Crews are reconstructing Tampa, Venice and Miami avenues between U.S. 41 Business and Harbor Drive as a part of the Downtown Venice Beautification Project. The paving of W. Venice Avenue and Miami Avenue has been completed and these roadways have reopened to traffic from Harbor Drive to U.S. 41 Business.
Work continues on Tampa Avenue. Some sidewalks will remain open; pedestrians are advised to use caution in the area.
Additional single-lane closures should be expected throughout the project area. Crews will be completing the majority of work Monday through Saturday during daytime hours; however, some nighttime work will be necessary to complete the project. Downtown Venice remains open for shopping and dining, and parking is available and accessible.
The Downtown Beautification Project is part of the $18 million Road Bond Referendum approved by voters in November 2016. The project includes constructing stormwater and drainage improvements, installing new landscaping and streetscape elements, and adding “sharrows” (share the road) markings for cyclists 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. Although some palm trees were removed due to disease or damage from Hurricane Irma, over 300 trees of all types, including many palms, are going in projectwide. Quality Enterprises USA Inc. is the contractor for the City of Venice.
Downtown shops and restaurants will remain open during the work and access will be maintained. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling through the downtown area and be mindful of the work crews and equipment. Estimated project completion is spring 2019.
Below are project renderings including a streetscape view and median landscaping, and a roadway timeline.