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For immediate release - December 6, 2005

Lake County, Sumter County and The Villages reap the benefits of state transportation program

TAVARES — During a news conference Tuesday, officials from Lake County, Sumter County, The Villages and the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) announced $5 million in proposed funding from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to improve County Road 466.

“To make this funding a reality, it could not have been done without the local cooperation of Lake County, Sumter County, The Villages and the Town of Lady Lake,” said Lake County Commissioner Debbie Stivender. “As Chairman of the Lake-Sumter MPO I can assure local citizens of Lake and Sumter counties that every local government in the MPO is planning wisely and jointly to keep the transportation system working efficiently.”

In partnership with FDOT, the Lake-Sumter MPO was able to secure the funding to improve County Road 466 from Rolling Acres Road east to U.S. Highway 27/441. The state funding will be used to widen the approximate one-mile stretch of road to a four-lane divided highway with curbs and gutters, grassy medians and sidewalks. In addition, the funding will be used to improve the intersection of County Road 466 and U.S. Highway 27/441, both east and west of the highway.

According to the Lake County Department of Public Works, the two-lane County Road 466 currently serves about 14,000 cars a day, which is about 2,000 more than its designed capacity. Public Works is currently expediting phase I of roadway improvements on County Road 466. In partnership with The Villages, Lake County is in the preliminary design stage to improve the one-mile stretch of roadway from the Sumter County line to Rolling Acres Road. The phase I project is expected to be completed in 2008.

The funding announced Tuesday comes under the Transportation Regional Incentive Program (TRIP). The new transportation program is part of Senate Bill 360, which is commonly referred to as the “pay-as-you-grow” plan. The growth management legislation was signed into law by Gov. Jeb Bush on June 24. In particular, TRIP provides incentive for local governments and/or the private sector to help pay for critically needed projects that would improve regional travel and commerce.

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Media Contact:
Christopher Patton
Public Information Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us