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13

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones.
Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.

As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to
learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state.
If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money.

 

MANATEE COUNTY

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion. The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area is closed for renovations. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until fall 2018. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure. The fishing pier access road will have intermittent one-lane closures during daytime hours only for installation of temporary barrier wall. Construction is on-going on the new rest area site and the seawall on the Manatee side, west of I-275. Expected completion of both rest areas is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor.

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is closed for approximately ten (10) months. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on I-275 southbound beneath the flyover from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, September 9 through Thursday, September 13. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Periodic nighttime/overnight I-75 northbound/southbound and I-275 southbound lane closures beneath I-275 will occur during construction. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is summer 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 64 (Manatee Avenue) Interchange (Exit 220): Construction project: Crews are currently widening northbound and southbound I-75 and performing ramp, grading, utility, and drainage work. Crews will also be paving northbound I-75 and SR 64.

  • Motorists are advised that I-75 northbound lanes will shift onto new lanes. Lane closures will be necessary as crews shift lanes and install lane striping during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on SR 64 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on I-75 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. throughout the duration of the project. 

This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

US 301 from CR 675 to Moccasin Wallow Road: Construction project: Crews are installing new landscaping, irrigation and welcome signs. Superior Landscaping & Lawn Services is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

Business US 41 (9th Street W) at the Green Bridge; at 3rd Avenue W, and from 3rd Avenue W to SR 64 (Manatee Avenue): Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; constructing sidewalk; improving drainage; constructing turn lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on Business US 41 (9th Street W) from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. 3rd Avenue W at Business US 41 is closed to traffic while crews make roadway improvements. Please follow the detour routes (below) and plan additional travel time. The closure is expected to be in effect for approximately four weeks.

  • Eastbound 3rd Avenue W: Take southbound Business US 41/9th Street W to SR 64/6th Avenue W and continue to 3rd Street W. From 3rd Street W, turn right onto 3rd Avenue W and continue eastbound.
  • Southbound Business US 41 to eastbound 3rd Avenue W: Take SR 64/6th Avenue W to 3rd Street W. From 3rd Street W, turn right onto 3rd Avenue W and continue eastbound.
  • Northbound Business US 41 to eastbound 3rd Avenue W: Take SR 64/6th Avenue W to 3rd Street W. From 3rd Street W, turn right onto 3rd Avenue W and continue eastbound.
  • Westbound 3rd Avenue W: Take southbound 3rd Street W or 7th Street W to SR 64/Manatee Avenue W and continue to Business US 41/9th Street W. From Business US 41, turn left onto 3rd Avenue W and continue westbound.

Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Gosalia Concrete Constructors, Inc.

US 41 between 37th Avenue W and 36th Avenue W: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect intermittent northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, September 21. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64 (Manatee Avenue) to SR 684 (Cortez Road): Maintenance permit project: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com.

SR 70 (15th Street E) at 9th Avenue E: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout; installing highway lighting and landscaping; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and resurfacing the roadway. The intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 9th Avenue E is closed to traffic for approximately six (6) months. Please use 13th Avenue E and 7th Avenue E as alternate routes during this time. A temporary traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 13th Avenue E while the detour is in effect. Watson Civil Construction, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

SR 64 from 67th Street W to 63rd Street W: Construction project: Crews are making drainage improvements, constructing sidewalk, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. C-Squared Certified General Contractor, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

SR 64 at the Anna Maria Island Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound intermittent lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Sunday, September 16 through Thursday, September 20. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews are constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Both northbound and southbound trail traffic are now being detoured to the west along the signed detour route. Both sidewalks on the north and south side of Laurel Road are now closed. Please follow detour signs provided. Intermittent single lane closures at the bridge can be expected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays only. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is fall 2018.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Expect periodic driveway closures along the northbound lanes while crews are installing drainage systems. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota: Construction project: Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.

  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. if nighttime activities are scheduled.
  • Traffic has been reconfigured into a new pattern on 10th Street east bound and west bound. Please pay close attention to the pavement markings and signs.
  • Waterline installation is expected on US 41 north of 14th Street in about 3 weeks. Expect to hear construction noise associated with the machinery, jack hammers, construction equipment, back up alarms and engine noises.
  • Installation of waterline across US 41 at 10th Street is complete. Activity in the area will be for waterline testing prior to activation. All work is expected during the day time. The contractor’s work zone for this operation will be in the median of 10th Street east of US 41. Motorists are urged to use caution and be mindful of the workers and the heavy equipment moving in and out of this area.
  • West bound 10th Street will have restricted lanes, only 2 lanes will be available to make left turns, through traffic and right turns. Heavy equipment will be staged in the median, with large trucks moving in and out of the median. Motorists are urged to use caution in the area.
  • A temporary street closure at 10th Street (west side only) is expected next week or the following week for the installation of a new gravity sewer line. This closure will be in effect for two days. Motorists may use Boulevard of the Arts as an alternate route to access 10th Street. Detour signs will be installed to route the traffic going to/from businesses via Boulevard of the Arts.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • Pedestrian paths have been reconfigured around the work zone, please use designated sidewalks and cross walks. No pedestrian access on the west side of US 41 beyond Centennial Park, pedestrians are advised to use the sidewalk on the east side of US 41. Impacts to pedestrian access south of the Centennial Park on the west side of US 41 is expected while the contractor is performing excavation in the area.
  • Box culvert construction is ongoing. This is an active construction zone and for safety purposes only authorized personnel are allowed inside the work zone.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a 6-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED street lights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is spring 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, September 21. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.
  • Work has begun to shift traffic to one lane in each direction with southbound traffic shifting onto the northbound bridge during reconstruction of the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek. Daytime lane closures should be expected as crews implement the traffic shift.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

SR 758 (Bee Ridge Road) from Bond Place to Cattleman Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving drainage, and upgrading traffic signals and highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight single-lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2018.

SR 72 at Gateway Road: Construction project: This project is to replacing existing crosswalks, crosswalk landings, pedestrian signals, and lighting. This week, crews will work on paving, lane striping, and punch list items.

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

SR 72 at Swift Road and Beneva Road: Construction project: This project is to replacing existing crosswalks, crosswalk landings, and pedestrian signals. This week, crews will be working on paving and striping.

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

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Sep
07

High Visibility Enforcement in the City of Sarasota to Improve Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety

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The Sarasota Police Department has received a grant for a High Visibility Enforcement program for pedestrian and bicycle safety.  The City of Sarasota ranks in the top 25 counties in the state of Florida for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.

In an effort to protect the safety of the most vulnerable road users, the Sarasota Police Department will be conducting High Visibility Enforcement Details (HVE) from now until May 2019 throughout the City of Sarasota with focus on several key roadways including:

  • N. Tamiami Trail (SR 45) from Mound Street to University Parkway
  • Main Street from N. Tamiami Trail (SR 45) to N. Washington Blvd (SR 683)
  • Fruitville Road from N. Tamiami Trail (SR 45) to Beneva Road
  • N. Washington Blvd (SR 683) from Main Street to Myrtle Street

The roadways in the City of Sarasota that were chosen were selected based on crash data involving both pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles.  HVE details are funded through a contract with the University of North Florida, Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation’s focused initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. 

The goal of this enforcement effort is to increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.  Enforcement efforts will focus primarily on education to drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.  However, violations may result in warnings or citations depending on the circumstances.

“The safety of our community is our number one priority.  We want every driver, pedestrian and bicyclist to understand and know the rules of the road,” said Officer Jason Frank, Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit.  “Safety doesn’t happen by accident.”

