Venice Bypass improvements between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard to be focus of March 19 meeting

Event scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at Venice Community Center

An aerial map shows Venice Bypass between Gulf Coast Boulevard and Center Road. Image from Google Maps

On Tuesday, March 19, District One staff ofthe Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a public information meeting regarding planned improvements to U.S. 41 (Venice Bypass), the department has announced.

“The purpose of the meeting is to inform the community of the project and planned detours during construction,” a news release explains.

The public meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Venice Community Center, which is located at 326 S. Nokomis Ave. in Venice, the release adds.

The 1.5-mile project will widen U.S. 41 (Venice Bypass) from four lanes to a six lanes between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard and tie that part of the roadway into the recently completed Venice Bypass project to the north, an FDOT news release says. It will “greatly improve the traffic flow and safety throughout this heavily traveled corridor,” the release adds.

Among other improvements will be the replacement of traffic signals; installation of new pavement markings and signage; installation of concrete curbing, sidewalks and a traffic separator; drainage and storm water system improvements; and new lighting, the release notes.

The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2021, the release adds. Lane closures and temporary lane shifts on the Venice Bypass “will occur during daytime and nighttime/overnight hours, weather permitting,” the release notes. “Detours will be put in place to allow motorists to bypass the construction zones.”

People attending the March 19 meeting will be able to review project displays and speak one-on-one with members of the project team, the release says. “The meeting will feature an open house format, so no formal presentation will be made.