Aug. 19-25, 2013
The following is a summary of Sarasota County construction, repair and maintenance projects that are expected to have an impact on local traffic or public areas during the one-week period beginning Monday, Aug. 19, and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 25. This summary includes all road or lane closures approved by the county engineer.
For more information about county construction projects and road and lane closures, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 (TTY: 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771).
Gulf Gate Library replacement, Sarasota: The replacement of the Gulf Gate Library at 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota, began in June with demolition of the existing library and site preparation for construction of the planned two-story, 25,000-square-foot building at the same site. Roadway and drainage improvements to Curtiss Avenue are ongoing. Work is in progress on the southbound lane of Curtiss Avenue from Gulf Gate Drive to the southern boundary of the library property. However, both northbound and southbound lanes remain open at this time. Drivers should exercise caution while traveling in the area. The new library will have expanded parking facilities, stormwater facilities, enhanced landscaping and an after-hours book return with a dedicated drive aisle. The project is expected to be finished in late summer/early fall 2014. The library has temporary quarters in the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, 8201 South Tamiami Trail.
River Road and U.S. 41 intersection improvements, Sarasota County: The contractor will continue clearing the rights of way and pond areas in preparation for the excavation of the ponds and the filling of the embankment areas. No road closures are anticipated at this time, but there will be daytime temporary single lane closures on northbound and southbound U.S. 41 starting Monday, Aug. 19, to accommodate road construction on U.S. 41. Also, there will be construction equipment entering and leaving the existing roadways, and motorists are urged to use caution while traveling through this area. The project includes improvements to River Road, approximately 2,100 feet south and 3,600 feet north of U.S. 41 and improvements to U.S. 41, approximately 1,000 feet west and 1,100 feet east of River Road. Improvements include reconstruction of River Road at the intersection to four lanes and the widening of U.S. 41 to provide receiving lanes from River Road. Additional improvements include signing and pavement markings, an overhead signalization truss, drainage improvements and streetlights. Project completion is expected in winter 2013.
River Road resurfacing, Sarasota County: Resurfacing of River Road from south of the intersection of U.S. 41 to Pine Street continues. The project does not include the intersection of River Road and Winchester Boulevard. Shoulder reconstruction and widening work is expected to take place during daytime hours the week of Aug. 19-23. This work will be performed using single lane closures. Motorists should expect moderate delays as they wait for their turn to navigate around the working heavy equipment. An alternate route to Venice or Port Charlotte is State Road 776. The final asphalt friction course construction will be done in phases, with one road segment up to 1 mile in length at a time. Completion is scheduled by the end of September.
Palmer Boulevard and Celery Fields Observation Mound irrigation and landscaping, Sarasota: This project consists of the installation of an irrigation system and the planting of native vegetation on the Celery Fields Observation Mound, as well as in the median and along both sides of Palmer Boulevard, between Bell Road and Center Road. The Celery Fields park will remain open to the public throughout the project. Work will take place from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Motorists and pedestrians should exercise caution along Palmer Boulevard while enjoying the park. Pedestrians on the Celery Fields Observation Mound should be aware of slow-moving construction equipment and vehicles. The project is scheduled to be complete in October 2013.
Hudson Bayou Water Quality Improvements, Sarasota: This project takes place in various locations within the city of Sarasota. On Ringling Boulevard, between East Avenue and Main Street, the project includes bioswales, replacement of asphalt with pervious pavers and pervious concrete, and stormwater pond remediation. On Novus Street and Dolphin Street, nutrient-separating baffle boxes will be installed. At Luke Wood Park, the project calls for stormwater pond remediation and nutrient-separating baffle boxes. Work will occur from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. The sidewalk adjacent to the county parking garage on Ringling Boulevard has been closed to pedestrians. Motorists and pedestrians should exercise caution while traveling through the area. The project is scheduled to be completed in March 2014.
