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Traffic project causing chaos for some Bradenton drivers

Posted at 4:13 PM, Mar 06, 2019

BRADENTON, Fla. — Some residents and business owners on 1st Street in Bradenton said a recently completed traffic project is causing chaos for drivers. USA Transmission owner, Kim Redding said a new concrete median blocks the road for some drivers trying to get to the businesses on 21st Avenue.

"The only way to get to these businesses on 21st Ave. is to go down 22nd Ave. and go down residential neighborhoods,” said Redding.

FDOT said they added the two medians because of an increase in automobile and pedestrian traffic.

Some residents told ABC Action News that they would like to see FDOT open a turning lane in the median, so cars aren’t being funneled to residential streets.

“This project is a disaster for the businesses and for the residents in the neighborhood,” said Redding.

A representative from FDOT told ABC Action News that the agency will study the possibility of opening the median to add a turn lane for traffic to access 21st Avenue.

This is a developing story. Stay with ABC Action News for updates.