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Sarasota: The intersection of Orange Avenue and Ringling Boulevard is expected to be open to traffic early next week
Sarasota, FL: A new single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Ringling Boulevard is expected to be open to traffic early next week.
While the bulk of the construction was completed about a week ago, final improvements being completed this week include the installation of signage, landscaping and a foundation for the public artwork that is to be displayed in the center of the roundabout.
Crews plan to install local artist Jorge Blanco’s aluminum sculpture, “BRAVO!” later this summer. The installation will be coordinated to occur during off-peak hours to minimize traffic disruptions.
The previous signalized intersection was replaced with a new, one-lane roundabout, which will improve traffic flow as well as driver and pedestrian safety. The project also allowed for infrastructure upgrades including a new water line, additional lighting for the road and sidewalk and landscaping improvements.
Since 2010, several one-lane roundabouts have been constructed downtown, including at Five Points, along Ringling Boulevard and at Orange Avenue and Main Street, promoting a safer, more efficient and environmentally-friendly mobility structure.
ROUNDABOUT 🚗🔄🚙 – The new single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Ringling Boulevard is expected to be open to traffic early next week! A public art piece will follow later this summer. More info: https://t.co/vGca9yVCcV pic.twitter.com/f6pJWtYsYS
— City of Sarasota (@CityofSarasota) May 8, 2018