Contract awarded for upgrades to Sarasota’s Highway 41

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The Downtown-Bayfront Connection project involves replacing two intersections on U.S. 41 in Sarasota with roundabouts and other improvements. Source: Florida DOTThe Downtown-Bayfront Connection project involves replacing two intersections on U.S. 41 in Sarasota with roundabouts and other improvements. Source: Florida DOT

IBT of Miami won a $12.6 million contract to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety on U.S. Highway 41 in Sarasota, Florida.

The work is part of the Downtown-Bayfront Connection project planned by the Florida Department of Transportation and the city of Sarasota. The goal of the project is to reconnect the downtown and Bayfront with a focus on pedestrians. The project will involve sidewalks, bike lanes, pavement markings and landscaping improvements between 10th Street and 14th Street.

The project is expected to be completed in 2020. It would also involve removing traffic lights along U.S. 41 at 10th and 14th streets and replacing them with roundabouts. The goal is to slow traffic through the high-speed area and make it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as revive downtown Sarasota. The half-mile section of highway will be widened to add sidewalks and bike lanes.