| Sarasota Herald-Tribune
SARASOTA – One of the most hotly contested and highly anticipated roundabouts in the city of Sarasota is approaching reality.
The Florida Department of Transportation will host a virtual public meeting for the U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue roundabout construction project at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Construction is to begin in February. The roundabout is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022. Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. Construction will occur during the day and occasionally at night.
Construction costs are still being finalized.
The primary purpose of the project is to convert the existing signalized intersection at U.S. 41 at Gulfstream Avenue to a roundabout that officials say will enhance connectivity and safety.
The project also includes installing a HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system and raising pedestrian refuge islands. The project will add new sidewalk and pedestrian walkways and address some of the area’s longstanding draining and utility issues.
In preparation for the roundabout, the city of Sarasota will relocate the iconic Unconditional Surrender sculpture to the area between O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill and Marina Jack. “Compexus,” the 70-foot red sculpture along the bayfront, will temporarily be moved to the Sarasota Art Museum.
Because the intersection is one of the primary access points to the barrier islands, Longboat Key officials have long opposed the project, suggesting that the Gulfstream Avenue roundabout would lead to greater traffic woes.
To register for the public workshop, go to bit.ly/3gCZLbj.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Those who prefer to listen to the webinar may call in and listen on one of the following numbers: 1-213-929-4232 or the toll-free number at 1-866-901-6455 and enter access code 671-872-151# to join at the time of the meeting.
Comments and questions will be taken during the meeting, by email, through the project website, and by mail through Jan. 6. All correspondence will be posted to the project website at that deadline. Visit swflroads.com/gulfstreamroundabout/ for more information.
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