Gulf Gate, Venice resurfacing projects approved

Intersection at River Road and U.S. 41 also to be improved

Photo by Norman Schimmel

The Sarasota County Commission on Tuesday, Aug. 21, awarded construction contracts totaling nearly $11.68 million for major resurfacing projects in the Venice and Gulf Gate areas, as well as improvements at the River Road and U.S. 41 intersection.

Superior Asphalt Inc. of Bradenton was awarded the $2.98 million contract for the milling and resurfacing of approximately 36 lane miles of roadways in several areas of the county, including Gulf Gate and Venice.

Resurfacing is expected to begin in September, with substantial completion estimated in December, a county news release says. The repaving of Harbor Drive in Venice is scheduled to be completed before a triathlon event scheduled for Oct. 27-28.

Funding is being provided through the penny surtax (1-cent sales tax) approved by voters.

Woodruff and Sons Inc. of Bradenton was awarded the $8.7 million contract for the River Road and U.S. 41 intersection improvement project. The work includes reconstructing River Road from a two-lane to a four-lane roadway south of U.S. 41 and to six lanes north of U.S. 41, with widening of U.S. 41 for the receiving lanes.

The limits of construction are approximately 1,000 feet in each direction on U.S. 41, and 2,000 feet to the south and about 3,500 to the north on River Road. Among other improvements will be a 245-foot-long signal truss and lighting.

Construction is scheduled to start in September, with substantial completion expected in September 2013, the news release says.

Funding for that project is provided through an interlocal agreement between the county and the City of North Port (road impact fees), Sarasota County penny surtax revenue and a contribution from the West Villages Improvement District, the news release says.