FDOT planning upgrades to north/south corridor in Bradenton

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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Several upgrades and additions could be coming to part of a thoroughfare between Sarasota and Bradenton.

301 Boulevard East and 15th Street East stretches from U.S. 41 near DeSoto Square Mall to University Parkway near the airport.

The Herald-Tribune reports that Florida Department of Transportation may do a lot of work to the 4.5 mile stretch between U.S. and Tellavast Road. That work could include widening the road from its current two lanes so there would also be a center lane. Also, adding bike lanes and sidewalks, and converting some intersections into roundabouts.

An engineering and design study budgeted at roughly $8 million could be finished by next spring.

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