|Manatee County Government Administrative Center Honorable Patricia M. Glass Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - October 22, 2019|
Agenda Item #48
University Parkway Interim Access Determination
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Clarke Davis, Traffic Management Deputy Director
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.
Section 316.008, Florida Statutes, Powers of Local Authorities
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:
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:
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)
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Instructions to Board Records
Please return a copy of the approved agenda item to Clarke Davis at email@example.com.
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Attachment: PW Memo Interim PW Standards Determination 5.22.19.pdf
Attachment: Fig 1 University Access Area (Oct 2019).pdf