Manatee County Government Administrative Center Honorable Patricia M. Glass Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - November 19, 2019
November 19, 2019 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #87

2020 Manatee County/Metropolitan Planning Organization Project Priorities


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Contact/Presenter: Clarke Davis, Traffic Management Deputy Director, x7272

Presenter: Leigh Holt, Sarasota/Manatee MPO, 941.359.5772

Action Requested

Adopt table titled "2020 Manatee County Project Priorities" and authorize chair to sign it and staff to transmit it to the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Section 125.01, Florida Statutes, Powers and Duties, County Commission
Section 339.175(6), Florida Statutes, Powers, Duties, and Responsibilities, MPO

Background Discussion

The purpose of this item is to request Board action on 2020 transportation project priorities and their rankings.  Ms. Leigh Holt of Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) staff will present an overview of the project priority process and its relationship to the Long Range Transportation Plan (see attached presentation).

The MPO requests that each agency review and rank its project priorities prior to MPO Board adoption. This report provides the staff-recommended projects and their rankings for 2020.  In general, projects selected for funding from this list will appear in FY25 or FY26 of the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) five-year program approved by the legislature in 2021.

Projects and Rankings

The attached "2020 Manatee County Project Priorities" table lists proposed 2020 transportation project priorities for several funding programs available through the MPO and State.  They are ranked in staff's recommended priority order.   At the top of the list, staff placed the County's highest priority major projects for DeSoto Bridge, Bradenton-Palmetto Connector, and 15th Street East reconstruction in five phases.

These are followed by Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) request for traffic signal system funding. 

The balance is presented in order according to 2019 rank based on MPO project prioritization methods.  The MPO developed the scoring method for consistency with State and Federal funding legislation and requirements.  While ranking adjustments can be made, the projects are theoretically presented in the order they are most likely to successfully compete for funding.

Changes Since Last Year

The 2020 list was developed using the 2019 list as a base.  Selected changes are noted as follows:

Moccasin Wallow Road has been added as a proposed County Incentive Grant Program and Transportation Regional Incentive Grant Program project.

Staff removed lower ranking projects from prior years.  The list focuses on a) continuing projects with previously funded phases or studies and b) the highest ranking projects.

15th St E is shown in five segments with the highest priority being the central segment from north of 63rd Ave E to north of 53rd Ave E (SR70).  The segments and priority are based on staff coordination with the Florida Department of Transportation and the MPO.

Network and Funding Codes

The 2020 project priority table is presented in the MPO-requested format and with their requested additional information.  These are the code abbreviations:

Roadway Network Code (type of road)
SHS State Highway System
RRN Regional Roadway Network

FDOT Funding Code (State/Federal fund category)
BRP Bridge Replacement
HC Highway Capacity (includes mobility projects, like sidewalks)
TSM&O Transportation Systems Management and Operations

LRTP Funding Code (MPO funding category)
ATMS Advanced Traffic Management System
CIGP County Incentive Grant Program
CMP Congestion Management Process
MMEC US 41 Multi-Modal Emphasis Corridor
RRI Regional Roadway Improvement
TA Transportation Alternatives
TRIP Transportation Regional Incentive Program

Looking Ahead

County action on priorities is an important step in an approximate 18-month process.  Staff will submit the adopted priorities and project information forms on November 22, 2019. 

MPO staff will work with the advisory committees and MPO Board through spring to prepare a final list.  FDOT staff will use the adopted priorities during the Summer 2019 project selection and program development process for a work program that will go into effect July 1, 2021, and the Transportation Improvement Program the MPO Board will adopt in Summer 2021.


Staff recommends Board adoption of the 2020 project priorities and their rankings as shown in the attached table.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Please email a copy of the agenda item reflecting Board action to Clarke Davis at clarke.davis@mymanatee.org.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  2020 Project Prioritization Overview.pdf
Attachment:  Manatee County 2020 Project Priorities.pdf