While the water level in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park has dropped some, it is still high enough along U.S. 441 to draw anglers hoping for a catch.


TJ Pyche wrote in an email about the safety hazards that creates.


“...does FDOT have a position on lowering the speed limit on 441 on the Prairie?” Pyche said. “Given the signage, I understand they don’t want people parking along the road — but the hundreds of folks I see when I go down there suggests that enforcement would be futile. Just wondering while I enjoy the view.”


For the time being, the speed limit will stay at 60 mph, but that will be changing later this year, said Troy Roberts of the Florida Department of Transportation’s Lake City district office.


“Construction on this section of U.S. 441 is expected to begin later this year and will include raising the height of the roadway as well as resurfacing,” Roberts said in an email. “During certain construction phases, the speed limit will be lowered. Once construction is completed, FDOT will monitor any speed-related concerns after traffic normalizes. If warranted, FDOT will conduct a speed study to determine if adjustments to the speed limits are justified based on engineering principles.”


The road is being resurfaced because it is in bad condition.


It is being heightened to try to avert flooding that periodically occurs, most recently in 2017 after Hurricane Irma. Flooding damages the road and forces motorists, particularly commuters, to take an already-crowded Interstate 75 or other detours.