By SARA KENNEDY
MANATEE -- The Florida Department of Transportation is preparing design plans for future widening of approximately 6.8 miles of Interstate 75 from north of University Parkway to south of State Road 64 in Manatee County, officials said Monday.
Plans also call for reconstruction of the I-75 interchange at State Road 70, they said.
Design work started in February 2012 and is expected to be completed in spring of 2016, officials said.
However, they said the project has not yet been allocated construction money, and thus no date has yet been set for construction to begin.
Construction could take place well beyond 2017, when a new rowing center at Nathan Benderson Park will be hosting a world rowing championship, they said.