All contacts with citizens will be documented and results will be sent to the Florida Department of Transportation for evaluation at the conclusion of the safety campaign.

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The Sarasota Police Department utilizes a proactive, intelligence led law enforcement strategy to prevent and reduce crime. Our mission: Professional, dedicated police service in partnership with our community.  For more information about our department, visit
www.sarasotapd.org

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Sep
07

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones.
Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.

As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to
learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state.
If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money.

 

MANATEE COUNTY

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion. The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area is closed for renovations. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until fall 2018. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure. Construction is on-going on the new rest area site and the seawall on the Manatee side, west of I-275. Expected completion of both rest areas is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor.

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is closed for approximately ten (10) months. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on I-275 southbound beneath the flyover from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, September 9 through Thursday, September 13. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Periodic nighttime/overnight I-75 northbound/southbound and I-275 southbound lane closures beneath I-275 will occur during construction. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is summer 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 64 (Manatee Avenue) Interchange (Exit 220): Construction project: Crews are currently widening northbound and southbound I-75 and performing ramp, grading, utility, and drainage work.

  • Motorists are advised that I-75 northbound lanes will shift onto new lanes. Lane closures will be necessary as crews shift lanes and install lane striping during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on SR 64 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on I-75 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. throughout the duration of the project. 

This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

US 301 from CR 675 to Moccasin Wallow Road: Construction project: Crews are installing new landscaping, irrigation and welcome signs. Superior Landscaping & Lawn Services is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

Business US 41 (9th Street W) at the Green Bridge; at 3rd Avenue W, and from 3rd Avenue W to SR 64 (Manatee Avenue): Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; constructing sidewalk; improving drainage; constructing turn lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on Business US 41 (9th Street W) from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Gosalia Concrete Constructors, Inc.

US 41 between 37th Avenue W and 36th Avenue W: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect intermittent northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, September 14. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 at the Hernando Desoto Bridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight north and southbound right lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Tuesday, September 11 through Thursday, September 13. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64 (Manatee Avenue) to SR 684 (Cortez Road): Maintenance permit project: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com.

SR 70 (15th Street E) at 9th Avenue E: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout; installing highway lighting and landscaping; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and resurfacing the roadway. The intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 9th Avenue E is closed to traffic for approximately six (6) months. Please use 13th Avenue E and 7th Avenue E as alternate routes during this time. A temporary traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 13th Avenue E while the detour is in effect. Watson Civil Construction, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

SR 64 from 67th Street W to 63rd Street W: Construction project: Crews are making drainage improvements, constructing sidewalk, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. C-Squared Certified General Contractor, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

SR 64 at the Anna Maria Island Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working
on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound intermittent lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Sunday, September 16 through Thursday, September 20. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews are constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Both northbound and southbound trail traffic are now being detoured to the west along the signed detour route. Both sidewalks on the north and south side of Laurel Road are now closed. Please follow detour signs provided. Intermittent single lane closures at the bridge can be expected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays only. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is fall 2018.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Expect periodic driveway closures along the northbound lanes while crews are installing drainage systems. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota: Construction project: Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.

  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. if nighttime activities are scheduled.
  • Traffic has been reconfigured into a new pattern on 10th Street east bound and west bound. Please pay close attention to the pavement markings and signs.
  • 9th Street is closed for through traffic at US 41 for approximately two weeks while crews install a water line. Business and residents will be able to access 9th Street from the east side via Cocoanut Avenue.
  • Pedestrian access and parking on 9th Street will be available except for parking spaces closest to 9th Street near US 41. Detour signs will be posted to guide traffic. Expect noise from construction equipment, diesel engines and pumps. Construction is only expected during day light hours, however the pumps are expected to run 24/7.
  • The installation of the waterline at 9th Street may have a minimal impact on the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium parking lot. Construction vehicles and equipment may be moving around the lot, motorists are advised to use caution in the area.
  • Waterline installation on 14th Street is ongoing. Work involves installation of a waterline from the traffic signal on 14th Street to about 200’ to the east on the north side of the street. There will be impacts to the driveways and residents within the work zone and residents may not be able to access the driveways for a day. Individual home owners who are impacted will be contacted to coordinate the work. Expect heavy equipment noise from machinery and dust in the area. Work is expected only during day time hours.
  • Waterline installation is expected on US 41 north of 14th Street in about 3 weeks. Expect to hear construction noise associated with the machinery, jack hammers, construction equipment, back up alarms and engine noises.
  • Installation of waterline across US 41 at 10th Street is ongoing and is expected to end this week. This waterline will be installed via directional bore. Expect noise from drilling rigs, heavy equipment, loaders, pumps, and vacuum trucks. All work is expected during the day time. The contractor’s work zone for this operation will be in the median of 10th Street east of US 41. Motorists are urged to use caution and be mindful of the workers and the heavy equipment moving in and out of this area.
  • West bound 10th Street will have restricted lanes, only 2 lanes will be available to make left turns, through traffic and right turns. Heavy equipment will be staged in the median, with large trucks moving in and out of the median. Motorists are urged to use caution in the area.
  • The installation of sanitary pipe crossing 10th Street, west of US 41 will reduce 10th Street to two lanes with the aid of flaggers. This work is expected to last one week. Be prepared to stop and look for flaggers.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • Pedestrian paths have been reconfigured around the work zone, please use designated sidewalks and cross walks. No pedestrian access on the west side of US 41 beyond Centennial Park, pedestrians are advised to use the sidewalk on the east side of US 41. Impacts to pedestrian access south of the Centennial Park on the west side of US 41 is expected while the contractor is performing excavation in the area.
  • Box culvert construction is ongoing. This is an active construction zone and for safety purposes only authorized personnel are allowed inside the work zone.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a 6-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED street lights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is spring 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, September 14. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.
  • Work has begun to shift traffic to one lane in each direction with southbound traffic shifting onto the northbound bridge during reconstruction of the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek. Daytime lane closures should be expected as crews implement the traffic shift.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

SR 758 (Bee Ridge Road) from Bond Place to Cattleman Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving drainage, and upgrading traffic signals and highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight single-lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2018.

SR 72 at Gateway Road: Construction project: This project is to replacing existing crosswalks,
crosswalk landings, pedestrian signals, and lighting. This week, crews will work on paving, lane striping, and punch list items.

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

SR 72 at Swift Road and Beneva Road: Construction project: This project is replacing existing crosswalks, crosswalk landings, and pedestrian signals. This week, crews will be working on pedestrian signals and striping.

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

 

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FDOT’s I-75 at University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) Project Named One of the Best Transportation Projects in the Nation

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FDOT’s I-75 at University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) Project 
Named One of the Best Transportation Projects in the Nation

Today, the Florida Department of Transportation’s I-75 at University Parkway, Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) project was recognized by a consortium of national transportation organizations as one of 12 finalists in the “America’s Transportation Awards” competition. The online voting that begins today will now determine the national Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Awards and a cash prize state departments of transportation can use for educational scholarships or non-profits in their home states.

Sponsored by AASHTO, Socrata, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the America’s Transportation Awards was created in 2008 to recognize the very best projects state departments of transportation deliver to their communities each year.

The I-75 at University Parkway DDI is the first of its kind in Florida and the largest in the nation. At a cost of $74.5 million, it features a “dual crossover” design to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion by employing fewer conflict points than a traditional cloverleaf interchange.

“We are excited and honored to hear that the I-75/University Parkway DDI project has been selected as a finalist in the AASHTO awards, said District One Secretary L.K. Nandam.” FDOT is very proud that this innovative solution has had such a positive impact on this incredibly busy interchange. The Department will continue to use this and other innovative designs to accommodate Florida’s continued growth.

“Online voting begins today, Aug. 30, and continues through 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Saturday, Sept. 22. Cast your vote by using the following link, https://transportationawards.secure-platform.com/a/gallery/rounds/10/vote/1588. Individuals can vote once a day.”

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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Due to the Labor Day holiday weekend, some FDOT contractors may cease construction activities impacting traffic for the holiday weekend beginning Friday afternoon, August 31 through Monday, September 3rd.  Work may resume on Tuesday, September 4thAny work that is to take place during the holiday weekend must be done without any impacts to the traveling public.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.

FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones.
Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.

As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to
learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state.
If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money.

 

MANATEE COUNTY

23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41 (Valencia Drive): Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk around Blackstone Park on 23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41/Valencia Drive. Expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting & Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2018.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion. The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area is closed for renovations. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until fall 2018. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure. Construction is on-going on the new rest area site and the seawall on the Manatee side, west of I-275. Expected completion of both rest areas is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor.

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is closed for approximately ten (10) months. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Periodic nighttime/overnight I-75 northbound/southbound and I-275 southbound lane closures beneath I-275 will occur during construction. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is summer 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 64 (Manatee Avenue) Interchange (Exit 220): Construction project: Crews are currently widening northbound and southbound I-75 and performing ramp, grading, utility, and drainage work. In observance of the Labor Day holiday, no work will be performed on from Friday, August 31st through Labor Day, Monday, September 4th.

  • Motorists are advised that I-75 northbound lanes will shift onto new lanes. Lane closures will be necessary as crews shift lanes and install lane striping during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on SR 64 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on I-75 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. throughout the duration of the project. 

This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

US 301 from CR 675 to Moccasin Wallow Road: Construction project: Crews are installing new landscaping, irrigation and welcome signs. Superior Landscaping & Lawn Services is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

Business US 41 (9th Street W) at the Green Bridge; at 3rd Avenue W, and from 3rd Avenue W to SR 64 (Manatee Avenue): Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; constructing sidewalk; improving drainage; constructing turn lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on Business US 41 (9th Street W) from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Gosalia Concrete Constructors, Inc.

US 41 between 37th Avenue W and 36th Avenue W: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect intermittent northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, September 7. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 at the Hernando Desoto Bridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight north and southbound right lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Tuesday, September 11 through Thursday, September 13. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64 (Manatee Avenue) to SR 684 (Cortez Road): Maintenance permit project: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com.

SR 70 (15th Street E) at 9th Avenue E: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout; installing highway lighting and landscaping; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and resurfacing the roadway. The intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 9th Avenue E is closed to traffic for approximately six (6) months. Please use 13th Avenue E and 7th Avenue E as alternate routes during this time. A temporary traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 13th Avenue E while the detour is in effect. Watson Civil Construction, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

SR 64 from Martinique Drive to 107th Court W: Construction project: Crews are improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Work occurs off the roadway and does not require lane closures. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

SR 64 from 67th Street W to 63rd Street W: Construction project: Crews are making drainage improvements, constructing sidewalk, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. C-Squared Certified General Contractor, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

SR 64 at the Anna Maria Island Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound intermittent lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Sunday, September 16 through Thursday, September 20. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews are constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Both northbound and southbound trail traffic are now being detoured to the west along the signed detour route. Both sidewalks on the north and south side of Laurel Road are now closed. Please follow detour signs provided. Intermittent single lane closures at the bridge can be expected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays only. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is fall 2018.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Expect periodic driveway closures along the northbound lanes while crews are installing drainage systems. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota: Construction project: Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.

  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. if nighttime activities are scheduled.
  • Traffic has been reconfigured into a new pattern on 10th Street east bound and west bound. Please pay close attention to the pavement markings and signs.
  • 9th Street is closed for through traffic at US 41 for approximately two weeks while crews install a water line. Business and residents will be able to access 9th Street from the east side via Cocoanut Avenue. Pedestrian access and parking on 9th Street will be available except for parking spaces closest to 9th Street near US 41. Detour signs will be posted to guide traffic. Expect noise from construction equipment, diesel engines and pumps. Construction is only expected during day light hours, however the pumps are expected to run 24/7. 
  • The installation of the waterline at 9th Street may have a minimal impact on the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium parking lot. Construction vehicles and equipment may be moving around the lot, motorists are advised to use caution in the area.
  • Waterline installation on 14th Street is ongoing. Work involves installation of a waterline from the traffic signal on 14th Street to about 200’ to the east on the north side of the street. There will be impacts to the driveways and residents within the work zone and residents may not be able to access the driveways for a day. Individual home owners who are impacted will be contacted to coordinate the work. Expect heavy equipment noise from machinery and dust in the area. Work is expected only during day time hours.
  • Waterline installation is expected on US 41 north of 14th Street in about 3 weeks. Expect to hear construction noise associated with the machinery, jack hammers, construction equipment, back up alarms and engine noises.
  • Installation of waterline across US 41 at 10th Street is ongoing and expected to last until end of August. This waterline will be installed via directional bore. Expect noise from drilling rigs, heavy equipment, loaders, pumps, and vacuum trucks. All work is expected during the day time. The contractor’s work zone for this operation will be in the median of 10th Street east of US 41. Motorists are urged to use caution and be mindful of the workers and the heavy equipment moving in and out of this area.
  • West bound 10th Street will have restricted lanes, only 2 lanes will be available to make left turns, through traffic and right turns. Heavy equipment will be staged in the median, with large trucks moving in and out of the median. Motorists are urged to use caution in the area.
  • Installation of storm water pipes is expected in front of the 10th Street boat ramp. There may be intermittent impacts to the boat ramp driveways but access to the boat ramps will always be maintained. Expect noise from equipment, pumps and power tools. This operation is expected during the day, but the pumps will be running 24/7. 
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • Pedestrian paths have been reconfigured around the work zone, please use designated sidewalks and cross walks. No pedestrian access on the west side of US 41 beyond Centennial Park, pedestrians are advised to use the sidewalk on the east side of US 41. Impacts to pedestrian access south of the Centennial Park on the west side of US 41 is expected while the contractor is performing excavation in the area.
  • Box culvert construction is ongoing. This is an active construction zone and for safety purposes only authorized personnel are allowed inside the work zone.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

 

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a 6-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED street lights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is spring 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, September 7. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.

Work has begun to shift traffic to one lane in each direction with southbound traffic shifting onto the northbound bridge during reconstruction of the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek. Daytime lane closures should be expected as crews implement the traffic shift.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

SR 758 (Bee Ridge Road) from Bond Place to Cattleman Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving drainage, and upgrading traffic signals and highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight single-lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2018.

SR 72 at Gateway Road: Construction project: This project is to replacing existing crosswalks, crosswalk landings, pedestrian signals, and lighting. This week, crews will work on paving, lane striping, and punch list items.

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

SR 72 at Swift Road and Beneva Road: Construction project: This project includes replacing existing crosswalks, crosswalk landings, and pedestrian signals. This week, crews will be working on installing electric lines underneath the roadway.

