Ocean/Higel drainage improvements begin May 2

May 14, 2022 —

The County released this traffic control plan for the project. Ocean Blvd. is periodically closed at Higel with a detour routed down Reid Street to Ocean.

April 29, 2022 —

Ocean Boulevard/Higel Avenue drainage improvements are scheduled to begin May2, 2022 on Siesta Key. Residents in the area received postcard notification from the County stating that construction will be done from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays. Expect lane closures. Please exercise caution when driving in this area. Estimated completion is within 5 months.

The card states that the project includes connecting two retention ponds to a new piped stormwater drainage system. Work will begin on Ocean Blvd, just east of Ocean Place, and continue to Higel Avenue, turning south to Lotus Lane. Existing deep wet ditches along the road will be converted into shallow grassed swales fitted with ditch bottom inlets to drain into the new stormwater pipes. Read County project description

SKA has requested information regarding traffic patterns during the construction. When available, we will post that information.

Read more about the project: Sarasota News Leader, April 28, 2022, Rachel Brown Hackney: Siesta Seen