Jun
28

High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) Activation

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

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

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

HAWK Step by Step Video

Hawk Example Video

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Dec
29

Alternatives Public Meeting on January 16, 2018

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

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

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

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

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


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Oct
04

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

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

Public Workshops Re-scheduled

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

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

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

 

Comments accept through December 15, 2017.

 

The Open House schedule:

 

Thursday, October 26 – North Port

Morgan Family Community Center

Meeting Room A/B

6207 West Price Blvd.

North Port, FL 34291

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Thursday, November 9– Temple Terrace

Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Southwest District

13051 N Telecom Parkway

Temple Terrace, FL 33637

4:00-7:00 ET

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Sep
29

2018 Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit

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

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

Why hold the summit:

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

Who should attend:

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

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

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

 

                      

                  

         

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Sep
18

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

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

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

Start Date
February 2017

Est. Completion Date
Early 2019

Cost
To be determined

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

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

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

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

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

 

Project Funding

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

 

Documents and Publications

This page will be updated as information becomes available.

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

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

Project Location Map

Draft Project Traffic Report - June 2017

Newsletter 1 - August 2017

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

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

 

FAQ's

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Public Notices

Alternatives Public Meeting

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

Public Hearing

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

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

 

Project Schedule

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

Get involved and have your ideas heard by signing up to receive the latest project information. Click here to be added to the mailing list.

 

For additional information on projects throughout Southwest Florida click SWFLRoads.com

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Aug
18

US 41 Intersection Improvements PD&E Study

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

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

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

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

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Mar
06

March is Florida Bike Month

March is Florida Bike Month

As you may or may not know, March is Florida Bike Month. AND, as you may or may not know, the number of incidents of injuries and deaths of bicyclists and pedestrians throughout our two-county area has become alarming. Almost weekly there are incidents of both cyclists and pedestrians being injured or killed.

This trend can be greatly reduced by not only designing better and safer facilities, i.e. more bike lanes, separated bike and pedestrian lanes, striped or painted lanes, more multi-use facilities, etc., but we also need much more and better education and enforcement. How often do you see bicyclists blowing through stop lights or stop signs, riding against traffic instead of with, crossing streets mid-block, weaving in and out of traffic, and pedestrians doing mostly the same thing? Drivers also need to do their part by being aware that bicycles have the legal right to ride with traffic in the road—and they should maintain a safe distance from bicyclists who are exercising this right. Drivers should also take care when exiting driveways and turning right on a red light in order to avoid collisions with cyclists and pedestrians.

Designing roads for increased bicycle and pedestrian safety is an important step that the transportation planners and engineers are already taking. One example of this is FDOT's recent implementation of a “Complete Streets” policy and narrowing vehicle lane widths. Read more about that here. To learn more about different designs for improving safety of bicycle lanes, click here.

Education beginning at a young age should be provided. Easy and free and wide-spread seminars, training, and educational opportunities for improved bicycle and pedestrian safety should be explored more. 

Enforcement is also important. Law-enforcement agencies have a multitude of pressing needs, however law-enforcement does have a role in helping to reduce bicycle and pedestrian injuries and fatalities by warning and citing those who are not following the rules of the road.

By all working together, from planners and engineers designing safer roads, bicyclists learning and abiding by the laws of the road, drivers being aware of bicyclists and their rights on the road, pedestrians and cyclists using lights and wearing appropriate clothing at night, and law enforcement enforcing the rules of the road, we can reduce the alarming increase in bicycle and pedestrian incidents.

March is Florida Bike Month. Let us all help in making it a safe bike month. 

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