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News about issues regarding Transportation, Traffic, Roundabouts and Sidewalks in downtown Sarasota and surrounding areas.

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  • Wed, November 15, 2023 11:22 AM | Robin Parsons (Administrator)

    Both 10th Street and Boulevard of the Arts are slated to be transformed to allow for safer walking and biking.


    As downtown Sarasota expands with more demolition, more buildings and more roundabouts, the streets themselves are also changing.

    In Gillespie Park and the Rosemary District, the City of Sarasota is poised to transform 10th Street and Boulevard of the Arts (BoTA) into complete streets to allow safer ways to walk and cycle.

    What’s a complete street, exactly? It’s akin to Ringling Boulevard’s bike-friendly transformation also in downtown Sarasota, which now features protected bike lanes that connect to the Legacy Trail.

    But it’s “not just a rubber stamp that’s applied to other streets. Each street considers how it’s used by the public,” says Corinne Arriaga, senior transportation planner for the City of Sarasota. “These are two different corridors with different treatments, so you won’t find bicycle lanes on BoTA. People felt that 10th Street was the gateway to the Bay Park and wanted safe ways to move about—so there we’ll see wider sidewalks and bike lanes.”

    Through Sunday, Nov. 19, the public is invited to complete a short online survey to help guide the style and choose what design elements work best for the streets. Those items include lighting; shade-producing options, like trees vs. sail shades; bench styles, like wood slat vs. iron; paver materials, like concrete vs. brick; and bicycle lane barrier options, like planter boxes vs. flexible delineators. In addition to the online survey, the city sent mailers to residents and businesses within 300 feet of both projects. Arriaga and staff also canvassed area businesses and pedestrians to spread the word and gather feedback.

    City of Sarasota 10th Street and Boulevard of the Arts Corridor Visual Preference Survey - Take Survey Here

    The 10th Street transformation will take the street down to two lanes with 8-foot sidewalks, landscaping, stormwater treatments and protected bicycle lanes. A roundabout is also planned for the intersection of North Orange Avenue and 10th Street.

    “On BoTA, people wanted to see more pedestrian activity there with sidewalk cafes and flexible spaces for events,” Arriaga says.

    BoTA, west of U.S. 41, will be a two-lane divided street, with 12-foot travel lanes with shared vehicle and bike lanes, a 10-foot landscaped median and 10-foot sidewalks separated by a 9-foot landscaped border. The intersection at U.S. 41 will be raised with four crosswalks. The raised intersection functions as a speed table.

    From U.S. 41 to North Orange Avenue, power lines will be moved underground. BoTA will remain a two-lane divided street, with 11-foot travel lanes with shared vehicle and bike lanes, 11-foot sidewalks separated by an 8-foot landscaped border and on-street parking. There are also public art and street bench considerations being weighed.

    In May last year, the city unveiled preliminary concepts for the streets. “We had a previous survey that asked how the streets were used. Now we’re getting into details of the look,” Arriaga says.The complete street projects for 10th Street and BoTA are among the top 10 priorities that were put forth as part of Sarasota in Motion, the citywide Transportation Master Plan that was approved in 2020. The plan serves as a guide for multimodal transportation options and for creating a more bikeable and walkable community.

    To help fund the estimated $15 million in funding the complete streets will require, the city will apply for $12 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant, which opens next year. “We will receive word on that in the summer of 2024,” Arriaga says. The city is matching the remaining $3 million. “Without the grant, we’ll go to the commission with how to move forward,” she explains.

    Due to many moving parts, a completion date is still TBD, but a public City of Sarasota meeting is expected in the spring to unveil the outcomes of the survey.

    The survey closes at 5 p.m. on Nov. 19; you can access it here. Paper copies are available at Selby and Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota libraries.

  • Thu, March 04, 2021 2:00 PM | Robin Parsons (Administrator)

    The DSCA Transportation Committee has formed a new Electric Vehicle Charging Subcommittee under the leadership of Alan Freedman, DSCA Board Director from Alinari condo. The EV Charging Subcommittee will meet soon to review suggestions and comments from downtown residents and condo managers regarding Electronic Vehicle Charging Stations in downtown condos (multi-unit dwellings).  

    Several members of DSCA attended the webinar: What Is Vehicle Charging Innovations for Multi-Unit Dwellings (VCI-MUD)?

