Aug
05

FDOT Public Hearing for SR 70 Improvements from Lorraine Road to CR 675 (Waterbury Road) in Manatee County

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Bartow, FL – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is holding a public hearing about the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study for the proposed improvements along SR 70 from Lorraine Road to CR 675 (Waterbury Road), in Manatee County.

The hearing will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at the Risen Savior Lutheran Church located at 14605 59th Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida.

The hearing will begin with an open house at 5 p.m., followed by a formal presentation and public comment period at 6 p.m. Department staff will be available to discuss the project, receive public input, and answer questions.

This hearing is being held to allow interested persons an opportunity to be informed and provide comments concerning the location; conceptual design alternatives; and the social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed improvements to SR 70. The purpose of this project is to enhance safety, freight mobility and vehicular traffic flow and operations within the project limits, as well as to accommodate projected traffic demand in the area. The proposed improvements will also improve connectivity to the regional transportation network. The No-Build Alternative, which assumes that no improvements will be made along SR 70, is also an option and will remain a viable alternative throughout the PD&E study.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the FDOT Project Manager, David C. Turley, PE at 863.519.2255, by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by writing to Florida Department of Transportation, Attn: David C. Turley, 801 North Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830. Draft project reports and conceptual plans will be available for public review 21 days prior to the hearing at the Braden River Branch Library, 4915 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida 34203 (Please call the library at 941.727.6079 for hours of operation) and at the Florida Department of Transportation Office in Bartow, Florida (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

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 David C. Turley, FDOT Project Manager, at 863.519.2255 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 hearing. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Services, 1.800.955.8771 (TDD) or 1.800.955.8770 (Voice).

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) pursuant to 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by the FHWA and FDOT.

You can also stay current with the project and share comments with the study team by visiting the project web page at www.swflroads.com/sr70/lorrainerdtocr675/home.html.

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Jul
22

Public Hearing Notice: US 41 at Dr. MLK Jr. Way and Myrtle Street Intersection Improvements PD&E Study, Sarasota County

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is holding a public hearing for the preferred improvements to, and between, the intersections of US 41 at Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Way and US 41 at Myrtle Street in the City of Sarasota. We invite you to attend the hearing on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex building at 1845 34th Street, Sarasota, Florida 34234. A project location map is included below for your reference.

The hearing will begin with an open house at 5 p.m. and follow with a formal presentation and public comment period at 6 p.m. People attending the hearing may review project displays and aerial photographs, and speak one-on-one with project team members about proposed improvements to the study corridor. 

This hearing is being held to allow interested persons an opportunity to be informed and provide comments concerning the location; conceptual design alternatives; and the social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed improvements to US 41. The purpose of this project is to enhance safety, non-motorized connectivity, and access, as well as vehicular traffic flow and operations, between residences and schools of the northern Downtown Sarasota area and the Bayfront area.. The proposed improvements are similar to improvements that have been identified at other intersections along US 41 that are intended to improve traffic flow and enhance safety. The No-Build Alternative, which assumes that no improvements will be made along US 41, is also an option and will remain a viable alternative throughout the PD&E study.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the FDOT Project Manager, David C. Turley, PE at 863.519.2255, by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by writing to Florida Department of Transportation, Attn: David C. Turley, 801 North Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830. Draft project reports and conceptual plans will be available for public review 21 days prior to the hearing at North Sarasota Public Library at 2801 Newton Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34234  (Please call the library at (941) 861-1360 for hours of operation) and at the Florida Department of Transportation Office in Bartow, Florida (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

FDOT is sending notices about the hearing to all property owners located within 300 feet of the project limits, and to interested parties. FDOT welcomes and appreciates the community’s participation in the project. The hearing gives interested parties an opportunity to express their views about the proposed improvements.

The hearing 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 Mr. David C. Turley, FDOT Project Manager, at (863) 519‐2255 or by e‐mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days prior to the hearing. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Services, 1.800.955.8771 (TDD) or 1.800.955.8770 (Voice). Additional information can be found on the project website at www.swflroads.com/us41/atmyrtlestreet&mlkjrway.

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by 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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Apr
23

Results of the Cortez Bridge Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study

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FDOT Announces the Results of the Cortez Bridge
Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced today, the results of the Cortez Bridge Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study at the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting.  The study, which began in 2013, determines social, economic, natural and physical environmental impacts associated with a proposed transportation improvement project and enables the Department to choose the best build or no-build alternative based on these and other criteria.

The study has determined that the preferred alternative is the 65-foot clearance fixed span bridge.  The fixed span bridge has many benefits over the existing low-level drawbridge or a replacement drawbridge including:

  • Three major repair projects have already been implemented in 1996, 2010, and 2015.  Future repair projects would likely increase in scope, traffic disruptions and cost, and yet decrease in effectiveness due to continued deterioration of the bridge.  The new bridge will be constructed using modern materials capable of lasting beyond the 75-year design life requirement for new FDOT bridges.
  • A fixed bridge is resoundingly the best financial investment for taxpayers. The initial construction cost, including design and construction saves approximately $23.9 million compared to a new mid-level drawbridge. Over the 75-year life of the bridge, the fixed bridge also saves approximately $11.2 million in operating and maintenance costs compared to the drawbridge.  The $35.1 million in savings can be used for additional improvements to the transportation system.
  • Vehicles and boats will have improved traffic flow with a fixed bridge, which will eliminate congestion and delays exasperated by the bridge openings.
  • The new bridge will be designed and constructed to modern standards that will improve the safety of the bridge and will include enhanced pedestrian and bicycle features, including two 10-foot sidewalks separated from the roadway by a traffic barrier, which will enhance safety and overall recreational opportunities.
  • Bridge replacement provides the opportunity for improved aesthetics. An aesthetics committee, comprised of community representatives and officials, will be convened similar to the process currently ongoing for the Anna Maria Island Bridge Replacement Project on State Road 64.
  • Environmental effects are minimal and less than a drawbridge.
  • The fixed bridge creates an open space along the waterfront, under the Cortez Village approach, that could support a variety of pubic uses including park-like amenities such as landscaping, benches, bicycle or kayak rentals, play area, dog park, or event space that could feature sports or other activities.  It also provides an opportunity to connect the north and south sides of the Cortez Village Community with a roadway, sidewalks, and walkable public space under the new bridge where pedestrians will no longer have to compete with Cortez Road traffic.

Design is scheduled to begin later this year and the right of way phase is funded in Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021.  Construction is not currently funded.

 

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