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If you have property along state road 20 affected by this road project you should consider talking with us, and attend this meeting. Often times road widening projects require the state’s taking property from private owners along the route. Appraisals of property are required; and “fair” compensation must be paid. You probably have heard the term “eminent domain.” The state has the power to force the sale of property under certain circumstances. Learn more about those circumstances and “fair” compensation by calling us.

Meeting on SR 20 widening set for Thursday

The Florida Department of Transportation will host a public meeting Thursday to discuss plans for widening State Road 20 from two to four lanes between Interlachen and U.S. 301 in Hawthorne.

The format will be an “open house” between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. in which those interested can drop by at any time to review the plans and speak with FDOT staff. At 6:30 p.m., a brief presentation will be made and followed by public comments.

The meeting will be at the Seventh Day Adventist Conference Center located at 1771 E. SR 20 in Hawthorne. The center is just west of County Road 21 in Putnam County.

The FDOT is finishing a project development and environmental study to determine the transportation needs and possible improvements on the 12-mile-long corridor. The FDOT is proposing widening SR 20 to four lanes and providing enhancements for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The project is currently funded for construction in Alachua County between U.S. 301 in Hawthorne and the Putnam County line in 2015-16 at an estimated cost of $16 million. The remaining segment in Putnam County, which is estimated to cost $85 million, is not yet funded for construction.