Project Information

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Project #1

Original Construction Cost: $8,200,944
Project Start Date: July 2013
Completion Date: November 2015
Contractor: Woodruff and Sons, Inc.

Improvements on this 1.5 mile project included the construction of a new three-lane road from US 41 to 15th Street East and a new four-lane road from 15th Street East to 19th Street Court East. The contractor also constructed three storm water ponds and formed and poured a triple box culvert to cross Bowless Creek.

SNN News talks with Sia Mollanazar, Manatee County Public Works County Engineer Deputy Director, about the importance of the 44th Ave. extension project.

Project #2

Original Construction Cost: $11,930,357
Project Start Date: January 2016
Completion Date: January 2018
Contractor: E. T. MacKenzie

Improvements on this 1.62 mile project included new construction of a four-lane roadway on 44th Avenue East through an undeveloped area extending from 19th Street Court East to 30th Street East. This project also included the construction of two single-lane roundabouts. The first roundabout is located at 27th Street East and 38th Avenue East, and the second is located at 30th Street East and 38th Street East.

Additional improvements included sidewalks on the north and south sides of 44th Avenue East; curbs, gutters, lighting, and signalization at 19th Street Court East, US 301, and 30th Street East; water main construction; and drainage and storm water improvements.

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Project #3

Original Construction Cost: $10.4 Million
Project Start Date: March 2015
Completion Date: January 2018
Contractor: Woodruff and Sons, Inc.

Improvements on this 1.2 mile project included new construction of a four-lane roadway on 44th Avenue East extending from 30th Street East to 45th Street East, raised medians with grass and concrete curbs, five-foot sidewalks on the north and south sides of 44th Avenue East, four-foot paved bike lanes, and drainage and storm water improvements.

Additional improvements included sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and lighting and signalization at 37th Street and 44th Avenue.

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Project #4

Construction Cost: $9.8 Million
Construction Start Date: February 2018
Completion Date: Summer 2020
Contractor: Gator Grading & Paving, LLC

Improvements to this 1.1-mile project included the widening of 45th Street East between SR 70 and 44th Avenue East from a two-lane to a four-lane roadway with grassed raised medians. The bridge deck at Gap Creek was widened to accommodate additional travel lanes. Two pedestrian bridges were constructed to provide pedestrian sidewalks. Access to the existing fire station was improved with an emergency traffic signal. Signalization was also added at the intersection of 44th Avenue East and 45th Street East.

Project #5

Construction Cost: $67.8 Million
Construction Start Date: May 2020
Completion Date: Spring 2023
Contractor: Woodruff & Sons, Inc

Project Description
This project continues the extension of 44th Avenue East from 45th Street East to west of I-75. Project #5 includes approximately 3.27 miles of roadway improvements and has been divided into two adjacent sections. The first section begins at 45th Street East, continues east across the Braden River and ends at 44th Avenue Plaza East. The second section (referred to as Phase 1) will begin at 44th Avenue Plaza East and end approximately a quarter mile west of the I-75 right-of-way.

Roadway improvements on 44th Ave East will include widening to a four-lane facility with bike lanes, divided median, curb and gutter, sidewalk, multi-use trail, street lighting, utilities, drainage infrastructure and stormwater management systems. The bridge over the Braden River will be 0.28 miles in length and will include four travel lanes, shoulders, traffic railing barriers, sidewalk, multi-use trail, and utility space in the middle of the bridge deck to accommodate Manatee County utilities and street lighting.

Additionally, Morgan Johnson Road will be extended south and realigned as a two-lane road to create a new signalized intersection at 44th Avenue East. The realigned two lanes of Morgan Johnson Road will include a bike lane, curb and gutter, paved shoulders, sidewalk, and street lighting. The Morgan Johnson Road extension is also being designed and constructed to accommodate a future widening to four lanes. The intersection of 44th Avenue East and Creekwood Boulevard will also become a signalized intersection once construction is complete.

Current Activities

Over the next two weeks, the contractor will continue installing the storm sewer system from the Elwood Booster Pump Station moving east towards 51st Street East. Once that work is complete, a temporary closure will be required at the intersection of 44th Avenue East and 51st Street East to continue working towards the western bridge approach.

On the east side of the bridge, the contractor will finish pouring the concrete curb between the eastern bridge approach and the intersection at 44th Avenue East and Morgan Johnson Road. Once all the curb has been installed, foundation material for the roadway will be applied in preparation of asphalt paving activities.

At the far eastern end of the project limits, the contractor will finish installing the utilities near the stormwater retention pond across from Creekwood Park. Once that work is complete, installation of the storm sewer system will continue west towards 44th Avenue Plaza East.
 
Click on the images below to view future typical sections for 44th Avenue East, Caruso Road, a bridge rendering, and a plan view of the project alignment.
 

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Project #6

Construction Cost: TBD
Estimated Construction Start Date: Fall/Winter 2022
Completion Date: Spring 2026
Contractor: TBD

Project Description

Project #6 (referred to as Phase 2) is the final segment of the 44th Avenue East Extension Project and will include approximately 1.61 miles on new roadway. Project #6 begins where Project #5 ends just west of I-75 and extends 44th Avenue East over I-75 to the existing intersection of 44th Avenue East and Solutions Lane on the east side of I-75. This project has been expanded to include a roundabout at the intersection of 44th Ave East and Lena Road. Lena Road will also be extended approximately 0.27 miles south of the roundabout. This added section will connect the 44th Avenue East roundabout with the existing segment of Lena Road to the south continuing towards SR 70. (See project graphic for location details)

The Project #6 segment of 44th Avenue East will be a four-lane facility with bike lanes, divided median, curb and gutter, sidewalk, a multi-use trail, street lighting, utilities, drainage infrastructure, and storm water management systems. The new segment of Lena Road connecting the 44th Avenue East roundabout and the existing Lena Road will be a two-lane facility with divided median, curb and gutter, sidewalk, a multi-use trail, and street lighting.

Design/Permit Status

  • The design consultant is currently coordinating the following permits:
    • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for monitoring and mitigation of the bald eagle nests in the area.
    • The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) for the Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) application submittal and modifications.
    • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for modifications to the existing SEWRF pond in the area.
    • The FDEP is granting the Section 404 permit requirements in conjunction with SWFWMD.
    • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for the aerial crossing of the I-75 right-of-way.

Land Acquisition

Land acquisition for the stormwater management facilities and Lena Road connection is ongoing. Right-of-way mapping is being prepared for the entire project corridor.

Schedule

The schedule for this project is closely associated with the permitting process. The 90% plan set was submitted in February 2022 and is currently coordinating with the permitting agencies. Groundbreaking activities are expected to begin Fall / Winter 2022.

Current Activities

The County has requested proposals from Contract Managers At Risk (CMAR) for the project. Once the project is awarded, the CMAR will work closely with the design consultant on a constructability review of the project before completing the Final Plan submittal.

The 44th Avenue East and Lena Road Roundabout.
The 44th Avenue East and Lena Road Roundabout.

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