Oct
11

Road Watch Ramp Closure I-75/University Parkway

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RoadWatch Advisory

I-75/University Parkway RAMP CLOSURES/DETOURS

 

SARASOTA/MANATEE

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

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

Tuesday, October 10, Wednesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 12. Details below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Tuesday, October 10, Wednesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 12 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews place the final layer of asphalt on the ramp.

Motorists wishing to travel south on I-75 from University Parkway are directed to enter northbound I-75, exit at SR 70 (Exit 217) travel west and enter southbound I-75, and continue south.

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

Thursday, October 12 and Friday, October 13. Details below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Thursday, October 12, upon completion of the southbound on-ramp, and Friday, October 13 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews place the final layer of asphalt on the ramp.

Motorists traveling southbound on I-75 wishing to travel on University Parkway are directed to continue south on I-75, exit at Fruitville Road/Exit 210, travel east 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 early 2018. 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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Oct
09

Age-Friendly Festival

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We are excited to participate in the upcoming Age-Friendly Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sarasota Fairgrounds (3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL).

Inspired by the Age-Friendly Sarasota initiative and presented by The Patterson Foundation, the Age-Friendly Festival is the first community celebration in the nation to focus on lifelong well-being while connecting people of all ages. Guests will enjoy experiences, entertainment, educational opportunities and exhibits highlighting age-friendly practices and principles that optimize community assets and enhance quality of life at every age.


Admission is free through a gift from The Patterson Foundation. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow Age-Friendly Sarasota on Facebook and Twitter (or you may direct people to more information on your website).

 

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Oct
04

The Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS) Save the Date!

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DRAFT 2018-22 Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS) Plan & maps available online HERE.

Public Workshops Re-scheduled

The FGTS Plan establishes the vision for implementing a connected statewide system of greenways and trails for recreation, conservation, alternative transportation, healthy lifestyles, a vibrant economy, and a high quality of life. The Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) is updating the FGTS 5-Year Plan and holding 14 public open houses throughout the state.

The purpose of these meetings is to receive public input on the proposed update to the draft written 2018-2022 FGTS Plan and Land and Water Opportunity & Priority Maps.

Please plan to join us at a location close to you.  If you are unable to participate in person, there is a comment form online which you can submit by e-mail or conventional mail. 

 

Comments accept through December 15, 2017.

 

The Open House schedule:

 

Thursday, October 26 – North Port

Morgan Family Community Center

Meeting Room A/B

6207 West Price Blvd.

North Port, FL 34291

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Thursday, November 9– Temple Terrace

Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Southwest District

13051 N Telecom Parkway

Temple Terrace, FL 33637

4:00-7:00 ET

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Sep
29

2018 Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit

Image: SRQ Magazine, Everett Dennison, The John Ringling Causeway

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
18

US 41 at Dr. MLK Jr. Way and Myrtle Street: Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study

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US 41 at Dr. MLK Jr. Way and Myrtle Street: Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One began a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study in February 2017 to evaluate improvements at the intersections of US 41 at Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Way and Myrtle Street and develop context based bicycle/pedestrian facilities along US 41 from Dr. MLK Jr. Way to Myrtle Street in the City of Sarasota. This website contains information on the PD&E study process, the project schedule, public involvement opportunities and information on how to contact members of the study team. 

Start Date
February 2017

Est. Completion Date
Early 2019

Cost
To be determined

Limits and Length
Along US 41 (N. Tamiami Trail) from Dr. MLK Jr. Way to Myrtle Street, approximately 0.52 miles in length.

Consultant
Sam Schwartz Engineering, D.P.C., PA

Project Manager
David C. Turley, PE 
Tel: (863) 519-2255 
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Need for Improvements

The FDOT District One is evaluating intersection improvements, including roundabouts, at the two existing signalized intersections along the US 41 corridor at Dr. MLK Jr. Way and Myrtle Street and developing bike/pedestrian design alternatives along US 41. The intersection improvements will complement those planned for other intersections along US 41 to improve traffic flow throughout the corridor, including operational performance at the intersections, as intersections work best in a series. The primary goal of the US 41 improvements is to improve multi-modal accessibility along the corridor, provide a safe, convenient and attractive crossing for pedestrian and bicyclists and improve connectivity and circulation between the greater Downtown Sarasota area and the Bayfront area.

