MANATEE COUNTY (WWSB) -Local officials want to hear what you think the future of our roads should look like.
The Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold a public forum Monday April 22nd at USF Sarasota-Manatee from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Community members will have the chance to tell local officials what changes they'd like to see happen to the roads throughout the Suncoast. The feedback will shape Sarsota-Manatee's MPO long range transportation plan for 2045. The meeting happens once every five years.
In the last forum, an area of concern was U.S. 41. Many community members said they wanted the road to be more accessible for all modes of transportation. A representative from the Sarasota-Manatee MPO thinks this will still be a main priority for many people.
"We want to make sure that maybe if you can't afford a car, then you can walk, bike, and use transit safely. That you're not going to get hit by a car driving because there's no sidewalk or there's no facility for you to bike down because those are your only options to get to work or to essential services," said Sarasota-Manatee MPO Public Involvement Coordinator, Corinne Tucker.
The meeting is free and open to the public. It will be held in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium.