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Schedule Sequence Change for Downtown Beautification Project

Post Date:06/22/2018 11:57 AM

 6/22/2018 – for immediate release


Venice, FL -- In an effort to assist the downtown businesses, the City’s contractor and project team have revised the project schedule to complete the work on eastbound W. Venice Avenue in the first phase of the beautification project.  A public meeting was held on Wednesday, June 20 where many downtown businesses voiced concern with having eastbound Venice Avenue closed to vehicles at the start of the busy season.  This prompted the City to meet with the contractor and ultimately make changes to the project schedule.

The change now puts the majority of work on the eastbound of W. Venice Avenue in July through October and the westbound of W. Venice Avenue to follow in October through November 2018.  To accommodate this change, the contractor will need to do some single lane closures on other streets at varying times in the project area.  “The City heard the concerns of the downtown merchants about the proposed phasing schedule and Quality Enterprises USA, Inc., was able to modify the construction schedule to complete the eastbound W. Venice Ave. travel lanes first to reduce the impacts to the businesses,” confirmed Kathleen Weeden, City Engineer on Thursday. Weeden also added, “This beautification project will enhance impact to the charm of downtown Historic Venice.  Downtown will remain open for business through-out the process with pedestrian pathways and ample parking at Centennial Park.”

The contractor for the City of Venice, Quality Enterprises USA, Inc., is scheduled to begin work on the Downtown Roadway Improvements Project on Monday, July 9.  This project reconstructs Tampa, Venice and Miami avenues between U.S. 41 Business and Harbor Drive.  The project includes constructing stormwater and drainage improvements, installing new landscaping and streetscape elements, and adding “sharrows” and lighting conduits for a future streetlight project.  The contractor will install additional stop signs to convert three intersections (Venice Avenue at Nokomis Avenue, Venice Avenue at Nassau Avenue, and Tampa Avenue at Nokomis Avenue) to become four-way stops.  The contractor will also place new asphalt on the streets in the project area.  Additional safety improvements include installing mid-block crosswalks with in-pavement lighting, reducing crossing distances for pedestrians, and installing pedestrian fencing to guide pedestrians.  The contractor will also replace cracked sidewalks and upgrade ADA features such as curb ramps. 

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