Sarasota News Leader

06/28/2013

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CITY BRIEFS These engineering drawings show the construction phasing for the upcoming work on Main Street. The contractor hopes everything will be wrapped up by Thanksgiving. Image courtesy of Jon Swift Inc. general contractors THE MPO ENDORSES THE NORTH TAMIAMI TRAIL TRAFFIC PLAN; MCCURDY'S IS MOVING DOWNTOWN; MAIN STREET IMPROVEMENTS TO GET UNDER WAY By Stan Zimmerman City Editor On Monday, June 24, the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) unanimously approved a plan for north U.S. 41 from 14th Street to University Parkway, including four traffic roundabouts. segments of the project — the roundabout at University Parkway, for example — could be accomplished as an intersection improvement through use of other funding sources. Do not look for construction to begin soon, The multi-modal plan for U.S. 41 includes not however. The project goes to the bottom of a only roadway and intersection improvements priority list, coming in at No. 29. The MPO is composed of elected leaders of but also pedestrian walkways, landscaping the two counties and their respective cities. and bicycle lanes. The project could climb The estimated construction cost would be $52 higher on the priority list next year, when million from state and federal funds. However, MPO members create a new five-year plan.

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