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SAFE PASSAGE Dr. Mike Sullivan (right) points out a mislabeled condominum complex on an FDOT map as he speaks with Richard Howard (left), the project manager, and Jay Winter, the engineer of record. Photo by Rachel Hackney MAJORITY OF SIESTA KEY RESIDENTS ATTENDING SEPT. 17 OPEN HOUSE ON NEW PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALKS VOICE APPROVAL OF THE PLANS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Pat- terson's pronouncement, "Looks good," was the view of the majority of Siesta Key resi- dents who attended an open house on Sept. 17 to take a look at final plans for the con- struction of six pedestrian crosswalks on an approximately 1-mile section of Midnight Pass Road. The $198,000 Florida Department of Trans- portation project is set to get under way Sept. 24. The work is expected to take 45 days, though it will not be continuous, FDOT consultant Brian Bollas, planning and environmental manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff, has reported. The bulk of the work — construction of the bases for 12 signs that will feature flash- ing beacons — should take only about two weeks, Bollas said. At the same time, the asphalt in the six crosswalk locations will be prepared for the layering of thermoplastic striping. The as- phalt will have to cure out over a period of about 30 days, he told The Sarasota News Leader, before the plastic can be put down.

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