BRADENTON (WWSB) - It’s a project that started back around 2010 when 44th Avenue started to be built to the east from Cortez Road West.
Right now it stops at the Braden River on the Bradenton side and just west of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard on the Lakewood Ranch side. About four miles of road have been built and there’s still another four and half miles to go to fully connect Bradenton to Lakewood Ranch on the 44th Avenue East corridor.
“The hope is that this new road 44th Avenue is going to take some of the pressure, some of the traffic off of State Road 64 and State Road 70, give people a new way to get from Lakewood Ranch to Anna Maria Island,” said Nick Azzara, Spokesperson for Manatee County.
This east to west road is right between State Road 64 and State Road 70. The four lane road project also includes a bridge over the Braden River and an overpass at Interstate 75. The backyard of Tommy Mitchell’s home is near where all the construction will take place. This project doesn’t sit well with him and so many of his neighbors who say their neighborhood is quiet and pristine.
“There’s going to be so much traffic, so much noise, new cars in the neighborhood riding by your house,” said Mitchell.
Bradenton resident David Kunz lives nearby. He says this road project will open up a new world of options and possibilities.
“Anything that alleviates traffic is going to be a good thing for us, I know we get stuck in traffic on 45th trying to get to 70, 70 is always backed up," said Kunz. “An alternate route to get to Lakewood Ranch, to get the gets to school I think will be beneficial.”
The remaining portion of this project is expected to cost around 125 million dollars. A large part of this will be paid for by Manatee County’s impact fees.
The remainder of this project could be getting underway later this year and be finished by 2023.