Traffic

$15.7M slated for area road projects

MANATEE — Almost $15.7 million in federal economic-stimulus money for transportation projects is one step closer to coming to Manatee County.

The Florida Department of Transportation is recommending that two dozen local projects, ranging from sidewalks to a new bridge, receive funding from the $787 billion stimulus package.

Nearly every project that local officials submitted for stimulus money won FDOT’s recommendation.

“We’re happy because the locals got what they wanted,” said Cindy Clemmons-Adente, a local FDOT spokeswoman.

FDOT submitted its recommendations to the Florida Legislative Budget Commission, which still must approve the funding as part of the state budget. Recommended projects

n $7.9 million to add 95 intersections throughout the county to an automated traffic-management system.

n Almost $3.19 million to resurface University Parkway between U.S. 301 and Interstate 75.

n $1 million to replace the Ninth Avenue West bridge over Wares Creek in Bradenton.

n $830,169 to add sidewalks, lighting and landscaping along State Road 789/Gulf Drive between Cortez Road and Fifth Street in Bradenton Beach.

n $800,000 to realign and reconstruct 23rd Street West between Eighth and 14th avenues west in Palmetto.

n $775,169 to repair bridges on Crescent Avenue and North Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria.

n $200,000 to buy two diesel buses for Manatee County Area Transit.

n $186,264 to resurface Pine Avenue between Gulf Drive and Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria.

n $112,229 to resurface Gulf Drive between Pine and Willow avenues in Anna Maria.

n $96,873 to resurface 10th Street West between Eighth and 14th avenues west in Palmetto.

n $95,441 to build sidewalks along 21st Avenue West between 30th and 34th streets west in Bradenton.

n $85,486 for sidewalks along North Bay Boulevard between Hibiscus and North Shore Drive in Anna Maria.

n $78,110 to upgrade traffic signal supports at Gulf Drive and East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach.

n $74,773 to construct sidewalks on 27th Street West between 22nd and 23rd avenues west in Bradenton.

n $64,379 for sidewalks on Holmes Boulevard between 54th and 66th streets in Holmes Beach.

n $38,268 for sidewalks on 21st Avenue West between 26th and 27th streets west in Bradenton.

n $30,513 to construct sidewalks at Gulf Front Park in Anna Maria.

n $21,155 for sidewalks on 23rd Avenue West between 26th and 27th streets west in Bradenton.

n $20,102 for sidewalks on 85th Street from Gulf Drive to Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.

n $20,018 for radio and associated equipment for MCAT.

n $15,437 for sidewalks along Gulf Boulevard between Magnolia and Palm avenues in Anna Maria.

n $14,724 for sidewalks on Palm Drive between 66th and 85th streets in Holmes Beach.

n $13,107 to construct sidewalks along Gulf Drive between Pine and Spring avenues in Anna Maria.

n $11,414 for sidewalks on Gulf Drive between 57th and 84th streets in Holmes Beach.

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