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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Resurfacing, reconfiguration of U.S. 441/U.S. 301 split beginning next month

A resurfacing project that will ultimately change the configuration of the U.S. Hwy 441 and U.S. Hwy 301 split is tentatively scheduled to begin next month.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will provide an update of all of its ongoing major road construction projects in Marion County during the next meeting of the Ocala/Marion Transportation Planning Organization Board. 

The project is one of many along U.S. 441 that calls for the milling and resurfacing of the roadway. This stretch of 8.8 miles begins at the highway’s intersection with County Road 25A and proceeds north until the highway splits with U.S. 301. 

According to FDOT, the split at the end of the roadway will be reconfigured to allow both lanes of traffic on northbound U.S. 441 to turn onto U.S. 301. 

Currently, only vehicles in the right lane may turn onto U.S. 301. 

“This change is being made to alleviate significant backups of trucks stacking in the right lane awaiting their opportunity to turn onto U.S. 301,” reads the update from FDOT. 

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in September with an estimated completion of Spring 2022. The contractor for the $17.8 million project is Anderson Columbia, Inc. 

The Ocala/Marion Transportation Planning Organization meets on Tuesday, August 24 at 4 p.m. at the Marion County Commission Auditorium located at 601 SE 25th Avenue.