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Anna Maria Island Bridge PD&E Study

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FDOT Presentations

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) made several presentations about the Anna Maria Island Bridge Project Development and Environment Study. They were presented as follows:

  • Council of Governments - Wednesday, April 15, 2009. To view the show, please click here.
  • Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization - Monday, May 4, 2009. To view the show, please click here.
  • Manatee County Board of County Commissioners – Tuesday, May 5, 2009. To view the show, please click here.
  • Sarasota/Manatee MPO Citizens Advisory Committee – Thursday, June 4, 2009. To view the show, please click here.
  • Sarasota/Manatee MPO Technical Advisory Committee – Monday, June 8, 2009. To view the show, please click here.

Materials Presented at March 26, 2009, Public Hearing.

handout comment sheet survey

Hearing Handout

Hearing Comment Sheet

March/April 2009 Survey (#3)

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FAQ and Matrix


Proposed Typical Section


Aesthetic Examples

To view the videos, click on the links below


Public Hearing Held

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), hosted a public hearing regarding the Anna Maria Island Bridge Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study. The hearing was be held on Thursday, March 26, 2009, at the Saint Bernard Catholic Church activity center, 248 South Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. An informal open house began at 6:00 p.m., and the formal public hearing began at 7:00 p.m.

The study includes State Road (S.R.) 64 (Manatee Avenue) from west of S.R. 789 (East Bay Drive) to east of Perico Bay Boulevard, a distance of about 2 miles. Replacement alternatives for the Anna Maria Island Bridge, including a low-level drawbridge, a mid-level drawbridge and a high-level fixed bridge and a rehabilitation option have been analyzed during the PD&E Study. The no-build option of continued maintenance of the existing bridge remains a viable alternative throughout the study.

The general objective of the study is to provide documented information necessary for FDOT to reach a decision on the type, design, and location of the proposed improvements to the Anna Maria Island Bridge for approval by USCG. The public hearing will allow interested persons the opportunity to express their views concerning the conceptual design, social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed improvements.

Right-of-way acquisition is proposed for the build alternatives. Potential encroachments on wetlands and floodplains have been identified as a result of this study and may be given special consideration under Executive Orders 11990 and 11988, respectively.

You can view the documents in PDF format by clicking on the links below.

Public Information Workshop Summary

The FDOT hosted an alternatives public information workshop on December 16, 2008, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the St. Bernard Catholic Church activity center, 248 South Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida. The purpose of the workshop was to provide a study update; present the results of the surveys to date; and present and obtain feedback on the alternative concepts. Invitational newsletters were mailed to approximately 3,800 individuals. Approximately 100 persons attended the workshop.

An audiovisual presentation was shown continuously to explain the no-build, rehabilitation, and replacement alternatives. Project handouts and a second study survey were offered to attendees. The survey asked for preferences regarding the alternatives presented at the workshop. Scribes and comment sheets were available for public comments.

FDOT received 58 surveys at the workshop and in the 15-day period following the public meeting. The Department also received approximately 30 comments at the workshop, on the study web site, via e-mail, and letters received following the workshop. The surveys and comments provided the public's preferences regarding future replacement or rehabilitation of the existing bridge, the alignment and vertical clearance of a possible replacement bridge and the typical cross section. The results of the surveys received through January 2009 indicate:

  • 77 percent favor replacement of the bridge and 23 percent opposed. Five percent said their opinion had changed from the initial survey, while 91 percent said it had not.
  • 30 percent favor a north alignment for a future bridge replacement, 44 percent favor a south alignment, and 26 percent had no preference.
  • 70 percent prefer a high-level fixed bridge, 4 percent would like a mid-level drawbridge, 21 percent prefer a low-level drawbridge, and 5 percent favor another solution or had no preference.
  • 20 percent favor a new bridge with one sidewalk (Typical Section A), 73 percent favor a new bridge with two sidewalks (Typical Section B), and 7 percent had no preference.

Results of the second survey (click here to see results) were analyzed and, together with in-depth analyses completed during the engineering and environmental studies, have been used to further refine the alternatives that will be presented at a formal public hearing in March 2009.

Materials Presented at December 16, 2008, Public Information Workshop

handout comment sheet survey

Workshop Handout

Workshop Comment Sheet

Workshop Survey

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Tender Log Summary


Proposed Typical Sections

To view the Workshop Video, Click on the link below

To view the different alternatives, Click on the link below

Public Involvement

Public involvement will be an extremely important component of the PD&E Study. Numerous newsletters like those referenced below will be published. A formal public hearing will be scheduled in spring 2009 to display the preferred alternative(s). Please see the study schedule on the Project Schedule page.

Throughout the study process, presentations will be given to various governmental groups. Interested groups or organizations may also request a presentation.

handout comment sheet survey

December 2008 Newsletter

July 2008 Newsletter

Boat Height Survey Results

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April 2008 Survey Results

April Survey Results

April 2008 Workshop Presentation


February 2008 Newsletter