Road swap agreement wins County Commission praise, with FDOT planning underway for River Road improvements

By Rachel Brown HackneySarasotaNewsLeader.com In early September 2017, then-Sarasota County Administrator Tom Harmer broached what seemed a novel idea to achieve the long-desired widening and other improvements involving River Road. Staff had been talking with the District One representatives of Read More

FDOT says it would not perform traffic signal re-timing to accommodate Siesta Promenade project

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is seeking a number of clarifications from the consulting firm Kimley-Horn and Associates of Sarasota regarding its traffic studies for the proposed Siesta Promenade mixed-use project.    In Read More

FDOT plans permanent improvements to 90-degree curve at intersection of Higel Avenue and Siesta Drive before county road swap takes place

By Rachel Brown Hackney    County leaders sent a letter on April 6 to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), spelling out the latest details of a proposed road swap involving River Road and Siesta Drive, Higel Avenue, Midnight Pass Read More

FDOT working on restriping and ‘Qwick Kurb’ devices to slow down vehicles and prevent accidents in vicinity of Siesta Drive/Higel Avenue curve on Siesta Key

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is working on plans for restriping and the installation of “Qwick Kurb” devices at the intersection of Siesta Drive and Higel Avenue on Siesta Key, the president of Read More

FDOT remains concerned about lack of documentation in traffic studies for Siesta Promenade

By Rachel Brown Hackney SarasotaNewsLeader.com    Almost exactly five months after Sarasota County staff notified Benderson Development Co. of a multitude of insufficiencies in the firm’s revised proposal for the mixed-use Siesta Promenade complex, Benderson responded to the county. However, Read More

Message Received: FDOT nixes roundabout option, plans right-turn alternative and other improvements at Beach Road and Midnight Pass.

By Roger Drouin Changes are coming to the intersection of Beach Road and Midnight Pass — but the option that was chosen by the Florida Department of Transportation is likely to have some residents, vacationers, and business owners pleased. The state Read More