Portion of School Avenue to remain temporarily closed to vehicles until Jan. 18

Utility work for new development delayed because of weather and holiday-related issues

An aerial map shows School Avenue between Novus Street and Ringling Boulevard. Image from Google Maps

School Avenue between Ringling Boulevard and Novus Street will remain temporarily closed to traffic until Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, the City of Sarasota has announced.

The closure has been necessary while a private contractor installs a stormwater pipe for a new development, Payne Park Village, a news release explains.

The temporary closure is being extended because of inclement weather, as well as holiday closures of concrete and asphalt companies, the release adds.

The closure began on Nov. 12 and originally was expected to end on Dec. 27, according to a city announcement in early November.

Entrances to the Sarasota County parking garage, the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County and the Payne Park parking lots will continue to be open and accessible to traffic, the release notes.

The recommended detour is South Shade Avenue via Ringling Boulevard and Wood Street, the release says. Electronic message boards are activated in the area, alerting drivers about the street closure and detour.

The area also will remain accessible to pedestrians. A temporary sidewalk will be built around the construction area and will be accessible until a permanent sidewalk has been constructed, the release points out.

The stormwater pipe installation will require the removal and replacement of the street pavement, sidewalk and landscaping in the right of way, the release adds.