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New Traffic Pattern for US 41/Venice Bypass

RoadWatch Advisory

New Traffic Pattern for US 41/Venice Bypass

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41/Venice By-Pass from Gulf Coast Boulevard to Bird Bay Drive: Construction project: Crews continue installing utility and storm drain systems and constructing temporary pavement. Expect intermittent nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. throughout the project limits while crews are working.

Southbound Traffic Shift: Traffic on southbound US 41 from Bird Bay to Warfield Road will shift to the newly constructed lanes along the west side of the road during the nighttime/overnight hours on Sunday, February 19. Use caution and pay close attention while driving throughout the project limits.

Northbound Traffic Shift: Traffic on northbound US 41 from Ridgewood to Bird Bay will shift to the newly constructed lanes along the west side of the road during the nighttime/overnight hours on Monday, February 20. Use caution and pay close attention while driving throughout the project limits.

Motorists should be mindful of the construction signs in place and traffic control officers and use caution while traveling through the project area.  Bergeron Land Development is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2018.

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Ramp Closures Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7 at I-75/University Parkway Interchange

RoadWatch Advisory

Ramp Closures Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7

at I-75/University Parkway Interchange

             SARASOTA/MANATEE

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

 

Detour – I-75 Northbound Off-Ramp CLOSED at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange: 

 

Monday, February 6. Details below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Monday, February 6 between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. to install overhead signs.

 

Motorists traveling north on I-75 wishing to exit at University Parkway, Exit 213 are directed to exit at westbound SR 70/Exit 217 B (north of the closure), enter southbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

 

Detour – I-75 Southbound Off-Ramp Closed at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange: 

 

Tuesday, February 7. Details below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Tuesday, February 7 between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. to install overhead signs.

 

Motorists traveling south on I-75 wishing to exit at University Parkway, Exit 213 are directed to continue south and exit at Fruitville Road, Exit 210, travel east on Fruitville Road and enter northbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

 

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is fall 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/

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RoadWatch Advisory University Parkway CLOSED Friday Night, February 3 At I-75/University Parkway Interchange

SARASOTA/MANATEE

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

Detour – University Parkway CLOSED under I-75 at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange: 

Friday, February 3. Details below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Friday, February 3 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. while crews continue construction of the northbound bridge over University Parkway. All ramps will remain open.

Motorists traveling west on University Parkway (east of I-75) wishing to travel west through the interchange are directed to travel north on I-75, exit at westbound SR 70/Exit 217B, enter southbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

Motorists traveling east on University Parkway (west of I-75) wishing to travel east through the interchange are directed to travel south on I-75, exit at Fruitville Road/Exit 210, enter northbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

Motorists traveling south on I-75 wishing to travel east on University Parkway are directed to exit at Fruitville Road/Exit 210 (south of the closure), enter northbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

Motorists traveling north on I-75 wishing to travel west on University Parkway are directed to exit at westbound SR 70/Exit 217B (north of the closure), enter southbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is fall 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/

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Public information meetings for I-75/Bee Ridge Road Interchange Improvement project

Sarasota County: Public information meetings for I-75/Bee Ridge Road Interchange Improvement project

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold public information meetings for Interstate 75 (I-75) from south of Bee Ridge Road to south of Fruitville Road.

Meetings will be held on:

Date:         Thursday, February 9, 2017

Time:         2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location:   Realtor Association of Sarasota & Manatee        

                  2320 Cattlemen Road

                  Sarasota, Florida 34232

The meetings will be an open house format and will include a brief video presentation that will run continuously throughout the meeting. No formal presentation will be held. FDOT representatives will be available to answer individual questions and receive written comments.

FDOT is preparing design plans for future widening of approximately 3.8 miles of I-75 and reconstruction of the I-75/Bee Ridge Road interchange. FDOT will rebuild the interchange from the existing diamond design to a hybrid diverging diamond interchange (DDI) and southbound off-ramp to Cattlemen Road. The Department will also rebuild the Bee Ridge Road at Cattlemen Road intersection to a continuous flow intersection (CFI). These informational meetings are to present to the public and officials the final design plans for the project.  Project documents and other information are available on the project website: http://www.swflroads.com/i75/beeridgerdtofruitvillerd/

Persons wishing to submit written statements may do so at the meeting or send them to: Richard E. Lilyquist, FDOT Project Manager, 801 N. Broadway Ave, Bartow, FL 33830 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All statements postmarked on or before February 19, 2017 will become a part of the public information meeting record.

