The following is a response by Kevin Ingle (FDOT engineer) to VR resident Marty Donner’s comment made at the FDOT public forum in February concerning the interchange at Bee Ridge.
The project is being designed to handle future 2040 traffic for the interstate, the interchange, and Bee Ridge Road/Cattlemen Road intersection. The traffic already is an issue at the interchange due to traffic backing into the interchange from the intersection. The project is also setting the interchange in its ultimate location so I-75 can be widened to its ultimate typical section. As a result of the public workshop we have altered the design and it will no longer allow traffic exiting the off ramp to access Wilkinson Road. There will be another public workshop in mid-May to show the altered design to the public.