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

 

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PUBLIC NOTICE SARASOTA/MANATEE MPO COMMITTEE MEETINGS

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MPO

MEDIARELEASE  
Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization
7632 15th Street East | Sarasota, FL 34243-3248         
941-359-5772 | Fax: 941-359-5779

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sarasota/Manatee MPO Committee Meetings

Date:             September 4, 2018
Contact:        Leigh Holt, Strategic Planning Manager
Phone:          941-359-5772
Fax:               941-359-5779

 

NOTICE is hereby given that on Monday, September 10, 2018 the following meetings will be held at the MPO Office, Airport Commerce Center, 7632 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida for the Sarasota/Manatee MPO:

  • Bicycle/Pedestrian/Trails Advisory Committee will begin at 8:00 a.m.
  • Technical Advisory Committee will begin at 10:00 a.m.
  • Citizen Advisory Committee will begin at 5:00 p.m.

 

All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard on each of the above items.  Written comments filed with the MPO will be considered.  Copies of all the above proposed documents are available by calling the MPO Office at 941-359-5772.

This notice is published pursuant to the requirements of the Federal Laws, Florida Statutes, and MPO Policy. No stenographic record by a certified court reporter is made of this meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decisions involving the matter noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at this meeting upon which any appear is to be based.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact the Sarasota/Manatee MPO at 941-359-5772 at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

The MPO’s planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary who believes he/she has been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or family status may file a complaint with the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Title VI coordinator Leigh Holt at 941-359-5772 or by writing her at 7632 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

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PUBLIC NOTICE SARASOTA COUNTY TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED LCB MEETING

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Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization
7632 15th Street East | Sarasota, FL 34243-3248         
941-359-5772 | Fax: 941-359-5779

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Upcoming Committee Meeting

Date:              August 30, 2018
Contact:        Corinne Tucker, Public Involvement Coordinator
Phone:          941-359-5772
Fax:               941-359-5779

NOTICE is hereby given that the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board for Sarasota County of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO will hold its regular meeting on Thursday, September 06, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the MPO Office, 7632 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida.

All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard on each of the above items.  Written comments filed with the MPO will be considered.  Copies of all the above proposed documents are available by calling the MPO Office at 941-359-5772.

This notice is published pursuant to the requirements of the Federal Laws, Florida Statutes, and MPO Policy. No stenographic record by a certified court reporter is made of this meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decisions involving the matter noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at this meeting upon which any appear is to be based.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact the Sarasota/Manatee MPO at 941-359-5772 at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

The MPO’s planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary who believes he/she has been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or family status may file a complaint with the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Title VI coordinator Leigh Holt at 941-359-5772 or by writing her at 7632 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

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PUBLIC NOTICE MANATEE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED LCB MEETING

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Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Upcoming Committee Meeting

Date:             August 30, 2018
Contact:       Corinne Tucker, Public Involvement Coordinator
Phone:          941-359-5772
Fax:               941-359-5779

NOTICE is hereby given that the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board for Manatee County of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the MCAT Office, 2411 Tallevast Road, Sarasota, Florida.

All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard on each of the above items.  Written comments filed with the MPO will be considered.  Copies of all the above proposed documents are available by calling the MPO Office at 941-359-5772.

This notice is published pursuant to the requirements of the Federal Laws, Florida Statutes, and MPO Policy. No stenographic record by a certified court reporter is made of this meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decisions involving the matter noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at this meeting upon which any appear is to be based.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact the Sarasota/Manatee MPO at 941-359-5772 at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

The MPO’s planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary who believes he/she has been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or family status may file a complaint with the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Title VI coordinator Leigh Holt at 941-359-5772 or by writing her at 7632 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 19, 2018

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones.
Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.

As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to
learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state.
If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money.

 

MANATEE COUNTY

23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41 (Valencia Drive): Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk around Blackstone Park on 23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41/Valencia Drive. Expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting & Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2018.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion. The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area is closed for renovations. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until fall 2018. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure. Construction is on-going on the new rest area site and the seawall on the Manatee side, west of I-275.  Expected completion of both rest areas is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75.

The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is closed for approximately ten (10) months. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Periodic nighttime/overnight I-75 northbound/southbound and I-275 southbound lane closures beneath I-275 will occur during construction. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is summer 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 64 (Manatee Avenue) Interchange (Exit 220): Construction project: Crews are currently widening northbound and southbound I-75 and performing ramp, grading, utility, and drainage work.

  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on SR 64 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on I-75 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. throughout the duration of the project.

This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

US 301 from CR 675 to Moccasin Wallow Road: Construction project: Crews are installing new landscaping, irrigation and welcome signs. Superior Landscaping & Lawn Services is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

Business US 41 (9th Street W) at the Green Bridge; at 3rd Avenue W, and from 3rd Avenue W to SR 64 (Manatee Avenue): Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; constructing sidewalk; improving drainage; constructing turn lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on Business US 41 (9th Street W) from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Gosalia Concrete Constructors, Inc.

US 41 between 37th Avenue W and 36th Avenue W: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect intermittent northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, August 24. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64 (Manatee Avenue) to SR 684 (Cortez Road): Maintenance permit project: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com. 

SR 70 (15th Street E) at 9th Avenue E: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout; installing highway lighting and landscaping; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and resurfacing the roadway. The intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 9th Avenue E is closed to traffic for approximately six (6) months. Please use 13th Avenue E and 7th Avenue E as alternate routes during this time. A temporary traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 13th Avenue E while the detour is in effect. Watson Civil Construction, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

SR 64 from Martinique Drive to 107th Court W: Construction project: Crews are improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Work occurs off the roadway and does not require lane closures. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews are constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Both northbound and southbound trail traffic are now being detoured to the west along the signed detour route. Both sidewalks on the north and south side of Laurel Road are now closed. Please follow detour signs provided. Intermittent single lane closures at the bridge can be expected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays only. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is fall 2018.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Motorists should expect lane closures on Sumter Boulevard beginning Monday, August 20 through Friday, August 24. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Expect periodic driveway closures along the northbound lanes while crews are installing drainage systems. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project: Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.

  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. if nighttime activities are scheduled.
  • Traffic has been reconfigured into a new pattern on 10th Street east bound and west bound. Please pay close attention to the pavement markings and signs.
  • 9th Street is expected to be closed for through traffic at US 41 starting August 21 (Tuesday) for approximately 10 days to install a water line. Business and residents will be able to access 9th Street from the east side via Cocoanut Avenue. Pedestrian access and parking on 9th Street will be un interrupted. Detour signs will be posted to guide traffic. Expect noise from construction equipment, diesel engines and pumps. Construction is only expected during day light hours, however the pumps are expected to run 24/7.
  • The installation of the waterline at 9th Street may have a minimal impact on the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium parking lot. Construction vehicles and equipment may be moving around the lot, motorists are advised to use caution in the area.
  • Waterline installation on 14th Street is expected to start next week (August 21st). This work is expected to last for approximately one week. Work involves installation of a waterline from the traffic signal on 14th Street to about 200’ to the east on the north side of the street. There will be impacts to the driveways and residents within the work zone and residents may not be able to access the driveways for a day. Individual home owners who are impacted will be contacted to coordinate the work. Expect heavy equipment noise from machinery and dust in the area. Work is expected only during day time hours.
  • Waterline installation is expected on US 41 north of 14th Street in about 3 weeks. Expect to hear construction noise associated with the machinery, jack hammers, construction equipment, back up alarms and engine noises.
  • Installation of waterline across US 41 at 10th Street is ongoing and expected to last until end of August. This waterline will be installed via directional bore. Expect noise from drilling rigs, heavy equipment, loaders, pumps, and vacuum trucks. All work is expected during the day time. The contractor’s work zone for this operation will be in the median of 10th Street east of US 41. Motorists are urged to use caution and be mindful of the workers and the heavy equipment moving in and out of this area.
  • West bound 10th Street will have restricted lanes, only 2 lanes will be available to make left turns, through traffic and right turns. Heavy equipment will be staged in the median, with large trucks moving in and out of the median. Motorists are urged to use caution in the area.
  • Installation of storm water pipes is expected in front of the 10th Street boat ramp. There may be intermittent impacts to the boat ramp driveways but access to the boat ramps will always be maintained. Expect noise from equipment, pumps and power tools. This operation is expected during the day, but the pumps will be running 24/7.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • Pedestrian paths have been reconfigured around the work zone, please use designated sidewalks and cross walks. No pedestrian access on the west side of US 41 beyond Centennial Park, pedestrians are advised to use the sidewalk on the east side of US 41. Impacts to pedestrian access south of the Centennial Park on the west side of US 41 is expected while the contractor is performing excavation in the area.
  • Box culvert construction has started. This is an active construction zone and for safety purposes only authorized personnel are allowed inside the work zone.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a 6-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED street lights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is spring 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, August 24. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures will occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures will occur between 6:30 p.m. and    9:30 a.m.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.
  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction with southbound traffic shifting onto the northbound bridge during reconstruction of the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek. This work is scheduled to begin the week of Monday, August 20.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