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Design alternatives will be evaluated during the PD&E study to determine the design best suited to improve connectivity and circulation, while providing a safe and convenient crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project is listed as a priority in the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO’s) 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and the Sarasota/Manatee MPO’s Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP).

 

Project Funding

Funding for the design phase of this project is included in fiscal year 2021 of FDOT’s Tentative Five-Year Work Program, fiscal years 2021-2022. Right-of-way and construction are not funded.

 

Documents and Publications

This page will be updated as information becomes available.

Public Involvement is an integral part of the US 41 at Dr. MLK Jr. Way and Myrtle Street PD&E Study. FDOT will use several activities to engage interested parties in the study process, including small group meetings, an alternatives public meeting and a formal public hearing.

The Department will hold meetings with agencies and stakeholders throughout the study. These meetings will assist the project team with identifying issues, opportunities, and potential transportation solutions for the corridor. Throughout the study process, FDOT will provide presentations to various organizations and interested citizens may request a presentation to their group or organization.

Project Location Map

Draft Project Traffic Report - June 2017

Newsletter 1 - August 2017

We encourage you to participate in the US 41 at Dr. MLK Jr. Way and Myrtle Street PD&E Study and invite your questions and comments. If you have questions regarding this project or would like to schedule a meeting, please contact FDOT Project Manager, Mr. David C. Turley, PE at (863) 519-2255 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.

 

FAQ's

What is a PD&E Study?
Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study is an environmental and engineering process developed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to determine social, economic, natural, and physical environmental impacts associated with a proposed transportation improvement project. The process follows procedures set forth in the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and federal and state laws and regulations. It requires the combined efforts of professional engineers, planners and scientists who collect and analyze project-related information to develop the best solution for transportation needs. An important component of the process is public and agency involvement. The process used in the development of the project is made up of several components. Some of these include:

Data Collection
The first major step in the process is to collect all available information about the study corridor including existing roadway characteristics, traffic counts, land uses (both existing and future), population demographics, drainage patterns, locations of wetlands and habitat for threatened or endangered species, noise impacts, area of historic and cultural significance, and potential contamination sites.

Alternatives Development and Analysis
During the PD&E process, the study team develops feasible alternatives for roadway improvement projects, called “build” alternatives. They evaluate the “build” alternatives based on environmental, engineering, and socioeconomic conditions; safety needs; and public comment. The team also evaluates the need for additional right-of-way during the PD&E study phase. Throughout the process, the study team considers the “no-build” alternative, which assumes no improvements to US 41 at Dr. MLK Jr. Way and Myrtle Street other than routine maintenance through 2040. The environmental and social effects and costs of the “build” and “no-build” alternatives are quantified and summarized in an evaluation matrix.

Alternatives Public Workshop
The alternatives public workshop in scheduled for winter 2017-2018. The study team will present the proposed alternatives at this meeting. FDOT invites the public to attend, view project displays and comment on proposed improvements. With input received at the public meeting, FDOT will select a recommended alternative.

Public Hearing
After FDOT reviews all public comments and refines the alternatives analysis, we will hold a formal public hearing to provide a forum for input from property owners and interested parties on the final recommendations. The Department will make a final decision on the recommendations after the public hearing. The public hearing is scheduled for fall 2018.

Final Acceptance
FDOT will submit the study to the Office of Environmental Management (OEM) for Location and Design Concept Acceptance after the study team receives and evaluates comments from the public hearing. The PD&E study phase of the project is completed once the results of the study are accepted by OEM. The phases that follow the PD&E study are design of the project, acquisition of right-of-way (if necessary) and construction of proposed improvements.

