Project Description

The US 41 improvements from 10th Street to 14th Street in Sarasota will reconstruct the signalized intersections and replace them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a 6-foot sidewalk along the east side. 
Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, and enhanced bus facilities, including bus landing pads, bus shelters, bus benches, bike racks, and a new bus bay adjacent to Centennial park.
The primary goal of the US 41 improvements is to improve multi-modal accessibility along the corridor, provide a safe, convenient and attractive crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists and improve connectivity and circulation between the Bayfront area and downtown.

Design alternatives were evaluated during the PD&E Study to determine the design best suited to improve connectivity and circulation, while providing a safe and convenient crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists.

To learn more about the PD&E Study, visit the US 41 Project Development and Documents & Publications.


Special Project Accommodations

The selected design alternative for US 41 has several accommodations that add value to the community and enhance connectivity and safety:

  • Park/recreation area for boaters
  • HAWK pedestrian beacons
  • Mid-block crossing on 10th Street

 

Right-of-Way Acquisition

Right-of-way acquisition for the US 41 improvements varies from 0 feet to 38 feet along the west side of the road for the length of the project. This acquisition will accommodate turn lanes, bike lanes and sidewalk and funded for 2015. Additional right-of-way is required at the 10th Street and 14th Street intersections to accommodate the roundabouts.

 

HAWK Beacon / Pedestrian Crossing
(High-Intensity Activated crossWalk)

The HAWK pedestrian beacon is a signal system originally designed as a cost-effective option for crossings at mid-block and un-signalized intersections. Unlike conventional pedestrian signals, the HAWK is only operational when activated by a pedestrian. Relatively new, HAWK systems are being used with greater frequency for the additional safety they provide for pedestrians and for the versatility of use. Below are a few highlights of the HAWK signal system that will be featured on the US 41 improvements. 

  • A HAWK beacon is a High-Intensity Activated crossWalk beacon
  • Primarily used for mid-block and un-signalized intersections
  • Versatile application and use
  • Cost-effective option for protected pedestrian crossing
  • Signal has 3 lights in a triangular configuration: dual red lights above a single yellow light
  • Signal stays at rest (in-active) until a pedestrian activates the signal by pressing a push-button
  • Traffic flow is uninterrupted until signal is activated by pedestrian
  • When the signal is activated, drivers are cautioned with a yellow flashing signal to prepare drivers to stop
  • Drivers stop at the sustained red light
  • Pedestrians cross during the alternating dual red flashing lights
  • The signal goes dark when pedestrian movement is complete; drivers may continue forward
  • HAWK works in conjunction with conventional pedestrian signal heads at each end of the crosswalk that indicate “Walk” and “Don’t Walk”