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Updated: 03/08/2018 08:30:02AM

Phase III moves forward

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COURTESY PHOTO/HIGHLANDS COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

PHIL ATTINGER/STAFF

A photograph taken during County Engineer Clinton Howerton Jr.'s presentation to the Highlands County Board of County Commission shows the path of Sebring Parkway Phase III heading straight as a shot, north from the 90-degree turn on the existing Parkway.

PHIL ATTINGER/STAFF

At the northwest quadrant of the intersection of Manatee Drive and Scenic Highway in Sebring, Highlands County Road & Bridge Crews have stockpiled a 'mountain' of shell rock, a grader and at least one tractor, for building Sebring Parkway Phase III, as seen in a photograph taken of an overhead screen during a presentation on the Parkway.

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Otherwise rural homes, on left, sit off Manatee Drive, to the right, and adjacent the future route of Sebring Parkway Phase III, as seen in a photograph made during a drone video presentation of work on the roadway. Just north of where Manatee turns, at the top, the Parkway will continue straight, eventually coming out on Memorial Drive.

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Manatee Drive, at bottom, curves west while the route of Sebring Parkway Phase III continues north toward a narrow path between Crystal Lake Club and Little Redwater Lake, at top, as seen in a photograph made of drone video footage, which was presented to Highlands County commissioners on Tuesday.

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The route of Sebring Parkway Phase III rolls between Crystal Lake Club, to the left, and Little Redwater Lake to the right. This photo was made during a drone video presentation by County Engineer Clinton Howerton Jr. to Highlands County commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday.

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An unplowed section of the future route of Sebring Parkway Phase III shows where the road will curve west toward its future junction with Memorial Drive and College Drive, the intersection above and left of the center. This photo was made during a drone video presentation on the road work.

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The site of a future roundabout, as shown in a photograph made during a drone video presentation of work on Sebring Parkway Phase III. County Engineer Clinton Howerton Jr., who showed the video to county commissioners, said the high tension pole beyond the road and left of center would likely end up inside the traffic circle.

By PHIL ATTINGER

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SEBRING — Highlands County has to move some gopher tortoises.

County Engineer Clinton Howerton Jr. said there were 28 burrows in the right of way for Sebring Parkway Phase III. After road crews cleared and graded the parts of the road that they can, without disturbing the burrows, he now has to have them relocated to let heavy equipment finish preparing the route.

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