FL: The New
Balance Ringling Bridge Run IX will be held on Saturday,
January 21st. The four mile run will start at 7:30 a.m.. Pre-race
staging and other activities will be held in the parking lot
of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall from 6:30 – 11:00
a.m. For the safety of the participants, some traffic disruption
The following street closures and traffic
disruptions will be experienced on Saturday, January 21, 2012
between 7:00 and 9:30 am.
U.S. 41 from 10th Street to Gulfstream Avenue
will experience slowdowns due to the closure of southbound
lanes. Southbound U.S. 41 traffic at 10th Street will be diverted
into the single median north bound lane on US 41. The northbound
lanes of US 41 from 10th Street to Gulfstream Avenue will
be utilized for a two-way traffic flow plan, one single lane
each for north and south traffic in this area.
The southbound lanes of traffic on U.S. 41
from 10th Street to Gulfstream Avenue will be utilized by
runners and walkers participating in the event. Vehicular
traffic intending to cross to the west side of U.S. 41 in
the event area will be accommodated by Sarasota Police Officers
when it is safe to do so.
Those wishing to access the boat ramps at
U.S. 41 and 10th Street should avoid the 10th Street entrance
and preferably utilize the entrance off of southbound U.S.
41, which is north of the 10th Street area.
Northbound traffic on the Bayfront, U.S.
41 approaching Gulfstream Avenue will be split into two separate
lanes. Northbound U.S. 41 traffic will merge to the right
lane entering into the two-way traffic plan from Gulfstream
to 10th Street. Beach traffic will merge to the left lane
and will enter into a two-way traffic flow plan in the single
median eastbound lane of Gulfstream Avenue. Officers will
be on hand to direct and assist motorist through this intersection.
The westbound lanes of Gulfstream Avenue
and John Ringling Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic
from U.S. 41 to Bird Key Drive. The two west bound lanes in
this area will be utilized by runners and walkers participating
in the event. Westbound Gulfstream Avenue/John Ringling traffic
from U.S. 41 will be diverted into a single median eastbound
lane. A two-way traffic flow plan will be in effect in the
eastbound lanes of John Ringling Boulevard from Bird Key Drive
to Gulfstream and U.S. 41, one single lane each for east and
west traffic in this area.
The vehicular entrance to Hart’s Landing
via the westbound Saprito Pier drive access will be closed
during the above mentioned hours. An officer will be on hand
to accommodate both ingress and egress via the eastbound exit
from Hart’s on the south side of the causeway.
For more information contact Captain
Paul Sutton: 941-954-7006