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The Villages
Monday, January 30, 2023

2. Chaotic U.S. Hwy. 27/441 widening haunted by tragedies in 2022

The chaotic U.S. Hwy. 27/441 widening brought confusion and tragedy in 2022.

It was the No. 2 story in The Villages in 2022.

The widening project caused huge traffic backups and numerous accidents, with Lady Lake police repeatedly begging drivers to slow down and pay attention to directional signage.

Emergency personnel worked into the night at the site at the bridge at U.S. Hwy. 27441
Emergency personnel worked into the night when the worker was buried at the site at the bridge at U.S. Hwy. 27/441.
John Joseph Terranova IV
John Joseph Terranova IV

The project remains haunted by the death of 27-year-old John Joseph Terranova of Leesburg who was buried alive after a retaining wall caved in on him Feb. 2 at the site of the bridge over County Road 25.

In addition, a woman was airlifted from the scene of an accident after a teen driver admitted he had been distracted by his GPS and set off a chain-reaction crash in the construction zone.

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra overturned in the crash
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra overturned in the crash in April, killing two teens.

In April, two teens were killed in an early morning crash in the U.S. Hwy. 27/441 construction zone.

Officials must take common sense approach to affordable housing

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Citrus Grove resident weighs in on the idea of affordable housing.

Response to Robert Moore’s letter about COVID-19

A Village of Pennecamp resident offers a response to a fellow Villager’s previous Letter to the Editor about COVID-19.

Response to workforce housing article

A Lady Lake resident adds her perspective to the call for more workforce housing. Read her Letter to the Editor.

Keep affordable housing projects away from The Villages

A Village of Santiago resident says officials must keep affordable housing projects away from The Villages. Read his Letter to the Editor.

Medicare and Rick Scott

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Briar Meadow South resident says U.S. Sen. Rick Scott should not be trusted when it comes to Medicare.