A long haul of road work is upon us

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By Jane Bartnett

Terra Ray, Sarasota County’s Siesta Key resurfacing project manager, addressed the Siesta Key Association’s June meeting and outlined the details regarding what is to come with the $11.36 million, 37.18-lane-mile residential roadway resurfacing program.

Work began in May. The plan is for resurfacing to start at the north end and continue southward on the Key in the months to come.

Officials expect the project to be completed in January.

“The Sarasota County Penny Surtax is funding our project,” said Ray. The streets that were selected for resurfacing were chosen by the Sarasota County Public Works Department.

The majority of Siesta Key residential neighborhood roads that will be resurfaced are clustered on the northern end of the island between Ocean Boulevard and Midnight Pass Road. Many radiate from, or intersect with, Higel Avenue. Ray told the group that North Shell Road, Roberts Point Road and Roberts Point Circle, on the northern end of the island, are scheduled to be resurfaced when other work is done. Roads in the southern end of the island slated for resurfacing are limited to Point of Rocks Road and Point of Rocks Circle, Crescent Street and Dee Place.

The majority of Beach Road, beginning at Midnight Pass Road, will also be resurfaced. Ray reported that the most heavily trafficked section of Beach Road that lies in front of Siesta Beach will receive an extra structural base.

Contractors’ hours will be limited to Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ray reported that there will be no roadwork on Saturdays and Sundays. She also said that holidays will also be construction-free including the July Fourth holiday, as well as the upcoming Labor Day that falls on Monday, Sept. 2.

“This is a resurfacing project, not a reconstruction project,” Ray told the group. “We are trying to address drainage concerns.”

Sarasota County has contracted with Ajax Paving Industries of Florida for the construction effort that is part of the countywide resurfacing and community improvement project. The county began installing message boards at the intersection of Siesta Drive and Higel Avenue and at Midnight Pass Road and Beach Road in May.No dates for specific roads are currently available.

Residential streets in Siesta Key subdivisions that are scheduled for resurfacing include:

Harmony –

Primrose Path, Featherbed Lane and Peaceable Way

Mira Mar Beach –

Avenida Navarra, Avenida Veneccia, Columbus Boulevard and Beach Road

Ocean Beach –

Gleason Avenue, Ralph Street, Reid Street, Givens Street, Banan Place and Cummings Street

Point of Rocks –

Point of Rocks Road, Crescent Street, Dee Place and Point of Rocks Circle

Roberts Point –

Roberts Point Circle

Sara Sands –

Sandy Cove Avenue, Higel Avenue, Windward Avenue, Sandy Beach Avenue, Sandy Shore Avenue and Windward Place

Sarasota Beach –

Calle de La Siesta, Calle del Invierno and Plaza de las Palmas

Siesta Beach –

Oxford Drive, Edgemere Lane, Plymouth Street, Saint Albans Avenue, Commonwealth Lane, Commonwealth Place, Oakmont Place and Dewey Place

Siesta Cove –

Siesta Court, Siesta Cove Drive, North View Drive and South View Drive

Siesta –

Roberts Point Road and North Shell Road

Siesta Bayside –

Siesta Key Circle, Tremont Street, Venice Lane, Waterside Way, Treasure Boat Way, Birdsong Lane, Siesta Key Circle, Siesta Key Place, Woodside Road and Mangrove Point Road

Siesta Isles –

Cape Aqua Drive

Twin Oak Pond –

Winding Way

Mira Mar Beach –

Avenida Messina

Harmony –

Treasure Boat Way

Siesta Beach –

Commonwealth Drive

Cedar Cove –

Baywood Drive and Baywood Way

Pine Shore Estates –

Hollywood Boulevard

Southpointe Shores –

Southpointe Drive

As the street resurfacing project advances, Sarasota County will mail postcards and place door hangers with details about construction at individual residences. The county, Ray told the association members, will also post news about the resurfacing program and hold Facebook Live presentations on this Facebook page: #SRQCountyProjects.

Additional information on the project is available at loom.ly/CJEq81o #SRQCountyProjects and on the county website at scgov.net-capitalprojects.

Residents may also call 311 to inquire about the resurfacing program and work in their area.

Stickney Point Road and north bridge work

Following Ray’s presentation, Siesta Key Association treasurer Bob Luckner spoke about work being done on the Stickney Point Road bridge, which began in June. It will continue for 200 days.

“A barge will be under the bridge, but It will not interfere with car traffic,” he said.

He noted that the bridge will open on demand to boaters instead of on the half hour as it has been functioning.

The north bridge is slated to have work done at a future date, Luckner said..

Jane Bartnett
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