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10th Avenue Complete Streets Study: Envisioning the Future of Downtown Palmetto

10th Avenue Complete Streets Study

Envisioning the future of Downtown Palmetto


Last night the Palmetto CRA and Florida Department of Transportation held a visioning workshop for the community.  This workshop provided education on ‘Complete Streets’, as well as several design options for 10th Avenue ‘Complete Streets’ improvements.

What are complete streets?

A ‘Complete Streets’ Policy refers to the idea that our roads are not exclusively for freight movement and motorists.  ‘Complete Streets’ places an emphasis on the philosophy that our roads need to be designed for all users, of all ages, with all abilities.  Moreover, complete streets support healthy, walkable, livable, vibrant, thriving communities.  In 2014, Florida adopted a statewide 'Complete Streets' policy confirming, "… the Department will routinely plan, design, construct, reconstruct and operate a context-sensitive system of 'Complete Streets.' While maintaining safety and mobility, Complete Streets shall service the transportation needs of transportation system users of all ages and abilities, including but not limited to: cyclists, freight handlers, motorists, pedestrians, and transit riders."

Keeping this in mind, last night's visioning workshop was held in the Palmetto Library where citizens gathered to learn about improvements for 10th Avenue from Riverside Drive to 17th Street (Downtown Palmetto).  Each design presented to the community incorporated effective storm water drainage, car lanes, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, landscaping, etc.  Once FDOT finished presenting multiple options, community members asked important questions regarding the assorted designs, as well as potential community impacts. Additionally, people shared their aspirations for 10th avenue, helping to shape the outcome of this project.  

After a period for people to make their comments, concerns, and questions heard, FDOT project team members asked the attendees to complete a survey.  The survey consists of 16 questions and asks what you like and don’t like about certain details regarding the improvements.  Using 5th Ave improvements as an example of the process, FDOT, Palmetto CRA, the Sarasota/Manatee MPO, and all those involved in the project want to know your thoughts, opinions, suggestions, comments, concerns, etc.  Your participation in this process helps to shape a feasible design that incorporates what the community wants before anything else.  Please make sure to take the survey if you want to help shape the future of Downtown Palmetto.

Complete Streets Infographic


Want to be involved? Take the survey!

If you want to share your thoughts but weren’t able to make the Palmetto Library FDOT Visioning Workshop, there is still ways you can get involved! 

Follow this link for the FDOT 10th Avenue Complete Streets Study Survey.   

Please email completed surveys to the FDOT project managers,

Patrick Bateman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David Turley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OR

Visit the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization to complete the survey in person. The Sarasota/Manatee MPO Public Involvement Coordinator will fax the completed surveys to the assigned FDOT project managers.

Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

7632 15th Street East

Sarasota, FL 34243

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For any comments, questions, or concerns during this process, please feel free to contact Corinne Tucker, Sarasota/Manatee MPO Public Involvement Coordinator, by calling (941)359-5772 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Corinne is here to help ensure that the community’s voice is heard, noted, and considered during each phase of the project.    

 

 

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Public Comments Welcome on Draft 2017/18-2021/22 Transportation Improvement Program

Every year the Sarasota/Manatee MPO updates the 5 Year Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, and the new draft TIP covering fiscal years 2017/18--2021/22 is now avilable for public review and comment.

To view the draft FY 2017/18--2021/22 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 2017-18 TIP."

Background: The process to develop the 2017/18--2021/22 TIP started in June 2016 when the MPO Board adopted its 2016 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 October 2016 MPO Board meeting, FDOT presented the Draft Tentative Five Year Work Program that addressed the priorities that were set by the MPO Board in June 2016.  The 2017/18-2021/22 Draft Tentative Five Year Work Program is then incorporated into the FY 2017/18-2021/22 Transportation Improvement Program. The TIP will be presented to the MPO Board at their next MPO Board meeting on June 19, 2017. The TIP must be submitted to FDOT by July 15, 2017.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the draft FY 2017/18--2021/22 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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US 41 at Fruitville Road Public Meeting Scheduled

US 41 at Fruitville Road Public Meeting Scheduled

Bartow, FL - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold a public information meeting as part of the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study to evaluate improvements to the intersection at US 41 and Fruitville Road in the City of Sarasota. The meeting will be Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the SRQ Media Room located in the Annex building of Sarasota City Hall, at 1565 1st Street, Sarasota, Florida, 34236.

The meeting will be an open house format from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. where people can ask questions and provide comments to FDOT representatives in a one-on-one setting. Persons wishing to submit written statements, in place of or in addition to oral statements, may do so at the meeting or by sending them to Project Manager Joshua Jester by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All statements postmarked on or before April 21, 2017, will become a part of the public meeting record.

