440411-1 Sarasota/Manatee Barrier Islands Traffic Study
|Work Type:||Traffic Study|
|Limits:||The study area is located in Sarasota and Manatee County, Florida and includes portions of both counties, the City of Bradenton, the City of Sarasota, the City of Anna Maria, the City of Bradenton Beach, the City of Holmes Beach, and the Town of Longboat Key|
FDOT is conducting a study to examine the feasibility of improving the overall traffic operations and circulation of motorized and non-motorized traffic on the Sarasota/Manatee Barrier Islands. 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.
Francisco B. Domingo, P.E.
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