Interstate 75 from South of Bee Ridge Road to South of Fruitville Road, Sarasota County
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold four neighborhood public information meetings for Interstate 75 (I-75) from south of Bee Ridge Road to south of Fruitville Road.
In the event that you are unable to attend the meeting scheduled for your neighborhood, you are welcome to attend a meeting scheduled for another neighborhood.
January 31, 2017, 10:00 am to 11:30 am. - Includes the Casa Del Sol and Courtyard Villas neighborhoods.
January 31, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. - Includes the Calumet at Centergate and Seville at Centergate neighborhoods.
February 9, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. - Includes the Centergate neighborhood.
February 9, 2017, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. - Includes the Lake Sarasota and Country Creek neighborhoods.
Location: All four public information meetings will be held at the Realtor Association of Sarasota & Manatee, 2320 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, Florida 34232.
Each of the four meetings will include the same information and follow the same format. The meetings will be an open house format and will include a brief video presentation that will run continuously throughout the meeting. No formal presentation will be held. FDOT representatives will be available to answer individual questions at the display boards and receive written comments.
FDOT is preparing design plans for future widening of approximately 3.8 miles of I-75 and reconstruction of the I-75/Bee Ridge Road interchange. The FDOT will rebuild the interchange from the existing diamond design to a hybrid diverging diamond interchange (DDI) and southbound off-ramp to Cattlemen Road. The Department will also rebuild the Bee Ridge Road at Cattlemen Road intersection to a continuous flow intersection (CFI). This information meeting is being conducted to present to the public and officials the final design plans for the project. Project documents and other information are available on the project website (http://www.swflroads.com/i75/beeridgerdtofruitvillerd/).
Previous Public Meetings and Public Hearings
FDOT conducted a comprehensive public involvement program during the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study of I-75 from south of SR 681 to north of University Parkway in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Florida. The program included public meetings below.
|Public information workshop||February 28, 2008|
|Public hearings||February 10, 2009 and May 21, 2009|
Similarly, the department developed a Community Awareness Plan (CAP) that is implemented during the design phase. The CAP includes public meetings and a public hearing to present the results of the design.
During the design phase, traffic simulations indicated that the preferred alternative from the PD&E would result in excessive delay and queuing. To address this issue, FDOT developed a modified design proposal that includes reconstructing I-75 at the Bee Ridge Road interchange from the existing diamond configuration to a hybrid diverging diamond interchange (DDI) and a secondary southbound diversion ramp. FDOT would also rebuild the Bee Ridge Road/Cattlemen Road intersection to a continuous flow intersection (CFI). The hybrid DDI, southbound diversion ramp, and CFI work in conjunction to accommodate the traffic at the I-75/Bee Ridge Road interchange and the Bee Ridge Road/Cattlemen Road intersection, which are in very close proximity to each other. The proposed design plans continue to include widening of I-75 from south of Bee Ridge Road to south of Fruitville Road to a six-lane highway and widening of about one mile of Bee Ridge Road from west of Maxfield Drive to west of Mauna Loa Boulevard.
As listed below, FDOT held public meetings and a public hearing during the design phase to review the modified design proposal and solicit public input.
|Public information meeting #1||December 15, 2015|
|Public information meeting #2||February 11, 2016|
|Public information meeting #3||May 19, 2016|
|Public hearing||July 26, 2016|
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 Federal Highway Administration and FDOT.