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Central Manatee Network Alternatives Analysis

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One has partnered with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Manatee County, the Cities of Palmetto and Bradenton, and the Sarasota/ Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (SM MPO) to conduct the Central Manatee Network Alternatives Analysis (CMNAA) Study.

The CMNAA study area is within the Cities of Bradenton and Palmetto and in unincorporated Manatee County, Florida. General study area boundaries are 26th Avenue W on the west, Ellenton-Gillette Road on the east, 17th Avenue W on the south, and 17th Street W on the north.

The study area is located south of Tampa, north of Sarasota, and east of the Gulf Coast beaches. Due to the location and geographic constraints, the arterial roadways in the study area play an important role in regional mobility. North/south and east/west vehicular capacity on the roadway network is constrained by the Manatee River.

The community has long looked to address mobility and accessibility concerns within and through the study area. Due to the social and economic impacts associated with previously proposed infrastructure investments to mitigate congestion across the river, the local partners requested a comprehensive alternatives analysis to address local and regional travel needs while supporting broader economic development goals.

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