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley at 863-519-2573 or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (voice).

If you have questions about the project or scheduled public information meetings, please contact the Project Manager, Richard E. Lilyquist, at (863) 519-2224, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also visit the project website at: http://www.swflroads.com/i75/beeridgerdtofruitvillerd/

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January 31, 2017                                                                                     Dick Kane (850) 414-4595

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GOV. SCOTT’S “FIGHTING FOR FLORIDA’S FUTURE” BUDGET INVESTS MORE THAN $10 BILLION IN FLORIDA’S TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott today announced that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will receive $10.8 billion in the recommended FY 2017-2018 “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget to make strategic transportation investments statewide and keep Florida’s world-class transportation and infrastructure system as the nation’s best.

Governor Scott said, “As the third largest state in the nation with the fourth fastest growing population, we must make sure our state is prepared to safely welcome new families, visitors and job creators. We have made significant investments in transportation for four years in a row because we know the incredible impact it has on job creation and helping Florida become a leading hub for global trade. The ‘Fighting for Florida’s Future’ Budget continues this record funding by including more than $10 billion to ensure our transportation and infrastructure system remains a national leader for decades to come.”

The Governor’s FY 2017/2018 transportation budget makes the following investments:

  • $4.1 billion for construction of highway projects
  • $178.2 million in seaport infrastructure improvements
  • $257.8 million for aviation improvements
  • $300.8 million for scheduled repair of 61 bridges and replacement of 16 bridges
  • $978.2 million for maintenance and operation
  • $618 million for public transit development grants
  • $175.6 million for safety initiatives
  • $82.7 million for bike and pedestrian trails.

Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold said, “Governor Scott’s transportation budget provides the record funding necessary to maintain and repair existing infrastructure and prepare for future growth. Florida’s roads, seaports, airports, railways and trails will continue to meet the growing needs of Florida’s families.”

The Governor’s “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget makes the following transportation investments:

 Northeast Florida

  • $103.9M to acquire right of way for the First Coast Expressway in Clay County. This funding enables the department to complete land acquisition in this county, thereby ensuring construction continues. The First Coast Expressway is a new all electronic toll facility which improves the movement of people and goods throughout the region. 
  • $44.2M to add additional lanes and reconstruct the existing SR 15 (US 17) from west of Dunns Creek to Horse Landing Road in Putnam County. The improvements include widening the existing two lane roadway to a four-lane divided roadway with a raised median, bicycle lanes, a sidewalk on the west side of the roadway and a 12-foot multi-use path on the east side.
  • $29.1M for drainage improvements along the SR A1A (3rd Street) from Seagate Avenue to Beach Boulevard in Duval County. The drainage improvements will reduce the incidence and magnitude of flooding experienced at this segment of roadway.
  • $31.1M for channel deepening and widening at JAXPORT in Duval County. An updated economic impact study reported that cargo activity supports nearly $27 billion in annual economic output.

Northwest Florida

  • $21M to add lanes and reconstruct SR 369 (US 319) from North of SR 267 to the Leon County Line in Wakulla County. SR 369 serves as the primary travel route between Tallahassee and gulf coast communities. The improvements will improve mobility, relieve traffic congestion, improve traffic circulation, improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and improve public safety.
  • $32.8M to improve the roadway and add lanes on SR 390 in Bay County from Jenks Avenue to East of SR 77/Ohio Avenue. This project will relieve congestion and promote opportunities for growth along the corridor by converting the roadway to a six-lane divided facility with buffered bike lanes and sidewalks. An improved Strategic Intermodal System corridor will also better serve as a Hurricane Evacuation Route for surrounding communities.
  • $32.6M to add lanes and reconstruct SR 388 (West Bay Parkway) from SR 79 to East of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Bay County. This project will improve mobility and airport access by widening SR 388 from two to four lanes, adding a multi-lane roundabout at the airport entrance, widening the Crooked Creek bridge from two to four-lanes and improving signalization at SR 79.

