Traffic on bridges not sitting well with Palmetto Mayor

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 9:35 pm | Updated: 12:03 pm, Fri Feb 14, 2014.

PALMETTO, Fla. - "Havoc." That's how Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant describes the traffic issues on the Green Bridge and DeSoto Bridge, which both connect Palmetto to Bradenton.

"Every year it gets worse and worse. People are complaining to us so much about it," said Bryant.

"It's pretty bad," said Jon Davis.

"It increases twofold when the northerners are down here," said Brian Williams.

This week, Bryant contacted the Florida Department of Transportation to look into the issues.

"Something needs to be done and done fairly quickly," says Bryant.

The sooner the better. According to Bryant, first responders are also having a difficult time dealing with the traffic.

"In an emergency situation, if you are in an ambulance and there is a crisis and this traffic, you would not want you or a loved one in that ambulance," said Bryant.

Construction on the Fort Hamer Bridge is expected to begin this summer, but according to Palmetto residents, it won't help them. The bridge will be located east of I-75 in Manatee County.

"You can build all the bridges out east, but it's not going to eliminate traffic in Downtown Bradenton and Palmetto," said Patrick Bryant.

FDOT should have its study and recommendations out sometime within the month.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Right Now

weather

Today

weather
76°
Details

Tomorrow

weather
75°
Details

Today

weather
78°
Details

Today

weather
76°
Details

SUBMIT PHOTOS & VIDEOS | VIEW ALL PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Send your photos & videos to Pix@MySuncoast.com and you could be featured on ABC 7 & our website.