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04

Central Manatee Network Alternatives Analysis: Alternatives Public Meetings

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Alternatives Public Meetings

December 12, 2017 & December 14, 2017

 

MANATEE COUNTY

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One will hold two Alternatives Public Meetings about the Central Manatee Network Alternatives Analysis (CMNAA) Study.  To provide flexibility for participants, the meetings will be held on two separate dates. The first open house is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 1306 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, Florida, 34205.  The second open house is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto, Florida, 34221.  FDOT will hold this meeting to give interested people the opportunity to review displays, talk one-on-one with staff and provide comments on the various alternatives.

FDOT is conducting the CMNAA Study in partnership with the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, Manatee County, Cities of Palmetto and Bradenton, FDOT Central Office (OEM), and local entities. The goal of the study is to identify and program a series of transportation projects that improve both local and regional mobility for all users while supporting the multi-modal vision for the communities of Bradenton and Palmetto. The recommendations of this study will seek to provide residents safer and improved access to jobs, schools, shopping, and social services, and improved regional mobility for all users. FDOT’s Complete Streets mission is to enhance safety and multi-modal mobility while supporting the economic development and quality of life goals shared by the surrounding communities and the region, The CMNAA Study will produce an implementation plan for an integrated system of recommendations that identifies funding requirements, agency responsibilities, and associated timelines.  This will include strategies to program a series of short-term (5-10 year), mid-term (10-15 year), and long-term (15+ year) projects, as well as to identify near-term (0-5 year) opportunities that can be funded and advanced quickly.

The project is in Phase 2, preliminary alternatives have been developed and the project team is beginning to screen concepts and eliminate non-viable alternatives.  FDOT is seeking public input on the various alternatives.

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.  People who require special accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act or people who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley, District One Title VI Coordinator, at 863-519-2573 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

For more information about the project, please contact Lawrence Massey, Project Manager, Florida Department of Transportation at (239) 225-1980 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Deborah Chesna, Assistant Project Manager, Florida Department of Transportation at (863) 519-2562 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/study/CMNAA.

 

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Nov
27

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF November 26, 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.

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: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion. The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area is closed for renovations. 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. A short duration, nighttime lane closure is expected on I-275 northbound for sign adjustments. Expected completion is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor.   

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

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

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

Sunday December 3 and Monday December 4. Details Below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Sunday, December 3 and Monday, December 4 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews place the final layer of asphalt on the ramp.

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

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, December 3 through Thursday, December 7 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. 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 Street Sunday, December 3 through Thursday, December 7 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

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 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. Crews are currently excavating for ponds, widening northbound I-75, performing bridge work, and constructing the southbound I-75 barrier wall.

  • On Sunday, November 19, crews shifted traffic to a temporary ramp for I-75 southbound.  Drivers are urged to use caution during the new ramp traffic pattern.
  • Motorists should expect the I-75 northbound exit (Exit 220A) CLOSED until late Summer 2018 for crews to reconstruct the ramp, weather permitting. Motorists must use Exit 220B to reach eastbound or westbound SR 64/Manatee Avenue.
  • Motorists should expect southbound I-75 lanes shifted to the temporary lanes constructed toward the median.

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 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

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, December 8. Use caution while in the area. 

US 301 from CR 675 to Moccasin Wallow Road: Construction project: Crews are installing new landscaping, irrigation and welcome signs. Superior Landscaping & Lawn Services is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2018.

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 789/Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: Construction project: Crews are installing a sidewalk along SR 789/Gulf Drive from just south of 13th Street South to the North Coquina Beach Boat Ramp.  This week, crews will be working on final punch list items and site cleanup.  Watch for daytime lane closures and be alert for flaggers.  The lane closures are necessary during the daytime hours to comply with sea turtle nesting lighting restrictions.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

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, December 8. Use caution and expect possible delays.  

SR 684/Cortez Road at 119th Street West in Cortez: Construction project: Crews will construct interim intersection safety improvements, including median, pedestrian signal, and lane striping work.  This week, crews will be working on final punch list items and site clean-up.  Motorists should expect lane closures during the daytime or nighttime hours; therefore, drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

SR 684 from 92nd Lane West to 82nd Street West: Maintenance permit project: Crews are installing a force main. Expect westbound right lane closures through Saturday, December 16. 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. Construction operations are still underway including asphalt paving, signal work, roadway striping, installation of permanent signing, and concrete curb and sidewalk construction. Expect nighttime signal work at various intersections and new sign locations. Resurfacing towards the east end of the project from Braden River to Tara Boulevard continues Sunday through Thursday nights. Expected completion is fall 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc. 

