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US 41 Roundabouts from 10th Street to 14th Street in Sarasota County

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US 41 Roundabout

Project Description

The primary goal of the US 41 improvements is to improve multi-modal accessibility along the corridor, provide a safe, convenient, and attractive crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists, and improve connectivity and circulation between the Bayfront area and downtown. Construction began on November 14, 2017.

Improvements consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts that will enhance connectivity, circulation, and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a 6-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED street lights, landscaping and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is Fall 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC. More.

Benefits of Roundabouts

  • Traffic Safety – Reduce injury crashes by 76%
  • Traffic Calming – Reduce vehicle speeds
  • Pedestrian Safety – Focus on one traffic stream
  • Operational Performance – reduce overall delay
  • Operations and Maintenance – Reduce costs
  • Approach Roadway Width – Reduce impacts
  • Environmental Factors – Roundabouts are environmentally friendly
  • Aesthetics – Can act as a gateway

  • We invite you to watch this informative video that explains the benefits of roundabouts and illustrates how to navigate a roundabout as a motorist, bicyclist, and pedestrian. How to Navigate a Roundabout.

    Special Project Accommodations
    The selected design alternative for US 41 has several accommodations that add value to the community and enhance connectivity and safety:

  • Park/recreation area for boaters
  • HAWK pedestrian beacons
  • Mid-block crossing on 10th Street

  • HAWK Beacon / Pedestrian Crossing
    The HAWK pedestrian beacon is a high-intensity activated crosswalk beacon originally designed as a cost-effective option for crossings at mid-block and un-signalized intersections. Unlike conventional pedestrian signals, the HAWK is only operational when activated by a pedestrian. Relatively new, HAWK systems are being used with greater frequency for the additional safety they provide for pedestrians and for the versatility of use.

    Below are a few highlights of the HAWK signal system that will be featured as part of the US 41 improvements.

  • A HAWK beacon is a High-Intensity Activated crossWalk beacon
  • Primarily used for mid-block and un-signalized intersections
  • Versatile application and use
  • Cost-effective option for protected pedestrian crossing
  • Signal has 3 lights in a triangular configuration: dual red lights above a single yellow light
  • Signal stays at rest (in-active) until a pedestrian activates the signal by pressing a push-button
  • Traffic flow is uninterrupted until signal is activated by pedestrian
  • When the signal is activated, drivers are cautioned with a yellow flashing signal to prepare drivers to stop
  • Drivers stop at the sustained red light
  • Pedestrians cross during the alternating dual red flashing lights
  • The signal goes dark when pedestrian movement is complete; drivers may continue forward
  • HAWK works in conjunction with conventional pedestrian signal heads at each end of the crosswalk that indicate “Walk” and “Don’t Walk”
  • We invite you to watch this informative video to learn more about the HAWK pedestrian signal system. HAWK Pedestrian Signal System Video.