Public Hearing for SR 29 Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study

From CR 80A (Cowboy Way) to CR 731 (Whidden Road) in Glades and Hendry Counties

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is hosting a public hearing, as part of the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for proposed improvements to State Road (SR) 29 from CR 80A (Cowboy Way) to CR 731 (Whidden Road) in Hendry and Glades Counties. The project consists of widening SR 29 to four-lanes within the project limits, including the addition of a new bridge over the Caloosahatchee River.

The public hearing will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, at LaBelle Civic Center, 481 Highway 80 West (behind City Hall), LaBelle, FL, 33935.

An open house begins at 5 p.m. where people can view the recommended conceptual plans, draft project documents and other project-related materials. Department representatives will be available beginning at 5 p.m. to discuss the project and answer questions. The formal portion of the hearing will begin at 6 p.m., and will include introductory remarks by the hearing moderator, a video presentation describing the project, and a public comment period. Written comments will also be accepted. Following the formal portion, the informal open house will resume and continue until 7 p.m.

The draft project documents and other information are available for public review through July 10, at the Barron Library, 461 N Main Street, LaBelle. Business hours are: Monday and Thursday – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on the project website (www.SR29labelle.com).

This hearing offers people the opportunity to express their views about the location; conceptual design; and social, economic, and environmental effects of the widening of SR 29 to four-lanes, including the addition of a new bridge over the Caloosahatchee River.

FDOT representatives will be present to answer questions prior to and following the formal portion of the hearing. Interested parties may submit written comments at the hearing or at a later date to Ms. Gwen G. Pipkin, FDOT Project Manager at 801 North Broadway Avenue, Bartow, FL 33830, by telephone at 863-519-2375 or toll-free at 1-800-292-3368 Ext. 2375, or by email to gwen.pipkin@dot.state.fl.us. All exhibits or statements postmarked on or before July 10, 2017 will become part of the public hearing record.

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