Phase II of county’s Cattlemen Road Improvements Project scheduled to begin in mid-October

Reconstruction of South Packinghouse Road part of the plans

A graphic shows the area of the Cattlemen Road Improvements Project. Image courtesy Sarasota County

Phase II construction of Sarasota County’s Cattlemen Road Improvements Project is set to begin in mid-October, the county has announced.

During its regular meeting on Aug. 24, a news release notes, the County Commission awarded the $6,692,775.49 construction contract to Cobb Site Development Inc. of Wauchula. That contract includes a 10% contingency amount, a county document said.

The item was listed on the Consent Agenda of routine business matters.

Phase II includes the widening of Cattlemen Road to four lanes from Celery Lane to South Packinghouse Road, the widening of Palmer Boulevard from west of Jakl Avenue to the Interstate 75 overpass, and the reconstruction of South Packinghouse Road from Cattlemen Road to 200 feet south of Palmer Boulevard, the news release explains. The project also includes the installation of curbs and gutters, closed drainage systems, street lighting, sidewalk and bicycle lanes, water and sewer utility adjustments, and traffic signal upgrades, the release points out.

Construction is anticipated to last through the fall of 2022, the release says. “Motorists should take caution when approaching construction areas, follow directions from flaggers, or seek alternate routes,” the release notes.

The Cattlemen Road Improvements Project won County Commission approval in 1995, the release says, but the undertaking was divided into five phases for design and construction. Work is complete on Phases I, III and IV, between Bahia Vista Street and Bee Ridge Road, the release points out. Additional stormwater and roadway improvements are planned for Phase Five, in the future, the release adds.

To learn more about the Cattlemen Road Improvements Project Phase II visit or call the county Contact Center at 941-861-5000.