Public invited to FDOT hearing on U.S. 27 trail crossing plans

The city of Leesburg will host a Florida Department of Transportation public hearing from 5-7pm Thursday, Nov. 8, in Meeting Room B at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. An open house begins at 5pm with the formal presentation starting at 6pm, according to a news release.

FDOT officials will provide an overview of proposed changes to improve safety and traffic operations on U.S. Highway 27/North 14th Street at the Fountain Lake Trail crossing near Benton Street, just south of Palm Plaza. Proposed improvements include reconfiguring both sides of the trail crossing and installing a raised pedestrian island in the center lane along with new signs and flashing beacons.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to express their views concerning the location, conceptual design, and social, economic, and environmental effects of the plans.

Additional information can be found by searching for Financial Project Identification (FPID) No. 991800-4 on the FDOT website at and in this flier: FDOT US 27 Benton St trail flyer

Meanwhile, on Monday, Nov. 5, contractors for Duke Energy will begin installing the final wall section for the Center Street substation in Leesburg. Traffic on U.S. Highway 27/North 14th Street will be rerouted for several weeks while this project is ongoing. Work will take place during overnight hours, a news release states.

“Our electric customers will not experience an interruption of service during this project, as the city and Duke aim to improve the substation’s safety, security, and aesthetics,” Leesburg City Manager Al Minner says in the release.

From 7pm-7am overnight Nov. 5, one southbound lane and one northbound lane of U.S. 27/14th Street will be closed near Center Street to allow Brink Construction to remove overhead lines that would interfere with the wall construction. These closures are one night only.

Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 6, and continuing through mid-December, Elite Construction will close both southbound lanes of U.S. 27 in this area from 7pm-7am. These closures generally will occur Monday through Friday. A traffic flow pattern will be implemented where one lane of southbound traffic will operate in the current center turn lane, and the inside northbound lane will serve as a north/south turn lane. Traffic flow in the outside northbound lane will remain the same.