Needed: More ways to avoid I-75

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SARASOTA, FL - The recent backups surrounding the accident on I-75 and University Parkway is raising questions. Why are there not more North/South roads from Lakewood Ranch to Fruitville road east of I-75 in Sarasota?

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization says talks are ongoing. Representatives of the MPO say currently developers of Lakewood Ranch own the property needed. They say right now developers and Sarasota County are trying to strike a deal to push a road through between University Parkway and Fruitville road. Likely Lakewood Ranch boulevard.

Coming up this evening on ABC 7 we'll take a look at the need. We will also be talking about other potential plans to avoid I-75 which could be built in the coming years.