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New I-75 Overpass Would Connect LWR Waterside to N Cattlemen Rd

Proposed Waterside-UTC connector could open in late 2025

First announced in 2016, the proposed I-75 overpass to connect LWR Waterside to N Cattlemen Road at the south end of Benderson Park, would help to provide increased east / west access to the popular University Town Center (UTC) area for the many residents and growing communities east of the Interstate. The proposed overpass would also help to relieve current and future traffic congestion at the busy Fruitville Road and University Pkwy intersections. The project, which is still undergoing a Project Development & Environment (PDE) Study, could potentially break ground in 2023 once FDOT and local governments have reviewed all aspects of the study, including design, budget and environmental impacts.

I-75 Overpass Project Overview

  • Would connect Lakewood Ranch Blvd to N Cattlemen Rd
  • Four lanes total (two westbound & two eastbound)
  • Space for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Project would start in 2023 and be completed by late 2025
To keep updated on the project's full progress, be sure to check out the North Sarasota Multimodal Connector website.

Map of the Preferred Overpass Location

The following map hi-lights the preferred location for the overpass. This was selected based upon three original alternatives.

Photos of Proposed Waterside-UTC Connector Site

Aerial view of preferred site for UTC-Waterside connector Aerial view of preferred site for UTC-Waterside connector
South view of UTC-Waterside bridge site
South view of UTC-Waterside bridge site
North view of UTC-Waterside overpass site
North view of UTC-Waterside overpass site
N Cattlemen Rd site for UTC-Waterside overpass bridge
N Cattlemen Rd site for UTC-Waterside overpass bridge


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