The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Five, is conducting the U.S. 441 Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to evaluate roadway improvements to U.S. 441 in Lake County from north of S.R. 46 to S.R. 44 (Donnelly Street), a distance of approximately 2.4 miles.
As part of this study, traffic evaluations were conducted which showed the existing four-lane roadway will need to be widened to a six-lane roadway to handle future traffic demand and provide an acceptable level of service. Therefore, roadway concepts were developed to provide the capacity improvements needed to address traffic demand through the year 2035.
The study is evaluating the social, environmental, and economic effects of the proposed four-lane to six-lane widening and includes an extensive public involvement and outreach component. The No-Build (No-Action) Alternative and other potential improvements including intersection modifications, pedestrian facilities and access management needs have also been considered and evaluated.
This study is being conducted in coordination with the Lake~Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), City of Mount Dora, and the City of Eustis. To learn more about the PD&E process, click here.
A public hearing was held on November 8, 2012 to give interested persons an opportunity to express their views concerning the location; conceptual design; access management changes; and social, economic and environmental effects of the proposed roadway improvements. More information about the public hearing can be found by clicking here.
The comments received as part of the public hearing comment period are being reviewed to determine the final study recommendations in consultation with the project stakeholders. If these proposed roadway improvements are accepted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the project will receive approval, officially referred to as Location and Design Concept Acceptance. Once this occurs, a notice will be advertised in the Orlando Sentinel to announce acceptance has been received. This approval will conclude the PD&E Study process.
The PD&E Study is anticipated to be complete in early 2013. The next phase of project development consists of the design phase which is funded in FDOT's current Five-Year Work Program for the year 2014. The right-of-way acquisition and construction phases are not yet funded.