Manatee County begins 44th Avenue East project near Lakewood Ranch, with an I-75 overpass

The long-awaited extension of 44th Avenue East broke ground east side of Interstate 75 on Monday morning, bringing the project to the final stages of construction near the Lakewood Ranch community.

The extension is a part of a larger effort that has been completed in phases since 2013, starting at its western end at the intersection with Tamiami Trail and culminating in Lakewood Ranch.

The segment is the only portion of the project located east of I-75 and is designed to help alleviate traffic congestion on other heavily traveled thoroughfares like State Road 64 and State Road 70.

Manatee County held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday to celebrate the start of the project.

The eastern portion of the project will create 1.9 miles of new roadway and will connect to the existing intersection of 44th Avenue East and Solutions Lane. Lena Road will also be extended about a quarter mile.

The thoroughfare will include four lanes, bike lanes, a divided median, a curb and gutter, a sidewalk, a multi-use trail, and utility infrastructure. It includes a new overpass across I-75 and a bridge that will span the length of the reclaimed lake at the Manatee County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility. It is expected to be completed in Spring 2026.

“I think the community has been waiting for this extension for quite some time, it’s going to be a reliever,” Commissioner Jason Bearden said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “Essentially, this road is going to go from Beach House to Hunsader Farms, which is amazing.”

The county also recently put the finishing touches on another major milestone for the 44th Avenue East project. Crews completed construction of the 44th Avenue East bridge over the Braden River in November.

That section is nearing completion with the final connections for a new sewer system along the roadway expected to be finished in January.

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