May
21

Full Traffic Signal to be Installed at U.S. 301/CR 675 Intersection in Parrish

parrish Photo courtesy of Bradenton Herald

Joint effort by FDOT and Manatee County to continue to improve safety

Bartow, FL---The Florida Department of Transportation, in coordination with Manatee County, is planning to install a full four-way traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 301 and CR 675 in the Village of Parrish.

After extensive community involvement and exploring a variety of options, FDOT has determined the best solution to provide a long-term safety and operational benefit for both residents and visitors who travel through the intersection.

In order to facilitate the operation of a traditional traffic signal, Manatee County will upgrade 69th Street from a narrow local road to a wider road that can accommodate the two-way traffic entering and exiting the US 301/CR 675 intersection.

“We are glad to partner with Manatee County to develop a plan that will meet the needs of the community with appropriate traffic control at the intersection, and the necessary roadway improvements,” said FDOT District 1 Secretary L.K. Nandam. 

In addition to widening 69th Street, the county plans to upgrade additional roads in the vicinity of the US 301/CR 675 intersection.

FDOT is working towards finalizing a start date for the installation of the new signal. Once construction begins, motorists may encounter occasional closures, detours and possible delays.  Motorists are urged to obey posted speed limits, pay attention to directional signs and allow for extra travel time.

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May
13

PUBLIC NOTICE: MPO Board and PTTF Meetings

public-notice PUBLIC NOTICE: MPO Board and PTTF Meetings

MEDIARELEASE  
Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization
7632 15th Street East | Sarasota, FL 34243-3248         
941-359-5772 | Fax: 941-359-5779

Date:             May 10, 2019
Contact:       David Hutchinson, Executive Director
Phone:          941-359-5772
Fax:                941-359-5779

 

NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), will hold a Public Transportation Task Force Meeting on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 8:15 a.m. at the Art Center Sarasota located at 707 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, followed by its regularly scheduled MPO Board Meeting which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Sarasota Bayfront Community Center, 803 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida.

 

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

This notice is published pursuant to the requirements of the Federal Laws, Florida Statutes, and MPO Policy. No stenographic record by a certified court reporter is made of this meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decisions involving the matter noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at this meeting upon which any appear is to be based.

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

The MPO’s planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights 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 Sarasota/Manatee MPO Title VI coordinator Leigh Holt at 941-359-5772 or by writing her at 7632 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

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May
02

Draft 2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is Available for Public Review and Comment

public-notice Draft 2019 TIP available for public review and comment

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Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization
7632 15th Street East | Sarasota, FL 34243-3248         
941-359-5772 | Fax: 941-359-5779

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is Available for Public Review and Comment

Date:              May 2, 2019
Contact:        Ryan Brown, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone:           941-359-5772
Fax:                 941-359-5779

Each year the Sarasota/Manatee MPO updates the 5 Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The new Draft TIP for FY 2019/20—2023/24 is now available for public review and comment. Visit the TIP page on the MPO website to view and comment on the Interactive TIP here: https://www.mympo.org/m/mandates/tip.

To comment on projects, just click on the location or project, write your comment, and then click submit. If you would like to download the TIP, please visit our Library page, select Transportation Improvement Program, and then select Draft 2019 TIP.

Background: The process to develop the 2019/20-2023/24 TIP started in June 2018 when the MPO Board adopted its 2018 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).

The TIP will be presented at upcoming committee meetings on May 6th and will be presented to the MPO Board at their next MPO Board meeting on May 20, 2019. The TIP must be submitted to FDOT by July 15, 2019.

To view and comment on the Interactive TIP, please click here.

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Apr
30

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Ligori-Law-Share-the-Road-Motorcycle-Safety-Awareness-Month-1024x470 Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Tallahassee, FLA. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is recognizing May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in an effort to highlight the importance of improving safety and reducing motorcycle crashes. Due to Florida’s exceptional weather and roadways, many Floridians enjoy motorcycles as a means of transportation. While safety is the number one priority for FDOT throughout the year, during May, the Department is placing an additional focus on this important issue to encourage all road users to share the road and watch for motorcycles.

“We are committed to creating a safe environment for all road users,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault. “It takes everyone working together to create a positive roadway experience. When all users share the road safely, we create a better Florida.”

To help prevent crashes and promote lifelong training among Florida riders, FDOT has partnered with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) and several motorcycle training providers in high crash areas to offer experienced rider courses at a reduced cost throughout the month of May. FDOT will pay $75 toward an experienced rider motorcycle course at the following training sites: Brandon Harley Davidson, Jacksonville Motorcycle Safety Training, Adventure Rider Training, Bert’s Harley Davidson and Motorcycle Training Institute Inc. Please visit www.ridesmartflorida.com for more details.

“Whether you operate a vehicle or motorcycle, take responsibility for your role on the road,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “Drivers should always look twice, use caution when changing lanes and give others plenty of space. We all share Florida’s roadways, so always look out for one another to Arrive Alive.” 

But reducing the number of motorcycle-involved crashes goes beyond training and prevention on the part of the motorcyclist. Vehicle drivers should also focus on driving and be more responsible by driving undistracted, unimpaired and with awareness and respect for all road users. 

We are asking motorcyclists to ride S-M-A-R-T and motorists to share the road by using these simple tips.

Tips for motorcyclists: 

  • Say no to drinking and riding. (30% of motorcycle fatalities involved a rider that’s drunk)
  • Make yourself more visible to motorists. (Wear bright colors or add lights)
  • Always wear your gear, including a DOT-compliant helmet.
  • Ride in control. (Many single motorcycle crashes occur due to a rider riding off of the roadway, such as riding too fast for a curve)
  • Train regularly and get endorsed. (Keep up your skills is an important role in crash avoidance)

Tips for drivers:

  • Always look for motorcycles. If you don’t look for motorcycles, you can’t see motorcycles.
  • Check for motorcycles at intersections; if you see one approaching, let them pass before you turn. (Motorcycles may look like they are traveling slower than they are)
  • Check your mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic
  • Do not tailgate; allow more following distance when following a motorcycle. (Motorcycles do not always use their brakes to slow down; sometimes they down shift, therefore brake lights are not on.) 
  • Don’t drive distracted.
  • Always drive sober.
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