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01

Interim Improvements at the Intersection of SR 64 and Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road in Manatee County

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will be constructing an interim improvement at the intersection of SR 64 and Greyhawk Boulevard/ Pope Road with a continued focus on safety. 

The interim improvement consists of temporarily closing the left turn from SR 64 onto Pope Road using temporary devices until further improvements can be constructed.  The closure of the left turn to Pope Road will occur on Monday, October 1st with work likely continuing Tuesday, October 2nd.

FDOT is also beginning the process to move forward with a proposed permanent closure of the left turn onto Pope Road until the construction of the roundabout begins.  Further information on the proposed permanent closure will be available soon.

While this interim improvement will help to increase safety at the intersection, FDOT urges all motorists to wear safety belts, obey the speed limit and drive with caution, courtesy, and patience, especially as they travel through work zones.

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Sep
07

High Visibility Enforcement in the City of Sarasota to Improve Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety

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The Sarasota Police Department has received a grant for a High Visibility Enforcement program for pedestrian and bicycle safety.  The City of Sarasota ranks in the top 25 counties in the state of Florida for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.

In an effort to protect the safety of the most vulnerable road users, the Sarasota Police Department will be conducting High Visibility Enforcement Details (HVE) from now until May 2019 throughout the City of Sarasota with focus on several key roadways including:

  • N. Tamiami Trail (SR 45) from Mound Street to University Parkway
  • Main Street from N. Tamiami Trail (SR 45) to N. Washington Blvd (SR 683)
  • Fruitville Road from N. Tamiami Trail (SR 45) to Beneva Road
  • N. Washington Blvd (SR 683) from Main Street to Myrtle Street

The roadways in the City of Sarasota that were chosen were selected based on crash data involving both pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles.  HVE details are funded through a contract with the University of North Florida, Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation’s focused initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. 

The goal of this enforcement effort is to increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.  Enforcement efforts will focus primarily on education to drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.  However, violations may result in warnings or citations depending on the circumstances.

“The safety of our community is our number one priority.  We want every driver, pedestrian and bicyclist to understand and know the rules of the road,” said Officer Jason Frank, Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit.  “Safety doesn’t happen by accident.”

All contacts with citizens will be documented and results will be sent to the Florida Department of Transportation for evaluation at the conclusion of the safety campaign.

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The Sarasota Police Department utilizes a proactive, intelligence led law enforcement strategy to prevent and reduce crime. Our mission: Professional, dedicated police service in partnership with our community.  For more information about our department, visit
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Jun
28

High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) Activation

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) plans to activate the High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) pedestrian activated signal on US 41/N Tamiami Trail at 1st Street in downtown Sarasota tomorrow morning Thursday, June 28, weather permitting.

The HAWK signal provides protected pedestrian crossings, stopping traffic as needed. Once activated, a solid red indication is provided to motorists directing them to stop. The solid red indication advances to a flashing red that allows motorists to proceed with caution once a pedestrian is clear.

The video links below provide information for pedestrians and motorists on how to use the HAWK signal and what each indication means.

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Mar
27

How to Find a Ride in Florida

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Are you or someone you know looking for transportation options beyond the driver’s seat? Whether you know someone who is looking to save money or go green by giving up their keys, or transitioning from driving because of natural changes due to the aging process, they can find a ride by visiting FindaRideFlorida.org.

FindaRideFlorida.org is an online listing of transportation service providers in all of Florida’s 67 counties. Users will be asked to input where they want to start and end their trip, creating a list featuring transportation providers in alphabetical order, that meet their travel needs.

Visit FindaRideFlorida.org to see which transportation options can get you where you need to go. It’s as easy as 1–2–3. Click on the video below to learn how to use FindaRideFlorida.org in three easy steps.

 

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Dec
29

Alternatives Public Meeting on January 16, 2018

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold an Alternatives Public Meeting for the US 41 (SR 45) from 69th Avenue (Bay Drive) to 63rd Avenue W. and from 53rd Avenue W. to Cortez Road project in Manatee County, Florida. We invite you to attend the meeting anytime from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at the Ramada Waterfront Sarasota, 7150 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. The meeting will be held as an open house format with no formal presentation.  A location map for the meeting is enclosed. FDOT will send notices to all property owners located at least 300 feet on either side of US 41 (SR 45) within the project limits, and to other public officials, regulatory agencies, organizations, and individuals interested in the project. FDOT is holding the meeting to give interested persons an opportunity to express their views concerning the location, conceptual design, and social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed improvements.

