LABELLE -- A second public workshop for the SR 29 improvements from CR 80A (Cowboy Way) to north of CR 731 (Whidden Road) is planned for Hendry and Glades County.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), will conduct the workshop on Jan. 31 at the LaBelle Civic Center at 481 Hickopochee Ave. in LaBelle.
The workshop is free and open to the public, and is a re-evaluation of proposed improvements to address traffic operations, access and mobility along SR 29. This workshop will present design changes based on stakeholder comments and updated alternatives, providing an opportunity for the public to share their views about the project.
This will include an open house with a formal presentation. The project team will be available for discussion.
The Second Bridge Group (SBG), a group of citizens formed to collect and share information about the proposed Bridge St. bypass in LaBelle, outlines some potential problems and solutions to them.
SBG Coordinator Leonard Enriquez wrote in an email shared with SBG members and Caloosa Belle Independent that FDOT needs a new official approval from the City of LaBelle Commission to take over Main Street.
"This whole process seems to be in the hands of our city elected leaders," Enriquez said. "In other words, as we SBG understand it, FDOT needs a NEW OFFICIAL OUTRIGHT APPROVAL from the City Commission to take over Main Street. The City OFFICIALLY SAID 'NO' and asked for a Bypass Route Design Study back in October 2022. So if our City elected leaders choose to do NOTHING now, the FDOT Dogleg design will apparently not go through. If that happens, it may open the way for what we are asking for ... a Bypass Route Design Study.