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: $54.6 Million
Construction Start Date: May 2020
Completion Date: Fall 2022
Contractor: Woodruff & Sons, Inc

Project Description
This project continues the extension of 44th Avenue East from 45th Street East to west of I-75. The upcoming segment 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, Caruso Road and Morgan Johnson Road will be realigned as two-lane facilities to create a signalized intersection at 44th Avenue East. The realigned Caruso Road section will include the western two lanes of a future four-lane section, including a bike lane, curb and gutter, paved shoulder, sidewalk and street lighting. Morgan Johnson Road will require only minor modifications to create the new intersection. The intersection of 44th Avenue East and Creekwood Boulevard will become signalized as well.

Current Activities

Over the next two weeks, the contractor will be installing storm sewer systems on both sides of the Braden River. On the east side, crews will be working from the river towards the base of the bridge approach and then on to the intersection of Morgan Johnson Road and the new Caruso Road alignment. On the west side, crews will be working on the storm sewer drainage near the intersection of 44th Avenue East and 51st Street East.

Additionally, the roadway foundation will be completed near the southern end of the new Caruso Road alignment. Paving of this area as well as the future westbound travel lanes along 44th Avenue East is currently scheduled for the last week of July, weather permitting. At this time, sidewalk, curb and sod have been installed along 44th Avenue East’s future westbound travel lanes between Caruso Road and 65th Street East.

Additionally, the Braden River bridge continues to advance westward as pile driving activities progress further into the river’s main channel.

Please 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

Design/Permit Status

  • Project #6 (referred to as Phase 2) is the final segment of the 44th Avenue East Extension Project. The design includes a proposed I-75 overpass and will extend eastward to connect with the existing intersection of 44th Avenue East and Solutions Lane and Highland Links Street just west of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. The preliminary design alignment for this project will also go through the County’s Southeast Water Reclamation Facility (SEWRF) property.
  • 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 (SWFWD) for the Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) application submittal and modifications.
    • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the dredge and fill activities by way of a joint application with SWFWMD.
    • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for modifications to the existing SEWRF pond in the area.
    • 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 needs will be refined as the design progresses and stormwater management facilities are identified along the project corridor.


  • The schedule for this project is closely associated with the permitting process. As both the design and future funding availability are advanced, the timeline for the project construction will be refined. At this time, final project design completion is anticipated in April 2022.

Current Activities

The design consultant, in coordination with the Manatee County Public Works Department, the Parks Department, and the Natural Resources Department has identified a wetland mitigation site associated with SWFWMD permitting requirements and are working on the design plans. They also continue to coordinate with the FDOT and FHWA regarding the proposed aerial crossing of I-75 and proposed bridge design. Additionally, utility coordination is ongoing and drainage design alternatives for stormwater storage and treatment are being evaluated.


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