Legacy, Masters road work to begin; Lakewood Ranch Boulevard still holding

dgraham@bradenton.comMarch 30, 2013 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Drivers on Legacy Boulevard and The Masters Avenue at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club will notice some construction Wednesday.

Improvements and repairs to the entrance way have been the subject of Community Development District Boards over several months, but the actual work should be completed in about two weeks, according to the official notice from Town Hall.

Lakewood Ranch Boulevard repairs may be longer in coming, however, according to communication from Brian Martineau, project manager of the Manatee County Public Works Department.

There is a difference between roads within the Lakewood Ranch Community Development District, which

are maintained by the districts, and those outside, which are the responsibility of the county.

"We've been watchingthe road for awhile and it has been slowly deteriorating. We hope we can work with Manatee County sothat the repairs are made sooner than later," saidMike Kennedy, the Community Development Districts' engineer of record and also vice president and practice leader of urban land engineering for Stantec Consulting.

"It's getting bumpy and its getting worse."

Scheduled by the county for mid-2013 will be a base repair of the outside lane from River Club Boulevard to the entrance of Lake Vista, plus various locations involving smaller patches and overlays.

"I had noticed a section of curbing located at Watercrest and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard will need repair and a work order has been requested," Martineau wrote in an email.

Meanwhile, drivers on Legacy and Masters should notice no significant delays, but parking will be prohibited during the approximately two weeks of construction, a Town Hall notice said. This applies to homeowners, guests and vendors.

Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and other county roads do not come under the control of the district supervisor and must compete with other areas of the county for priority, Kennedy said.

At the March 21 Community Development District 5 meeting, he said he was attempting to arrange a meeting to discuss county road improvements with County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh, who represents County Commission District 5, including the Lakewood Ranch area, and Eva Rey, Lakewood Ranch executive manager.

Instead, email communication from Martineau pointed out the areas under consideration.

"Overall, the section from River Club Boulevard to Main Street totals about five lane miles and has service life remaining. This is a road I will continue to monitor. It was built in phases and clearly you can see different levels of wear from one section to the next," he wrote. "It is the hope that we can continue to maintain with smaller repairs and age the road more uniformly so we can resurface the entire section at one time and not continue with the various aged sections."

Dee Graham, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411, ext. 7027, or tweet @DeeGrahamBH.

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