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Post Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are widening the roadway to accommodate a new development. Expect intermittent daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Monday, January 15. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews will be constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Trail traffic on the south side of Laurel Road will be shifted to a temporary paved trail the week of November 27th. Please continue to use the Mission Valley Boulevard detour to cross Laurel Road. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is Fall 2018. Utility Project: Utility contractors are relocating underground utilities in advance of construction of a new Legacy Trail overpass. Traffic on Laurel Road is down to a single lane in each direction. Westbound traffic has been shifted into the closed eastbound lane. Trail traffic is being detoured to the East to the light at Mission Valley Boulevard. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Spectrum Underground is the contractor for the utility relocation. Expected completion is before Christmas 2017.

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

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

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

Sunday December 3 and Monday December 4. Details Below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Sunday, December 3 and Monday, December 4 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews place the final layer of asphalt on the ramp.

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

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, December 3 through Thursday, December 7 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. 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 Street Sunday, December 3 through Thursday, December 7 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

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

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 also be aware of upcoming nighttime/overnight traffic shifts. 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 roadway widening area adjacent to 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 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction Project: Crews continue mobilizing construction equipment, installing construction Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) signs, clearing within the right-of-way, installing silt fence for erosion control and working in the medians. Construction activities will take place during daytime and nighttime hours. Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and night/overnight between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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. Expected completion is spring 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, December 29. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road/Osprey Avenue from Siesta Drive to Dunn Drive: Construction project:  As the project nears completion, motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project while crews continue finish work including final paving, repair work, signage, signals, miscellaneous concrete and punch list items.

Please stay alert and exercise caution throughout the project. 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 late fall 2017.

SR 72/Clark Road in Sarasota County: Construction project: Crews will install guardrail and associated drainage improvements along stormwater pond just west of Proctor Road on the north side of SR 72.  This week, crews will be mobilizing for the project.  Motorists should expect lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. on SR 72.  Flaggers will be present.  Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

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Nov
15

GET INVOLVED - Join the Manatee County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB) today

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Manatee County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB)

The purpose of each LCB is to ensure the coordination of transportation services that enhance access to employment, health care, education, and other life-sustaining activities for older adults, persons with disabilities, people with low incomes and at-risk children who are dependent upon others for transportation.

Transportation plays a critical role in providing access to employment, health care, education, and other life-sustaining activities for many Floridians who are older adults, persons with disabilities, people with low incomes, or at-risk children.

Florida’s transportation disadvantaged are defined in Section 427.011(1), F.S., as those persons who because of physical or mental disability, income status, or age, are unable to transport themselves or to purchase transportation and are, therefore, dependent upon others to obtain access to health care, employment, education, shopping, social activities, or other life-sustaining activities, or children who are handicapped or high-risk as defined in s. 411.202, F.S.

Fun Facts about the Manatee County LCB:

  • Meets quarterly
  • Managed by the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Agency Staff 
  • Performs an annual evaluation on the provision of transportation disadvantaged services by the CTC
  • Non-agency members of the Board shall be appointed for three (3) year terms
  • Agency members shall serve until replaced by the agency they represent.
  • Reviews and provides recommendations to the MPO on all funding applications for local government, state or federal funds relating to the transportation disadvantaged within Manatee County
  • In coordination with the CTC, jointly develop applications from funds that may become available
  • Annually review coordination contracts to advise the CTC
  • Hold an annual public hearing to receive input on unmet needs or any other areas that relate to the local transportation services

Opportunities to GET INVOLVED today:

1 - A local citizen advocate representative in the county

1 - A local representative for children at risk

1 - A local representative of the Public Education Community which could include, but not be limited to, a representative of the District School Board, School Board Transportation Office, or a person recommended by the District School Board

1 - A local representative of the Headstart Program in areas where the School District is responsible

1 - A local representative of the Suncoast Workforce

Any interested person should send a letter to Leigh Holt, Sarasota/Manatee MPO Planning Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Have questions?

Contact the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Public Involvement Coordinator, Corinne Tucker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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03

Sarasota/Manatee Daily Clips

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Sarasota/Manatee Daily Clips for November 3, 2017

1). Bradenton Herald: Traffic Watch: Your morning commute on Nov. 3, 2017

2). Herald-Tribune: Sheriff: Ex-boyfriend killed woman, then burned car on I-75

 

1). Bradenton Herald: Traffic Watch: Your morning commute on Nov. 3, 2017

By Sara Nealeigh

Published: November 3, 2017

Here’s what you might see on your Friday morning commute.

  • Crash, Interstate 275 northbound at mile marker 5, Palmetto, no roadblock reported;
  • Crash, Interstate 75 northbound entrance ramp at Big Bend Road, Apollo Beach, no roadblock reported;
  • Crash, I-75 southbound at mile marker 198, Sarasota, unknown roadblock.

