The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is holding a public hearing about the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study for the proposed improvements along SR 70 from Lorraine Road to CR 675 (Waterbury Road), in Manatee County.
The hearing will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at the Risen Savior Lutheran Church located at 14605 59th Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida.
The hearing will begin with an open house at 5 p.m., followed by a formal presentation and public comment period at 6 p.m. Department staff will be available to discuss the project, receive public input, and answer questions.
This hearing is being held to allow interested persons an opportunity to be informed and provide comments concerning the location; conceptual design alternatives; and the social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed improvements to SR 70. The purpose of this project is to enhance safety, freight mobility and vehicular traffic flow and operations within the project limits, as well as to accommodate projected traffic demand in the area. The proposed improvements will also improve connectivity to the regional transportation network. The No-Build Alternative, which assumes that no improvements will be made along SR 70, is also an option and will remain a viable alternative throughout the PD&E study.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting the FDOT Project Manager, David C. Turley, PE at 863.519.2255, by e-mail to [email protected] or by writing to Florida Department of Transportation, Attn: David C. Turley, 801 North Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830. Draft project reports and conceptual plans will be available for public review 21 days prior to the hearing at the Braden River Branch Library, 4915 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida 34203 (Please call the library at 941.727.6079 for hours of operation) and at the Florida Department of Transportation Office in Bartow, Florida (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact David C. Turley, FDOT Project Manager, at 863.519.2255 or by email at [email protected] at least seven (7) days prior to the hearing. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Services, 1.800.955.8771 (TDD) or 1.800.955.8770 (Voice).
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) pursuant to 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by the FHWA and FDOT.
You can also stay current with the project and share comments with the study team by visiting the project web page at swflroads.com/sr70/lorrainerdtocr675/home.html.