 

Public Notices

Alternatives Public Meeting

FDOT has tentatively scheduled an alternatives public meeting for this study for winter 2017-2018. Please check back at that time for additional information.

Public Hearing

FDOT has tentatively scheduled a formal public hearing for this study for fall 2018. Please check back at that time for additional information.

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by the applicable federal enviromental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by the Florida Department of Transportation (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.

 

Project Schedule

US 41 at Dr. MLK Jr. Way and Myrtle Street PD&E Study began in February 2017 and should be completed by early 2019. The project activities include information collection, development of design alternatives and evaluation of potential social and environmental impacts in the community. Data Collection and alternatives development are currently underway.

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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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15

Road Watch Report in Manatee and Sarasota

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Week of September 17, 2017

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.

As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to

learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state.

If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money.

Please Note: Work scheduled for Sunday, September 10, 2017 was postponed

due to Hurricane Irma and will begin Sunday, September 17, 2017.

MANATEE COUNTY

Ellenton Gillette Road at 69th Street East: Construction project: Crews are constructing new left-turn lanes on Ellenton Gillette Road and 69th Street E; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk; signal upgrades, and new signing. Expect daytime lane closures from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and flagging operations when crews begin construction of the turn-lanes. Expected completion is early 2018. Coastal Bridge Company is the contractor.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas counties: Construction Project: The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area will close on Monday, September 18, 2017 ahead of construction beginning. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until fall 2018. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure.

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

Construction activities at the interchange of I-75/University Parkway are suspended through Monday, October 2, 2017 due to the World Rowing Championship taking place in Sarasota County. Lane closures are not anticipated.

Benderson Development Company, in coordination with Sarasota County, is installing brick pavers at the intersection of University Parkway and Cattlemen Road, pending weather. This work requires temporary intermittent lane closures on University Parkway and Cattlemen Road during daytime and nighttime hours. Expected completion is late September. Expect delays.

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 late fall 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/  

I-75 from Moccasin Wallow Road to the Hillsborough County Line: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing I-75, making drainage improvements, installing guardrail, and adding new signage and pavement markings. The pavement along Moccasin Wallow Road at the I-75 interchange is also being reconstructed. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC, is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2018.

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange: Construction project: This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. This week, crews will work on piers and drainage. 

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late of 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

US 301 at the Hernando Desoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews are installing pile jackets, making concrete repairs and repairing the bridge fender system. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. The portion of Riverwalk under the bridge along the seawall is now open. Inland Construction and Engineering, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017.

US 301 from Erie/Old Tampa Road to Moccasin Wallow Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. No lane closures are expected but motorists should be aware of crews working along the roadway through Friday, September 22. Use caution while in the area.

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road: Maintenance permit project: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com.

SR 684 from 92nd Lane to 82nd Street West: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. Expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures through Friday, September 29. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 from 301 Boulevard to Tara Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway and making signal upgrades. Expect daytime and/or nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Expected completion is late summer 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc.

SR 64 East near the Wauchula Myakka River Bridge: Maintenance contract project: Crews are cleaning ditches along the north side of the road (eastbound direction). No lane closures are expected between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. but motorists should be aware of crews working through late September 2017 and use caution.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Utility project: Utility contractors are relocating underground utilities in advance of construction on the new Legacy Trail pedestrian overpass. Traffic is down to a single lane in each direction. Westbound traffic has been shifted into the closed eastbound lane.

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

 

Construction activities at the interchange of I-75/University Parkway are suspended through Monday, October 2, 2017 due to the World Rowing Championship taking place in Sarasota County. Lane closures are not anticipated.

Benderson Development Company, in coordination with Sarasota County, is installing brick pavers at the intersection of University Parkway and Cattlemen Road, pending weather. This work requires temporary intermittent lane closures on University Parkway and Cattlemen Road during daytime and nighttime hours. Expected completion is late September. Expect delays.

