Manatee County Government Administrative Center Honorable Patricia M. Glass Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - October 22, 2019
October 22, 2019 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #48

University Parkway Interim Access Determination


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Clarke Davis, Traffic Management Deputy Director

Action Requested
Approve interim access standards for University Parkway from Market Street to Bourneside Boulevard, and authorize staff to proceed with Public Works Standards amendment to formally adopt the access standards for University Parkway east of I-75.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Section 316.008, Florida Statutes, Powers of Local Authorities

Background Discussion


The Public Works Highway & Traffic Standards Manual (“Standards”), identifies University Parkway as a controlled access facility consistent with Comprehensive Plan Transportation policies. 

West of I-75, access is managed per the Interlocal Agreement for University Parkway (“Interlocal”) between Manatee County and Sarasota County.  However, the Interlocal does not cover University Parkway east of I-75. 

The Standards have a single provision that “Right turn intersections shall not be permitted between Interstate 75 and State Road 70.”  The Standards are silent with respect to median openings of any type.  The implication is that a median opening intersection could be permitted, but a right-in/right-out intersection could not be permitted even if it were the better option from an operations and safety perspective.

To resolve this apparent incongruity, staff has drafted Standards Amendments that would apply access standards comparable to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Access Class 3 Standards.  Staff expect this standard to provide greater clarity for access management east of I-75, while generally preserving the character of University Parkway.  It will allow more right-in/right-out only intersections and some median openings, which will often be restricted to left turns from University Parkway.  For comparison, some State road examples of Access Class 3 include:

  • U.S. 41 from Memphis Road to the U.S. 19 junction in Palmetto,
  • U.S. 301 from Old Tampa Road to Moccasin Wallow Road in Parrish, and
  • State Road 70 from Braden River to I-75 in the Tara and Creekwood area.

Staff provided an interim determination for one section of University Parkway in May 2019.  Based on additional development proposals and right-of-way use permits, staff seeks to expand the area where the interim determination applies.  To avoid possibly overstepping the bounds of administrative determination authority, staff is presenting the expanded interim determination for Board consideration.

Staff's May 2019 interim determination is attached, and Figure 1 shows the section for which the expanded determination would apply relative to the area covered by the May determination.


As an adaptation of FDOT Class 3 Access Standards, staff recommends the following University Parkway Interim Access Standards be applied:

University Parkway from Market Street to Bourneside Boulevard

a. Median Opening Intersections.  Full Median Opening Intersections allowing for all left turning movements and signalized Median Opening Intersections shall have a minimum spacing of 2,640 feet from other full or signalized Median Opening Intersections.  T-intersections allowing for all turning movements shall have a minimum spacing of 1,320 feet from other Median Opening Intersections.   Four-way Restrictive (directional) Median Opening Intersections which do not allow for one or more left turning movements shall have a minimum spacing interval of 1,320 feet from other Median Opening Intersections. 

b. Right Turn Intersection.  An access point that is restricted to right-turn-in or right-turn-out movements shall have a minimum spacing of 440 feet.

c. A property that cannot meet the University Parkway access management standards of this subsection is eligible to be permitted by the Public Works Director for a single connection where there is no other reasonable access to the roadway network and the connection is not expected to create a safety or operational hazard.

The substantive difference between the proposed standards and the nearest FDOT equivalent is that the proposed standards allow for all types of left turns at T-intersections, whereas FDOT standards would allow for lefts from the main street only.

Approval of the recommended motion will allow the interim access criteria to be applied until staff bring forward a Public Works Standards amendment to formally adopt the criteria.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Please return a copy of the approved agenda item to Clarke Davis at clarke.davis@mymanatee.org.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  PW Memo Interim PW Standards Determination 5.22.19.pdf
Attachment:  Fig 1 University Access Area (Oct 2019).pdf