Maintain Our Roads & Safety During Detours

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On Monday, March 13, 2017, Manatee County began road work on Verna Bethany Road in Myakka City. The electronic construction signs that alerted residents to the work only stated that the road would be closed for Monday, March 13. The signs did not state that the work was "beginning" on Monday, and lasting through a specific or undisclosed time period. This construction impedes on a main route through Myakka City, which would cause a detour to be placed on nearby residential roads. There were no additional means of alerting residents (such as flyers, mailers, etc.) that there would be a detour down their residential streets.

There is a detour available around the work; the detour goes through residential areas (Gopher Hill Road, 63rd Avenue East, 65th Avenue East, and 274th Street East). The majority of the these roads that the detour is on are dirt roads that are county maintained. Rather than taking alternate routes, people are using the detour. However, they are not respecting the residential areas that the detour goes through. Additionally, the county has not posted signs for large vehicles, such as semi-trucks, dump-trucks, etc., to take an alternate route, thus sending these vehicles down the residential, dirt roads. There are multiple school bus stops along these roads as well.

The increased traffic has caused the roads to not be driveable. The roads now have a washboard effect. The roads are now extremely dangerous. There are no posted speed limit signs or speed bumps, therefore, people are speeding down these roads. The increased speed not only creates a safety concern for pedestrians and residents, but also kicks up so much dust that drivers cannot see ahead of them.

The sheriff's department has stated that they cannot do anything because there are no posted speed limit signs. Residents have attempted to post their own signs and create speed bumps of dirt and sand, and the problem is only getting worse - with no end in sight of the detour/construction.

We request that Manatee County grade the road at least once per day, as well as send a water truck at least twice per day to keep the dust down.

Sign this petition and we will send it to our county commissioners to make them aware of the issue and take care of our rural residents!



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