Southwest Florida

  • $67.1M to add lanes and reconstruct SR 82 from Alabama Road to the Hendry County Line in Lee County. The improvements include widening of the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided roadway with optional future expansion to six lanes, a shared-use path and lighting improvements.
  • $115.7M to add lanes on I-75 at the SR 70 interchange in Manatee County. The construction project will rebuild the SR 70 interchange from its existing partial cloverleaf design to a modified diamond interchange design with a single loop in the northwest quadrant. Interchange improvements will also include replacement of entrance and exit ramps and the addition of emergency stopping sites on the exit ramps.

 Southeast Florida

  • $478.6M to add lanes and improve the interchange at I-95/I-595 Express Lanes direct connect (I-95 from Stirling Road to Broward Boulevard) in Broward County. The project will provide new median ramp connections and a second express lane to increase mobility, relieve congestion and accommodate future growth in the region.
  • $43.2M to add lanes and rehabilitate SR 80 from West of Lion Country Safari Road to Forest Hill/Crestwood Boulevard. SR 80/Southern Blvd. is a Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) corridor located in central Palm Beach County and is one of only two major east-west roadways. This project will relieve congestion on SR 80 by adding an additional travel lane in each direction, and will provide bicycle and pedestrian access to the new developments by including a shared use path and buffered bicycle lanes to accommodate all modes of transportation.
  • $12.1M to extend the runway at Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport in Broward County. This project will assist with meeting future demands for commercial and general aviation traffic through improvements and modifications to accommodate the eastward construction of the New South Runway and one parallel taxiway.
  • $80.9M for bridge replacement on SR 968/SW 1st Street at the Miami River in Miami-Dade County. The existing SW 1st Street bridge is a low-level bascule (movable) bridge spanning the Miami River. The purpose of the project is to replace the structurally deficient bridge and relieve congestion.
  • $61.7M to expand and improve Krome Avenue in Miami-Dade County from SW 232nd Street to south of SW 136th Street. This project will improve safety, traffic operations and access points to reduce fatalities in the corridor.  The road will be widened from two-lanes to a four-lane divided highway and will include new bridges over several canals, improve drainage systems and lighting along the length of the project.

East Central Florida

  • $56.9M for the direct access between I-95 and the Melbourne International Airport in Brevard County.  The direct access will relieve traffic at the adjacent interchanges.  The new interchange will align with St. Johns Heritage Parkway and Ellis Road.
  • $34M for Space Florida Launch Complex Improvements in Brevard County demonstrating Florida’s leadership and commitment to space flight and related businesses as the Space Center transitions to commercial space flight. Improvements will help attract more commercial activity to the area.
  • $169.5M for 3.53 miles of limited access toll road along State Road 46, east of Wekiva Park Drive to Orange Boulevard to help protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River in Seminole County. The project will include the design of non-tolled service roads, slip ramps, and several bridges. The project will also include roadway widening, drainage, lighting and other features. 
  • $17.5M for rehabilitation of the Volusia/Daytona Beach Taxiway at the Daytona Beach International Airport in Volusia County. The airport serves as a vital link in Florida’s air transportation system. Improved runways will assist Daytona International Airport with their efforts to provide more direct connect flights.

West Central Florida

  • $40M for Tampa International Airport in Hillsborough County to continue development and construction of an automated people mover. The people mover will transport visitors from a consolidated rental car facility to the main terminal thereby reducing the congestion along George Bean Parkway. It will also connect the proposed Westshore Multimodal Center with the airport and greatly enhance the movement of visitors and residents throughout the region.
  • $11M to acquire right of way for the future widening of SR 574/Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Hillsborough County from East of Kings Way to East of McIntosh Road). This project will support growth in the area from the current low density development (mixture of agricultural, commercial, and planned residential developments) to a future urban environment.
  • $35.1M to add lanes and reconstruct US 19 (SR 55) From West Jump Court to West Fort Island Trail in Citrus County. This project will increase capacity on a major US route from four to six lanes. The project also includes drainage improvements and the addition of sidewalks.

Florida Transportation Commission Chairman Jay Trumbull said, “Governor Scott’s transportation budget makes the right investments in the right places for today’s needs while preparing for tomorrow’s demands. This budget continues to recognize the diverse needs of our residents, our businesses and our visitors.”

