Osprey Avenue resurfacing underway, with work in front of Southside Elementary set for Oct. 19-20

Work in vicinity of Southside Village to be done at night, city manager says

Message boards have alerted motorists to resurfacing planned on Osprey Avenue in Sarasota. Image courtesy City of Sarasota

Crews were to begin milling and paving Osprey Avenue between Bahia Vista and Siesta Drive on Monday, Oct. 15, Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin announced late last week.

“The road will remain open with temporary lane closures and a flag person on site directing traffic,” he added in his Oct. 12 newsletter

“To lessen inconvenience, the portion of road in front of Southside Elementary School will be paved (Oct. 19) and (Oct. 20), when school is not in session,” Barwin noted.

Likewise to reduce impact on the Southside Village business district, he continued, the road work will be done at night in that area. “We expect the night work to begin toward the end of the month,” around Oct. 29, Barwin wrote.

Electronic message boards have been placed along Osprey Avenue, alerting drivers and pedestrians of the upcoming improvements and to expect limited traffic delays, Barwin pointed out.

“We hope to have the entire stretch of Osprey — from Bahia Vista to Siesta — finished by early November,” Barwin added.

“Investing in infrastructure improvements like this [is] a significant aspect of municipal government,” Barwin noted. “When this project is completed, 1.4 miles of a major north-south route in Sarasota will be resurfaced — quite an endeavor that will boost quality of life for pedestrians and motorists.”