The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One has initiated a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for SR 758 (Midnight Pass Road) at Beach Road in Siesta Key, Sarasota County, FL. SR 758 is a signalized “T”‐intersection with southbound and westbound free flow right turn lanes and pedestrian crosswalks across the north and west legs of the intersection. The PD&E study includes engineering and environmental analyses and will evaluate alternatives to improve multi‐modal accessibility at the intersection while maintaining existing vehicular capacity and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles. There are three alternatives under consideration: geometric intersection improvements, a roundabout, and a no‐build alternative.
The geometric intersection improvement alternative consists of removing the free flow right-turn lanes and bringing the lane under signal control. This will require westbound and southbound right turning vehicles to turn at the intersection (right turn on red would be permitted). By removing the free flow right turn movement, pedestrians will cross the turn lanes when vehicles stop at the signal.
Under the roundabout alternative, FDOT will remove the signal and reconstruct the intersection to a roundabout configuration with splitter islands for pedestrian refuge along the approaches, enhanced pedestrian walkways, enhanced bicycle facilities, and landscaping.
FDOT will also evaluate a no‐build alternative.