Click here for a real-time traffic map from our news partners at Bay News 9.

Information for this report is from the Florida Highway Patrol’s live traffic crash and road conditions report.

http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article182473741.html#storylink=cpy

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2). Herald-Tribune: Sheriff: Ex-boyfriend killed woman, then burned car on I-75

By Carlos R. Munoz

Published: November 2,2017

SARASOTA COUNTY — The ex-boyfriend of a woman whose remains were found in a burning car on Interstate 75 last month has been arrested in Hillsborough County in connection with her death.

Michael Connor Clark, 34, of Brandon is charged with second-degree murder, arson, tampering with evidence and possession of cocaine. He is being held without bond in Hillsborough County.

A witness who called 911 reported seeing Clark’s 2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan burning at 6 a.m. Oct. 15 in the southbound lanes of I-75 at mile marker 202, about three miles south of Clark Road. The witness said Clark was standing next to the van as it burned.

Deputies and firefighters arrived minutes later and extinguished the fire.

Kelley’s body was found inside the van between the third row seat and the rear lift gate.

The state fire marshal determined that the fire was intentionally set after discovering a gas can inside the van and a lighter on the ground outside. The medical examiner performed an autopsy and reported that Kelley was killed by “blunt force trauma” before the fire started. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Sarasota County sheriff’s Capt. John Walsh said an investigation by the state fire marshal, medical examiner, crime scene personnel and detectives from Sarasota and Hillsborough counties led to the charges.

“It’s not an overnight process — it’s a long time,” Walsh said. “Detectives since that morning, at 6 o’clock until this morning, have been working this thing.”

Clark and Kelley had three children together. Court records suggest a rocky relationship over the past 18 years.

According to court documents, on Sept. 30, Clark was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly holding a pocketknife to Kelley’s throat and threatening to kill her and himself.

“He (Clark) had been staying with his mother outside of the home,” Walsh said. “Those are all pieces we really would like to know about.”

The captain is urging friends, family and acquaintances of Clark and Kelley who have information that would help the investigation to contact them.

Investigators have determined that Clark drove his van to Kelley’s job at the Comfort Craft Cafe in Valrico, and that the couple were seen at 11:57 p.m. on Oct. 14 — the night before Kelley’s 34th birthday — at Brandon Billiards.

A witness said they saw the two arguing outside the pool hall at around 2:19 a.m. and watched Kelley push Clark away about 10 minutes later. They saw Clark put Kelley in a headlock at 2:46 a.m. and then walk to the van at 3:15 a.m.

Witnesses said the couple left the parking lot about five minutes later.

Surveillance video identified Clark’s van near his mother’s house at about 4:09 a.m. and passing a car wash at 802 W. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon at 4:40 a.m. traveling toward I-75.

The first 911 call, received at 6:04 a.m., reported Clark’s van engulfed in fire south of Clark Road. Motorists reportedly stopped to help Clark before deputies arrived.

Clark was transported to an area hospital for injuries and was later released.

An examination of Clark’s hands showed lacerations and swelling, and a large amount of blood on his pants was later forensically determined to be Kelley’s blood.

Investigators also found paper inside the filler pipe of the van’s gas tank.

Clark told detectives that same day that he did not know how the fire began, how the victim died, or how he got to Sarasota, which is more than 55 miles from his home.

“Since initially speaking to him on the day of the fire, he hasn’t been cooperative with us,” the captain said, adding that the investigation is active and ongoing.

History of violence

Clark was convicted of second-degree aggravated battery stemming from a bar fight in 2010. Court documents show he was attending a Halloween costume party when he struck the victim in the head with a sword as he was being escorted out of the bar.

The victim sustained minor injuries.

Clark told authorities that he was defending himself.

He was convicted of criminal mischief in 2007; charged with obstructing an officer without violence in 2005; convicted of violating a restraining order in 2004 by contacting the victim; and convicted of domestic violence in 2003 and 2004.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20171102/sheriff-ex-boyfriend-killed-woman-then-burned-car-on-i-75

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Oct
31

Visioning Workshop #2 for 10th Avenue Complete Streets Study

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FDOT Visioning Workshop #2 for 10th Avenue Complete Streets Study

from Riverside Drive to 17th Street West in Manatee County

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. This workshop was originally scheduled for September 12, 2017, but it has been rescheduled for November 7th due to Hurricane Irma.