US 41 (SR 45) is a north-south oriented, seven-lane, undivided roadway. Surrounding land use is predominantly commercial development. Major deficiencies within the study area generally include disjointed sidewalks and insufficient or nonexistent lighting and signage. The need for the project is to provide a continuous pedestrian corridor along US 41 (SR 45) and evaluate potential lighting as well as signal improvements. The purpose of this project is to facilitate the use of viable, non-motorized travel options for commuters and recreational users along the US 41 (SR 45) pedestrian corridor and within the Bradenton community. This project will enhance pedestrian safety by creating a sidewalk corridor that provides connections between nearby commercial and residential areas while minimizing potential impacts to the natural and human environments.

The meeting is developed in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by FDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and FDOT.

Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley, District One Title VI Coordinator, at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting at (863) 519-2573, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TTY) or 1-800-955-8770 (voice).

If you have questions about the project or scheduled Alternatives Public Meeting, please contact the Project Manager, Amy Blair, P.E. at (863) 519-2272 or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. seven (7) days prior to the meeting. You can also visit the project website at www.swflroads.com/us41/69thtocortez.


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Dec
28

Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit 2018

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Dec
08

Safety is Golden

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Safe Mobility for Life Coalition (SMFL) and their partners will host events and provide resources to raise awareness on the importance of safe transportation and mobility options for older adults in support of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Older Driver Safety Awareness Week which runs from Monday, December 4 until Friday, December 8. Older Driver Safety Awareness Week Toolkit:
Dec. 4 – 8, 2017 

Established by the AOTA, Older Driver Safety Awareness Week promotes the importance of mobility to help ensure older adults remain active and engaged in the community. Throughout the week, the SMFL Coalition alongside state and local partners will raise awareness on the 3 Keys to Achieve Safe Mobility for Life, which are:

  • Understand the impact that aging has on driving
  • Stay Proactive about safe driving skills
  • Plan for a safe transition from driving

Here in Florida, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition endorses and supports AOTA’s national efforts by raising awareness and promoting events throughout the state. During Older Driver Safety Awareness
Week each day will focus on a different aspect of safety and mobility to benefit the aging population. The Florida Department of Transportation, Safe Mobility for Life Coalition, and partners hosts numerous events that help keep older drivers safe and mobile for life. Throughout Older Driver Safety Awareness Week and the year, older adults can register for AARP Driver Safety Courses, and AAA Senior Defensive Driver Classes, as well as CarFit events, to remain safe drivers.

In addition to the events taking place during Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition offers Florida drivers free “You Hold the Keys to Your Transportation Future” workshops
throughout the year across the state. The Coalition offers this workshop to teach drivers the three keys to achieving safe mobility for life, which allows older adults to remain independent as well as connected to community. Older drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and even golf cart drivers can take advantage of free resources and materials available through FLsams.org that will help them stay safe and mobile for life.

The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition helps Florida drivers prepare for the day when they may need to transition from driving. The Coalition helps older adults remain active and independent by informing them about transportation options and the resources available to them.

 

 

 

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Sep
29

2018 Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit

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Join us for the first-ever Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit!

  • Date: February 27, 2018 from 10AM - 4PM.  Reception to follow, and optional Riverwalk ride/walk at 8:30AM.
  • Location: Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 33602
  • Registration: Please use this link to register for the Summit ($60 fee). The registration fee helps cover meeting expenses. Our goal is for the Summit to be open to all, so please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if the fee is a challenge for you.
  • Sponsorships: Please use this link to become a Sponsor or Presenting Sponsor.

Why hold the summit:

This is West Central Florida’s preeminent educational event aimed at encouraging the implementation of Complete Streets that are safe and accessible for all. As we work to elevate our individual efforts, cohesive linkages across to sister counties will lead to regionally significant transportation facilities and safety programs for all modes of transportation and for all ages and abilities.

Who should attend:

Anyone in the region who wants to help create healthier and safer communities should come hear energizing and informed speakers, engage with public officials, and mingle with community partners.

Check back soon for more updates as summit details are confirmed.

The Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit is a collaborative effort of the Hernando/Citrus, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organizations, the Polk County Transportation Planning Organization, the Florida Department of Transportation, the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research, and Walk Bike Tampa. This partnership provides a regional approach to prioritize the Complete Streets initiative throughout the local jurisdictions along the Gulf Coast of Florida.

 

                      

                  

         

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Sep
15

Public Hearing for US 41 from 301 Boulevard West to 21st Avenue West in Manatee County

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Hearing for South Tamiami Trail (US 41)

from 301 Boulevard West to 21st Avenue West

Safety Improvements – Median Modification in Manatee County

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is holding a public hearing regarding plans to improve safety along South Tamiami Trail (US 41) with the installation of a raised median between 301 Boulevard West and 21st Avenue West in Manatee County. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at the Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Riverfront Drive, Bradenton, FL 34205.

There will be an open house at 5 p.m. during which staff will be available to discuss the project and answer questions, followed by the formal hearing presentation at 6 p.m., after which participants may provide their verbal comments to all present.  People attending the meeting hearing can review project displays and speak one-on-one with project team members about the proposed safety improvements to South Tamiami Trail (US 41).