FDOT is sending notices to property owners located within at least 300 feet of the intersection and projected project boundaries FDOT encourages all interested people to attend and express their views regarding the project and information presented. 

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. People who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or who require translation services (free of charge) should contact FDOT project manager Joshua Jester at 863-519-2251 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven days prior to the public meeting.

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Cyclovia Bradenton is on Sunday!

This Sunday, March 26 from 10am-2pm, 57th Ave West between 26th Street West and 34th Street West near SCF will be closed to vehicle traffic and opened up for people to bike, skate, scooter, walk, and dance for the first ever Cyclovia Bradenton. A bicycle route around the campus will be marked off and the event is completely free and open to the public. There will be music, Zumba class, group bicycle rides on the bicycle route, food trucks, and more!

What is a Cyclovia? Cyclovia is a spanish term for "Cycle way," and is also known as "Open Streets." Communities around the world have been holding these types of events where a selected street is closed to vehicle traffic so that pedestrians and bicyclists get to use the road to improve their health and experience a safe, car-free environment. 

MPO staff will be at Cyclovia Bradenton on Sunday with our bicycles, and we will also have a table where we will be distributing bicycle lights, water bottle cozies, reflective wrist bands, materials about bicycle and pedestrian safety. Please come join us!

Cyclovia Bradenton

Sunday, March 26 (10 a.m.- 2 p.m.) 

Location:  State College of Florida- 5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207

  

Cyclovia Bradenton is the kick off event to this year's Millennial Conference, or MCon. Learn more about that here.

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Public Meeting - US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue in the City of Sarasota.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Public Meeting Scheduled


Bartow, FL - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is hosting a public information meeting as part of the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study to evaluate improvements to the intersection at US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue in the City of Sarasota. The meeting will be Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida.

The meeting will be an open house format from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. where people can ask questions and provide comments to FDOT representatives in a one-on-one setting. FDOT will accept written comments during this meeting. FDOT will show a video running on a continuous loop that describes the alternatives developed during the PD&E study.

FDOT is sending notices to property owners located within at least 300 feet of the intersection, including residents along Sunset Drive and Golden Gate Point. We encourage all interested people to attend and express their views regarding the project and information presented.

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. People who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or who require translation services (free of charge) should contact FDOT project manager Joshua Jester at 863-519-2251 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven days prior to the public meeting.

 

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US 41 at Gulfstream Ave Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study

Financial Project Number: 438137-1-22-01, 438137-1-32-01

US 41 at Gulfstream Ave Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study

Sarasota County, Florida

ETDM Number: 14232

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is hosting a public information meeting as part of the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study to evaluate improvements to the intersection at US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue in the City of Sarasota (see location map below).

The public meeting will be from 5 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida. At this open-house meeting, FDOT will display information for people’s review regarding the proposed improvements to the intersection.

The meeting will be an open house format where people can ask questions and provide comments to FDOT representatives in a one-on-one setting. FDOT will accept written comments during the meeting. FDOT will show a video running on a continuous loop that describes the alternatives developed during the PD&E study.   

FDOT is sending notices to property owners located within at least 300 feet of the intersection, including residents along Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue. We encourage all interested people to attend and express their views regarding the project and information presented. 

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. People who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or who require translation services (free of charge) should contact project manager Joshua Jester at 863-519-2251 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. FDOT needs about one week advanced notice to make arrangements. 

For more information about the US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue study, please contact Mr. Jester or visit the project website http://www.swflroads.com/us41/atgulfstreamave/. We look forward to your participation at the public information meeting. 

Sincerely,

Marlon J. Bizerra, P.E.

District Environmental Manager

Florida Department of Transportation, District 1

District Environmental Management Office

Tel: (863) 519-2250

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University Parkway CLOSED Friday, March 10 at I-75/University Parkway Interchange

RoadWatch Advisory
University Parkway CLOSED Friday, March 10
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, March 10.

Details below:

The closure of University Parkway originally scheduled for Thursday, March 9 is rescheduled for Friday, March 10 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. while crews pour span 1 of the deck on the northbound I-75 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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Detour – I-75 Southbound Off-Ramp CLOSED at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange: Sunday, February 26 and Monday, February 27

RoadWatch Advisory
I-75 Southbound Off-Ramp CLOSED at I-75/University
Parkway Interchange, Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida

SARASOTA/MANATEE COUNTIES

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

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

Sunday, February 26 and Monday, February 27. Details below:


The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Sunday, February 26 and Monday, February 27 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews mill and pave the ramp.
Motorists traveling south on I-75 wishing to travel on University Parkway are directed to continue south on I-75, exit at eastbound Fruitville Road, 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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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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