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Construction of Clark Rd. and Bee Ridge Rd. Overpasses Now Underway
Florida Department of Transportation construction of the pedestrian overpasses at Clark Road and Bee Ridge Road are moving forward in the first stage of construction. Florida Power & Light is currently working on the powerline transitions from overhead to underground at both Bee Ridge Road and Clark Road overpasses. There will be intermittent trail closures in the area with no detour available. For information and design renderings, visit: swflroads.com/project/440448-1
Here are a few renderings provided by FDOT and Sarasota County.
Some pertinent information:
- The overpasses will be 12 feet wide and use the same construction method as used for the Laurel Rd. overpass. This type of construction uses reinforced earth on the approaches to the mid-span. Click here for details of this method.
- The design of the Clark Rd. overpass is influenced by the need for compatibility with a future project to straighten the McIntosh Road intersection at Clark Road. There is currently no funding for straightening the McIntosh intersection, so it is unlikely this project will start any time soon.
- When the McIntosh Road intersection is straightened, it will be necessary for trail users to cross McIntosh immediately after (or before if traveling south) crossing the overpass. One conceptual plan suggested by Spencer Anderson, Sarasota County Public Works Director, would be to slightly raise McIntosh Road and have the trail go under the road (see conceptual images in gallery above).
SQUARE FOOT CAMPAIGN ENDS MARCH 8!
LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR VERY OWN SQUARE FEET OF THE TRAIL
Total To Date: $133,095 from 928 Donations.
Save the date for this year’s Giving Challenge on April 9 and 10. Each year the Giving Challenge raises funds for FLT and other local organizations that are working to strengthen our communities. The 2024 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation. More information on the Giving Challenge can be found here.
Introducing the first FLT cycling jersey!
Made from very comfortable high-quality SPF 30 fabric, the jersey features full front zipper, back pockets, and vibrant colors for visibility on the trail and roads.
The jerseys are a standard cut and run true to size (men’s XS-5X, women’s XXS-5X, youth S-XL). They are not a snug racing cut. For a looser fit, order one size up. Jerseys are available either with or without sleeves. The price is $75 for all sizes and cuts.
Visit our Information booth at the Ashton Trailhead (weather permitting) to purchase a jersey by cash or credit card.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: size, cut (men’s, women’s, or youth), with or without sleeves, and phone number in the event we need to contact you about your order. You may order multiple jerseys by clearly indicating the descriptive information above for each jersey in your email. Send a check for $75 each, made payable to FLT, and mail to FLT, 744 Tropical Circle, Sarasota, FL 34242. Or pay by Zelle to email@example.com. We will notify you when your jersey has arrived. You must pick up your jersey at the FLT information table on the Legacy Trail (see here). Jerseys can be purchased directly at the information table as well.
Now through 2024: The Legacy Trail – Intermittent Trail Closures
The Florida Department of Transportation construction of the pedestrian overpasses at Clark Road and Bee Ridge Road are coming along in their first stage. There will be unannounced trail closures in the area with no detour available.