MANATEE — With an entranceway to Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home off 15th Street East, general manager Duane LaFollett wanted to find out more about a transportation project that is expected to transform 15th Street East.
“It affects the entranceway into our cemetery,” LaFollett said at Thursday’s workshop at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church. “Public access is key and safe access is key. We are here to learn what’s in store for our road.”
Florida Department of Transportation held its second public workshop as part of a development and environment study for a 4.5-mile stretch of 15th Street East/U.S. 301 Boulevard East from Tallevast Road to U.S. 41. Project improvements include widening from two to three lanes, which includes a center two-way left-turn lane; bicycle lanes; sidewalks; pedestrian crossings; bus stop improvements; and street lighting, according to an information board on display. Roundabouts at major intersections are also being evaluated. Read more
PARRISH — Heavy rains made a mess of the Fort Hamer Bridge site during the past month, and complicated several other local road construction projects.
Even so, bridge crews, which previously poured two sets of piers extending to the water’s edge on the north side of the Manatee River, drove their first piles in the stream during the past month, said Trudy Gerena, spokeswoman for the project.
Beams for the bridge were delivered this week and were being installed Thursday on top of the first two piers.
“The beams range in size from 130 to 145 feet and weigh up to 83 tons. There will be a total of 90 beams used in the construction of the bridge,” Gerena said.
MANATEE — Transportation planners seek new Manatee River bridge. A four-lane bridge over the Manatee River, expansion of Interstate 75 to 10 lanes and widening of Fort Hamer Road are among Manatee County’s roadway needs.
The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization approved the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Needs Plan on Monday. The plan “identifies all transportation projects that are necessary to meet identified future transportation demand, or advance the adopted goals, objectives and policies of the MPO board,” according to agenda materials.