SR50 Realignment Design as of December 21, 2015
The City of Groveland has updated the Downtown Master Plan which focuses on creating a pedestrian friendly setting; encouraging intense commercial development and redevelopment; and providing additional residential options so that people may live and work downtown. SR 50 runs east-west through the heart of Groveland. In the downtown area (from east of Ivey Street to SR 33), SR 50 is a one way pair with two travel lanes in each direction (Broad Street serving westbound traffic and Orange Street serving eastbound traffic). SR 19/SR 33 runs north-south through downtown Groveland, intersecting with SR 50. Both facilities experience heavy truck traffic, which is a challenge to creating a pedestrian friendly environment.
To facilitate a more walkable downtown, this segment of SR 50 will be realigned to the north of downtown on a new alignment. This change shifts the truck traffic onto the new facility and allows the existing SR 50 roadway to be modified to provide improved access to downtown businesses. This change also includes a new intersection of SR 50 and SR 19 that would improve the turning movement deficiencies experienced today by the heavy truck volume. Once SR 50 is realigned and constructed, Broad Street and Orange Street will be returned to the City of Groveland's jurisdiction and no longer will be part of the State road system.
The realignment of SR 50 is a local priority project and has been included in the City of Groveland's Comprehensive Plan, Lake County's Comprehensive Plan, and the Lake-Sumter MPO's Long Range Transportation Plan. The Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study for SR 50 (from CR 565/Villa City Road to CR 565A/Montevista Road) analyzed the realignment of SR 50 through Groveland during the PD&E study several realignment options were considered and evaluated. The PD&E Study's recommended Build Alternative (Truck Route Alternative) supports the City's vision for downtown while it also provides an improved state facility that serves regional movements.
With the completion of design, project details have been finalized and a set of construction documents is complete. Since the remaining project steps (right-of-way acquisition and construction) are not funded, there is no further project activity at this time.