SR 758 (Bee Ridge Road) from Bond Place to Cattleman Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving drainage, and upgrading traffic signals and highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight single-lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2018.

SR 758 at the Siesta Key Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Sunday, August 19 through Thursday, August 23. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 72 at Gateway Road: Construction project: This project is to replacing existing crosswalks, crosswalk landings, pedestrian signals, and lighting.  This week, crews will work on pedestrian signals, sod installation, and punch list items.

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

SR 72 at Swift Road and Beneva Road: Construction project: This project is to replacing existing crosswalks, crosswalk landings, and pedestrian signals.  This week, crews will be working on the maintenance of traffic, and installing electric lines underneath the roadway.

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

 

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Comment on the Draft Florida Greenways and Trails 5-Year Plan

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The DRAFT of the 2018-2022 plan is open for public comment.  Please help us plan for the future of Florida’s greenways and trails. Your comments are very important to us.

Click here to review the latest draft of the Florida Greenways and Trails 5-Year Plan.  Public input regarding the DRAFT plan will be accepted until August 31, 2018. Please forward to anyone you feel would be of benefit to this plan. Send comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The FGTS Plan establishes the vision for implementing a connected statewide system of greenways and trails for recreation, conservation, transportation choices, healthy lifestyles, a vibrant economy and a high quality of life. The original FGTS Plan was completed in 1998 and adopted by the Florida Legislature in 1999, laying the groundwork for many programs, projects and initiatives that exist today. The updated FGTS Plan and maps will guide implementation of the connected statewide trail system from 2018 through 2022.

DRAFT 2018-2022 Florida Greenways and Trails Five Year Plan

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 12, 2018

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones.
Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.

As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to
learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state.
If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money.

 

MANATEE COUNTY

23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41 (Valencia Drive): Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk around Blackstone Park on 23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41/Valencia Drive. Expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting & Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2018.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion. The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area is closed for renovations. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until fall 2018. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure. Construction is on-going on the new rest area site and the seawall on the Manatee side, west of I-275.  Expected completion of both rest areas is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75.

The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is closed for approximately ten (10) months. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit.

Periodic nighttime/overnight I-75 northbound/southbound and I-275 southbound lane closures beneath I-275 will occur during construction. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is summer 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 64 (Manatee Avenue) Interchange (Exit 220): Construction project: Crews are currently widening northbound and southbound I-75 and performing ramp, grading, utility, and drainage work. 

  • On Wednesday, August 15th, motorists are advised that a pacing operation will occur during the overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on I-75 northbound from just north of University Parkway through the construction zone to allow for the installation of overhead structures. In the event of a weather delay, the rain date will be Sunday, August 19th.
  • On Thursday, August 16th, motorists are advised that I-75 northbound Exit 220/SR 64 will be closed during the overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. to allow for the installation of overhead structures. In the event of a weather delay, the rain date will be Sunday, August 19th.  Motorists wishing to use I-75 northbound Exit 220 are advised to use either Exit 217/SR 70 and use local roads to reach SR 64; or, use Exit 224/US 301 and re-enter onto the interstate and use I-75 southbound Exit 220.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on SR 64 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on I-75 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. throughout the duration of the project.

This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

US 301 from CR 675 to Moccasin Wallow Road: Construction project: Crews are installing new landscaping, irrigation and welcome signs. Superior Landscaping & Lawn Services is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

Business US 41 (9th Street W) at the Green Bridge; at 3rd Avenue W, and from 3rd Avenue W to SR 64 (Manatee Avenue): Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; constructing sidewalk; improving drainage; constructing turn lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on Business US 41 (9th Street W) from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Gosalia Concrete Constructors, Inc.

US 41 between 37th Avenue W and 36th Avenue W: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect intermittent northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to      4 p.m. through Friday, August 17. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64 (Manatee Avenue) to SR 684 (Cortez Road): Maintenance permit project: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com. 

SR 70 (15th Street E) at 9th Avenue E: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout; installing highway lighting and landscaping; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and resurfacing the roadway. The intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 9th Avenue E is closed to traffic for approximately six (6) months. Please use 13th Avenue E and 7th Avenue E as alternate routes during this time. A temporary traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 13th Avenue E while the detour is in effect. Watson Civil Construction, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

SR 64 from Martinique Drive to 107th Court W: Construction project: Crews are improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Work occurs off the roadway and does not require lane closures. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews are constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Both northbound and southbound trail traffic are now being detoured to the west along the signed detour route. Both sidewalks on the north and south side of Laurel Road are now closed. Please follow detour signs provided. Intermittent single lane closures at the bridge can be expected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays only. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is fall 2018.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Expect periodic driveway closures along the northbound lanes while crews are installing drainage systems. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota: Construction project: Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.

  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from     9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. if nighttime activities are scheduled.
  • 12th Street at US 41 is closed for through traffic. Residents and businesses on 12th Street will be able to access from Cocoanut Avenue. Detour signs are posted to direct traffic around closure.
  • Traffic has been reconfigured into a new pattern on 10th Street east bound and west bound. Please pay close attention to the pavement markings and signs.
  • 9th Street is expected to be closed for through traffic at US 41 mid-August for approximately 10 days to install a water line. Business and residents will be able to access 9th Street from the east side via Cocoanut Avenue. Pedestrian access and parking on 9th Street will be un interrupted. Detour signs will be posted to guide traffic. Expect noise from construction equipment, diesel engines and pumps. Construction is only expected during day light hours, however the pumps are expected to run 24/7.
  • The installation of the waterline at 9th Street may have a minimal impact on the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium parking lot. Construction vehicles and equipment may be moving around the lot, motorists are advised to use caution in the area.
  • Waterline installation is expected on US 41 north of 14th Street in about 3 weeks. Expect to hear construction noise associated with the machinery, jack hammers, construction equipment, back up alarms and engine noises.
  • Installation of waterline across US 41 at 10th Street is ongoing and expected to last until end of August. This waterline will be installed via directional bore. Expect noise from drilling rigs, heavy equipment, loaders, pumps, and vacuum trucks. All work is expected during the day time. The contractor’s work zone for this operation will be in the median of 10th Street east of US 41. Motorists are urged to use caution and be mindful of the workers and the heavy equipment moving in and out of this area.
  • West bound 10th Street will have restricted lanes, only 2 lanes will be available to make left turns, through traffic and right turns. Heavy equipment will be staged in the median, with large trucks moving in and out of the median. Motorists are urged to use caution in the area.
  • Installation of storm water pipes is expected in front of the 10th Street boat ramp. There may be intermittent impacts to the boat ramp driveways but access to the boat ramps will always be maintained. Expect noise from equipment, pumps and power tools. This operation is expected during the day, but the pumps will be running 24/7.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • Pedestrian paths have been reconfigured around the work zone, please use designated sidewalks and cross walks. No pedestrian access on the west side of US 41 beyond Centennial Park, pedestrians are advised to use the sidewalk on the east side of US 41. Impacts to pedestrian access south of the Centennial Park on the west side of US 41 is expected while the contractor is performing excavation in the area.
  • Box culvert construction has started. This is an active construction zone and for safety purposes only authorized personnel are allowed inside the work zone.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a 6-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED street lights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is spring 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, August 17. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures will occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures will occur between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.
  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction during reconstruction of the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek, tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-September.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

