As a neighbor to the upcoming project for a roundabout at Ashton and Honore Avenue, and parent of a child preparing to attend Ashton Elementary, I've been curious about the start date and projected completion schedule. I have included a link below to the Sarasota County plans for this upcoming traffic circle or "roundabout".
Click here to view the Sarasota County plans for the Ashton and Honore Roundabout as well as the many other projects in the county.
Construction is schedued to begin in the fall of 2018 and completion is expected by the summer of 2019. While it seems odd that the county would start at the beginning of the new school year instead of the Spring/Summer, the project looks like it will take at least 6 months to complete so both pedestrian and vehicular traffic would still be impacted regardless of commencement. I'm certain great thought was given in this decision by county planners and the three area schools that will be impacted.
With the strong real estate market has come an increase in Single Family residential homes to our area as well as hundreds of new apartment units. If you travel through the Gantt, Honore and Ashton intersections, you've certrainly felt the increase in traffic. I personally avoid the Ashton and Honore 4-way intesection during peak rush hour so I'm very much looking forward to a "cure" for what has become, in my opinion, one of the worst non-traffic light intersections in the county.
How will this work with the school children? The plans call for lanscaping this area, my hope is that they keep line of sight as open as possible so that pedetsrains and bikes can be easily seen whether it's for school crossing or everyday non-vehicular traffic.
Only time will tell if the roundabout at Ashton and Honore will alleviate the terrible congestion during peak hours and make it safer for parents and children to walk to Ashton Elementary, Sarasota Middle and New Gate School.
I'm looking forward to receiving more information and will certainly share it on my blog for other interested neighbors.
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