Sarasota/Manatee Barrier Islands Traffic Study
About the Study
FDOT is conducting a study to examine the feasibility of improving the overall transportation infrastructure, including traffic operations and circulation, on the Sarasota/Manatee Barrier Islands as well as island-to-mainland connections. To ensure a comprehensive approach, this study must evaluate a variety of elements including travel patterns of users on the islands, trips on and off the islands, destination points, existing transit service, existing parking facilities, bicycle/pedestrian facilities and needs, and land development as they are related to parking. A unique element that must be considered for this study is event operations planning in relation to seasonal visitors. It is also recognized that off-island improvements may be evaluated in both Sarasota and Manatee counties.
The study will be comprised of three phases. Phase 1 will include reviewing available studies/transportation plans that have been performed and summarizing the recommendations. Phase 2 of the project will include observations, collection of traffic data, parking studies, etc. Review of these elements will lead to identification of the issues present on the islands. Phase 3 will include a transportation management plan and recommendations to improve the current infrastructure issues, if needed, based on conclusions made during Phase 2.
Click on the various pages of this website for information about the future public involvement meetings, the project schedule and information on how to contact FDOT's project manager.