Lemon Avenue Streetscape Project to get underway on May 28 with closure of Lemon/Main intersection

Intersection to reopen in time for Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival event on July 5

The intersection of Lemon Avenue and Main Street will be closed to traffic for several weeks, starting on May 28, city staff says. Image courtesy City of Sarasota

Construction of the Lemon Avenue Streetscape Project in downtown Sarasota is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 28, with the Lemon Avenue/Main Street intersection to be closed to vehicular traffic, City Manager Tom Barwin has announced.

The temporary closure will extend on Lemon to just north of State Street and will be in place for approximately four to five weeks “while crews create a more pedestrian-friendly environment, similar to Lemon Plaza just to the north,” Barwin wrote in his May 17 newsletter. “Pedestrian access to all businesses will remain open,” he pointed out.

“While the intersection will be closed to vehicles, turnaround areas on Main Street on both sides of the intersection will be created to help drivers navigate the area,” Barwin added.

The intersection will reopen in time for the annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival’s Boats on the Block on Main Street, which is set for July 5, he noted.

The Lemon Avenue Streetscape Project timeline adjustment, Barwin indicated, came as a result of city staff members making every effort to coordinate with business owners in regard to downtown construction.

Over the previous few days, he wrote in his May 17 newsletter, “the project team canvassed the Lemon Ave./Main Street area to personally inform merchants about the schedule adjustment, what to expect and when. We appreciate everyone’s patience, understanding and flexibility, as we adapt to other construction in the area.”

To learn more about the project, a person may visit www.LemonAvenueStreetscape.com, “which will be updated regularly throughout the construction phases,” Barwin noted.