Red Bug Slough Preserve restoration, Sarasota: This wetland restoration project in the Red Bug Slough Preserve is intended to remove exotic invasive vegetation, restore and enhance an historic marsh, increase aquatic habitat and enhance recreational use by the public. The work takes place within the preserve; however, at times, vegetative and earthen debris will be hauled off-site. Work will take place from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday- Friday. Dump truck traffic may occur on Lockwood Ridge Road and Ashton Road. The preserve will remain open to the public during the project duration; however, portions of the trail system may be closed for short periods of time in the immediate vicinity of the active work area or staging area. Pedestrians and motorists in the preserve or on adjacent streets should exercise caution. The project is scheduled to be complete in January 2014.
Bay Island Park seawall replacement, Sarasota: This project includes removal of approximately 800 linear feet of existing seawall and installation of new concrete seawall panels and cap. The concrete panels will be cast onsite and will penetrate into the naturally occurring rock substrate. Also included are sidewalk improvements. This project includes both the county-owned portion of the park to the south of Siesta Drive and the city-owned portion to the north of Siesta Drive. Work has begun on the south portion of the park. Half of the parking lot has been closed to the public. Existing parking spaces on the north side of the parking lot will remain open to the public, and additional parking spaces will be provided. For at least the next two weeks, the contractor will continue moving concrete seawall panels across Siesta Drive from the south portion to the north portion of the park. Two flaggers will be used to stop traffic for the sporadic road crossings. Because of the construction, motorists and pedestrians should exercise caution while using the park. Beginning Aug. 17, work will take place 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, as well as 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, with the exception of Saturday, Aug. 31, over the Labor Day weekend. The project is scheduled to be completed in October 2013.
Lockwood Ridge Road interconnect force main project, Sarasota: Pinecrest Street intersection remains closed west of Lockwood Ridge Road for pipe installation. There will be temporary lane closures at Lockwood Ridge Road and Pinecrest Street. Directional drilling will continue along the east side of Lockwood Ridge Road between Dawson and Rose streets, and temporary lane closures may occur. This project consists of the installation of approximately 7,900 linear feet of 20-inch force main and 6,100 linear feet of 24-inch force main along Lockwood Ridge Road from south of Proctor Road at Gypsy Street to north of the South Gate master pump station located on Pine Valley Drive. Restoration operations are underway along Tanglewood Drive from Espanola Drive to Pine Valley Drive, while concrete curb, driveways and sod are being restored. Also, along Lockwood Ridge Road between Bee Ridge Road and Webber Street, motorists are asked to use caution when workers and equipment are in these areas performing directional drilling operations, which are continuing to move north. Delivery of equipment and materials to the storage area located on the north end of the project near the South Gate master pump station will continue throughout the duration of the project. Motorists should use caution when workers and equipment are in these areas. The project is scheduled to be completed in late winter 2013.
Colonial Gables, Ridgewood and Crestridge stormwater improvements, Sarasota: This project includes stormwater system rehabilitation, repair and replacement. Residents can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the duration of the project. Signs and flaggers will be in place directing traffic around the construction areas. Stormwater infrastructure construction and rehabilitation are continuing throughout the neighborhoods. Pedestrians and motorists should use caution while traveling through these areas, and watch for large equipment and trucks. Workers also will be accessing easement areas along canals and ponds. Project completion is expected in November 2013.
Phillippi Creek Septic System Replacement Program, Area N, Phase 2: Wilkinson Road reopens to traffic this week. While all piping and asphalt restoration is complete, sod installation on the edge of pavement will take place and may require intermittent lane closures with flaggers. Other pipe activity will be done on Murdock Avenue, north of Wilkinson Road. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times. The project boundaries are Swift Road to the west; Lockwood Ridge Road to the east; Bee Ridge Road to the north; and Dueby Street to the south. Work performed in the rights of way may reduce streets to one lane at times; detour signs will be posted and flaggers will be on duty, when necessary. Pedestrians and motorists are urged to use caution and watch for heavy equipment and trucks in the area. The project is slated for completion in December 2013.
