Northern Turnpike Connector
Saving Special Places • Building Better Communities
Citrus, Levy, Marion and Sumter Counties
Please participate in the upcoming FDOT M-CORES Task Force Meeting. FDOT is moving forward on holding in person meetings in late July, and have stated there will be the opportunity for virtual participation. Below is the information available at this time. Visit the FDOT M-CORES website to check for updates.
- Northern Turnpike Corridor, July 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Hilton Ocala, IN PERSON AND ONLINE MEETING, details to be announced by FDOT
- Check out 1000 Friends of Florida’s NEW Northern Turnpike Citizen Primer
- Check out May 29 FDOT Northern Turnpike Draft Guiding Principles and Avoidance and Attraction Map
June 2, 2020 — 1000 Friends of Florida Statement on Broadband, Economic Development and M-CORES
Part of the M-CORES project, the proposed Northern Turnpike Connector extends southeast from the Suncoast Connector to the northern terminus of the Florida Turnpike. The planning area encompasses Citrus, Levy, Marion and Sumter Counties. Florida Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Tom Byron chairs the task force with Florida Turnpike Director Christina Colon serving as co-chair.
Also involved in the planning process are representatives of the Tampa Bay, East Central, North Central and Apalachee Regional Planning Councils (RPCs), the Suwannee River, Southwest Florida and St. John’s River Water Management Districts (WMDs), the Hernando/Citrus, Ocala/Marion and Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), representatives of the three counties, impacted municipalities and others. President Paul Owens is representing 1000 Friends of Florida on the Task Force. More information on each of these entities is included below.
Under the provisions of SB 7068, on August 1, 2019 FDOT established the Northern Turnpike Connector Task Force. In addition to general task force responsibilities outlined in SB 7068, the legislation also specifies that the Northern Turnpike Connector Corridor Task Force shall:
“…evaluate design features and the need for acquisition of state conservation lands that mitigate the impacts of project construction within the respective corridors on:
- The water quality and quantity of springs, rivers, and aquifer recharge areas;
- Agricultural land uses;
- Wildlife habitat.”
Visit FDOT’s M-CORES Northern Turnpike Page for more information on meetings, and 1000 Friends’ M-CORES page for links to resources including citizen primers, maps and webinar broadcasts. Check out these recent Op Eds by 1000 Friends of Florida.
Northern Turnpike Corridor Resources
Northern Turnpike Corridor Planning Entities
Visit the FDOT Northern Turnpike Connector Page for the list of Task Force members
Task Force Chair and Co-Chair:
Chair: Florida Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Tom Byron
Co-Chair: Christina Colon, Florida Turnpike Director
FDOT District Office Secretaries:
Northeast Florida District 2 Secretary Greg Evans, 386-961-7800 (Levy County)
Main Office: 1109 South Marion Avenue, Lake City, Florida 32025-5874, (800) 749-2967
Central Florida District 5 Secretary Mike Shannon, 386-943-5474 (Sumter and Marion Counties)
Main Office: 719 South Woodland Boulevard, DeLand, Florida 32720, (800) 780-7102
West Central Florida District 7 Secretary David Gwynn, 813-975-6000 (Citrus County)
Main Office: 11201 N. Malcolm McKinley Drive, Tampa, Florida 33612-6403, (800) 226-7220