More I-75 Construction, with a New Ellenton Interchange and New Bridges
Two New Bridges Over the Manatee River, Highlight a Completely New I- 75 Interchange, at US 301 in Ellenton which is budgeted to Start This Year.
The ever changing and on-going construction along I-75 will continue for awhile. Recently ,the first major project was the Florida Department of Transportation building the the $75 million diverging diamond at University Parkway and I-75..
Next… was Upgrading on interchanges at State Road 64 and I-75… which are now completed.
On going and almost completed is the $80 million State Road 70 and I-75 interchange, which is scheduled to be fully completed this fall.
However…. The biggest interchange project of all in our area... will be interchange at I-75 and U.S. 301 in Ellenton. This project is fully funded for $138 million, and it is scheduled to start this fiscal year.
The U.S. 301/ & I-75 interchange will be rebuilt... moving it from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration.
In addition Two New bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River... and with that adding a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp.
In terms of future planning, The FDOT knows that I-75 is usually overcrowded. They have created the “Southwest Connect Interstate 75 North Corridor Master Plan”.
This plan covers the area north of Moccasin Wallow Road in Manatee County… south to River Road in Venice.
That plan will look into for improvements… which may include widening, managed lanes, modifying interchanges, and/or evaluating new interchanges.
For example… is the development plan in Sarasota County, that we discussed recently... where Hi Hat Ranch… located off Clark Road, just east of I-75 … will one day be home to 30,000 residents.
The Florida Department of Transportation has announced a virtual public outreach meeting to gather citizen comments on future transportation plans.
Meeting materials will be available for viewing and comment June 15–25. In addition, FDOT is hosting a live online question-and-answer event 5–6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15. Visit the project website to register for the virtual event.
To call into the session, dial +1-914- 614-3221 and enter access code 549-037-035. Attendees who use the call-in option will be able to listen only and will not be able to type in questions during the meeting.