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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

Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Project Nos. 6086960 and 6045662 (Phase I)
Construction Cost: $67.8 Million
Construction Start Date: May 2020
Anticipated Completion Date: Late Summer/Early Fall 2024
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 beginning at 45th Street East, continues east across the Braden River, and ends approximately a quarter mile west of the I-75 right-of-way.

Roadway improvements on 44th Avenue East 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 is 0.28 miles in length and includes 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 has been extended south and realigned as a two-lane road, creating a new signalized intersection at 44th Avenue East. The two realigned lanes of Morgan Johnson Road include a bike lane, curb and gutter, paved shoulders, sidewalk, and street lighting. The Morgan Johnson Road extension was designed and constructed to accommodate a future widening to four lanes. The intersection of 44th Avenue East and Creekwood Boulevard is now a signalized intersection with a dedicated right-turn lane on eastbound 44th Avenue East at Creekwood Boulevard. A dedicated right-turn lane will also be constructed on eastbound 44th Avenue East at 45th Street East in late summer 2024.

Current Activities

In late July 2024, the contractor will begin construction of a dedicated right-turn lane on eastbound 44th Avenue East at 45th Street East. This work is expected to be complete by early fall 2024. This project is substantially complete. 

 
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Project #6

Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Project No. 6045662
(Phase 2)

Construction Cost: $160 Million
Construction Start Date: December 2023
Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2026
Contractor: SEMA Construction, Inc

Project Description


Project #6 (referred to as Phase 2) is the final segment of the 44th Avenue East Extension Project and will include approximately 1.9 miles of 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. Lena Road will also be extended approximately 0.27 miles south of the roundabout. This added section will connect 44th Avenue East 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, storm water management systems and a roundabout at the intersection with Lena Road. A new overpass across Interstate 75 and a bridge that will span the reclaimed lake on the existing County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility (SEWRF) are included in the project. The new segment of Lena Road connecting the 44th Avenue East roundabout and the existing Lena Road to the south 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 submittals and modifications.
    • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for modifications to the project Section 404 permit.
    • 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 44th Avenue East and for the Lena Road connection is ongoing. Right-of-Way mapping has been prepared for the entire project corridor.



    Current Activities


    I-75 Median: Bridge work is ongoing, with nighttime closures of the inside northbound and southbound travel lanes of I-75 in effect as needed to accommodate this activity. 

    Beginning in mid-August and continuing throughout the month (weather permitting), a detour affecting the northbound travel lanes of I-75 will be implemented to accommodate bridge construction activities within the median of I-75. The detour will take place during nighttime hours to minimize traffic disruptions. 

    West of I-75: Construction of the retaining wall in the area west of I-75, just north of The Ridge at Crossing Creek community, is ongoing in preparation for construction of the bridge over I-75. This work is expected to be completed by mid-August 2024, with drainage and roadway construction activities to follow. 

    East of I-75: Bridge construction activities in the County’s reclaimed water storage lake, directly south of the Manatee County Wastewater Plant, are ongoing. Concrete substructure work on the South Lake bridge is underway and expected to continue through the end of the year. Other activities underway in the area include storm drainage and utility work, with the construction of an embankment and the retaining wall for the eastern end of the bridge over I-75 anticipated to begin in mid-to-late August 2024. 

     

    Construction activities are being conducted Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., with nighttime work to occur on an as-needed basis. Residents are asked to be mindful of construction equipment and materials being operated and staged in right of way areas. 

     

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

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