CR 491 Post Office driveway

Motorists use a temporary access to enter and leave the post office in Lecanto. The county is moving the post office entrance so that it lines up with a median cut on the newly widened section of highway, avoiding the need for motorists to make U-turns to access the post office.

The county has reached agreement with the U.S. Postal Service and a Lecanto property owner to move the post office entrance so that it lines up with a median cut on the newly widened County Road 486.

County Administrator Randy Oliver said the additional work, approved last week by county commissioners, will not interfere with the road contractor’s schedule.

The county heard from several individuals after learning that the median cut was placed just north of the post office entrance, meaning anyone northbound on C.R. 491 would need to make a U-turn to get into the post office parking lot; and the same in reverse for anyone leaving the post office and wanting to head north on C. R. 491.

County officials said they placed the median cut where it is in anticipation of future development.

The county received permission from the postal service and an adjacent property owner to move the entrance just to the north so that it faces the median cut. The parking lot will remain the same; it’s only an entrance road that is being moved.

Officials said moving the entrance will add $150,000 to the road project’s cost. Because the county sets aside a certain amount for change orders, it already has enough funds for the post office project.

Oliver said the current C.R. 491 road widening is scheduled for completion in December; however, he said the contractor is ahead of schedule and is expected to finish before that.

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(1) comment

Madhatter

I just hope that they smooth out the highway 44 and 491 intersection. Glad that project is almost done, just wish they could make the road smooth. Yes, I do realise that it is just the base coat is down, but if the base is not smooth, just how long do you think the final surface will last?

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