Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - January 26, 2016
January 26, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #75

1:45 P.M. TIME CERTAIN - 15th Street East Project Development and Environmental Study


Contact and/or Presenter Information
David Turley, P.E., Project Management Engineer II
Florida Department of Transportation

Staff Contact:
Sage Kamiya, P.E., PTOE, Deputy Director, Traffic Management
Public Works Department

Action Requested

Recommend approval of “Alternative B: Combination of Roundabouts and Signals at Major Intersections” as the preferred alternative for the 15th Street East Project Development and Environmental Study.

Enabling/Regulating Authority


Background Discussion

The 15th Street East project is a high priority project of Manatee County with funding requests as a major project of the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization.   The project limits are from Tallevast Road to 1st Street along the 15th Street East and 301 Boulevard alignment.  The project has been funded for the project development and environmental study (PD&E) and final design.  It is a pending funding request for the right-of-way and construction phases.

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is nearing completion of the PD&E, and FDOT staff seeks County endorsement of the preferred alternative.  Three alternatives were evaluated:

  • No-Build
  • Build Alternative A: Signals-only at major intersections
  • Build Alternative B: Combination of roundabouts and signals at major intersections

For both build alternatives, the roadway typical section is two lanes (one in each direction), center two-way left turn lane, 5 foot wide bike lanes, and 10 foot wide sidewalks/paths.  Bike lanes are omitted in one section with right-of-way constraints.  The section without bike lanes extends from 55th Avenue East to 51st Avenue East; this is in the vicinity of SR 70 near existing commercial development and a cemetery.   

In Alternative B (“combination”), there are roundabouts at:

  • Tallevast
  • Whitfield
  • 57th Avenue East
  • 51st Avenue East
  • 49th Avenue East, which involves reconfiguration of the 301 Boulevard at 15th Street East Y-intersection

and signals at:

  • 63rd Avenue East
  • 53rd Avenue East (SR 70)
  • 9th Street East
  • 44th Avenue East.

Based on analysis, coordination with Manatee County staff, and input at public meetings, FDOT staff is recommending Alternative B.  Public Works staff recommends the Board support this recommendation.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Return a copy of the approved agenda item to Sage Kamiya, sage.kamiya@mymanatee.org, 941.708.7450.

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