Fruitville Road Closure Begins Week of March 1

The closure is part of a new traffic pattern that is expected to be in effect through summer 2020.

By Staff February 28, 2020

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The second phase of construction for the U.S. 41/Fruitville Road roundabout project will begin the week of March 1, and will include the closure of westbound Fruitville Road from Cocoanut Avenue to U.S. 41. The closure is part of a new traffic pattern that is expected to be in effect through summer 2020. The roundabout is being constructed by Wright Construction Group, Inc. for the Quay Sarasota, on behalf of the City of Sarasota in cooperation with the Florida Department of 

During Phase Two, traffic will be shifted to the west on U.S. 41 on the newly constructed traffic diversion roadway so that crews can begin construction of the roundabout on the east side of U.S. 41. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction on U.S. 41 during this phase of construction with this realignment. Westbound Fruitville Road will be closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to U.S. 41, and the left turn movement from northbound US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts will be reinstated.

The traffic signal at the US 41-Fruitville Road intersection will be switched to flashing yellow lights until the traffic switch is complete. As part of Phase 2, this signal will be removed in the coming weeks. Eastbound traffic on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue will remain open, and the third left-turn lane from Gulfstream Avenue onto northbound U.S. 41 will be reinstated. There will be no access from U.S. 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street during Phase 2 construction. 

To bypass traffic on US 41 within and around the project limits, the primary route to travel is Lemon Avenue, whether your destination is north of downtown Sarasota or on Longboat Key.  Local businesses in the project limits are accessible. For more information, click here

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