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Project Details
Work Type: PD&E Study
Phase: PD&E
Limits: SR 64 (Manatee Ave. E.) to Haben Blvd
Length: 1.297 miles
Study Cost: $1,600,000
Start of Current Phase: Late 2022
Est. Completion of Current Phase: Late 2024
Estimated Costs
Construction Cost: $168,000,000

The purpose of this study is to evaluate alternatives for an in-kind replacement of the DeSoto Bridge over the Manatee River. The project is 1.3 miles in length from SR 64 to Haben Boulevard, located within the Cities of Bradenton and Palmetto in Manatee County. The study will determine where and how to build feasible alternatives for the new in-kind replacement bridge, considering their social, economic, natural, and cultural effects.

The current DeSoto Bridge (Bridge #130053) was constructed in 1957. The existing bridge provides 40 feet of vertical clearance over the river and has four lanes, with two in each direction. The new bridge will be similar in length and profile to the existing one. It will also include wider inside and outside shoulders and a barrier separating a new shared-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists from vehicular traffic.

The Bradenton-Palmetto Connector Study will evaluate corridors to provide additional capacity and transportation demand across the Manatee River as part of the regional transportation system, specifically between the Cities of Bradenton and Palmetto and the numerous communities in western Manatee County. A total of ten (10) corridors will be evaluated, including the US 41/DeSoto bridge corridor, during the Alternative Corridor Evaluation (ACE) Study. To learn more about the future capacity improvements and the Bradenton-Palmetto Connector Study, click the following link: https://www.swflroads.com/project/444843-1


Public Involvement

October 19, 2023: Virtual Alternatives Public Meeting

October 17, 2023: In-Person Alternatives Public Meeting

May 25, 2023: Virtual Kickoff Public Meeting

May 23, 2023: Kickoff Public Meeting

April 30, 2024: Public Hearing

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Contact Information
PD&E Project Manager
Richard (Dick) Combs
For Media Inquiries Only
Project Documents
01- Public Hearing April 30, 2024
02-Alternatives Public Meeting - October 2023
03 - Kickoff Public Meeting - May 2023
04 - Technical Documents