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NEWS RELEASE
City Hall
1565 First Street
Sarasota, FL 34236

For Immediate Release: January 13, 2012

2012 RINGLING BRIDGE RUN
TRAFFIC DISRUPTIONS

Sarasota, 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 will occur.

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


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