The purpose of this hearing is to discuss the installation of a raised median from 301 Boulevard West to 21st Avenue West. Other improvements include pedestrian crosswalk pavement markings across the north leg of US 41 at 30th Avenue, improvements to the existing drainage condition at 30th Avenue East, and updates to existing sidewalk curb ramps to bring them in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The estimated construction cost is $767,000 and construction should begin during the summer of 2018.

The draft project documents and other information will be available for public review from September 5 through October 6, 2017 at the Downtown Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West, Bradenton, FL 34205.

FDOT developed this meeting in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  Persons wishing to express their concerns relative to FDOT compliance with Title VI may do so by contacting Jamie Schley, FDOT District One Title VI Coordinator by phone at 863-519-2573, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

People requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 or people that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact project manager, Richard Howard at 863-519-2374 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 us by using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice).

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Sep
13

State Road Closure

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Updated State Road Closure List

Below is the latest on State and Federal road closures.

FDOT bridge staff has inspected 536 bridges in SW Florida since the storm passed and have not identified any that need immediate repairs.   Water continues to rise in some inland areas and FDOT road and bridge staff will continue to monitor those areas closely.

FDOT crews continue to evaluate and assess damage to roadways, signals and signage throughout SW Florida.

County

City

Name/Number

Status

Reason

State Road  

Charlotte  

Punta Gorda  

31 

  Closed, Both Directions  

  Flooding  

State Road  

DeSoto  

Arcadia 

72 

  Closed, Both Directions  

  Flooding  

State Road  

DeSoto  

Arcadia 

70 Westbound 

  Closed, One Direction  

  Erosion  

State Road  

DeSoto  

Arcadia 

31 

  Closed, Both Directions  

  Flooding  

State Road  

Sarasota 

Sarasota

780 Eastbound @ Bearded Oaks

  Closed, Inside Lane  

  Depression  

State Road  

Glades  

Moorehaven 

78 

  Closed, Both Directions  

  Flooding  

U.S. Route  

Hardee  

Zolfo Springs 

17 

  Closed, Both Directions 

  Flooding  

State Road  

Hardee  

Ona 

64 

  Closed, Both Directions  

  Flooding  

State Road  

Polk  

Mulberry 

37 

  Closed, Both Directions  

  Flooding  

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Sep
13

Register for Disaster Assistance from FEMA

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FLORIDA DISASTER SURVIVORS: REGISTER FOR ASSISTANCE

FLORIDA RESIDENTS WITH LOSSES DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA IN NINE FLORIDA COUNTIES ARE NOW ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE.
IF YOU ARE AN IRMA DISASTER SURVIVOR FROM CHARLOTTE, COLLIER, HILLSBOROUGH, LEE, MANATEE, MIAMI-DADE, MONROE, PINELLAS, AND SARASOTA COUNTIES GO TO DISASTERASSISTANCE.GOV TO REGISTER TODAY.
IF YOU CANNOT REGISTER ONLINE PLEASE CALL 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

Survivors with losses due to Hurricane Irma in Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties may now register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to state and federal officials.
Individuals can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.

Applicants will need the following to apply:

  • Social Security Number;
  • Daytime telephone number;
  • Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property; and
  • Private insurance information, if available.


By registering for federal assistance on www.DisasterAssistance.gov

  • You can look up your address to find out if it is in a disaster area declared for Individual Assistance.
  • Check the status of your application and get updates by SMS or email.
  • Upload documents to support your application.

Another option for individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, is to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.
When an applicant registers, each receives a unique registration number. The registration number is important and should be written down and kept handy. Anyone who does not have a registration number is not yet registered.

 

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

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Sep
13

Report Business Damage

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The State of Florida has requested all business damage be reported to the Florida's Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center

If Your Business Has Sustained Damage

Please visit Florida's Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center.  This is the primary portal for private sector preparation, damage assessments and recovery.  Please fill out the damage assessment forms.  This information helps to assess the damage and begin the recovery process. http://www.flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda

Federal Assistance from Irma Damage | SBA loans for businesses

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. The loans can be used for loss and damages not fully covered by insurance.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.

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Aug
28

RoadWatch Advisory Daytime and Nighttime Lane Closures

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RoadWatch Advisory

Daytime and Nighttime Lane Closures

University Parkway and Cattlemen Road Intersection  

 

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University Parkway and Cattlemen Road Intersection, Sarasota County:  Construction Project:

Daytime and Nighttime Lane Closures. Details Below:

Benderson Development Company, in coordination with Sarasota County, is installing brick pavers at the intersection of University Parkway and Cattlemen Road. This work requires temporary intermittent lane closures on University Parkway and Cattlemen Road during daytime and nighttime hours. These activities are anticipated to last several weeks. Expect delays.

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Mar
20

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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06

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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