Nik Wallenda is set to wire walk above US 41 in Sarasota

It won't be a bird. It won't be a plane. Instead, Sarasota residents and visitors will see Nik Wallenda - 200 feet high in the sky.

Wallenda, a Sarasota native famous for his recent wire walk across Niagara Falls, will take a similar risk Tuesday at 11 a.m.

He will wire walk from the bayfront to the Marina Tower over U.S. 41 without a tether.  The only time he wore the safety device was by the request of ABC, which broadcasted the walk over Niagara Falls.

A week ago, the Sarasota City Commission unanimously approved the sky walk to allow Wallenda to complete it without a safety harness.

The event is currently scheduled to last an hour.

It will cause road closures on U.S. 41 between Ringling Boulevard and John Ringling Causeway. According to the City of Sarasota, the closure will last from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Roads will remain open on St. Armands Circle and the barrier islands. Traffic congestion is expected from 9 a.m. to noon.  There will be detour signs and police directing traffic.

Wallenda said this is an opportunity for him to showcase Sarasota.

The daredevil is expected to wire walk over the Grand Canyon this summer.

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