FL: To expedite ongoing downtown improvements, Ringling Boulevard
between Orange Avenue and Bayfront Drive (U.S. 41) will be
temporarily closed to motorized traffic while two roundabouts
are constructed. The closure is scheduled
to begin Sunday, February 5 at midnight. Electronic
message boards will be placed along U.S. 41 and throughout
downtown alerting motorists to the closure and detour.
Sarasota Police officers will be on site to assist with the
Work crews immediately will begin constructing
permanent pedestrian crossings to connect downtown to
the Burns Square Business District. The crossings are a top
priority and are expected to be finished within 3-4 weeks.
One crossing will be near the intersection of Ringling and
Pineapple Avenue. The other will be along Bayfront Drive.
The crossings, which will include sidewalks, will provide
a safe area for pedestrians to maneuver around the roundabouts
To ease parking congestion, the surface parking
lot at Laurel Street and Orange Avenue is now open and free
to the public with no time restrictions. (Overnight parking
is prohibited.) The City Commission recently approved leasing
the lot with free parking for six months. It is hoped the
additional 63 free spaces will provide convenient parking
for visitors to the Burns Square Business District during
For those who prefer to catch a ride, the
City is continuing to partner with the Green
Hopper to provide complimentary shuttle service around
the Burns Square Business District. Hours for the Ringling
Roundabout Express will remain the same:
• Monday – Saturday 11 a.m.
– 6 p.m.
• Thursday – Saturday 6:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
(regular Green Hopper hours -- on call service
During 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. hours, contact
the Green Hopper at 877-323-7238 ext. 2. From 6:30 p.m. –
2 a.m., press 5 to speak with a driver.
There are 17 convenient stops along Pineapple
Avenue, Gulfstream Avenue, Lemon Avenue, Main Street, Orange
Avenue, Selby Lane and Palm Avenue. Click
here to view a route map.
The intersections of Palm
Avenue and Pineapple
Avenue are being transformed into modern roundabouts which
will reduce fuel emissions while creating a visually appealing
downtown. The roundabouts will feature palm trees and plants,
accented with red brick pavers.
The project also includes additional on-street
parking. A total of 37 angled parking spaces will be created
on Ringling Boulevard: 20 near Palm Avenue and 17 near Pineapple
Avenue. Ringling Boulevard is expected to reopen to traffic
For more information about the roundabouts
and to register for project updates visit www.SarasotaGov.com
or contact project manager Neil
Gaines: 941-365-2200 ext. 6309