Turnpike Proposal Map

An FDOT map shows the four corridor alternatives for the proposed Northern Turnpike Extension. See this map in color with this story at www.RiverlandNews.com. The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with the Ocala and Dunnellon chambers in asking the state to work with them on a northern turnpike extension route that addresses common environmental and other concerns.

County commissioners backed the “no build” option for the northern turnpike extension – at least for those routes that would go through Citrus County.

The board at a workshop Tuesday unanimously and enthusiastically asked staff to draft a resolution that would take three of the southernmost corridors – the ones that would affect Citrus – off the table.

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Michael D. Bates is a staff writer with the Citrus County Chronicle and can be reached at mbates@chronicleonline.com