    You can access the slide deck and recorded webinar at this link.

    This is the DOE report that provides MUDs look more like workplace installations than single family residential installations. This includes information on cost factors like trenching.


    The CALeVIP program also has costs for equipment installation under that program.

    Email Rick or Eric for more info.
    Rick Teebay (CSE) <>
    Eric Huang (Forth) <>

    On March 3, DSCA members heard a presentation from Evan Goldin, CEO, Parkade; Chris Sharek, President, Sharek Solutions.  Here is the link for the presentation slides: Parkade for Residential – Sarasota-20200303

    The DSCA Transportation Committee provides news about issues regarding Transportation, Traffic, Roundabouts and Sidewalks in downtown Sarasota and surrounding areas.

    Please let us know if you or your condo wishes to participate in the DSCA EV Charging Subcommittee. or to be kept informed of the subcommittee’s reports.

    Alan Freedman, Chair, DSCA Electronic Vehicle Charging Subcommittee

    845-323-0555  –

    March 4th, 2021

  • Sun, January 31, 2021 2:02 PM | Robin Parsons (Administrator)

    Moves to Make Bicyclist Feel Safe Downtown 

    The Board of Directors of the Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (DSCA) has enthusiastically endorsed the construction of the Ringling Bicycle Trail from the Legacy Trail to Pineapple Avenue in downtown Sarasota. Thousands of people are currently using the Legacy Trail and with its completion to Fruitville Road significant additional numbers of people will have access to the trail.

    Many downtown condominium residents have bicycles and seek a safe place to ride.  The Ringling Bicycle Trail would provide easy and safe access to the Legacy Trail.  Additionally, bicyclists using the Legacy Trail would find downtown Sarasota as a safe and interesting destination enhancing downtown businesses.

    The Ringling Bicycle Trail would help connect the Legacy Trail to the Bay Front and to the MURT which leads to St. Armand’s and the barrier Islands.

    A safe downtown bicycling trail will encourage the use of bicycles for citizen health and recreation in addition to reducing the number of vehicles on the road. The major complaint about not using our bicycles is there are few places bicyclists feel safe.  A safe connection from downtown to the Legacy Trail will enthusiastically be received.

    DOWNLOAD LETTER:  DSCA letter – Ringling Bike Trail


    January 31st, 2021

  • Tue, November 10, 2020 2:18 PM | Robin Parsons (Administrator)

    US 41/Gulfstream Roundabout and Gap Stormwater Project Narrative 

     The FDOT Temporary Traffic Control Plan (TTCP) is to build temporary diversions (bypass roads – purple areas on exhibit) through a portion of existing parking along Bayfront Park Drive and a portion east of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue to handle traffic while the roundabout is under construction.  This should reduce delays and shorten the overall construction time of the project.  Included, please find descriptions and images of the various phases of the TTCP.

    More information on the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) US 41 at Gulfstream Roundabout project here:

    Pre-Phase – (approximately 92 construction days)

    In the Pre Phase (approx. 92 construction days),  traffic will flow normally with some minor work as noted in the hatched red areas on the exhibit. This work includes some short duration lane closures for placing temporary pavement, temporary signals and minor drainage. This will also include the closure of Gulfstream Avenue on the east of US 41 (one-way into the city). The main intent of this phase is to construct the temporary diversions (bypass roads) for use in phases IA, IB and IIA. Overall this phase has very little impact to the existing traffic pattern.

     Phase IA – (approximately 107 construction days)

    In Phase IA (approx. 107 construction days) traffic moves to the temporary diversions (bypass roads). This is expected to occur in mid-April (after Easter). Please note that traffic on and off the Keys can access Northbound and Southbound US 41, however, no traffic on US 41 will be able to proceed Northbound or Southbound (no through traffic will be allowed). All US 41 Northbound and Southbound through traffic will be directed to use US 301. Traffic can enter downtown at Main Street and Palm Avenue with a right in only, access to US 41 from Main St is closed  during this Phase and remains closed until Phase IIB. 1st Street and 2nd Street will be right in and right out as in the existing condition.  Ritz Carlton Drive is also a right in and right out as in the existing condition except for short term closures for construction within the intersection itself. Gulfstream Avenue access into downtown will be reopen during this phase and remain open through the remainder of construction. West bound access to Golden Gate Point from the Southbound US 41 will require a detour via a U-turn at Bird Key Dr.  Traffic coming from the Northbound US 41 will be able to turn onto Golden Gate Point using the existing left turn lane.

