The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices for the week of May 20:
Cortez Bridge: Maintenance on the bridge on Cortez Road takes place overnight, with a flagging operation, through May 23.
Coquina Beach: Manatee County is paving the south end of the Coquina Beach parking lot in Bradenton Beach. The south lot will be closed during the work.
Bradenton Beach: Milling and paving continues, with work planned on 10th Street North east of Gulf Drive; 26th Street North from Gulf Drive to Avenue C; and Avenue C from 26th Street to Gulf Drive.
Holmes Beach: Milling and paving continues, with work planned on 39th Street from Gulf Drive to Fourth Avenue; Fourth Avenue from 39th to 35th streets; 35th Street from Fourth Avenue to Sixth Avenue; and Avenue E from Gulf Drive to 28th Street.
Longboat Pass Bridge: Save the date for the start of major repairs to the Longboat Pass Bridge on Gulf Drive between Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key. Overnight work will begin June 10 and continue through the fall.
For the latest road watch information, go online to www.fl511.com or dial 511.
The fare-free trolley operated by Manatee County Area Transit stops at the Manatee Public Beach in mid-April for people to catch a ride north. Transportation planners are circulating surveys for long-range planning among transit riders, motorists, bikers and more. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Transportation experts compiling a long-range plan know a survey of the general public will define problems.
They also hope people who complete the online survey can shape solutions.
The regional Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization in collaboration with the Florida Department of Transportation and a host of committees is making 25-year plans in “Transform Tomorrow.”
The MPO must revise the document every five years to include a list of transportation improvements, reflect changing priorities, trends and technologies and also address safety, infrastructure, congestion, economics and environmental sustainability.
Technicians, consultants, government administrators and elected officials are shaping the plan, as are public comments via a survey on the MPO’s homepage at www.mympo.org.
The survey begins with basic questions:
• What is your primary mode of transportation?
• How important is transportation to your family?
• Have you missed work due to a lack of transportation?
• Do you drive a car?
• Do you ride a bicycle?
• Will you take public transit?
• Do you use Uber or Lyft?
• Do you walk, run or jog to a destination?
“They really want the public to participate,” Lynn Burnett of LTA Engineers, the contracted city engineer in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach, said May 6. “The goal is to have 4,500 people participate in this survey.”
Burnett commented at Bradenton Beach City Hall during a meeting of the Island Transportation Planning Organization, which consists of the island mayors and meets prior to the MPO board meeting. The May 6 meeting lasted less than 15 minutes.
About the MPO
The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, established by interlocal agreements, is the regional transportation planning entity for Sarasota and Manatee counties. A 17-member board governs the MPO. Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie, as the current chair of the Island Transportation Planning Organization, is a member.