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SUN Trail Alignment Studies

The Sarasota/Manatee MPO is working on two trail studies: the Manatee Trail Alignment Study and the Sarasota Trail Alignment Study. These planning studies focus on developing a network of biking and walking trails that will connect to schools, parks, transit stops, essential services, local attractions, and other key destinations.

Adopted Alignments

On May 22, 2023, the MPO Board unanimously voted to ADOPT the recommended alignment alternatives for each study area. The alignments are now eligible for the SUN Trail funding through FDOT, and federal funds through the MPO process. The maps below show the trail alignments for each study area. Click here to view the alignments in Google My Maps.

Manatee Study:

From west to east: The alignment begins at the intersection of Manatee Avenue and 75th St W. It then heads south along Village Green Pkwy, east along 11th Ave W to 51st St W. It heads north on 51st St, turning east on 9th Ave to Ballard Park Dr. The alignment then goes north on Ballard Park to 17th St, then east on 8th Ave and north 15th St to 1st Ave W where it connect to the Riverwalk.

Sarasota Study:

From west to east: This alignment begins at the Legacy Trail and heads east/north in easements through the Eastwood subdivision to Fruitville Rd. After crossing Fruitville Rd, the recommended alignment follows the Circus Trail to Bobby Jones Golf Course. The trail goes through Bobby Jones Golf Course and the 17th Street Regional Parks, east on 17th St to Honore, then up to Nathan Benderson and across I-75 to Lakewood Ranch Blvd and along Blue Lake Rd to Lorraine Rd.

Documents

Project Timeline

Informational Interviews

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Informational interviews were conducted in February and March 2022 with city and county staff, and representatives from local bike/ped organizations.

Advisory Group Meeting #1

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Kick-off meetings and field reviews with the Project Advisory Groups on April 20, 2022. Download the presentations:

Public Survey #1

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The first public survey was released in late April 2022 and closed on June 30, 2022. The survey asked about walking and biking behaviors, important destinations, and preferences on trail characteristics.

Advisory Group Meeting #2

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The Project Advisory Groups met in October 2022 to review and discuss a preliminary set of trail alignment alternatives for each study area. The goal of the meetings was to identify a "shortlist" of alternatives for further review and share for public feedback. Download the presentations:

Public Survey #2

COMPLETE

Thank you to everyone who participated in Survey #2. Your feedback on the alignment alternatives are invaluable!

Public Workshop

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Sarasota Trail Alignment Study
Date Tuesday, December 6
Time 5 pm - 6:45 pm
Location Selby Public Library

Click here to download the Sarasota workshop materials. 

Manatee Trail Alignment Study
Date Thursday, December 8
Time 6 pm - 8 pm
Location Manatee County Public Works

Click here to download the Manatee workshop materials. 

Advisory Group Meeting #3

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The Project Advisory Groups will meet at the end of February to review Survey 2 responses and a more in-depth analysis of the alternatives. The goal is to identify a single preferred alignment for each study area. Download the presentations:

Field Review & Cost Estimate

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A recommended alignment was identified for each study area. The next steps are to conduct a field review of the recommended alternatives, and to develop an estimate of probable cost.

Project Conclusion

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The recommended alternatives were presented at the following MPO meetings.

  • April 18, 2023: Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Advisory Committee
  • May 8, 2023: Technical Advisory Committee
  • May 8, 2023: Citizen Advisory Committe
  • May 22, 2023: MPO Board
  • On May 22, the MPO Board unanimously voted to ADOPT the recommended trail alignments for each study area

Go to the MPO Meetings page for agenda packets and presentations. 

Finalize Report

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Manatee Study | Final Report 

Sarasota Study | Final Report