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State bumps up timeline for State Road 64 improvements

State Road 64 Manatee County
Posted at 3:05 AM, Mar 20, 2019

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Transportation is bumping up the schedule for road improvements on State Road 64 in Manatee County.

The state and county will be installing a roundabout at State Road 64 and Greyhawk Blvd/Pope Road. It was originally scheduled for 2023 and is now slated for construction to begin in the spring of 2020.

Two teens died in a crash at this intersection in September of 2018. Troopers say Chase Coyner made a left turn on Pope Road and didn't see a truck traveling in the opposite direction. Coyner and his passenger, Matthew Powers, both died.

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Since that crash, the boys fathers have been fighting for change. Transportation officials shut down the left turn lane on State Road 64 after the accident.

FDOT will be holding a public hearing on Tuesday, March 26 at the Bayside Community Church, 15800 SR 64 in Bradenton.

It will be an open house at 5 p.m. where staff will discuss the project and answer questions. A formal presentation will follow at 6 p.m.