City changing contractor’s work schedule after tree trimming slows traffic on Fruitville

City changing contractor’s work schedule after tree trimming slows traffic on Fruitville

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The City of Sarasota is changing a contractor’s hours after traffic was slow moving Monday morning on Fruitville Road near Cardinal Mooney High School due to ongoing work.

The city says a contractor working for the Parks and Recreation Department was performing annual tree maintenance in the median along Fruitville on Monday, closing one lane and creating slow moving traffic on Fruitville near Cardinal Mooney where parents and buses were also traveling.

The city says they were unaware the contractor, who has all of the necessary permits for the work with the City of Sarasota and the Florida Department of Transportation, would begin trimming the trees on the first day of school.

The city says after review and discussion, the contractor will be back at work Tuesday at 5am and again Wednesday trimming the trees in the median on Fruitville. They will be working from the eastbound lane, which should lessen the impact to heavier traffic coming into downtown. They will finish up by 2pm each day.

The contractor is scheduled to work on Saturday on Fruitville between U.S. 301 and U.S. 41 and the city says that will continue as scheduled.

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