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Roadway Projects

The recipient of a County Incentive Grant Program (CIGP) grant in 2011/12, Hooks Street serves as a parallel reliever and as a maintenance-of-traffic option for SR 50 while the SR 50/US 27 is under construction into 2013. Hooks Street, a four-lane facility, opened the final critical connecting segment April 2012.
The recipient of a County Incentive Grant Program (CIGP) grant in 2011/12, Hooks Street serves as a parallel reliever and as a maintenance-of-traffic option for SR 50 while the SR 50/US 27 is under construction into 2013. Hooks Street, a four-lane facility, opened the final critical connecting segment April 2012.
FDOT and the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority (OOCEA) conducted a PD&E study for the Wekiva Parkway and SR 46 projects, with FHWA final approval anticipated during 2012. The project would complete the Orlando beltway and provide a six-lane connector into Mount Dora via SR 46. A preferred alternative alignment has been determined. At the request of the government agencies and stakeholders following the Assessment of Multi-Use Trail Accommodation and under the direction of the FDOT D5 Secretary, a Wekiva Trail Feasibility Study was completed in 2011. The MPO will manage the PD&E phase and will coordinate with FDOT on the PE phase for each segment of the Wekiva Trail Project. PD&E commences for the trail 2012. The MPO has alerted FDOT to the critical needs for coordination of the Wekiva Trail planning and design with the Wekiva Parkway design-build project.
A regionally-significant recipient of TRIP funding, Lake County entered into a partnership through a Development Agreement with The Villages to add capacity from two lanes to four lanes from Sumter County to US 441/27 in Lady Lake. This improvement was completed Spring 2010. There is the potential to later connect the corridor's western end to I-75 and C-475 via a new interchange that may be constructed by The Villages.
A corridor connecting four Strategic Intermodal System facilities (SR 44, I-75, CSX S-Line and Florida's Turnpike) as well as US 301 and US 27, the corridor has been studied for widening to four lanes and has been targeted by both counties and Wildwood and Leesburg as an economic development corridor. Lake County has designed a portion from the Sumter County Line to just east of US 27. Wildwood and Sumter County executed in 2010 a DRI Proportionate Share Agreement that obligates the Landstone DRI to building a portion of C-470 from CR 501 to the western ramps of Florida's Turnpike. The corridor is the subject of a state TRIP grant award for a new bridge over Florida's Turnpike to accommodate the two additional needed lanes.
The two-lane facility between CR 561 in Tavares and CR 48 in Howey-in-the-Hills is the subject of a PD&E study to be completed in 2013. Design funds are programmed for FY 2013/14. The study will look at widening the highway to four lanes and will look at replacement of a 3,300-foot-long bridge that was built circa 1950.
SR 44, a regionally significant two lane arterial connecting US 441, in Mount Dora, to East Orange Avenue, in Eustis, provide access from the Golden Triangle and other parts of eastern Lake County to the Wekiva River Basin, Ocala National Forest, St. Johns River, Deland and points northeast. Formerly known as CR 44B, this segment of SR 44 is highly ranked in the MPO’s List of Priority Projects (LOPP) and is currently being designed by the FDOT as a four-lane corridor with median, sidewalks and bicycle lanes.
Improvements to this corridor are dependent on the Wekiva Parkway project. Upon completion of the PD&E study, which includes both the beltway and an improved SR 46 connection from the Wekiva Parkway to US 441 in Mount Dora, the necessary improvements for SR 46 are being defined in 2012 as the MPO will amend the Long Range Transportation Plan to show cost-feasibility of each segment. The Wekiva Parkway project should result in a four-to-six-lane arterial facility from US 441 in Mount Dora to new SR 429 (Wekiva Parkway). The SR 46 designation would be co-designated with SR 429 to a point at an interchange with the new alignment of CR 46A, at which point SR 46 would parallel SR 429 as a toll-free two-lane service road into Seminole County. A portion of the existing SR 46 two-lane facility in the communities of Sorrento and Mount Plymouth would be turned over to Lake County for maintenance. Design-build for the first segment of the project is to begin Fall 2012.
SR 50 has been a major priority of the MPO since the agency's inception. Construction is complete in Lake County from US 27 to Florida's Turnpike in Orange County, with construction underway on the interchange of SR 50 and US 27. The facility is policy constrained to four lanes west of US 27 in Clermont to Groveland, where design of a realignment of the facility is programmed in 2012/13 for PE. The realignment in Groveland will correct conflicts at SR 33 and SR 19, which are major two-lane trucking corridors.
As a Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) facility from Florida's Turnpike in the southern Leesburg area south into Polk County, US 27 is a north-south spine for the Florida peninsula. Construction to six lanes is complete in Minneola and Clermont from CR 561 (west) to Lake Louisa Road and is complete in the Four Corners area of southeast Lake County from Boggy Marsh Road to US 192 and Polk County. Construction was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 for the segment from SR 50 to Lake Louisa Road. The US 27/SR 50 interchange construction project is now underway and will complete needed network capacity in the urban area of Clermont.
Providing north-south mobility in Sumter County, US 301 is a successful public-private partnership thanks to completion of the four-lane facility from Wildwood to Marion County by The Villages, a developer of a DRI. Planning will begin in 2013/14 for the corridor south of Wildwood and SR 44. The arterial is a major spine for Sumter County, Bushnell, Coleman, Wildwood and The Villages.
US 441 has been a top priority of the MPO since the creation of the agency. The Planning Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for US 441 was completed in the spring of 2003. US 441 is a regionally significant corridor due primarily to the urban activity along the corridor from Marion County to Orange County. The corridor was improved in the center of Lake County expanding to the north and to the south. Improvements are complete from Dixie Avenue (SR 44) in Leesburg to SR 44 in Mount Dora. Construction of the intersection of US 441 and US 27 (Perkins Street to north of Griffin Road) is almost complete; ROW acquisition is underway for Mills Street to Perkins Street. From Leesburg north, US 441 is joined by US 27. Construction is underway from Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard to Lake Ella Road in Fruitland Park. The final segment north, which is pending construction programming, is from Lake Ella Road to Avenida Central in Lady Lake. The segment in Sumter County from Buenos Aires to the Marion County line has recently been improved by adding continuous right turn lanes for a total of six lanes. The south end of US 441 from SR 44 to SR 46 is under study phase with design in 2013/14 as the associated Wekiva Parkway project proceeds.