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Eighth Avenue West project expected to improve pedestrian safety in Bradenton

Traffic stops for two pedestrians as they cross Eighth Avenue West in Bradenton. The project is to include turn lanes, crosswalks and medians along Eighth Avenue West from Ninth Street West to 14th Street West in Bradenton.
Traffic stops for two pedestrians as they cross Eighth Avenue West in Bradenton. The project is to include turn lanes, crosswalks and medians along Eighth Avenue West from Ninth Street West to 14th Street West in Bradenton. File photo

A public hearing for a pedestrian safety improvement project planned in Bradenton will be Thursday, July 14.

Florida Department of Transportation along with the city of Bradenton is having the public hearing at 6 p.m. in the council chambers, 101 12th St. W., Bradenton. An open house for the project, which includes medians and crosswalks on Eighth Avenue West between 14th Street West and Ninth Street West, will begin at 5 p.m.

“This project also creates dedicated turn lanes at most of the intersections,” according to a news release. “In addition, the project will lengthen the eastbound left-turn lane at the Eighth Avenue West/Ninth Street West intersection to allow room for more vehicles.”

During the open house, the public will have a chance to review the draft design plans. Concept plans are available for review until July 25 at the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton.

Claire Aronson: 941-745-7024, @Claire_Aronson

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