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As part of the City of Sarasota's Old Bradenton Road improvement project, traffic at the 47th Street/Bradenton Road intersection will be temporarily disrupted from Monday, Feb. 17, until the end of the day on Friday, Feb. 21, the city has announced. "The eastbound and westbound lanes of 47th Street will be temporarily closed while utility crews relocate a water line," a news release says. There will be no access from 47th Street to Old Bradenton Road during that period, the release points out. The northbound and southbound lanes of Old Bradenton Road will remain open, although there will be a slight shift in the traffic pat- tern. Drivers are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes, the release adds. Click here to view a map of the detour area. As a result of the project, Old Bradenton Road will be reconfigured into a two-lane divided roadway with a 5-foot raised median with landscaping and drip irrigation, the release continues. Roundabouts will be constructed at the Myrtle Avenue and 47th Street intersec- tions, and four Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus shelters will be added along Old Bradenton Road, which is a major route for SCAT, the release notes. "The complex nature of this project revolves around the relocation of a multitude of utili- ties along the entire path," the release says. City of Sarasota water and sewage lines will be moved as well as Verizon, Comcast and TECO Peoples Gas lines. "Residents are asked to be patient during this extensive improve- ment project," the release adds. Register to receive email updates on the proj- ect by visiting TRAFFIC FLOW TO BE DISRUPTED ON OLD BRADENTON ROAD The improvement project on Old Bradenton Road will necessitate the closure of that road's intersection with 47th Street from Feb. 17 to Feb. 21, the City of Sarasota has reported. Photo courtesy City of Sarasota Sarasota News Leader February 14, 2014 Page 77

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