Community meeting set on upcoming construction at intersection of Orange Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Sarasota

Event to focus on impacts expected on traffic, including school transportation and SCAT operations

An aerial map shows North Orange Avenue from 19th Street to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Image from Google Maps

The City of Sarasota will host a community meeting about potential impacts associated with an upcoming water main replacement project on Orange Avenue from 19th Street to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Way, the city has announced.

The project, which is part of the city’s “ongoing water main replacement program to enhance the reliability and safety of the system, is scheduled to begin in the spring,” a news release says. The associated construction and road resurfacing will result in a partial closure of the Orange Avenue-MLK intersection, the release adds. School bus and public transit stops also are expected to be temporarily impacted, the release notes.

A community meeting about the project is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, which is located at 1845 34th St. Staff from the city’s Utilities Department, along with representatives of the Sarasota County Schools and Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT), will be available to answer questions and provide more details, the release says.