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 late fall 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/  

Business US 41 from Palermo Place to Venice Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing new sidewalk and installing new bus pads. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Estimated completion is late summer 2017. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

Business US 41 at the Circus Drawbridge: Construction project: Crews are improving mechanical equipment; painting structural steel; making spall repairs, and replacing portions of sidewalk. Traffic has shifted to the northbound bridge (one lane for each direction) while crews are working on the opposite bridge. The speed limit is reduced to 35 mph during construction. Southern Road and Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017.

US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

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. 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.

US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; installing new drainage; installing highway lighting, curb and gutter; constructing new sidewalk, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on US 41; US 301; Fruitville Road, and Orange Avenue while crews are working. Crews are constructing a new right turn-lane from northbound US 41 to Fruitville Road. Once constructed, the existing right turn-lane will be closed to traffic. Crews will then construct a pedestrian island and improve drainage. Nighttime/overnight northbound outside lane closures are also expected from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning while crews are working. Preferred Materials, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017. 

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect daytime lane closures for barrier wall installation within the medians. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 from SR 789 Gulfstream Boulevard to the Ringling Bridge: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are cleaning storm sewer pipes, curb inlets and manholes. Expect nighttime/overnight intermittent lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. through late September. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction Project:

Utility workers are on-site locating existing utilities. Lane closures are not anticipated at this time.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a 6-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED street lights, landscaping and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. In addition, bus facilities will be enhanced to include bus landing pads, bus shelters, bus benches, bike racks, and a new bus bay adjacent to Centennial Park. Expected completion is spring 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

SR 776/ N. Indiana Avenue south of Tangerine Woods Boulevard: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect northbound outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, September 22. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road/Osprey Avenue from Siesta Drive to Dunn Drive: Construction project:  Motorists can expect lane closures throughout the project while crews work on storm drainage testing, signage, miscellaneous concrete and other finish work as well as punch list items. Please stay alert for lane shifts within the project and exercise caution in those areas. Pay close attention to the traffic control devices. Driving through the traffic control devices and into the work zone is prohibited.  Be aware of slow moving construction equipment and plan additional travel time throughout the project.                                                                                                                

The project consists of significant drainage improvements, removing old asphalt and resurfacing the roadway, reconstructing sidewalk, and installing new signalization in some areas.  The project also includes construction of eleven (11) pedestrian refuge islands on Bee Ridge Road between Dunn Drive and US 41. Expected completion of the $17 million project is fall of 2017.

 

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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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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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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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Weekly Traffic Report for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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Week of September 10, 2017

All work is subject to change due to Hurricane Irma.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is suspending work operations in all active construction zones statewide that would impact lanes used by motorists for evacuations. FDOT requires construction project contractors to have a hurricane plan. Safety is the top priority. Some operations that don’t impact motorists or roadway lanes can continue however, emphasis and focus of the contractor will be on securing materials and equipment at the project sites.

As a tropical event approaches, maintaining existing roads is essential. FDOT alerts staff and maintenance contractors; putting them on standby and adjusting schedules if necessary. Drainage structures are readied by removing debris from rights-of-way and along roadways. Fleet vehicles are fueled. Agreements with supply contractors are activated, for materials needed after the storm.

FDOT is holding teleconferences with districts and agency partners such as the Army Corps of Engineers, Water Management Districts, and Federal Highway Administration to ensure all infrastructure needs are met.

FDOT maintenance contractors have begun lowering high mast interstate lights in some areas.

As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to

learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state.

If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money.

MANATEE COUNTY

Ellenton Gillette Road at 69th Street East: Construction project: Crews are constructing new left-turn lanes on Ellenton Gillette Road and 69th Street E; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk; signal upgrades, and new signing. Expect daytime lane closures from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and flagging operations when crews begin construction of the turn-lanes. Expected completion is early 2018. Coastal Bridge Company is the contractor.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas counties: Construction Project: The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area will close on Monday, September 18, 2017 ahead of construction beginning. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until fall 2018. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure.

