Contractors working on the Rye Road improvement project in Manatee County are currently stuck playing catch-up, according to authorities in charge of the project.
Work began on the $5.9 million project in October 2018. The project features improvements all along the road from State Road 64 to Upper Manatee River Road, and the installation of a new force main. The Rye Road lane will be widened to current standards for two-lane roads, with 12-foot travel lanes (up from 10.5 feet) and six-foot-wide paved bicycle lanes, as well as an extra four-foot stabilized shoulder.
Important safety upgrades
The hope is that these upgrades will improve safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike. However, a number of factors have caused the job to fall behind schedule. There have been numerous rain delays, as well as restrictions on work hours to minimize traffic flow impacts as both lanes of traffic were not able to be kept open as initially planned. Fiber optic elements also had to be relocated. Contractors are currently able to work only about half a work day.
The deadline for the project was March 27, 2020 for “substantial completion,” which meant the public would be able to fully use the roadway. However, it is unlikely the project will currently meet that deadline. The contractor is expected to work with the county to get additional time.
There are many circumstances in which safety upgrades to roads can be crucial for protecting everyone who uses it. In some cases, a lack of the proper safety features or roadway features that are not up to current standards could result in a municipality bearing at least partial responsibility for an accident.
For more information about the steps you should take if you’ve been injured in an accident caused by poor roadway design, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.