Improving connectivity between downtown and neighborhoods to the north is among the focus of proposed changes
The public is invited to attend a community meeting on Tuesday, March 1, to learn about possible enhancements to Fruitville Road between U.S. 301 and U.S. 41 and to provide comments, the City of Sarasota has announced.
The workshop will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, located at 1565 First St. in downtown Sarasota, a city news release says.
“A significant gateway into the city limits and downtown business district,” Fruitville Road conveys “the character of a suburban thoroughfare,” the release adds. The proposed Fruitville Road Streetscape Enhancement project would modify the road so it would more closely reflects an urban boulevard, the release notes.
The goal is to slow down traffic along Fruitville Road between U.S. 301 and U.S. 41 “without negatively impacting the current rate of service” and while boosting pedestrian connectivity between downtown and the nearby Gillespie Park and Rosemary District neighborhoods, the release explains.
During the community meeting, existing conditions along Fruitville Road will be discussed, and possible modifications will be reviewed, the release adds. Among the latter are those relating to travel-lane width, parking, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, turning lanes and landscaping.
To learn more about the Fruitville Road Streetscape Enhancement project visit www.SarasotaGov.com. On the homepage, click the construction hat icon and then “Fruitville Road Streetscape Enhancement.”