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

Given the high probability that Hurricane Irma will make landfall in Florida, the contractor is anticipated to suspend their work operations until further notice. Crews will be securing the project and focusing on maintenance of traffic (MOT) procedures. Once the suspension is lifted and it is safe for crews to begin construction activities, the following operations are anticipated to resume.

Benderson Development Company, in coordination with Sarasota County, is installing brick pavers at the intersection of University Parkway and Cattlemen Road, pending weather. This work requires temporary intermittent lane closures on University Parkway and Cattlemen Road during daytime and nighttime hours. Expected completion is mid to late September. Expect delays.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 through Friday, September 16 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., pending weather. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m. Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market St. and at the on and off-ramps of I-75 through Friday, September 16 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., pending weather. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m. The contractor is installing final friction course and final striping. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway and uneven pavement. Speeding fines double when workers are present.

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 late fall 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/  

I-75 from Moccasin Wallow Road to the Hillsborough County Line: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing I-75, making drainage improvements, installing guardrail, and adding new signage and pavement markings. The pavement along Moccasin Wallow Road at the I-75 interchange is also being reconstructed. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC, is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2018.

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange: Construction project: This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. This week, crews will work on piers and drainage. 

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late of 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

US 301 at the Hernando Desoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews are installing pile jackets, making concrete repairs and repairing the bridge fender system. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. The portion of Riverwalk under the bridge along the seawall is now open. Inland Construction and Engineering, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017.

US 301 from Erie/Old Tampa Road to Moccasin Wallow Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. No lane closures are expected but motorists should be aware of crews working along the roadway through Friday, September 15. Use caution while in the area.

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road: Maintenance permit project: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com.

SR 684 from 92nd Lane to 82nd Street West: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. Expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures through Friday, September 29. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 from 301 Boulevard to Tara Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway and making signal upgrades. Expect daytime and/or nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Expected completion is late summer 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc.

SR 64 East near the Wauchula Myakka River Bridge: Maintenance contract project: Crews are cleaning ditches along the north side of the road (eastbound direction). No lane closures are expected between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. but motorists should be aware of crews working through mid-September 2017 and use caution.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Utility project: Utility contractors are relocating underground utilities in advance of construction on the new Legacy Trail pedestrian overpass. Traffic is down to a single lane in each direction. Westbound traffic has been shifted into the closed eastbound lane.

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

Given the high probability that Hurricane Irma will make landfall in Florida, the contractor is anticipated to suspend their work operations until further notice. Crews will be securing the project and focusing on maintenance of traffic (MOT) procedures. Once the suspension is lifted and it is safe for crews to begin construction activities, the following operations are anticipated to resume.

Benderson Development Company, in coordination with Sarasota County, is installing brick pavers at the intersection of University Parkway and Cattlemen Road, pending weather. This work requires temporary intermittent lane closures on University Parkway and Cattlemen Road during daytime and nighttime hours. Expected completion is mid to late September. Expect delays.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 through Friday, September 16 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., pending weather. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m. Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market St. and at the on and off-ramps of I-75 through Friday, September 16 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., pending weather. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m. The contractor is installing final friction course and final striping. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway and uneven pavement. Speeding fines double when workers are present.

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 late fall 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/  

 

Business US 41 from Palermo Place to Venice Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing new sidewalk and installing new bus pads. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Estimated completion is late summer 2017. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

Business US 41 at the Circus Drawbridge: Construction project: Crews are improving mechanical equipment; painting structural steel; making spall repairs, and replacing portions of sidewalk. Traffic lanes on both bridges will be open in preparation of Hurricane Irma. Traffic has shifted to the northbound bridge (one lane for each direction) while crews are working on the opposite bridge. The speed limit is reduced to 35 mph during construction. Southern Road and Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017.

US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

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. 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.

US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; installing new drainage; installing highway lighting, curb and gutter; constructing new sidewalk, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on US 41; US 301; Fruitville Road, and Orange Avenue while crews are working. Crews are constructing a new right turn-lane from northbound US 41 to Fruitville Road. Once constructed, the existing right turn-lane will be closed to traffic. Crews will then construct a pedestrian island and improve drainage. Nighttime/overnight northbound outside lane closures are also expected from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning while crews are working. Preferred Materials, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017. 

