The state has put the brakes on its plan to extend Florida's Turnpike from Wildwood to U.S. 19 in Levy County, citing a lack of support from local governments and residents, as well as questions about its financial viability.
The proposed northern extension would stretch 49 miles from the turnpike's northern terminus at Interstate 75 to a point south of Lebanon Station. The extension was designed to provide traffic relief for I-75 north of Wildwood.
But the Department of Transportation has stuck the plans on a shelf.
The district recently finished its project development and environmental study. That study, among other things, included a public hearing at which project critics _ citing environmental damage and unwanted development _ outnumbered supporters.