The City of Palmetto, in cooperation with FDOT, is conducting a feasibility study for possible improvements to 10th Avenue in Manatee County. The feasibility study includes a comprehensive visioning process to develop viable improvement alternatives while facilitating community vision. The proposed ‘complete streets’ improvements on 10th Avenue are part of an overall plan by the City of Palmetto to enhance multimodal mobility along the roadway. The purpose of this workshop is to provide further information about the project and gather feedback about the proposed improvements.

The visioning workshop will be:

Date:               Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Time:               5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location:        Woman’s Club of Palmetto

                         910 6th Street West

                         Palmetto, FL 34221

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. 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.

 Watch a short video from the first FDOT visioning workshop
 

Palmetto CRA Director Jeff Burton talks about the level of excitement in the city to get a Complete Street project underway. Mark Young Bradenton Herald

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12

Public Information Meeting: I-75 from north of University Parkway to south of SR 64 in Manatee County

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Public Information Meeting

I-75 from north of University Parkway to south of SR 64 in Manatee County

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is hosting a public information meeting regarding design improvements to Interstate I-75 (I-75) from north of University Parkway to south of State Road (SR) 64 in Manatee County. This public meeting is Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Manatee Technical College, 6305 SR 70 East, Bradenton, Florida, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The meeting will be conducted as an open house where people can view the proposed design plans, ask questions, and provide comments to FDOT representatives about the reconstruction of the I-75/SR 70 interchange. A project PowerPoint presentation will play continuously throughout the meeting. Written comments will be received at the meeting and if received by October 30, 2017.

The project limits are I-75 from north of University Parkway to south of SR 64, a distance of 6.75 miles, and SR 70 from east of Tara Boulevard to west of 87th Street East, a distance of 1.5 miles. This project will include reconstruction of the SR 70 interchange from the existing interchange with loop ramps in the northwest and northeast quadrants, to a single loop ramp in the northwest quadrant. The project will also expand I-75 to an eight-lane highway with three through lanes and an auxiliary lane in each direction. The bridge over SR 70 will be rebuilt, and the I-75 bridges at Braden River will be widened.  SR 70 will be widened within the above stated limits, and safety enhancements, including sidewalks and buffered bike lanes, will be constructed.

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 American with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley, District One Title VI Coordinator at 800-292-3367 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days prior to the public meeting.

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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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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

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

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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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Aug
23

Weekly Traffic Watch Report for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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Week of August 27, 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.

 

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 are suspended Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day. Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, August 27 through Friday morning, September 1 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

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 Sunday, August 27 through Friday morning, September 1 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

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 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 the northbound exit ramp, stormwater pond, 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.

 

I-75 over the Little Manatee River: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight north and southbound right lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

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 1. 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 Monday, August 28. 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:

Construction activities are suspended Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day. Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, August 27 through Friday morning, September 1 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

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 Sunday, August 27 through Friday morning, September 1 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

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 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 over Eric Creek: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday, August 29. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

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 will shift to the northbound bridge (one lane for each direction) the week of Sunday, August 27 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 1. 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 as the pedestrian islands are completed and roadway striping adjusted.  Additionally, crews are working 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 and barrels. 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.

 

SR 72 at the Stickney Point Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight westbound outside lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Monday, August 28 and Thursday, August 31. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 


 

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Aug
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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May
27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec
09

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

Manatee accepting applications for vacancies on MPO Citizen Advisory Committee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aug
12

MPO Engages Community in Strategic Mobility Plan

MPO Engages Community in Strategic Mobility Plan

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

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

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

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

The focus groups held included:

City of Palmetto - Community Redevelopment Agency

City of Bradenton – Central Community Redevelopment Agency

Manatee County - Lakewood Ranch Business Association

Manatee County – Federation of Homeowner Associations

Manatee County – Parrish Civic Association

Manatee County – Lakewood Ranch District Directors

Manatee County – Local Coordinating Board for Transportation Disadvantaged

Manatee County - Manatee Chamber of Commerce

City of Sarasota - North Sarasota and Newtown

City of Sarasota - City Council of Neighborhood Associations

City of Sarasota - Condominiums on the Bay Association

City of Sarasota - Downtown Condominium Association

Sarasota County - Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Sarasota County – Local Coordinating Board for Transportation Disadvantaged

Sarasota County – Englewood Community Redevelopment Agency

Sarasota County – Council of Neighborhood Associations

City of Venice - Chamber of Commerce

City of North Port - Chamber of Commerce

Focus Group for Local and Regional Environmental Interests

Focus Group for Local and Regional Freight Interests

Sarasota/Manatee MPO’s Bicycle Pedestrian Trails Advisory Committee

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Apr
09

Come see us at #iSeeManatee on April 17!

Come see us at #iSeeManatee on April 17!

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

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

Hope to see you there!

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

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