West Dearborn Street area stormwater improvements, Englewood: Construction continues this week on the West Dearborn Low Impact Design (LID) Stormwater Pilot Project in Englewood. The intersection of S. Mango Street and W. Green Street will be closed from 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16. Work will continue along Old Englewood Road from Perry Street through Dearborn Street and along W. Perry Street from Old Englewood Road to the west. Work also will continue on Green Street from New York Avenue west through Dearborn Street, on Coconut Street from S. McCall Road through Elm Street, and on Cedar Street from Dearborn to Coconut streets. There may be lane and sidewalk closures’ in these areas. The LID project will incorporate environmentally friendly “green” features such as bioswales, prepared or mixed soil layers, pervious concrete pavement and stormwater reuse for irrigation. Also, for the first time as part of a county project, equipment will be installed for efficiency monitoring of water samples during and after construction to test for nutrient reduction and improved water quality for Lemon Bay. Construction methods are designed to limit the impact on businesses and residents. Project completion is expected in December 2013.
Lemon Bay and Roberts Bay Sediment Management, Datura Ditch project location, Venice: Both Seminole Boulevard and Baffin Road are open to traffic. No future road closures are anticipated. Local residents should be aware of heavy equipment, workers or dump trucks moving in and out of the rights of way on Datura Road, Baffin Road and Seminole Boulevard. Project completion is scheduled by the end of September.
Kensington Park neighborhood, Sarasota: Beginning Monday, Aug. 19, roadside tree work will take place this week on Prudence Drive between Gocio Road and 17th Street, and on 27th Parkway between Lockwood Ridge Road to the end of the parkway. There will be occasional traffic delays in the work zone.
Clark Road and Honore Avenue intersection improvements, Sarasota: Work on Clark Road continues this week. Lane closures will be in effect; motorists could experience delays. There will be construction equipment entering and leaving the existing roadways, and motorists are urged to use caution while traveling through this area. Construction of the improvements began in January. The project consists of roadway, drainage and utility improvements and traffic signal replacement at the intersection of Clark Road and Honore Avenue. Project completion is scheduled in fall 2013.
City of Venice
Calle de las Tiendas in the 100 block between Venice and Tampa avenues, Venice: Work on a utilities line installation will force intermittent lane closures in the alley, Calle de las Tiendas, in the 100 block between Venice and Tampa avenues, from Aug. 19 through Sept. 3. There will be at least one day when the entire alley will be closed to traffic.
City of Sarasota projects
Downtown Sarasota improvements: Main Street is the primary focus of this project, which started July 8 with improvements at various locations stretching from Gulfstream Avenue to Five Points and up to Goodrich Avenue. Enhancements will include: installing brick paver sidewalks from Gulfstream Avenue to the Five Points roundabout; creating wider sidewalks with parallel parking on the north side of Main Street from Gulfstream Avenue to Five Points (angled parking will remain on the south side of the street); planting additional landscaping; replacing pedestrian light poles; installing brick pavers at selected crosswalks; and adding trash receptacles and benches. The project is expected to be substantially completed by Nov. 11, 2013.
Bradenton Road improvements: Bradenton Road, from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way to University Parkway, is being reconfigured into a two-lane divided roadway with a 5-foot raised median with landscaping. Roundabouts will be constructed at Myrtle Avenue and at 47th Street. The project will be multimodal friendly, with sidewalks and bicycle lanes added on both sides of the road. The bike lanes will be green in color, a new concept in bicycle safety, and the first of its kind in Sarasota. Tree mitigation is planned along the rights of way and will adhere to the city’s tree ordinance. Four Sarasota County Area Bus (SCAT) shelters will be added along Bradenton Road, which is a major route for SCAT. While the road will be open during construction, travelers are encouraged to use alternative routes. The project is expected to be finished in January 2014.