Levy County Road Detour May Be Permanent
An iron gate now blocks hundreds of Levy County residents from their regular route into town. The road was opened by the owners in the 1950's to allow school bus access, but the traffic grew and the owner wanted his private property back.
People living in the Ocala Highlands West Neighborhood packed the county commission meeting May 17th to try and keep this road open. The property belongs to Mike Joyner, a former Levy County Sheriff's Deputy.
When the county granted his request to shut down this road, he barricaded it from both sides, leaving a three mile detour for residents in the Ocala Highlands West Neighborhood.
Georgia Hall is a resident in the neighborhood. She says; "obviously we weren't heard, because they didn't do anything to help us they did in fact close the road down."
Administrative road superintendent, Bruce Greenlee, says he's found three alternative routes to ease the inconvenience of residents having to take a public road to get into town, but those routes are also private property.
Until those property owners agree to having the traffic through their backyard, residents will continue to be re-routed.
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