After Easter, alternating closures will commence

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By John Morton

Sporadic east-lane closures have begun as part of the $3.6 million, 250-day repaving project along Midnight Pass Road but use of the center turn lane as a straightway has kept traffic going in both directions for now.
The first phase of the 1.6-mile project, which began Dec. 4, will focus mostly on daytime sidewalk and driveway repair, according to Florida Department of Transportation officials who reported to the Siesta Key Association at its Jan. 5 meeting. It will take place between the intersections of Stickney Point and Beach roads.
The actual repaving part of the plan, which will require intermittent lane closures that would require alternating passage on just one lane while monitored by flagmen, will not begin until after Easter (April 15), officials said.
That work will not commence until 8 p.m. and will last through an undetermined amount of the overnight hours, FDOT officials added.
The second phase of the project runs along Midnight Pass Road from the Beach Road intersection to Shadow Lawn Way where the Siesta Isles neighborhood is located.
To follow the project’s plans and progress, visit and click on the “Road Watch” tab in the upper-right corner. From there, choose Sarasota County from the menu.
The site will include information with a two-week-in-advance window.

John Morton
Author: John Morton

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