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Bradenton-Palmetto Connector Alternative Corridor Evaluation (ACE) Study

1. What is an ACE Study?

An Alternative Corridor Evaluation (ACE) Study is a planning process that identifies and evaluates corridors to recommend feasible alternatives that should move forward for additional analysis as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). ACE Studies take place during the planning phase of a project to determine the systems level planning and analysis and gather all the information needed to transition into individual project solutions and ultimately project programming. The information gathered and analysis made during the ACE Study allows the project to transition into a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study, which determines the location and conceptual design of feasible build alternatives for roadway improvements and their social, economic and environmental effects.

Steps in an ACE Study:

  • Identify Corridors
  • Draft Purpose and Need Statement – Why do we need the project?
  • Evaluate Corridors
    • Is it consistent with Local Agency’s Long Range Transportation Plans?
    • Is it consistent with City/County Comprehensive Plans?
    • What are the potential impacts to the environment?
      (Social, Natural, and Physical)
    • How well does the corridor improve safety and mobility?
    • What is the project cost?
  • Eliminate corridors with significant impacts
  • Recommend Corridors
    • Consistent with Purpose and Need Statement
    • Move forward to PD&E


2. How does this project relate to Central Manatee Network Alternatives Analysis (CMNAA)?

This ACE Study is the direct outcome of this CMNAA analysis and public outreach, and will take the next step to evaluate the 11 alternatives, eliminating some and recommending others.


3. What other FDOT projects are underway in this corridor?

Current Area Projects

  1. 10thAvenue Complete Street Study [FPID: 433142-2]
  2. Palmetto Trails Network PD&E Study [FPID: 444857-1]
  3. Bradenton-Palmetto Connector ACE Study [FPID: 444843-1]
  4. Desoto Bridge PD&E Study [FPID: 442630-1]
  5. Sarasota/Manatee US 41 CMASS [FPID: 440154-1]
  6. US 41 Transit Choices ConOps
  7. US 41 Resurfacing from Edwards Drive to Magellan Drive [FPID: 444612-1]
  8. Cortez Corridor Visioning Plan


4. Will there be a public meeting?

Yes, in fact there will be two:

  • June 2022 – Kick-Off Meeting
  • October 2022 – Public Informational Meeting


5. How can I comment on the study?

We welcome your input. Email your comments to info@bpcconnector.com.





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