Island fares well with potential transportation stimulus funds
A host of projects on Anna Maria Island could receive funding through the federal stimulus windfall.
President Barack Obama has approved the Congressional stimulus package of $787 billion. Exactly how much money will be diverted to Florida transportation needs is yet to be determined, as well as how much will come to the Manatee and Sarasota county area.
A Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization committee has agreed on a list of transportation projects that meet the requirement of being “shovel ready,” or planned and awaiting only construction funding for implementation.
That list has gone to the Florida Department of Transportation. Formal ratification of the list will come after a special MPO meeting March 2.
Manatee County’s portion of the wish list is heavy on Island projects. Awaiting funding are:
Bradenton Beach, S.R. 789/Gulf Drive corridor improvements, $700,000.
Palmetto, Haben Boulevard roundabout, $990,000.
Palmetto, resurfacing, $650,000.
Anna Maria, sidewalks/bike path, $100,000.
Anna Maria, resurfacing, $100,000.
Anna Maria, trolley shelters, $64,000.
Anna Maria, bridges, $650,000.
Holmes Beach, sidewalks, $205,000.
Holmes Beach, curb replacement, $27,000.
Holmes Beach, East Bay Drive/Gulf Drive alignment, $210,000.
Holmes Beach, new sidewalks, $270,000.
Holmes Beach, streetscape, $52,000.
Bradenton, sidewalks, $1 million.
Manatee County, U.S. 301/Erie Road to C.R. 675, $5.4 million.
Within Sarasota County’s funding request is resurfacing of Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key for $750,000.
“The Sarasota/Manatee MPO area looks forward to a much-needed infusion of transportation funds,” said MPO executive director Michael Howe.