Osprey Avenue Infrastructure Improvement team speaks at Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations meeting

Representatives from neighborhoods within the City of Sarasota came together on April 2 to discuss issues affecting each neighborhood and to hear from the Osprey Avenue Infrastructure Improvement project team.

The monthly meeting of the Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations included a report from each neighborhood representative about issues and updates from their community, including fallen trees, homelessness and speeding.

After the reports, the Osprey Avenue Infrastructure Improvement project team presented an overview of the project.

Reed Giasson of Halfacre Construction Company introduced the team members in attendance, including Bill Swick of the City of Sarasota Utilities Department, Kurt Jensen of Jensen and Group Engineering Consultants and Tom Pugh of Kimley-Horn and Associates.

Using slides with maps and charts, Giasson described to the group each phase and segment of the project. He also shared the preliminary project schedule and laid out the community outreach plan, which includes making project information available on the website, OspreyAveImprovements.com. Giasson said anyone with questions or concerns could call Halfacre Construction Company at 941-907-9099 and ask to speak with him.

After the presentation, the project team took questions from neighborhood representatives about issues including pedestrian safety, trees and sidewalks.

The team shared that the project has the opportunity to improve bicycle lanes by eliminating some low-volume left turns. A Maintenance of Traffic plan will be posted to the website when it’s completed, which will give stakeholders more information about pedestrian safety.

Giasson said horticulturists are working on a plan regarding trees along Osprey Avenue, and they will share more information as it becomes available.

Addressing concern about new sidewalks expanding into private property; the team explained that the sidewalk will extend toward the street, not reach into private property.

At the conclusion of the presentation, the team announced that they will present again to the Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations as they get closer to the final design.