SR 758 (Bee Ridge Road) from Bond Place to Cattleman Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving drainage, and upgrading traffic signals and highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight single-lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2018.

SR 758 at the Siesta Key Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Sunday, August 19 through Thursday, August 23. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 72 at Gateway Road: Construction project: This project is to replacing existing crosswalks, crosswalk landings, pedestrian signals, and lighting.  This week, crews will work on concrete work at the pedestrian crossings, and start punch list items.

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

 

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

traffic-watch

FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 5, 2018

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones.
Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.

As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to
learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state.
If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money.

 

MANATEE COUNTY

23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41 (Valencia Drive): Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk around Blackstone Park on 23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41/Valencia Drive. Expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting & Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2018.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion. The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area is closed for renovations. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until fall 2018. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure. Construction is on-going on the new rest area site and the seawall on the Manatee side, west of I-275.  Expected completion of both rest areas is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75.

The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is closed for approximately ten (10) months. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Periodic nighttime/overnight I-75 northbound/southbound and I-275 southbound lane closures beneath I-275 will occur during construction.

The I-75 northbound ramp to I-275 northbound will close overnight from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Monday, August 6 through Thursday, August 9. Traffic will be detoured during this time to CR 683 (Moccasin Wallow Road) to US 41. From US 41, motorists will then be able to access I-275 northbound.  

Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is summer 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 64 (Manatee Avenue) Interchange (Exit 220): Construction project: Crews are currently widening northbound and southbound I-75 and performing ramp, grading, utility, and drainage work.

  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on SR 64 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on I-75 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. throughout the duration of the project.

This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

Business US 41 (9th Street W) at the Green Bridge; at 3rd Avenue W, and from 3rd Avenue W to SR 64 (Manatee Avenue): Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; constructing sidewalk; improving drainage; constructing turn lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Gosalia Concrete Constructors, Inc.

US 301 from CR 675 to Moccasin Wallow Road: Construction project: Crews are installing new landscaping, irrigation and welcome signs. Superior Landscaping & Lawn Services is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

US 41 between 37th Avenue W and 36th Avenue W: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect intermittent northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, August 10. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64 (Manatee Avenue) to SR 684 (Cortez Road): Maintenance permit project: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com. 

SR 70 (15th Street E) at 9th Avenue E: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout; installing highway lighting and landscaping; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and resurfacing the roadway. The intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 9th Avenue E is closed to traffic for approximately six (6) months. Please use 13th Avenue E and 7th Avenue E as alternate routes during this time. A temporary traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 13th Avenue E while the detour is in effect. Watson Civil Construction, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

SR 64 from Martinique Drive to 107th Court W: Construction project: Crews are improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Work occurs off the roadway and does not require lane closures. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

SR 64 (Manatee Avenue West) at 5th Street West: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the railroad crossing on SR 64 (Manatee Avenue West) at 5th Street West. Estimated completion is late summer/early fall 2018. The contractor is Cone & Graham, Inc.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews are constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Both northbound and southbound trail traffic are now being detoured to the west along the signed detour route. Both sidewalks on the north and south side of Laurel Road are now closed. Please follow detour signs provided. Intermittent single lane closures at the bridge can be expected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays only. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is fall 2018.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Expect periodic driveway closures along the northbound lanes while crews are installing drainage systems. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota: Construction project: Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.

  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. if nighttime activities are scheduled.
  • 12th Street at US 41 is closed for through traffic. Residents and businesses on 12th Street will be able to access from Cocoanut Avenue. Detour signs are posted to direct traffic around closure.
  • Traffic has been reconfigured into a new pattern on 10th Street east bound and west bound. Please pay close attention to the pavement markings and signs.
  • 9th Street is expected to be closed for through traffic at US 41 mid-August for approximately 10 days to install a water line. Business and residents will be able to access 9th Street from the east side via Cocoanut Avenue. Pedestrian access and parking on 9th Street will be un interrupted. Detour signs will be posted to guide traffic. Expect noise from construction equipment, diesel engines and pumps. Construction is only expected during day light hours, however the pumps are expected to run 24/7.
  • The installation of the waterline at 9th Street may have a minimal impact on the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium parking lot. Construction vehicles and equipment may be moving around the lot, motorists are advised to use caution in the area.
  • Waterline installation is expected on US 41 north of 14th Street in about 3 weeks. This operation is expected to take place during daytime hours. Expect to hear construction noise associated with the machinery, jack hammers, construction equipment, back up alarms and engine noises.
  • Installation of waterline across US 41 at 10th Street is ongoing and expected to last until end of August. This waterline will be installed via directional bore. Expect noise from drilling rigs, heavy equipment, loaders, pumps, and vacuum trucks. All work is expected during the day time. The contractor’s work zone for this operation will be in the median of 10th Street east of US 41. Motorists are urged to use caution and be mindful of the workers and the heavy equipment moving in and out of this area.
  • West bound 10th Street will have restricted lanes, only 2 lanes will be available to make left turns, through traffic and right turns. Heavy equipment will be staged in the median, with large trucks moving in and out of the median. Motorists are urged to use caution in the area.
  • Installation of storm water pipes is expected south of Hog creek on the west side. There may be intermittent impacts to the boat ramp driveways but access to the boat ramps will always be maintained. Expect noise from equipment, pumps and power tools. This operation is expected during the day, but the pumps will be running 24/7.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • Pedestrian paths have been reconfigured around the work zone, please use designated sidewalks and cross walks. No pedestrian access on the west side of US 41 beyond Centennial Park, pedestrians are advised to use the sidewalk on the east side of US 41. Impacts to pedestrian access south of the Centennial Park on the west side of US 41 is expected while the contractor is performing excavation in the area.
  • Storm water piping systems and light pole bases will be installed at the NE corner of 14th Street. Expect to hear diesel pumps running and heavy equipment and back up alarms. This work is expected during the day.
  • Box culvert construction has started. This is an active construction zone and for safety purposes only authorized personnel are allowed inside the work zone.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a 6-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED street lights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is spring 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, August 10. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758 (Bee Ridge Road) from Bond Place to Cattleman Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving drainage, and upgrading traffic signals and highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight single-lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2018.

SR 758 at the Siesta Key Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Sunday, August 19 through Thursday, August 23. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 72 at Gateway Road: Construction project: This project is to replacing existing crosswalks, crosswalk landings, pedestrian signals, and lighting.  This week, crews will work on installing underground wiring, and performing concrete work at the pedestrian crossings.