Florida Transportation Builders’ Association President Bob Burleson said, “Governor Scott’s record budget continues important strategic investments in transportation infrastructure. The budget maintains a solid foundation for a growing economy and more jobs for Florida’s families.”

Florida Ports Council President and CEO Doug Wheeler said, “Governor Scott continues to make Florida’s seaports a priority by investing in the necessary improvements to keep up with current needs and prepare for future growth in cargo and cruise passengers.”

Floridians for Better Transportation President Sally Patrenos said, “Florida’s transportation system continues to be the best built and maintained in the country because Governor Scott knows that our residents, visitors and businesses rely on it every day.”

Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida President Kevin Wall said, “Governor Scott’s investments in Florida’s critical infrastructure demonstrate his commitment to creating one of the best and safest transportation systems in the nation.”

Florida Concrete & Products Association President Kelly Page said, “Governor Scott’s transportation budget shows why Florida’s roads and bridges are the best in the country. Governor Scott continues to focus on building a transportation system that supports Florida jobs and Florida families.”

Florida Public Transportation Association Executive Director Lisa M. Bacot said, “Florida residents and visitors who rely on local transit systems will benefit from the Governor’s transportation budget. He recognizes the importance public transportation plays in the lives of those who need it most.”

Florida Airports Council President and CEO Lisa Lyle Waters said, “Thanks to the strategic investments Governor Scott has made in Florida’s airport system, we continue to be prepared to handle record volumes in traffic and operations while at the same time making critical improvements to keep our workers and passengers safe.”

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Amendments Proposed for FY 2015/16--2019/2020 Transportation Improvement Program

These amendments brought forward by the Florida Department of Transportation request changes to the following projects:

  • FPN #201032-6 I-75 at SR 64 in Manatee County: $50,933,303 in State funds advance into FY 2017. The project length is being increased from .807 miles to 2.476 miles.
  • FPN #435349-1 US 41 Green Bridge Multi-Use Path in Manatee County: Environmental phase added in FY 2016 and FY 2018.
  • FPN #438374-1 US 41 from 301 Boulevard to 21st Avenue in Manatee County: New Safety project in FY 2017.
  • FPN #433550-1 US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Stickney Point Road in Sarasota County: Environmental phase added in FY 2016 and FY 2017. The project length is being increased from 3.906 miles to 6.343 miles.
  • FPN #433552-1 US 41 from Sumter Blvd to Ortiz Blvd in Sarasota County: Environmental phase added in FY 2017.
  • FPN #433608-2 Myrtle Street in Sarasota County: Environmental Phase added in FY 2017 and FY 2018.
  • FPN #434961-1 SR 45 (US 41) Tamiami Trail from Palermo Place to Venice Avenue: Environmental Phase added in 2017.
  • FPN # 436567-1 SR 758 (Bee Ridge Road) from Bond Place to Cattlemen Road: Environmental Phase added in 2017.
  • FPN #438371-1 US 301 from Fruitville Rd to 10th St: Environmental Phase added in FY 2017.
  • FPN #438959-1-84-01 FTA Section 5310- Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Persons with Disabilities- Operating in the amount of $156,981 with a local match of $156,981 as this project has been selected during the competitive application process for funding. The funds were apportioned to the state in FFY 2015 and were programmed late in the state FY 15/16.

These projects are required to be listed correctly in the Sarasota/Manatee Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) in order to ensure we receive federal authorization for the use of federal funds.

If approved by the MPO Board at the June 27, 2016 board meeting, the listed projects will be added in the currently adopted FY 2015/16--2019/2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

If you have any questions about the proposed TIP amendments, or would like additional information, please contact Colleen McGue, Transportation Planner at (941) 359-5772 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Draft 5 Year Transportation Improvement Program for 2016/17--2020/21 Available for Public Review and Comment

Draft 5 Year Transportation Improvement Program for 2016/17--2020/21 Available for Public Review and Comment

It's that time of year again! Every year the Sarasota/Manatee MPO updates the 5 Year Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, and the new draft TIP covering fiscal years 2016/17--2020/21 is now avilable for public review and comment.

To view the draft FY 2016/17--2020/21 TIP, please click here. This is a large file and might take a little while to load.

If you would like to download the file, please click here and select "Transportation Improvement Program," then "Draft 2016-17 TIP."

