An ongoing preliminary engineering study is determining the number of lanes needed to accommodate future traffic demands. Other roadway improvements that will be considered during the study include curbs and gutters, trails and sidewalks, and pedestrian safety enhancements, such as crosswalks and additional signalization for school crossings.

In cooperation with the City of Eustis, staff from the Department of Public Works and the contracted consulting services of T.Y. Lin International has developed concept alternatives for Kurt Street and Lakeside Avenue. All of the alternatives share common features, including providing one travel lane in each direction on Kurt Street from U.S. Highway 441 to Golf Links Avenue and two lanes in each direction on Lakeview Avenue from Golf Links Avenue to Bay Street. On Lakeview Avenue, the travel lanes will be separated by a raised, grassy median with a two-way left turn lane onto Bay Street.

The preliminary engineering study is expected to be completed in May 2008. At that time, the Department of Public Works will host another public meeting and ask the Lake County Board of County Commissioners for further direction regarding the project. The funding source for the project is transportation impact fees.

For more information, call Tom McCann, an engineer with the Department of Public Works, at (352) 483-9044 or e-mail tmccann@lakecountyfl.gov. Or contact Frazier Howe, PE, with T.Y. Lin International at 407-210-3974 or e-mail fhowe@tylin.com.

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