    Phase IB (approximately 57 construction days) 

    In Phase IB (approx. 57 construction days) Southbound US 41 traffic to the islands moves to the west side of US 41. All other traffic patterns remain the same.

    Phase IIA (approximately 91 construction days) 

    In phase IIA (approx. 91 construction days) Northbound US 41 traffic from the Keys transitions to the newly constructed roundabout. Access to and from downtown at Palm Avenue, 1st Street and 2nd Street is closed. These closures will help shorten the construction time during this Phase. Each access may reopen as construction proceeds through the corridor, thus full closures at Palm Avenue, 1st Street and 2ndStreet may not require the full Phase IIA construction time before reopening. All other traffic patterns remain the same.

    Phase IIB (approximately 103 construction days) 

    In Phase IIB (approx. 103 construction days) the roundabout is fully functional and traffic shifts to new permanent configuration except along the south side of Gulfstream Ave. and for median work on US 41. This work will include some short duration lane closures.

  • Thu, October 29, 2020 9:04 AM | Robin Parsons (Administrator)

    To help navigate the new roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, following are diagrams showing route options from 4 different directions.

  • Sat, August 29, 2020 2:11 PM | Robin Parsons (Administrator)

    Downtown Sarasota, Florida US 41 Roundabout Educational Videos

    These videos, produced in conjunction with engineering firm Kimley-Horn and Associates, can be viewed online on the City’s website. The series of videos includes:

    • A simulated driver’s view of the two roundabouts
    • Understanding the symbols used in roundabout pavement markings and street signs
    • 10th Street roundabout lane and route guide
    • 14th Street roundabout lane and route guide

    August 29th, 2020

  • Thu, June 18, 2020 9:28 AM | Robin Parsons (Administrator)

    The Sarasota Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) invites City residents to participate in our Transportation Investment Survey.

    In the next 25 years, almost $5 Billion may be invested in the Sarasota/Manatee transportation system. Your priorities will help decide which programs and projects are submitted to state and federal transportation departments for funding.   We would greatly appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to fill out our survey at

    This survey is an opportunity for the public to state their community’s priorities and take an active role in defining the future of transportation in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The public can take the survey at this link until July 10th.

    Please feel free to pass along to friends, family, and colleagues.

    Thank you for your time.


    Nancy M. H. Simpson, CFM

    Multi Modal Transportation Planner

    Sarasota/Manatee MPO

    8100 15th Street East

    Sarasota, FL  34243

    Main: (941)-359-5772 | Fax: (941)-210-4998

    Direct: (941)-259-6048

    June 18th, 2020

  • Fri, April 10, 2020 9:27 AM | Robin Parsons (Administrator)

    Educational videos show how to navigate new U.S. 41 roundabouts

     Sarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota is sharing a series of informational videos to help educate motorists on how to navigate the new multi-lane roundabouts on U.S. 41 at 10th and 14th streets ahead of their planned opening next weekend [April 17-20].

    See diagram of 10th St & 14 St Roundabout Opening: US41 Roundabout Shift 2020-04-16

    The videos, produced in conjunction with engineering firm Kimley-Horn and Associates, can be viewed online on the City’s website. The series of videos includes:

    “Roundabouts offer many improvements over traditional signalized intersections, including enhanced safety for both motorists and pedestrians and better traffic flow. But drivers are sometimes unsure how to navigate them, especially multi-lane roundabouts like the two at 10th and 14thstreets,” said City Engineer Alex DavisShaw. “We’ve created these educational, easy-to-follow videos, and while so many of us are spending extra time at home, we hope residents will take this opportunity to watch and familiarize themselves with the new roundabouts before they have a chance to experience them in person.”

    The roundabouts are being constructed by the Florida Department of Transportation. Traffic shifts are expected to occur next weekend, with travel lanes at U.S. 41 and 10th Street changing to a two-lane roundabout configuration by Friday, April 17, and at U.S. 41 and 14th Street by Sunday, April 19. High-intensity activated crosswalk (HAWK) pedestrian crossing systems will also be activated and are included in the simulated driver’s view instructional video.

