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: February 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 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 Avenue 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

The contractor has completed the installation of underground utilities and is nearing completion of the storm sewer system near the intersection of 44th Avenue East and 44th Plaza East. Current activities include preparing the roadway for upcoming paving operations on the northern side/eastern end of 44th Avenue East with roadwork underway on the southern side of 44th Avenue East between 44th Plaza East and 69th Street East.

The contractor is currently performing paving/roadwork and final restoration activities as they near completion of this segment of the 44th Avenue East Extension. This work will continue through Friday, December 8, 2023 (weather permitting) and includes paving a portion of the eastbound lane of 44th Avenue East near 44th Plaza East. After paving is completed, eastbound traffic from 45th Street East to Creekwood Boulevard will be moved into its final configuration.

Starting Friday, December 8, 2023, westbound traffic on 44th Avenue East at Creekwood Boulevard will be shifted to the south side of the road, transitioning to the north side of the road at the intersection of 65th Street East and 44th Avenue East. To assist with traffic flow, a temporary three-way stop will be installed at the intersection of 65th Street East and 44th Avenue East. The traffic shift will remain in place until work is complete.

The contractor will be working to complete the installation of curb, sidewalk, and roadway in the area of 44th Avenue East and 67th Street East, with paving scheduled for early January 2024. A traffic shift and temporary three-way stop will be in place to accommodate construction activities. Access into and out of The Reserve at Crossing Creek will be maintained. Once roadwork is completed between 44th Plaza East and 44th Terrace East, traffic will be moved into its final configuration and the contractor will work to install the final layer of pavement.

Travelers are urged to exercise caution and be mindful of traffic patterns, construction vehicles/equipment, and materials staged in right-of-way areas.  

Project completion is anticipated in early 2024. 

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: $160 Million
Construction Start Date: December 2023
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 1.61 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. 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. A bridge will span the reclaimed lake on the existing County Southeast Water Reclamation Facility (SEWRF). 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 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 is complete and is ongoing for the Lena Road connection. Right-of-Way mapping has been prepared for the entire project corridor.

Current Activities

The contractor has begun mobilization of heavy equipment in preparation for construction on the final segment extending 44th Avenue East from the west side of 1-75 eastward to Solutions Lane. Starting the week of Monday, December 4 and continuing through late January 2024, the contractor will be performing excavation, clearing, and pile-driving beginning on the west side of I-75, just north of The Ridge at Crossing Creek, and continuing to the east side of 1-75. 

 Work will be conducted Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., with limited nighttime work scheduled as needed. Starting Sunday, December 10, and continuing through Thursday, December 14, 2023, nighttime construction is scheduled to occur between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. These activities will include excavation and hauling operations on 44th Avenue East, west of I-75.

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

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