The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has approved the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for review by the general public and federal and state review agencies. Hard copies of the FEIS are available for review at the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce (941)748-3411, Manatee County Central Library (941)748-5555, Rocky Bluff Library (941)723-4821, and the Coast Guard Office in Miami, FL (305)415-6736. The FEIS can also be viewed online by clicking on the button below. A copy of the FEIS will be filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and will be available on their webpage Friday, April 18, 2014.

The Public Review period will be open until Monday May 19, 2014.

The proposed Fort Hamer Bridge will provide an alternate north / south route through northeast Manatee County and enhance emergency service access. This bridge will improve the level of service to the existing network of north county roadways as development expands through this area of Manatee County.

Manatee County has been directed by the US Coast Guard (USCG) to expand the scope of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study being performed to include the two (2) alternatives depicted below in the NEPA Study Limits map. To assist in understanding the locations of these two (2) alternatives, the Ft. Hamer location is shown in Green and the Rye Road location shown in Pink. These two (2) alternatives will be analyzed and evaluated in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). A Preliminary Draft EIS is currently under review by the USCG and Manatee County is awaiting formal comments. Once comments are received the Draft EIS will be revised and submitted for signature. When the USCG signs the Draft EIS a Notice of Availability will be published and a Public Hearing date will be noticed.

NEPA Study Limits

Design Limits

Initial Construction Project - 2 Lane

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