DeLand – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)—District Five—is holding its annual public hearing, as well as public information meetings, for the Tentative Five Year Work Program for Fiscal Years 2016/2017 through 2020/2021. The public hearing and public information meetings will include consideration of proposed projects for Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise. The work program outlines transportation improvements for all modes of transportation including:

                           Roadway Multi-modal transit
                           Bicycle Pedestrian
                           Freight Aviation
                           Seaports Space
                           Enhancement projects, such as trails


The five-year work program also provides clear direction on where to build projects, when to build projects, and how to fund projects. It is the department’s mission to provide a safe transportation system that ensures the mobility of people and goods, enhances economic prosperity, and preserves the quality of our environment and community.

Here is the schedule for the public hearing and the public information meetings.

Public Hearing:

Florida Department of Transportation-District Five, Tentative Five Year Work Program for Fiscal Years 2016/2017 through 2020/2021
Date and Time: Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Florida Department of Transportation, District Five office building, 719 South Woodland Blvd, Cypress A & B Conference Rooms, DeLand, Florida 32720

The public hearing will be webcast live at: the John H. Jackson Community Center, 1002 West Carter Street, Orlando, FL 32805

Public Information Meetings:

Ocala/Marion County Transportation Planning Organization – Public Information Meeting
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Location: McPherson Complex Auditorium, 601 SE 25th Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34471

Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization – Public Information Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Location: 1616 South 14th Street, Leesburg, Florida 34748

Flagler County Board of County Commissioners – Public Information Meeting
Date and Time: Monday, November 2, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Location: 1769 East Moody Boulevard Building 2, Board Chambers, Bunnell, Florida 32110

MetroPlan Orlando Board Meeting – Public Information Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Location: 315 East Robinson Street, Suite 355, Orlando, Florida 32801

Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization – Public Information Meeting
Date and Time: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Location: Brevard County Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C, 3rd Floor Florida Room, Melbourne, Florida 32940

River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization – Public Information Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Location: 2570 West International Speedway Boulevard, Suite 100, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

A copy of the public hearing agenda may be obtained by contacting: Kellie Smith, Florida Department of Transportation MPO Liaison, 719 S. Woodland Boulevard, DeLand, Florida, 32720, 386-943-5427, email: kellie.smith@dot.state.fl.us

For information regarding the public information meetings, please contact the regional transportation planning organizations in your area.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons wishing to express their concerns relative to FDOT compliance with Title VI may do so by contacting Jennifer Smith, FDOT District Five Title VI Coordinator by phone at 386-943-5367, or via email at jennifer.smith2@dot.state.fl.us.

Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Demond Hazley, Consultant Project Manager, by phone at 407-839-4006, or via email at dhazley@vhb.com at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact us by using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice).

During the public hearing, time is scheduled where participants may provide comments. Participants may also provide public comments directly to a court reporter at any time during the public hearing. Written comment from all interested parties will be accepted by the department at the public hearing and for a period of ten (10) days after the proceedings. Comments should be addressed to: Kellie Smith, FDOT MPO Liaison, 719 S. Woodland Boulevard, DeLand, Florida 32720. All comments, written and oral, will become part of the public record. You may also join the conversation on social media by using #LookingAheadInD5 or by visiting the project website at www.D5WPPH.com.

The presentation of the Department’s Tentative Five Year Work Program will be available through a webcast. Please check the website at: www.D5WPPH.com for the availability in your area.

Media inquiries should be directed to Steve Olson, FDOT Public Information Manager at 386-943-5479 or by email at steve.olson@dot.state.fl.us.