Background: The process to develop the 2016/17--2020/21 TIP started in March 2015 when the MPO Board adopted its 2015 Project Priority List.  That list was forwarded to FDOT to prepare its Draft Tentative Five Year Work Program which includes roadway improvements, transportation alternatives, bridge, safety and public transportation projects (i.e. transit, aviation, port, intermodal and transportation disadvantaged program projects).

At the December 2015 MPO Board meeting, FDOT presented the Draft Tentative Five Year Work Program that addressed the priorities that were set by the MPO Board in March 2015.  The 2016/17-2020/21 Draft Tentative Five Year Work Program is incorporated into the FY 2016/17-2020/21 Transportation Improvement Program. The TIP will go before the MPO Boad for adoption at their next MPO Board meeting on June 27, 2016. The TIP must be submitted to FDOT by July 15, 2016.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the draft FY 2016/17--2020/21 TIP, please contact Colleen McGue via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (941) 359-5772.

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Central Manatee Network Alternatives Analysis Mobility Survey

Central Manatee Network Alternatives Analysis Mobility Survey

The Florida Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization and the cities of Bradenton and Palmetto, is gathering information on transportation issues in Bradenton and Palmetto as part of the Central Manatee Network Alternatives Analysis (CMNAA).  The CMNAA study will aid in the development of future alternative transportation projects and programs designed to improve access to jobs, schools, shopping, and social services.  

We are conducting a mobility survey as a key component of our data collection effort.  The survey period is from January 4, 2016 through January 22, 2016. It is intended to gather information from those travelling in and through the study area.  Survey input will assist us in identifying vehicular mobility and safety concerns, as well as, learn about safety, comfort, and access issues associated with walking, biking, or using transit.  The survey will also help identify how these issues impact residents and businesses within the cities of Bradenton and Palmetto.

The survey will only take a few minutes to complete. The bi-lingual survey can be filled out on-line at:  http://www.swflroads.com/study/CMNAA. You are welcome forward the survey information to anyone you feel may be interested in participating in the survey.

To view the study area in detail, click here.

For more information on the study, see the project web site at wwww.cmnaa.com, or contact the FDOT project manager, Patty Hurd, at 407-540-0555.

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Now accepting applications for Manatee County Representatives on MPO Citizen Advisory Committee

Manatee accepting applications for vacancies on MPO Citizen Advisory Committee

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (January 7, 2015) – Manatee County has two openings for the Citizen Advisory Committee that makes recommendations to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board on regional transportation issues.

The Committee (CAC) assists the Metropolitan Planning Organization by providing citizens’ views, attitudes and input to the transportation planning process. CAC members represent a cross section of the citizens of Sarasota and Manatee counties including the cities within the counties. CAC representatives are recommended for appointment by their respective units of local government and are appointed by the MPO Board.

There is one vacancy for an at-large representative from Manatee County, and one vacancy for an at-large, disabled representative. Applications may be found online at http://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/board-of-commissioners/advisory-boards.html

The group meets at 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of months in which an MPO meeting is scheduled, with some CAC meetings scheduled on an alternate Thursday due to holidays. The committee meets in the main conference room at the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization Office at 7632 15th St E, Sarasota FL 34243.

For more information, call Colleen McGue at (941) 359-5772 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.

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Upcoming MPO Public Hearing for Amendments to Transportation Improvement Program

Upcoming MPO Public Hearing for Amendments to Transportation Improvement Program

PRESSRELEASE  

Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

7632 15th Street East  • Sarasota, Florida 34243-3248         

941-359-5772 • Fax: 941-359-5779

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Date:                December 2, 2015

Contact:           David Hutchinson, Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

Phone:             941-359-5772

Fax:                 941-359-5779

                                                                                                                                                            

 

PUBLIC HEARING

NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), will hold a Public Transportation Task Force Meeting on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 8:15 a.m. at the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Office, 7632 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida followed by a MPO Board Meeting at 9:30 a.m. to be held at the Holiday Inn, 8009 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida and will consider and act upon at 9:45 a.m. or reasonably thereafter the following:

 

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has requested several Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendments that may be found at www.MyMPO.org

All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard on each of the above items.  Written comments filed with the MPO will be considered.  Copies of all of the above proposed documents are available by calling the MPO Office at 941-359-5772.