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect daytime lane closures for barrier wall installation within the medians. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 from SR 789 Gulfstream Boulevard to the Ringling Bridge: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are cleaning storm sewer pipes, curb inlets and manholes. Expect nighttime/overnight intermittent lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. through mid-September. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 776/ N. Indiana Avenue south of Tangerine Woods Boulevard: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect northbound outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, September 15. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road/Osprey Avenue from Siesta Drive to Dunn Drive: Construction project:  Motorists can expect lane closures throughout the project while crews work on storm drainage testing, signage, miscellaneous concrete and other finish work as well as punch list items. Please stay alert for lane shifts within the project and exercise caution in those areas. Pay close attention to the traffic control devices. Driving through the traffic control devices and into the work zone is prohibited.  Be aware of slow moving construction equipment and plan additional travel time throughout the project.                                                                                                                      

The project consists of significant drainage improvements, removing old asphalt and resurfacing the roadway, reconstructing sidewalk, and installing new signalization in some areas.  The project also includes construction of eleven (11) pedestrian refuge islands on Bee Ridge Road between Dunn Drive and US 41. Expected completion of the $17 million project is fall of 2017.

Please call 239-225-1900, if you no longer need to receive RoadWatch.

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29

We need your voice

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We need your voice

The Sarasota/Manatee MPO wants everyone to contribute to the updated DRAFT Public Participation Plan (PPP).

The PPP is the guide to involving the public in the MPO transportation planning process, major documents, projects, and programs.  To ensure that the MPO’s PPP is effective, the adopted 2013 PPP was carefully evaluated.  After the evaluation, recommendations were made for updating the PPP. 

The MPO wants to hear your input on the updated DRAFT PPP. If you have any comments or questions, please let us know by 5:00PM on Friday, October 13, 2017 when the official 45-day comment period closes. 

Please email your comments to Corinne Tucker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You may also send your comments to the MPO via mail, 7632 15th Street East, Sarasota, FL 34243, or contact Corinne via telephone 941 359 5772. 

We encourage everyone to become involved.  Your contribution ensures robust public participation in the MPO transportation planning process. Thank you for your involvement in transportation planning.

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28

August 31, 2017: Public Hearing for the Cortez Bridge PD&E Study in Manatee County

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August 25, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                           Zachary Burch, 239-225-1950; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Public Hearing Scheduled for the Cortez Bridge PD&E Study in Manatee County

Bartow, FL - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, has scheduled a public hearing for the proposed improvements to State Road (SR 684) (Cortez Road Bridge) from SR 789 (Gulf Drive) to 123rd Street West in Manatee County, Florida. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, August 31, 2017, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 6101 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, Florida. The hearing will begin as an informal open house at 5 p.m., with a formal presentation at 6 p.m. followed by a public oral comment period.

This hearing is being held to allow interested persons an opportunity to be informed and provide comments concerning the location; conceptual design; and social, economic, and environmental effects of the future repair or replacement of the Cortez Bridge on SR 684 in Manatee County. Replacement alternatives include a 35-foot vertical clearance drawbridge and a high-level fixed bridge within the existing corridor. A video presentation will explain the alternatives. 

The Type II Categorical Exclusion, along with other pertinent information developed by the Department, will be available for public review during regular business hours at the following locations: Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach and Kirkwood Presbyterian Church office, 6101 Cortez Road West in Bradenton. These materials will also be available at the hearing site throughout the duration of the public hearing.

Persons desiring to submit written comments in place of or in addition to oral statements, may do so at the hearing or by sending them to Marlon Bizerra, Project Manager, at FDOT District One, P.O. Box 1249, Bartow, Florida, 33831. All comments postmarked no later than September 12, 2017 will become part of the public hearing record.

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 FHWA and FDOT.