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

 

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30

45-Day Public Review and Comment Period is Now Open

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We need your voice

Regional transportation planning is guided by laws, rules, and policies set by federal and state governments.  Both federal and state laws require public participation in the planning process. 

Engaging citizens in the transportation planning process promotes successful problem solving, brings in diverse voices and new ideas; allows for greater consideration of local and regional concerns, needs and values; and gives the public a sense of ownership of the developed solutions.

The Public Participation Plan (PPP) provides the guidelines used by the MPO to conduct and document public participation activities.  The PPP is reviewed every three years, or as needed, for possible revisions.

There is a required 45-day review and comment period which began on July 30, 2018 and will end on September 13, 2018.  The complete document is available on the MPO website and is also available at county and city administration buildings and all public libraries. The complete draft of the 2017 Public Participation Plan is available to view and download here.  Any comments made regarding the PPP will be provided at the September 24, 2018 MPO Board meeting prior to adoption.

If you have any comments or questions, please let us know by 5:00PM on Thursday, September 13, 2018 when the official 45-day comment period closes. Please email your comments to Corinne Tucker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You may also send your comments to the MPO via mail, 7632 15th Street East, Sarasota, FL 34243, or contact Corinne via telephone 941-359-5772. 

We encourage everyone to become involved. Your contribution ensures robust public participation in the MPO transportation planning process. Thank you for your involvement in transportation planning.

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26

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF JULY 29, 2018

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones.
Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.

As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to
learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state.
If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money.

 

MANATEE COUNTY

23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41/Valencia Drive: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk around Blackstone Park on 23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41/Valencia Drive. Expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting & Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2018.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion. The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area is closed for renovations. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until fall 2018. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure. Construction is on-going on the new rest area site and the seawall on the Manatee side, west of I-275.  Expected completion of both rest areas is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75.

  • Starting Sunday, July 29, the ramp will be closed for approximately ten (10) months and traffic will be detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Periodic nighttime/overnight I-75 northbound/southbound and I-275 southbound lane closures beneath I-275 will occur during construction.
  • Starting on Saturday, August 4, northbound I-275 will be detoured onto I-75 northbound and turned around at the CR 683 (Moccasin Wallow Road) Interchange to go north on I-275. This detour is nighttime only and will occur for two weeks. 

Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is summer 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange (Exit 220): Construction project: Crews are currently widening northbound and southbound I-75 and performing ramp, grading, utility, and drainage work.

  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on SR 64 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on I-75 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. throughout the duration of the project.

This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

US 301 from CR 675 to Moccasin Wallow Road: Construction project: Crews are installing new landscaping, irrigation and welcome signs. Superior Landscaping & Lawn Services is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

US 41 from Bayshore Gardens to 60th Avenue: Construction project: Crews are improving drainage, reconstructing pavement and driveways, constructing sidewalk, and installing new striping. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expect daytime/nighttime northbound outside lane closures north of Bayshore Gardens Parkway for the next few weeks. Rogar Management & Consulting of FL is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2018.

US 41 between 37th Avenue W and 36th Avenue W: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect intermittent northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, August 3. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road: Maintenance permit project: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com. 

SR 70 (15th Street E) at 9th Avenue E: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout; installing highway lighting and landscaping; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and resurfacing the roadway. The intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 9th Avenue E is closed to traffic for approximately six (6) months. Please use 13th Avenue E and 7th Avenue E as alternate routes during this time. A temporary traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 13th Avenue E while the detour is in effect. Watson Civil Construction, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

SR 64 from Martinique Drive to 107th Court W: Construction project: Crews are improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Work occurs off the roadway and does not require lane closures. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

SR 64 (Manatee Avenue West) at 5th Street West: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the railroad crossing on SR 64 (Manatee Avenue West) at 5th Street West. Estimated completion is late summer/early fall 2018. The contractor is Cone & Graham, Inc.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews are constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Both northbound and southbound trail traffic are now being detoured to the west along the signed detour route. Both sidewalks on the north and south side of Laurel Road are now closed. Please follow detour signs provided. Intermittent single lane closures at the bridge can be expected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays only. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is fall 2018.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Expect periodic driveway closures along the northbound lanes while crews are installing drainage systems. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project: Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.

  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. if nighttime activities are scheduled.
  • 13th Street at US 41 is closed for through traffic, residents and businesses can still access 13th Street from Cocoanut Avenue. Please follow detour signs.
  • 12th Street closure at US 41 is delayed and is scheduled to begin the first week of August. Residents and businesses on 12th Street will be able to access from Cocoanut Avenue. Detour signs will be posted.
  • Traffic has been reconfigured into a new pattern on 10th Street east bound and west bound. Please pay close attention to the pavement markings and signs.
  • Waterline installation is expected on US 41 north of 14th Street. This operation is expected to take place during daytime hours. Expect to hear construction noise associated with the machinery, jack hammers, construction equipment, back up alarms and engine noises.
  • Installation of waterline across US 41 at 10th Street is expected to start this week and expected to last until mid-August. This waterline will be installed via directional bore. Expect noise from drilling rigs, heavy equipment, loaders, pumps, and vacuum trucks. All work is expected during the day time. The contractor’s work zone for this operation will be in the median of 10th Street east of US 41. Motorists are urged to use caution and be mindful of the workers and the heavy equipment moving in and out of this area.
  • West bound 10th Street will have restricted lanes, only 2 lanes will be available to make left turns, through traffic and right turns. Heavy equipment will be staged in the median, with large trucks moving in and out of the median. Motorists are urged to use caution in the area.
  • Installation of storm water pipes is expected south of Hog creek on the west side. There may be intermittent impacts to the boat ramp driveways but access to the boat ramps will always be maintained. Expect noise from equipment, pumps and power tools. This operation is expected during the day, but the pumps will be running 24/7.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • Pedestrian paths have been reconfigured around the work zone, please use designated sidewalks and cross walks. No pedestrian access on the west side of US 41 beyond Centennial Park, pedestrians are advised to use the sidewalk on the east side of US 41. Impacts to pedestrian access south of the Centennial Park on the west side of US 41 is expected while the contractor is performing excavation in the area.
  • Storm water piping systems and light pole bases will be installed at the NE corner of 14th Street. Expect to hear diesel pumps running and heavy equipment and back up alarms. This work is expected during the day.
  • Box culvert construction has started. This is an active construction zone and for safety purposes only authorized personnel are allowed inside the work zone.
  • Grading in preparation for placement of asphalt and sidewalk at the northeast corner of 14th Street. Activity delayed due to rains. Expect equipment noise, backup alarms and dust during the operation.
  • The traffic pattern access will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a 6-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED street lights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is spring 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, August 3. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road from Bond Place to Cattleman Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving drainage, and upgrading traffic signals and highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight single-lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2018.

SR 72 at Gateway Road: Construction project: This project is to replacing existing crosswalks, crosswalk landings, pedestrian signals, and lighting.  This week, crews will work on installing underground wiring, and performing concrete work at the pedestrian crossings.

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

SR 72 at the Stickney Point Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound intermittent right lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Sunday, July 29 through Thursday, August 2. Use caution and expect possible delays. 

 

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19

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF JULY 22, 2018

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones.
Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.

As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to
learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state.
If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money.

