On January 4, 2017, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One secretary approved the Final State Environmental Impact Report for the intersection of State Road (SR) 64 and Rye Road in Manatee County. The next phase of development, the design phase, or preparation of construction plans, is now underway.
Based on the results of analyses of potential effects to the social, cultural, natural, and physical environment, projected project costs and benefits, and public comments gathered throughout the study, FDOT reached a decision on the type of improvements necessary to accommodate future traffic demands at the SR 64 and Rye Road intersection. A decision is required in order to advance to subsequent design and construction phases.
FDOT selected the modern roundabout alternative presented at the October 13, 2016 workshop. The modern roundabout alternative will now advance into the design phase, and subsequently construction. The alternative shown below consists of a multilane roundabout and associated sidewalks that will replace the existing intersection.
Design and right-of-way acquisition funding is in FDOT’s current fiscal year (FY), 2016/2017, with construction funding in FY 2017/2018. Weather permitting; construction should take approximately 18 months.