Article by: John McGuire

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The first of three phases of the Sarasota/Manatee Barrier Islands Traffic Study is complete.

The study, which is a $675,000 project of the Florida Department of Transportation, is an examination of how to improve the flow of traffic to, from and on Longboat, Anna Maria Island and Lido Key.

FDOT has an ultimate goal of determining specific recommendations by fall 2018.

In June, FDOT completed the first phase: a review of available studies and transportation plans regarding the barrier islands to compile a summary of recommendations. The full report can be found here.

The next phase calls for making observations and collecting traffic data. The final phase includes completing a transportation management plan and recommending improvements.

The first of the study’s steering committee meetings was held in May.

*An early version of this article stated the study’s next steering committee meeting will be held on July 19. That information is incorrect. The next Barrier Islands Elected Officials meeting will be held that day. We apologize for the mistake.