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Representatives of District One of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a public information meeting on Thursday, June 26, regarding design improve- ments to Interstate 75 from north of Fruitville Road to north of University Parkway in Sarasota and Manatee counties, FDOT has announced. The public session will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Osprey Room at the Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch, located at 6231 Lake Osprey Drive in Sarasota, a news release says. FDOT's goal is to give interested per- sons the opportunity to view the proposed design, review displays, talk one-on-one with staff and make comments about the project, the release adds. The 3.5-mile project includes reconstructing the I-75/University Parkway interchange from the existing diamond design to a diverging diamond interchange, the first of its kind in Florida. It also involves widening I-75 from north of Fruitville Road to north of University Parkway to an eight-lane highway with three through lanes and one auxiliary lane in each direction, the release continues. The project includes widening about one mile of University Parkway from the Cattlemen Road/Cooper Creek Boulevard intersection to the Market Street/Lake Osprey Drive intersection. People requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 or people who need transla- tion services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Kevin Ingle at 863-519-2740 or email as soon as possible, according to the release. Improvements to Interstate 75 and University Parkway, including the diverging diamond interchange, will be the topic of a public meeting on June 26. Photo by Norman Schimmel NEWS BRIEFS INTERSTATE 75 DESIGN IMPROVEMENTS TO BE FOCUS OF MEETING

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