Lakewood Ranch Boulevard Extension Now Open
The completion of the Lakewood Ranch Boulevard extension south to Fruitville Road is complete. The extension will facilitate travel from Fruitville Road in Sarasota County to U.S. 301 north of the Manatee River, via the Fort Hamer Bridge, in Manatee County. This is the second north-south road that the Lakewood Ranch Stewardship District has built; the Lorraine Road extension, between University Parkway and Fruitville Road, was finished in 2017. The 1.711-mile Lakewood Ranch Boulevard extension project was a collaboration between Schroeder-Manatee Ranch (the developer of Lakewood Ranch) and Sarasota County; it cost approximately $16 million and required 14,676 tons of asphalt, 4,400 linear feet of guardrails, 9,979 square yards of concrete for the sidewalk, and 34,918 linear feet of curb. It features two roundabouts and 82 streetlights.