Educational videos show how to navigate new U.S. 41 roundabouts in city of Sarasota

Both 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts to be open by April 19

This is a still from one of the educational videos produced by Kimley-Horn and Associates and the City of Sarasota. Image courtesy City of Sarasota

The City of Sarasota is sharing a series of informational videos to help educate motorists learn how to navigate the new multi-lane roundabouts on U.S. 41 at 10th and 14th streets, ahead of the planned opening of those structures next weekend.

The videos, produced in conjunction with engineering firm Kimley-Horn and Associates, can be viewed online on the city’s website, a news release points out. The series of videos is as follows:

“Roundabouts offer many improvements over traditional signalized intersections, including enhanced safety for both motorists and pedestrians and better traffic flow,” said City Engineer Alex DavisShaw in the news release. “But drivers are sometimes unsure how to navigate them, especially multi-lane roundabouts like the two at 10th and 14th streets,” she added in the release. “We’ve created these educational, easy-to-follow videos, and while so many of us are spending extra time at home, we hope residents will take this opportunity to watch and familiarize themselves with the new roundabouts before they have a chance to experience them in person.”

These are symbols drivers will need to understand as they use the roundabouts. Image courtesy City of Sarasota

The roundabouts are being constructed by the Florida Department of Transportation. Traffic shifts are expected to occur next weekend, with travel lanes at U.S. 41 and 10th Street changing to a two-lane roundabout configuration by Friday, April 17, and those at U.S. 41 and 14th Street by Sunday, April 19, the release points out.

High-intensity activated crosswalk (HAWK) pedestrian crossing systems also will be activated, the release notes. Those are included in the simulated driver’s view instructional video, the release points out.