SPEAK OUT against the #RoadsToRuin. Let’s stop the wheels of destruction before it’s too late.

There are two upcoming public “kickoff” events being organized by FDOT to discuss the Northern Turnpike Extension and the project development process.

The first meeting in Chiefland will be both in person and virtual. The second in Lecanto will be ONLY in person.

Save the dates: Tuesday, December 7th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Chiefland and on Thursday, December 9th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Lecanto.

Chiefland location: In-person at the College of Central Florida, Levy Campus, 15390 US-19, Chiefland, FL 32626

Lecanto location: College of Central Florida, Citrus Campus, 3800 S Lecanto Highway, Lecanto, FL 34461

Representatives from the No Roads to Ruin Coalition will be in attendance for both meetings. Arrive early and we will meet you at the entrance to provide hand signs/mini-posters, badges, etc. for those who wish to make their opposition more visible. Please either DM us or contact info@noroadstoruin.org if you plan to attend and share widely within your networks. Learn more here: https://floridasturnpike.com/…/northern-turnpike…/

FDOT’s ETDM (Efficient Transportation Decision Making) website now has info on the Northern Turnpike Extension for Marion, Sumter, and Levy counties showing proposed routes which (no surprise to us) ignore the M-CORES Task Force recommendations. Take the same link to get to the map/routes (on the left side of the screen look for “view of map” under “Project Detail.”

There are no acceptable alternatives that do not pave over vulnerable springsheds, agricultural lands, and neighborhoods in the pathway. The only acceptable alternative as far as we are concerned is the “No Build” alternative. There has been no demonstrated need from a traffic congestion perspective nor economic or fiscal feasibility. End of discussion. #NoBuild

More info on the supposed alternatives here: https://etdmpub.fla-etat.org/est/index.jsp.