- August 17, 2021
By next weekend, motorists can look forward to driving in the roundabout at U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue. Although the entire project won't be completed until next spring, changes in the traffic pattern are expected to put the circle itself into operation on Saturday, Dec. 17.
The Florida Department of Transportation had expected to finish all of the roadwork portion of the project close to Thanksgiving, but the aftermath of Hurricane Ian diverted manpower and materials toward recovery efforts, resulting in a delay.
By the end of next weekend, though, motorists will be able to traverse the roundabout while work on along U.S. 41 approaching and exiting the project area between Main Street and Fruitville Road will continue for several more months.
From Tuesday, Dec. 13, through Thursday, Dec. 15, paving and other work on U.S. 41 between Main Street and Fruitville Road will occur nightly. Activities will include:
Motorists can expect lane closures, trucks and equipment entering and exiting the work zone. When complete, a new traffic pattern will put the Gulfstream Avenue and U.S. 41 intersection into the roundabout configuration, and the crossover patterns at Main Street and Sunset Drive will be removed.
The pattern switch will occur at night and consist of pavement marking removal, temporary barrier wall removal, temporary traffic separator removal, signage installation and adjustment, and signalization work. The work will require significant lane closures starting at 7 p.m., and motorists are advised to seek alternatives routes between 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, and 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.