Over the Overpass
The overpass on State Road 26 is designed to speed up travel times through an intersection that had been badly congested. However, the owner of a small produce stand nearby says, some aspects of the overpass design are a threat to his customers lives.
Not much has changed since TV20 first introduced you to Ray Brown seven months ago, when the SR26 overpass first opened.
He says the state has made good on creating a permanent connection from 26 to his business, which is just a stones throw from the overpass, but he still feels in the dark with others issues.
"We've had numerous customers tell us it's a threat pulling in here, they think it's unsafe-therefore they'll avoid me until it's safe and that issue is addressed, it's gonna be a problem," he said.
Brown says the wall on SR26, is affecting drivers' line of sight as they turn onto the new connector road.
DOT's engineers are reviewing the problems, but there's still more bumps in the road. The final paving of SR26, ended before it started last week.
"The contractor had some issues with his subcontractor, the paving contractor, that he was not able to be out here," said Laurie Windham, FDOT Spokesperson.
According to DOT, the contractor, Southland construction of Apopka, sub contracted Steven Counts INC of Ocala. Neither company returned our calls.
According to DOT, Southland hired a new sub contractor to pave the road-- and that should begin next week and take about two weeks to complete.
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