County commissioners plan to come out of a workshop scheduled for Tuesday with a unified position on proposed routes for the North Turnpike expansion.
A Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) representative will provide an overview of how the state will decide the matter and provide timelines for study area analysis, alternative corridor assessment, project development and environmental studies.
County Commissioner Scott Carnahan said he sided with the non-builders.
“I think we have to look at other options from the four they have on the table,” he said.
Rather than building a new road, it makes sense to improve existing ones, like Interstate 75, he added.
County Commissioner Jeff Kinnard said he hoped the board would come out of Tuesday’s workshop with a position statement.
He reserved judgment until hearing all parties.
“I don’t want to walk into this meeting with my heels in one position,” he said.
Inverness City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution to the FDOT opposing the four potential routes and urged the agency to consider improving the state’s existing roads to better handle traffic.
Crystal River has not yet taken a position on the turnpike.
A status report is due to the Governor and Legislature in December 2022, and public briefings are tentatively scheduled for the first half of 2023.
The Tollway Workshop will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness.