FDOT to provide City of Sarasota staff advance notice of unscheduled daytime lane closures in Gulfstream/U.S. 41 roundabout

Live webcam feed shows traffic in roundabout in real time

Following “extensive traffic delays” that occurred on Jan. 10 for drivers trying to use the new Gulfstream Avenue/U.S. 41 roundabout in downtown Sarasota, City of Sarasota staff communicated with the Florida Department of Transportation [FDOT] and received assurance that the city “will receive specific advance notification for unscheduled daytime closures” involving that roundabout, city staff announced in a Jan. 13 newsletter.

On Jan. 10, the newsletter explained, FDOT closed an eastbound traffic lane “to accommodate the unscheduled arrival of concrete for the installation of a median adjacent to the roundabout.”

The newsletter added, “With concrete being scarce, when it unexpectedly becomes available it needs to be received and poured quickly. Unfortunately, the unannounced lane closure created traffic backups across the John Ringling Bridge onto Longboat Key,” the newsletter pointed out.

“FDOT is now committed to giving the City and public as much advance notice as possible for future unplanned lane closures,” the newsletter continued. “Once alerted, we will share that information.” Nonetheless, the newsletter said, “Please note: Temporary lane closures with short notice may occur for the next couple of months near the new roundabout as FDOT contractors install concrete medians and curbing.”

The newsletter added, “We understand the inconvenience and encourage you to check traffic conditions before traveling to/from the barrier islands. For updates, please follow the City of Sarasota and the Sarasota Police Department on social media.”

Moreover, the release pointed out that a live webcam feed provides a real-time look at traffic conditions at the roundabout.