The Suncoast Post Team were able to fly and get some great pictures. We thought you might like to see the aerial view of the new Sarasota roundabout.
We have been hearing about it and driving through the construction for quite some time. There has been major construction going on in the downtown Sarasota area from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts on US 41 and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue.
For over a year there have been several detours rerouting traffic that has caused havoc in the area. The project includes road widening, new sidewalks, adding roundabouts, landscaping, removing some traffic lights and new street lighting.
In the roundabout areas there will be new crosswalks for pedestrians that will activate signals when there are people in the cross walks.
Navigating the roundabouts
While this roundabout is open now, there is still much more work to be done. The project is not expected to be completed until the fall of 2020. The city of Sarasota, with the support of Kimley-Horn engineering firm, has put together informational videos on how to navigate the roundabouts.
The project does not come without some controversy. Many residents feel that road widening in the area has to be done, but also that the roundabouts will cause more confusion. Local officials describe the project as safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to travel.
The new roundabouts, multi-use recreational trails, LED streetlights, landscaping and more will help improve safety and enhance the beauty of this exciting, crucial part of downtown Sarasota.
Due to the Coronavirus Quarantine, there is much less traffic on the road. The Suncoast Post took this drone video on Saturday, April 18 at 10am. When we drove around the circle we noticed that some drivers were not yielding where they should. Maybe because of less traffic during quarantine drivers will get a chance to learn how to navigate properly through the newly operational roundabouts.
Our advice is to SLOW DOWN! When you watch the video see if you can spot the car that doesn’t yield!
Aerial view of the Sarasota roundabout
Photo from The Suncoast Post.