The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One invites you to attend a public meeting on January 11, 2022, as part of the design process for proposed safety improvements for three projects: State Road (SR) 555 (US 17) at Crystal Beach Road in Eagle Lake (FPID: 447854-1); SR 544 (Martin Luther King Boulevard) from 5th Street Northwest to 1st Street North in Winter Haven (FPID: 447877-1); and SR 544 (Havendale Boulevard NW) at US 17 in Winter Haven (FPID: 447874-1).
For the first project on SR 555 at Crystal Beach Road (447854-1), FDOT proposes building a directional median for drivers turning left to and from northbound SR 555 at the side street. The project also involves additional median modifications on SR 555 at Crystal Beach Road. The second project (447877-1) recommends replacing the two-way, left turn lanes with a raised median on SR 544 from 5th Street Northwest to 1st Street North. Directional median openings are also being evaluated as part of this project. The third project (447874-1) involves intersection improvements at SR 544 and US 17, including closing the existing median openings on SR 544 at 10th Street NW and 9th Street NW.
Additional information can be found on the attached project information handout and at the project website at www.swflroads.com/COMBINED/SR555ANDSR544/. The purpose of the public meeting is to present information and obtain input on the project designs. An Open House from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. will present an opportunity for in-person attendees to view project exhibits and speak with FDOT staff. During that time remote attendees may view project exhibits at www.swflroads.com/COMBINED/SR555ANDSR544/ and may log into
GoToWebinar or dial in to the meeting audio. There will be a looping presentation at the in- person location which will include details on all three projects. That same presentation will be shown to virtual attendees shortly after the meeting opens at 5:30 p.m.
In-person at Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One, Conference Center, 801-A N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, FL 33830. All in-person attendees will be encouraged to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines, including social distancing. Masks are optional. Participants who are not feeling well should utilize a remote attendance option.
Online using an electronic device such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Over the phone by requesting the presentation slides at least seven (7) days in advance of the event and dialing 1-562-247-8422 and code 122-641-037 upon the start of the event. This will enable over-the-phone attendees to review the slides while listening to the presentation.
After the event by viewing a recording of the public meeting presentation and project exhibits on the project website www.swflroads.com/COMBINED/SR555ANDSR544/ under “Documents and Publications.” Comments are always welcome, however, any comments submitted by January 21, 2022, will become part of the public meeting record.
Advance registration will allow the project team to anticipate social distancing needs and discuss remote participation options with attendees. All attendees planning to join in person are requested to register in advance of the public meeting by emailing or calling the Project Manager, Joe Lauk, at Joe.Lauk@dot.state.fl.us or 863-519-2525. Be prepared with the attendee’s name, email address and phone number. If joining online, you will need to register at
All interested persons are invited to give comments on the project. In-person attendees will have the opportunity to talk with project team members during the open house. Online attendees will be able submit their questions in the question box. All written questions or comments will be responded to in writing following the public meeting. Comments received or postmarked to the Project Manager, Joe Lauk, by January 21, 2022, will be included in the public record.
Joe Lauk, Project Manager (Consultant)
Florida Department of Transportation – District One
801 North Broadway Avenue
Bartow, FL 33830
FDOT is sending notices that comply with F.S. 339.155 to all property owners and tenants whose property lies wholly or partially within at least 300 feet of the centerline of the proposed project limits. This does not mean that their property will be directly affected, nor does it limit participation in the public meeting to those individuals.
This meeting has been developed in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact District One Title VI Coordinator Cynthia Sykes at (863) 519-2287 or at Cynthia.Sykes@dot.state.fl.us at least seven days prior to the public meeting. Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may use the Florida Relay Service (TDD: 1-800-955-8771 or Voice: 1-800-955-8770) to contact FDOT regarding this project.
We encourage you and your constituents to participate in this public meeting and to submit comments on the project. If you have any questions about the public meeting process or the project proposal, please contact me at 863-519-2525 or Joe.Lauk@dot.state.fl.us.
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