LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - The first stretch of Wekiva Parkway will open to drivers in 2 years.
Joe Chavis said the niche he has carved for himself with his sawmill business in east Lake County is in trouble.
Chavis said he's worried that once the Wekiva Parkway is built, he'll be cut out.
"My business? I won't have no business," said Chavis. "That means I've got seven, eight people that are going to be out of work, plus myself."
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But Chavis has time to prepare. The part of the road project that Chavis said will cut him out won't be finished until 2020.
Within the next
For many drivers the new toll sections will mean a big change. All 25 miles, from Interstate 4 in Seminole to west Orange County, will be cashless, which means drivers will need a transponder to use the road, or else they will be billed through their car
"It's going to be expensive to the individuals who want to go back and forth. Many people, in my opinion, will avoid the area al
Chavis said that has him worried
"It's hard because it's put my whole family out," said Chavis.
Contractors behind the design told Asa that complications with federally protected land have pushed the project's finish date nearly a decade down the road.