THIS NOTICE is published pursuant to the requirements of the Federal Laws, Florida Statutes and MPO Policy. NO STENOGRAPHIC RECORD BY A CERTIFIED COURT REPORTER IS MADE OF THIS MEETING.  ACCORDINGLY, ANY PERSON WHO MAY SEEK TO APPEAL ANY DECISIONS INVOLVING THE MATTER NOTICED HEREIN WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE AT THIS MEETING UPON WHICH ANY APPEAR IS TO BE BASED.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact the Sarasota/Manatee MPO at 941-359-5772  at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

The MPO’s planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Actof 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary who believes he/she has beendiscriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disabilityor family status may file a complaint with the MPO’s Title VI Coordinator Mike Maholtz at (941) 359-5772 or by writing him at 7632 15th street east, sarasota, florida 34243.

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MPO Engages Community in Strategic Mobility Plan

MPO Engages Community in Strategic Mobility Plan

The creation of the Strategic Mobility Plan, referenced in this previous post from October 2014, includes a substantial community engagement effort to gather ideas from residents of Sarasota and Manatee Counties on how to improve the region’s transportation system. One of the ways we have been reaching out to the public is by going out into the community and listening to the perspectives of residents in small focus group discussions. We have hosted 21 focus groups throughout the region, from northern Manatee County to southern Sarasota County, and on a variety of topics relating to transportation. See below for the entire list of focus groups. Click here to see the map in more detail.

In order to get the conversation started, focus group attendees responded to a four question survey that included questions similar to those presented on the Strategic Mobility Plan Website. The comments we heard during the focus group discussions centered on a desire for more transportation options such as more frequent transit, safer bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and other modes like water taxis. Participants also recommended developing a holistic vision for the region, studying proposed developments for their long-term impacts on traffic congestion, improving coordination among the many jurisdictions in the region, and improving traffic through technology.

When participants were asked what one transportation project they would fund in the next five years if they had the money to do so, we heard a range of answers from residents such as improving public transit with more frequent service and better amenities (covered bus shelters and bus schedules at bus stops), a fully-integrated multimodal network, walkable cities, roundabouts, an expressway east of I-75, better technology to manage traffic congestion, and making developers pay for all necessary road improvements.

We have documented all of the comments we received during the focus groups, in addition to any other public comments received during the update, and we are currently working on incorporating these ideas and suggestions into the Strategic Mobility Plan.

The focus groups held included:

City of Palmetto - Community Redevelopment Agency

City of Bradenton – Central Community Redevelopment Agency

Manatee County - Lakewood Ranch Business Association

Manatee County – Federation of Homeowner Associations

Manatee County – Parrish Civic Association

Manatee County – Lakewood Ranch District Directors

Manatee County – Local Coordinating Board for Transportation Disadvantaged

Manatee County - Manatee Chamber of Commerce

City of Sarasota - North Sarasota and Newtown

City of Sarasota - City Council of Neighborhood Associations

City of Sarasota - Condominiums on the Bay Association

City of Sarasota - Downtown Condominium Association

Sarasota County - Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Sarasota County – Local Coordinating Board for Transportation Disadvantaged

Sarasota County – Englewood Community Redevelopment Agency

Sarasota County – Council of Neighborhood Associations

City of Venice - Chamber of Commerce

City of North Port - Chamber of Commerce

Focus Group for Local and Regional Environmental Interests

Focus Group for Local and Regional Freight Interests

Sarasota/Manatee MPO’s Bicycle Pedestrian Trails Advisory Committee

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Come see us at #iSeeManatee on April 17!

Come see us at #iSeeManatee on April 17!

MPO staff are looking forward to hosting an interactive station at the upcoming charrette #iSeeManatee next Friday, April 17 at Dolphin Aviation (8191 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL) from 6pm-9pm.  We will have maps of the regional transportation network, interactive idea sharing related to future mobility in our area, and will be available to answer any questions you might have about our regional transportation needs. Whether your vision for future mobility includes regional bicycle & golf cart trails, expanded transit service, a more pedestrian friendly environment, or super-highways with automated vehicles, we want to hear from you! 