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18

US 41 Intersection Improvements PD&E Study

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One has initiated a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to evaluate improvements at the intersections of US 41 at Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Way and Myrtle Street and develop context based bicycle/pedestrian facilities along US 41 from Dr. MLK Jr. Way to Myrtle Street in the City of Sarasota. This study will improve multi-modal accessibility along the corridor, provide a safe, convenient and attractive crossing for pedestrian and bicyclists and improve connectivity and circulation between the greater Downtown Sarasota area and the Bayfront area.

As part of this PD&E study, FDOT has implemented a Public Involvement Program.  The goal of this plan is to inform citizens of project and provide interested persons an opportunity to be involved in project development.  FDOT will hold public meetings and a formal public hearing to provide project information and to solicit public comment.  We will mail newsletters and flyers to elected and appointed officials, property owners, interested persons, and the news media in advance of the public workshop and hearing.  FDOT encourages all interested people to attend, ask questions, and express their views regarding the project and the information presented.  FDOT expects to complete this study by early 2019.

The FDOT looks forward to keeping you informed as we progress through this important study.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Mr. David C. Turley, PE at (863) 519-2255 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For more information about the US 41 Intersection Improvements PD&E Study, please visit the project website http://www.swflroads.com/us41/atmyrtlestreet&mlkjrway

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by the Florida Department of Transportation (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.

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18

10th Ave Complete Streets Study - Visioning Workshop #2

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Meeting has been cancelled until further notice

 

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is holding a second visioning workshop for the 10th Avenue Complete Streets Study from Riverside Drive to 17th Street West, in Manatee County. We invite you to attend the workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at Palmetto Library, 923 6th Street West, Palmetto, Florida 34221. We’ve included a project and meeting location map below for your reference.

The workshop will include a PowerPoint presentation followed by open discussion. People attending the workshop may review project displays and aerial photographs, and speak one-on-one with project team members about the proposed improvements to 10th Avenue.

FDOT is sending notices to major stakeholders along the project corridor and other interested parties. FDOT welcomes and appreciates the community’s participation in the project. The workshop gives everyone an opportunity to express his or her views about the proposed improvements.

The workshop 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. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact FDOT Project Manager, Marlon Bizerra, P.E., at (863) 519-2250 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

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.

Project & Meeting Location Map

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09

Public Notice: Federal Certification Review Process Meetings on 8/15 and 8/16

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PRESS RELEASE  

Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

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

941-359-5772 • Fax: 941-359-5779

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Date: August 9, 2017

Contact: David Hutchinson, Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

Phone: 941-359-5772

Fax: 941-359-5779

 

Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization invites you to attend Federal Certification Review Process Meeting

NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is being reviewed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to assure the MPO’s activities, practices and policies are in compliance with Federal policies and laws.   

NOTICE is hereby given that on August 15 and 16, 2017 the Federal Certification Review Process Meeting will be held at the MPO Office, Airport Commerce Center, 7632 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida for the Sarasota/Manatee MPO.

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 Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary who believes he/she has been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or 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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09

Sarasota/Manatee MPO invites you to attend Federal Certification Review Open House on August 14, 2017

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PRESS RELEASE  

Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

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

941-359-5772 • Fax: 941-359-5779

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Date: August 9, 2017

Contact: David Hutchinson, Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

Phone: 941-359-5772

Fax: 941-359-5779

 

Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization invites you to attend Federal Certification Review

NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is being reviewed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to assure the MPO’s activities, practices and policies are in compliance with Federal policies and laws.   

On August 14, 2017, the MPO will host an open house at 4:00 p.m. followed by a public meeting conducted by the FHWA and the FTA at 5:00 p.m. at the Dan P. McClure Auditorium at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, 5900 Airport Auditorium Lane, Sarasota, Florida 34243.  All persons are invited to attend and comment regarding the transportation planning process within the Sarasota/Manatee MPO region.

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 Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary who believes he/she has been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or 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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09

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

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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.

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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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May
19

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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Mar
22

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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