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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 DeSoto Bridge (Bridge #130053) carries US 41 and US 301 over the Manatee River between the cities of Palmetto and Bradenton. The bridge is 40 feet tall over the water and carries four lanes of traffic, two in each direction. It is one of two bridges connecting Bradenton and Palmetto. The other is the Green Bridge located approximately west of the Desoto Bridge. The bridge was built in 1957 and FDOT is evaluating options to replace the bridge.

The purpose of the study is to evaluate replacement options for the DeSoto Bridge located between SR 64 and Haben Boulevard within the Cities of Bradenton and Palmetto in Manatee County. The objective is to evaluate the project’s impact on the social, economic, cultural, natural, and physical environment, to develop the Location and Design Concept of the Project. 


Public Involvement

This kickoff meeting is being held to introduce the project and provide the opportunity for the public to offer feedback. You can participate in the kickoff meeting in-person on Tuesday May, May 23, 2023, anytime from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto, FL 34221 or live online on Thursday, May 25, 2023, starting at 5:00 p.m. The same materials will be displayed at both the in-person and online events and will also be posted by Monday, May 22, 2023, on the project webpage. 

IN-PERSON - May 23, 2023

  • 5pm to 7pm. at Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Ave Bradenton, FL 34221.

VIRTUAL - May 25, 2023

  • Join online from 6pm to 7pm using an electronic device such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2199721875706127703
  • Phone Option (Listen Only): Participants may join the meeting in listen-only mode by
    dialing 1-415-930-5321 and entering the passcode 689-572-339 when prompted.
  • After the event, by viewing the public meeting presentation, public comments, and project exhibits on the project website www.swflroads.com/project/442630-1.
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Contact Information
PD&E Project Manager
Steven A. Andrews
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