This event is being organized by the Manatee County Neighborhood Services Department and is a great opportunity for students and younger residents in Sarasota and Manatee Counties to come out and share their ideas and vision for the Southwest Manatee area which includes North Tamiami Trail, USF Sarasota-Manatee, Ringling School of Art & Design, New College of Florida, State College of Florida, and the Bayshore & Whitfield neighborhoods in Manatee County. For more information, please view the event flyer here.

Hope to see you there!

By the way, if you are unable to attend on April 17, but you would like to contribute your ideas to the MPO's Strategic Mobility Plan, please register with us at www.strategicmobilityplan.com to share your thoughts on our regional transportation plan for Sarasota & Manatee Counties.

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City of Palmetto declares March 2015 Bike Month!

City of Palmetto declares March 2015 Bike Month!

As MPO Public Transportation Planner Jim Van Pelt stated in his recent blog post, March is Florida Bike Month-- and the number of bicycle and pedestrian injuries and accidents in our two county region over the past several months has been alarming.

In order to bring attention to bicycle safety in Florida, the Sarasota/Manatee MPO's Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Advisory Committe (BPTAC)-- a broad coalition of local government agencies, citizen advocates, transportation engineers, bicycle enthusiasts, and others-- are working together to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians who travel around our two county area.

We are proud to share that one of the local government agencies in our two-county region, the City of Palmetto, has proclaimed March 2015 as Bike Month in order to celebrate the important role of bicycling in the lives of millions of Floridians. Read the proclamation here

Even though March is almost over, if you are interested in learning more about Florida Bike Month and related activities, click here.

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March is Florida Bike Month

March is Florida Bike Month

As you may or may not know, March is Florida Bike Month. AND, as you may or may not know, the number of incidents of injuries and deaths of bicyclists and pedestrians throughout our two-county area has become alarming. Almost weekly there are incidents of both cyclists and pedestrians being injured or killed.

This trend can be greatly reduced by not only designing better and safer facilities, i.e. more bike lanes, separated bike and pedestrian lanes, striped or painted lanes, more multi-use facilities, etc., but we also need much more and better education and enforcement. How often do you see bicyclists blowing through stop lights or stop signs, riding against traffic instead of with, crossing streets mid-block, weaving in and out of traffic, and pedestrians doing mostly the same thing? Drivers also need to do their part by being aware that bicycles have the legal right to ride with traffic in the road—and they should maintain a safe distance from bicyclists who are exercising this right. Drivers should also take care when exiting driveways and turning right on a red light in order to avoid collisions with cyclists and pedestrians.

Designing roads for increased bicycle and pedestrian safety is an important step that the transportation planners and engineers are already taking. One example of this is FDOT's recent implementation of a “Complete Streets” policy and narrowing vehicle lane widths. Read more about that here. To learn more about different designs for improving safety of bicycle lanes, click here.

Education beginning at a young age should be provided. Easy and free and wide-spread seminars, training, and educational opportunities for improved bicycle and pedestrian safety should be explored more. 

Enforcement is also important. Law-enforcement agencies have a multitude of pressing needs, however law-enforcement does have a role in helping to reduce bicycle and pedestrian injuries and fatalities by warning and citing those who are not following the rules of the road.

By all working together, from planners and engineers designing safer roads, bicyclists learning and abiding by the laws of the road, drivers being aware of bicyclists and their rights on the road, pedestrians and cyclists using lights and wearing appropriate clothing at night, and law enforcement enforcing the rules of the road, we can reduce the alarming increase in bicycle and pedestrian incidents.

March is Florida Bike Month. Let us all help in making it a safe bike month. 

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You are Invited to the Strategic Mobility Plan Open House!

You are Invited to the Strategic Mobility Plan Open House!

What: The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) invites you to attend a public open house to provide your ideas on how to improve our region's transportation system and tell us about the projects most important to you. 

When: Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 4:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Dan McClure Auditorium, 5900 Airport Auditorium Lane, Sarasota FL 34243

Who: Everyone is welcome to attend!

Background: The MPO is in the process of updating the region's Long Range Transportation Plan, called the Strategic Mobility Plan. This update will comprehensively evaluate our region's transportation needs to help create a more seamless multimodal transportation network. Through this process of extensive public outreach, the MPO will learn your vision of how to best accomodate future travel demand for all modes of travel (vehicles, walking, biking, transit, freight and good movement, and airports).

