Sarasota News Leader

04/04/2014

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Although Myrtle Street between U.S. 41 and U.S. 301 is not wide enough for bike lanes, if the bid for the second phase of improvements on that road comes in lower than anticipated, the possibility exists that a bike lane could be added, the Sarasota County Commission has learned. Phase 2 of the project is set to begin in October 2015. During an update on major capital proj- ects in the county, presented during the board's March 25 workshop, Commissioners Carolyn Mason and Nora Patterson sought to clarify what will be included in Phase 2 on Myrtle Street. On April 10, 2013, the County Commission awarded a $499,496 contract to Kimley- Horn and Associates Inc. for the design of the Myrtle Street project. That plan calls for the widening of the existing two-lane road in north Sarasota with bike lanes, closed drain- age, sidewalks and street lighting along about 1.25 miles. Isaac Brownman, director of public works for the county, pointed out during the March 25 workshop that the construction contract for An aerial view shows the new two-story Gulf Gate Library under construction in March. Image courtesy Sarasota County COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SAY THEY HOPE A CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT WILL ALLOW MORE IMPROVEMENTS ON MYRTLE STREET THAN PLANNED, AND THEY HEAR THE LATEST ON OTHER COUNTY PROJECTS A PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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