An administrative law judge in Tallahassee has cleared the way for proposals that will give residents a choice between two new, state-of-the-art hospitals in Venice.

In the order, a judge upheld state regulators’ decision to approve the applications by Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Venice Regional Bayfront Health to build new medical campuses just one exit apart on Interstate 75.

Both facilities -as of now- are scheduled to open by 2022.