For more information: please contact Alana Brasier of Renaissance Planning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the MPO Office at (941) 359-5772.

Visit our website strategicmobilityplan.com to learn more and to start sharing your wisdom now!

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Have you shared your thoughts with us on Mindmixer yet?

Have you shared your thoughts with us on Mindmixer yet?

Back in October, Mike posted about how the MPO is starting the process of updating our Long Range Transportation Plan this year, otherwise known as the Strategic Mobility Plan. Read that blog post here. The MPO updates the Long Range Transportation Plan every 5 years in order to account for geographic shifts in local demographics and changes to location of economic activities in travel patterns, changes to local plans, incorporate updated estimates of revenues available for transportation-related investments/expenditures, opportunities to improve safety and livability, walkability, shifting priorities, and improve the system for vulnerable populations. We are going through this update process right now.

Residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties will have plenty of opportunities throughout 2015 to share their thoughts, comments, and concerns about transportation during the Long Range Plan Update process. Something new we are doing this year, in order to engage an even broader audience in the creation of the plan, is the use of a website on Mindmixer called Strategic Mobility Plan .  Here residents can share ideas, opportunities, and concerns about regional transportation with the MPO, and each other. Some members of the MPO Board, featured on the “Who’s Listening” page, are tuning in to comments and ideas from residents on the site. Of course there will also be more traditional opportunities, such as a public workshop and focus group meetings, for residents to engage in the conversation about transportation in person. Dates for those are coming soon, so stay tuned!

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MPO Recognizes Outgoing Board Members for Service

MPO Recognizes Outgoing Board Members for Service

On Monday October 27, 2014, the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization Board recognized Sarasota County Commissioners Joe Barbetta and Nora Patterson for their service on the Board. Commissioners Barbetta and Patterson each received a plaque, presented by MPO Board Chair and Manatee County Commissioner Larry Bustle, acknowledging their dedication to serving the regional transportation needs of Sarasota and Manatee Counties. 

Commissioner Barbetta served on the MPO Board representing Sarasota County since 2007. Commissioner Patterson served on the MPO since 1999, initially representing the City of Sarasota and then representing Sarasota County. She served as the Chair of the MPO Board in 2005, 2009, and 2013.

Outgoing City of Sarasota Commissioner Shannon Snyder's service on the MPO Board since 2012 was recognized with a plaque as well.

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.....Developing the Sarasota/Manatee MPO’s Strategic Mobility Plan (formerly known as '2040 Long Range Transportation Plan')

.....Developing the Sarasota/Manatee MPO’s Strategic Mobility Plan (formerly known as '2040 Long Range Transportation Plan')

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization's (MPO) Strategic Mobility Plan (SMP) will build on the solid multimodal foundation the MPO laid in prior plans over the last 12 years, including the 2002 Public Transportation System Analysis and the Long Range Plans adopted for 2030 and 2035. With each of those plans, the MPO advanced the discussion and key initiatives to create a more seamless multimodal transportation network in the two counties. Now with the SMP, the MPO is faced with a new federal context emphasizing an outcome-based, performance driven planning process and the need to address the multi-jurisdiction and year-to-year challenges of managing and operating the transportation system. Both require a clearly defined set of expectations, roles and responsibilities of each of the MPO's planning, funding and operating partners.

The keys to the SMP entail a focus on developing 10 and 15 year planning horizons that will help move the MPO toward a desired vision and set of goals. The focus of these 10 and 15 year perspectives makes the direction and decisions more tangible to elected officials and the public. It involves building upon the current Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and targeted economic development/redevelopment areas. This will enable more productive conversations about management and operations to make the most of the regions existing and committed multimodal transportation network.

With new performance-based planning requirements in federal legislation, the SMP must provide a framework to clarify and focus the MPO's project prioritization process in order to address outcomes and targets which must be identified and adopted by the MPO. Furthermore, the SMP needs to facilitate alignment with other plans and actions, and clarify state, regional and local responsibilities to support an overall vision for transportation, economic development/redevelopment and livability. The SMP presents this MPO with an excellent opportunity to refine its processes and focus on achieving important outcomes that will sustain and fulfill the Sarasota/Manatee region's promise.

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