Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - August 23, 2016
REVISED August 23, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #28

Ellenton Gillette Road at Mendoza Road Interim Multi-Way Stop


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Vishal S. Kakkad, P.E., PTOE, Traffic Design Division Manager, Ext. 7812

Action Requested
Authorization to install an interim multi-way stop on Ellenton Gillette Road and Mendoza Road.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida State Statutes: Chapter 316.006 - Jurisdiction to Control Traffic; Chapter 316.008(1)(f) - Powers of Local Authorities

Background Discussion
  • A request was received to install a fully operational traffic control signal at the intersection of Ellenton Gillette Road and Mendoza Road. 
  • State law requires the installation of all traffic control devices, including stop signs and traffic control signals, to meet State standards adopted by the Florida Department of Transportation.  The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) published by the US Department of Transportation is the national standard for traffic control devices and has been adopted by the State and also the County's Land Development Code (LDC). 
  • Staff conducted a field review and a signal warrant study in accordance with the MUTCD.  Based on the study, the intersection met the traffic volume criteria and crash criteria for the installation of a traffic control signal.  
  • As a result, staff will seek funding to upgrade this intersection to a fully operational traffic signal.  This could occur through the Sarasota Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization project requests or the County's Capital Improvement Program, to name a couple of options. 
  • Installation of a signal at this intersection is also a part of the list of Transportation Projects for the proposed half-cent sales tax referendum. Also, County's CIP Project Number 6084560 proposes to install northbound and southbound left turn lanes at this intersection.
  • Since a traffic control signal is justified, a multi-way stop is an appropriate interim measure that can be installed to control traffic until funding can be acquired and while arrangements are being made for the installation of the traffic control signal.
  • As a safety measure, staff recommends the installation of multi-way stop signs at this location until a fully operational traffic signal can be installed.  In addition, the existing red/yellow flashing signal will be modified, in the interim, to a red/red flashing signal.
  • The cost to install traffic signs and modify the existing flashing traffic signal indications for this multi-way stop would be approximately $2,000.  The cost to install pavement markings would be approximately $350.  The total cost would be approximately $2,350.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please send a stamped copy of the agenda memorandum to Jeff Bishop (jeff.bishop@mymanatee.org), Public Works Department, Traffic Design Division, Ext 7815.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$2,350, 1010020707, Traffic Operations

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
$168/yr. - Maintenance & Repairs

Attachment:  Location Map.pdf
Attachment:  Signal Warrant Summary Report.pdf