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Date of Issue: March 18, 2009

DOT to conduct speed study

The Florida Department of Transportation will conduct a study of vehicular speeds along Manatee Avenue West from 75th Street on the mainland to Gulf Drive on Anna Maria Island.

DOT spokesperson Lauren Hatchell said six locations would be chosen to measure vehicular speed and the study would take between four and six months. Hatchell indicated the study would start in the near future.

The Islander newspaper expressed concern to DOT District 1 secretary Stan Cann about speed limits along Manatee Avenue between the Island and 75th Street and Cann said he would address that issue following completion of construction — and a reduced speed limit — on the Anna Maria Island Bridge.

The study was suggested to address the area on the causeway where a system of bollards to limit parking and water access by motorists has created a “tunnel effect,” pushing parked vehicles and pedestrians closer to the road.

Another concern for safety is that the speed limit on the causeway and the Anna Maria Island Bridge is 50 mph and only drops past the Kingfish Boat Ramp to 40 mph upon entering Holmes Beach.