BRADENTON, Fla. - It's a project that'll cost 39 million dollars and take at least two years to complete. FDOT officials were answering a lot of questions at a public meeting regarding the Diamond that will be constructed in the coming weeks at the I75 interchange with State Road 64 in Bradenton. For longtime Braden River Lakes resident Rita Fligiel, she tells us she's happy that she attended Thursday's meeting.
"When I came in here I was completely against it until I saw how they're going to take away the danger of getting onto I-75," said Fligiel. "Now I'm mixed, I don't like the fact that it's going to take two years."
For other residents we talked with who live near the I75 State Road 64 Interchange, they see many positives with a project like this.
"I think it'll be an improvement over what it is now," said one Bradenton resident. "It's the off ramps and on ramps are the reasons it's being redesigned obviously and that's what needed to be redesigned because they're kind of constrictive the way they are now."
FDOT says most of the work will focus on the on and off ramps to I75 including the building of a new overpass to the southbound on ramp. Officials tell us most of the work will be on State Road 64 and they will not be widening I75 as part of this project.
"We have a lot of volume of traffic out here in Sarasota and Manatee Counties," said Marlena Gore, the Project Manager with FDOT. "The more improvements we do to our interchanges and interstate the better that we could hold the capacity, plus the improved traveling."
There is currently a diverging diamond being built at University Parkway which will be completed around September. With two big projects that'll be going on at the same time, FDOT officials encourage drivers to be patient and extra cautious.
"We've got about close to 8 or 10 miles between the two interchanges, so we got some gaps, we should be fine," said Gore.
Construction will get underway sometime after Memorial Day.