15th Street East & US 301 Boulevard East Design Project
About the Project
FDOT is preparing design plans for improvements to 15th Street East/Old US 301 East (15th Street) from Tallevast Road to US 41 in partnership with Manatee County. Manatee County has designated the project as a Complete Streets Corridor, which requires that the project is planned, designed, operated, and maintained to serve the transportation needs of all users including motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders and freight handlers. The proposed improvements to 15th Street include adding a center turn lane, sidewalks, and bicycle lanes. The project also includes constructing roundabouts at Tallevast Road, Whitfield Avenue, 57th Avenue, 51st Avenue, and 49th Avenue and upgrading bus stops to meet requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Need for the Project
The purpose of this project is to improve mobility, accessibility, and to provide safer travel conditions for all users. The project is identified as a financially feasible transportation project in the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization's (MPO's) 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).
Funding for the design phase of this project is included in the FDOT Five-Year Work Program (fiscal years 2017-2021). There is currently no funding for right-of-way or construction in the work program.