    See added information on use of the HAWK pedestrian crossing systems: 

    For more information on the roundabout project, visit


    About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by U.S. News and World Report as the 18th Best Place to Live in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 56,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaFL.Gov

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    City of Sarasota

    Communications Specialist

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    April 10th, 2020

  • Mon, February 03, 2020 9:15 AM | Robin Parsons (Administrator)
    • To get congestion, road safety and emissions issues under control, cities should consider installing roundabouts at intersections, Carmel, IN Mayor Jim Brainard told Smart Cities Dive last week.
    • Since he took office in 1996, the city has installed more than 120 roundabouts, which Brainard said have been key in reducing traffic crashes and improving safety. Compared to national average traffic fatality rate of about 12 per 100,000 people, Carmel’s fatality rate is at two per 100,000. Brainard attributes that rate to the roundabouts having narrower lanes, forcing people to slow down. “It’s all about speed,” Brainard said on the sidelines of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. He said the city now only has about 14 stoplights.
    • In addition to the improved safety and reduced congestion, Brainard also cited environmental benefits. He said engineers in Carmel have calculated that the city has saved over 25 million tons of carbon per year, due to a reduction of idling at stoplights and of cars speeding up after being stationary.

    Dive Insight:

    While localities are slow to introduce roundabouts at their intersections compared to their European counterparts, Brainard said neighboring cities in Indiana have taken his lead and seen similar reductions in traffic fatalities. “The nicest compliment is the cities around us have copied,” he said.

    Public education was key to getting drivers used to the roundabouts, especially after the first few were installed. Brainard said the city did a lot of outreach through official communications channels, including running informational videos on public access television. “We didn’t have a lot of money in those days, so we did it anywhere we could,” he said.

    Initially, the transition was tough. The city saw a small spike in fender benders when roundabouts were first built as people weren’t as familiar with how to use them. It was crucial to keep up that “constant and repetitive public explanation about why it’s important for safety,” and in time they made a difference, he said. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) also added a page explaining their use in a driver safety handbook, which contributed to the growing public education.

    Brainard emphasized the fiscal benefits of roundabouts. Stoplights and pedestrian crossings at intersections can cost around $300,000 for equipment and installation, and have ongoing costs for maintenance and running electricity to keep the lights working. Even the conversion costs are low, Brainard said, and with developers in the city willing to pay for them when putting together new projects, those costs are getting lower.

    As cities look to reduce congestion, many traffic engineers have suggested adding lanes of highway to provide more space for cars, although that strategy has come under fire for creating induced demand. Brainard said roundabouts may be an out-of-the-box way of thinking for some, but they are effective.

    “Many times, the engineering answer to congestion is to add lanes, and I’m convinced that all we’re doing is building a bigger parking lot to get more people through the green cycle of the light when that light’s green,” Brainard said. “If you have constant flow through the intersection, we don’t need to enlarge those lanes, we don’t need to add lanes to the roadway.”

    February 3rd, 2020

  • Sun, December 22, 2019 9:41 AM | Robin Parsons (Administrator)

    REMINDER: New Traffic Shift, Detour began Nov. 25 for US-41 Fruitville Road intersection

    Detours began Nov. 25 for the US 41-Fruitville Road Roundabout.  The two changes involve left turns:

    (1) No SB US 41 to EB Fruitville Rd – Southbound US 41 traffic will not be able to turn left at Fruitville Rd.  This will be in effect throughout much of the year-long construction project.

    Recommended detour:

    • EB on 10th Street then SB on Lemon Ave. to Fruitville Rd.  If you miss 10th Street, the next best opportunity to go eastbound will be Ringling Blvd.

    (2) No NB US 41 to WB Boulevard of the Arts – Northbound US 41 traffic to westbound Boulevard of the Arts will be restricted.  U-turns will not be permitted.  This left turn lane is expected to be restored in late January 2020.

    Recommended detour:

    • WB on 10th Street then SB on Van Wezel Way to Boulevard of the Arts

    Additional note:  The left turn eastbound movement coming off the Ringling Bridge and Gulfstream Ave. to northbound US 41 will be reduced from three lanes to two.

    Electronic message boards are being strategically placed along US 41 to give drivers advance notice about the traffic changes.

    Beginning mid-January 2020 through July 2020, WB Fruitville Rd will be closed at Cocoanut Ave.

    For the latest information visit  On the homepage, you can register to receive email updates directly into your inbox.

    December 22nd, 2019

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