The state transportation department plans to construct two temporary traffic signals on a major East Manatee County road by next year.
Ahead of two future roundabouts, the Florida Department of Transportation will be placing signals on State Road 64 at Rye Road and Lorraine Road.
The Rye Road signal is expected to be completed by May 2018, and construction on the roundabout will begin shortly thereafter, said FDOT spokesman Zac Burch. The traffic signal at Lorraine Road should be finished by July 2018, but its roundabout won’t be built for some time.
“Putting in a signal is a process,” Burch said. “Each intersection is different. They’re all designed differently.”
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The signals will remain in place until their respective roundabouts are completed.
“(It) has been determined that the signal can function both prior to and during a portion of the roundabout construction and will work together with the temporary traffic signal at Lorraine Road to enhance the safety of motorists within this segment of the SR 64 corridor,” wrote FDOT transportation operations director Richard Lilyquist in an email to Ron Schulhofer, Manatee County public works director.