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Venice downtown roadwork UPDATE

Post Date:04/10/2018 9:53 AM

DowntownGatewayThe downtown portion of the citywide infrastructure improvement project in Venice has been rebid to streamline the project for maximum cost savings.

Bids for this phase of the road project open April 25, with construction anticipated to start in late May or June of this year. This phase of the roadwork includes West Venice Ave., Miami Ave. and Tampa Ave., from Harbor Drive to U.S. 41 Business. This rebid and scope modification was necessary due to bids received that were $2.5 million over available funds.

The rebid removes a large drainage project on Nokomis Ave. which will be constructed next summer. It also reduces restrictions on lane closures -- such as allowing closure of one full side of West Venice Ave. at a time -- and working hours. The project includes roadway reconstruction along with storm inlets, landscaping, irrigation, pavers, concrete sidewalks, curbs and in-pavement lighting at mid-block crosswalks.

MiamiAvePriority will be given to completing West Venice Ave. in time for the 2018 Holiday Parade, scheduled for Nov. 24.

The project is being funded by the City of Venice Road Bond, State of Florida Economic Development, and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) local agency program funds.

For more information, please call City Engineer Kathleen Weeden at 941-882-7409.

PHOTOS: At top, West Venice Ave.; at right, Miami Ave.