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Bradenton-Palmetto Connector Alternative Corridor Evaluation (ACE) Study

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Study Description

ACE Studies are performed during the Planning phase to define project parameters, the project definition and the purpose and need for the project. The Bradenton-Palmetto Connector Study is part of the Planning phase of the project development process. Ultimately, the study will be used to identify, evaluate, eliminate and recommend project alternatives prior to the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) phase.


project corridor mapPurpose of the Project:

Improve regional multimodal mobility, connectivity, and safety for all users between the Cities of Bradenton and Palmetto in Manatee County, Florida.


Need for the Project:

  • Increase safety
  • Increase roadway capacity
  • Transportation demand
  • Economic development
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility

Study Scope:

  • Phase 1 - Conduct an Alternatives Corridor Evaluation (ACE) Study
  • Phase 2 - Conduct a PD&E Study

The Bradenton-Palmetto Connector Alternative Corridor Evaluation (ACE) Study will evaluate 11 corridors, including the existing two bridges – the DeSoto Bridge at US 41 (US 301) and Green Bridge at 8th Avenue West to address mobility, access and safety concerns including capacity limitations of the existing bridges to meet future needs of the area.

The alternatives considered as part of this ACE Study are located in the Cities of Bradenton and Palmetto in west Manatee County.

The ACE Study will document the process for how each of the alternatives are evaluated as well as the process used to identify reasonable alternatives to carry into the PD&E Study.

As part of this process, the analysis will include a comprehensive evaluation of the natural, social, physical, and cultural environment; project cost; traffic; and the extent to which each corridor meets the purpose and need of this project. Coordination with resource and regulatory agencies, project stakeholders, and the community play a crucial role in the ACE Study process. Input from public engagement as well as data analysis will be used to determine the most viable corridors to continue forward into the PD&E Study.

The Alternatives Corridor Evaluation Study begins during the Planning phase of a project and continues through the Project Development and Enivironmental (PD&E) Study of project.

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