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Monday, September 20, 2021

Traffic reduced to one lane in U.S. Hwy. 27/441 construction zone after hole opens up

Traffic was reduced to one lane Tuesday afternoon in a busy construction area on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 in Lady Lake after a hole opened up under a bridge support.

A construction crew was busy dumping gravel to fill in the hole at the bridge over County Road 25.

The hole opened up under the support column of the U.S. Hwy. 27441 bridge over County Road 25 in Lady Lake.
The hole opened up under the support column of the U.S. Hwy. 27/441 bridge over County Road 25 in Lady Lake.

Traffic was down to one lane in the construction area at the bridge
Traffic was down to one lane in the construction area at the bridge.

A truck dumps gravel from on high to fill the hole at the base of the U.S. Hwy. 27441 bridge over County Road 25.
An end loader operator dumps gravel from on high to fill the hole at the base of the U.S. Hwy. 27/441 bridge over County Road 25.

The $45 million construction project will widen U.S. Hwy. 27/441 from four to six lanes between Lake Ella Road and Avenida Central. Both northbound and southbound U.S. 441 will be expanded from two to three lanes, and bicycle lanes and sidewalks will be added along the length of the project. The Florida Department of Transportation is performing drainage work, adding signage, making lighting upgrades, making median access changes and will improve the aesthetics of the roadway with new landscaping.

A key aspect of the project is the removal of U.S. Hwy. 27/441 bridges over County Road 25, and the creation of a new, at-grade intersection at that location. County 25 will connect with U.S. Hwy. 27/441 on the east side of the highway via a signalized intersection but will end as a cul-de-sac on the west side of U.S. Hwy. 27/441.

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