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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has held what might have been its final public preview of the new segment of U.S. 41 between 10th and 14th streets in Sarasota. The section includes two multi-lane roundabouts. Plans are about 60 percent complete, with the remainder concerned with details below the level of public scrutiny. Perhaps 30 members of the public showed up at a meeting late Tuesday afternoon, July 8, to view the plans and talk with FDOT engineers and specialists about the project. It was a multi-media presentation, with a video showing how roundabouts work for drivers and pedestrians. While the roundabouts were the eye-catching element, there were also dia- grams of the new roadway that will connect them, along with views of the wider sidewalks o f t h e M u l t i - U s e R e c r e a t i o n a l Tr a i l that runs parallel with the Tamiami Trail. The FDOT has held 48 meetings or presen- tations on the plans since Feb. 7, 2011. A video with animation explains how pedestrians and drivers can co-exist in a multi-lane roundabout. Photo by Stan Zimmerman ROUNDABOUTS SET IN STONE THE PUBLIC GETS WHAT WAS PROBABLY ITS LAST LOOK AT STATE TRANSPORTATION PLANS FOR U.S. 41 BETWEEN 10TH AND 14TH STREETS IN SARASOTA If we only work at night, it takes longer because we have to move the machinery and supplies to the site every night and remove them around dawn. Alex DavisShaw City Engineer City of Sarasota By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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