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SR 29 from North of New Market Road North to SR 82

How did we get here?
The FDOT conducted a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to assess the need for capacity and operational improvements along SR 29 from Oil Well Road to SR 82. The purpose of this project is to improve traffic operational conditions along SR 29 to accomodate future growth, decrease truck traffic downtown, correct design deficiencies in the roadway, improve safety by reducing conflict points, accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians, improve the regional transportation network, and improve emergency evacuation.

What are the project limits?
The project limits are from New Market Road/Westclox Road to SR 82, a distance of approximately 3 miles.

How can I get involved?
Check the website regularly for meeting times and dates. For questions or comments please contact the project manager, Chris Speese, at (239) 225-1973 or by email at christopher.speese@dot.state.fl.us. Please visit Email Updates for more information about how to reach project team members with questions and/or comments.

How can I obtain the latest project materials?
The latest materials for the SR 29 design project will be available on the Documents & Publications page of the website. Please check back regularly for updates.

When will the project be built?
The design phase is tentatively scheduled for completion in 2024. The project is currently funded for right of way acquisition but is not currently funded for construction in the FDOT Five Year Work Program.

Project Phases Summary

Design
The design phase moves the conceptual plan presented at the public hearing in the PD&E study and develops it into a formal set of construction drawings that are used to build the job. These final plans are very detailed roadway construction plans and may include design of a stormwater drainage system, traffic signals, lighting systems, median openings, bridges, a plan for signs to be installed along the road, utility plans, construction sequencing (a plan for maintenance of traffic and drivewy access), as well as design of the road itself.

Right of Way Acquisition
FDOT needs to acquire property to build the road and stormwater management facilities for this project. With details defined during design, FDOT can determine specifically how much right of way or land is needed. When more land, or property, is needed than the state already owns, FDOT aquires property in order to build the roadway improvements on publicly-owned land (in other words, within state-owned right of way). In accordance with Florida statute, FDOT can only purchase property that is necessary for documented transportation improvements and pays fair market value for any property or part of property acquired for road expansion. FDOT will notify property owners in writing if their land is affected, and letters to affected property owners will also provide names and contact information for right of way agents managing this phase of the project. More information about FDOT’s right of way acquisition process may be found at www.dot.state.fl.us/rightofway/Documents.shtm

Construction
After design plans are completed and right of way acquisition concluded, FDOT advertises the project for construction. Qualified contractors may then bid on the construction project. Typically, construction work starts three or four months after FDOT hires the contractor (who must mobilize crews and arrange for equipment and materials). Construction jobs may take two to three years, and sometimes longer depending on the complexities of the projects. After the contractor is hired, more information is available about the construction schedule and the contractor's approach to the work.

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