 

MANATEE COUNTY

23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41/Valencia Drive: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk around Blackstone Park on 23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41/Valencia Drive. Expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting & Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2018.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion. The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area is closed for renovations. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until fall 2018. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure. Construction is on-going on the new rest area site and the seawall on the Manatee side, west of I-275.  Expected completion of both rest areas is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The ramp will close to traffic on Sunday, July 29 and remain closed for approximately ten (10) months. Traffic will be detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Nighttime/overnight periodic I-75 north and southbound lane closures beneath I-275 and on I-275 southbound will occur during construction. Nighttime/overnight detours for northbound I-275 begin Sunday, July 22 and will continue for approximately two weeks. During this time, traffic will be detoured northbound on I-75 to CR 683/Moccasin Wallow Road. Traffic will continue on Moccasin Wallow Road to US 41 and continue to the I-275 northbound interchange. Expected completion is summer 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange (Exit 220): Construction project: Crews are currently widening northbound and southbound I-75 and performing ramp, grading, utility, and drainage work.

  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on SR 64 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on I-75 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. throughout the duration of the project.

This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

US 301 from CR 675 to Moccasin Wallow Road: Construction project: Crews are installing new landscaping, irrigation and welcome signs. Superior Landscaping & Lawn Services is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

US 41 from Bayshore Gardens to 60th Avenue: Construction project: Crews are improving drainage, reconstructing pavement and driveways, constructing sidewalk, and installing new striping. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expect daytime/nighttime northbound outside lane closures north of Bayshore Gardens Parkway for the next few weeks. Rogar Management & Consulting of FL is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2018.

US 41 between 37th Avenue W and 36th Avenue W: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect intermittent northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, July 27. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road: Maintenance permit project: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com. 

SR 70 (15th Street E) at 9th Avenue E: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout; installing highway lighting and landscaping; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and resurfacing the roadway. Work begins Monday, July 23. The intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 9th Avenue E will close to traffic on Wednesday, July 25 and remain closed for approximately six (6) months. Please use 13th Avenue E and 7th Avenue E as alternate routes during this time. A temporary traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 13th Avenue E while the detour is in effect. Watson Civil Construction, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

SR 64 from Martinique Drive to 107th Court W: Construction project: Crews are improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Work occurs off the roadway and does not require lane closures. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

SR 64 (Manatee Avenue West) at 5th Street West: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the railroad crossing on SR 64 (Manatee Avenue West) at 5th Street West. Estimated completion is late summer/early fall 2018. The contractor is Cone & Graham, Inc.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews are constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Both northbound and southbound trail traffic are now being detoured to the west along the signed detour route. Both sidewalks on the north and south side of Laurel Road are now closed. Please follow detour signs provided. Intermittent single lane closures at the bridge can be expected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays only. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is fall 2018.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Expect periodic driveway closures along the northbound lanes while crews are installing drainage systems. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project: Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.

  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. if nighttime activities are scheduled.
  • 13th Street at US 41 is closed for through traffic, residents and businesses can still access 13th Street from Cocoanut Avenue. Please follow detour signs.
  • 12th Street closure at US 41 is delayed and is scheduled to begin the first week of August. Residents and businesses on 12th Street will be able to access from Cocoanut Avenue. Detour signs will be posted.
  • Traffic has been reconfigured into a new pattern on 10th Street east bound and west bound. Please pay close attention to the pavement markings and signs.
  • Waterline installation is expected on US 41 north of 14th Street. This operation is expected to take place during daytime hours. Expect to hear construction noise associated with the machinery, jack hammers, construction equipment, back up alarms and engine noises.
  • Installation of waterline across US 41 at 10th Street is expected to start this week and expected to last until mid-August. This waterline will be installed via directional bore. Expect noise from drilling rigs, heavy equipment, loaders, pumps, and vacuum trucks. All work is expected during the day time. The contractor’s work zone for this operation will be in the median of 10th Street east of US 41. Motorists are urged to use caution and be mindful of the workers and the heavy equipment moving in and out of this area.
  • West bound 10th Street will have restricted lanes, only 2 lanes will be available to make left turns, through traffic and right turns. Heavy equipment will be staged in the median, with large trucks moving in and out of the median. Motorists are urged to use caution in the area.
  • Installation of storm water pipes is expected south of Hog creek on the west side. There may be intermittent impacts to the boat ramp driveways but access to the boat ramps will always be maintained. Expect noise from equipment, pumps and power tools. This operation is expected during the day, but the pumps will be running 24/7.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • Pedestrian paths have been reconfigured around the work zone, please use designated sidewalks and cross walks. No pedestrian access on the west side of US 41 beyond Centennial Park, pedestrians are advised to use the sidewalk on the east side of US 41. Impacts to pedestrian access south of the Centennial Park on the west side of US 41 is expected while the contractor is performing excavation in the area.
  • Storm water piping systems and light pole bases will be installed at the NE corner of 14th Street. Expect to hear diesel pumps running and heavy equipment and back up alarms. This work is expected during the day.
  • Box culvert construction has started. This is an active construction zone and for safety purposes only authorized personnel are allowed inside the work zone.
  • Grading in preparation for placement of asphalt and sidewalk at the northeast corner of 14th Street. Activity delayed due to rains. Expect equipment noise, backup alarms and dust during the operation.
  • The traffic pattern access will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a 6-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED street lights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is spring 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, July 27. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road from Bond Place to Cattleman Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving drainage, and upgrading traffic signals and highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight single-lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2018.

SR 72 at Gateway Road: Construction project: This project is to replacing existing crosswalks, crosswalk landings, pedestrian signals, and lighting.  This week, crews will work on installing underground wiring, and performing concrete work at the pedestrian crossings.

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

SR 72 at the Stickney Point Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound intermittent right lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Monday, July 23 through Thursday, July 26 and again Sunday, July 29 through Thursday, August 2. Use caution and expect possible delays. 

 

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RoadWatch Advisory

275-75

RoadWatch Advisory
Southbound I-275 Ramp to Northbound I-75
Bridge Deck Replacement

The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) contractor, Cone & Graham, Inc., will be replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. This work requires traffic on southbound I-275 going north on I-75 be detoured at the US 41 exit. Traffic continuing past the US 41 exit will be required to exit I-275 at the southbound I-75 exit.

The closure begins at Sunday, July 29 and will remain in effect for approximately ten (10) months.

Please follow the established detour route and plan additional travel time. 

I-275 southbound traffic to northbound I-75: Go north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue. Follow SR 674/E College Avenue to northbound I-75.

 

I 275 at I 75 Bridge Deck Replacement Construction Project Flyer

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Traffic Watch Report for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

traffic-watch

FOR WEEK OF JULY 15, 2018

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones.
Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.

As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to
learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state.
If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money.

 

MANATEE COUNTY

23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41/Valencia Drive: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk around Blackstone Park on 23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41/Valencia Drive. Expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting & Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2018.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion. The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area is closed for renovations. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until fall 2018. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure. Construction is on-going on the new rest area site and the seawall on the Manatee side, west of I-275.  Expected completion of both rest areas is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The ramp will be closed for approximately ten (10) months and traffic will be detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. The ramp closure is tentatively scheduled to begin late July/early August. A temporary traffic signal will be installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Nighttime/overnight periodic I-75 northbound and southbound lane closures beneath I-275 and on I-275 southbound will occur during construction. A nighttime/overnight detour for northbound   I-275 begins Sunday, July 22. Traffic will be detoured to northbound I-75 and then to CR 683 (Moccasin Wallow Road) for approximately two weeks. Expected completion is summer 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange (Exit 220): Construction project: Crews are currently widening northbound and southbound I-75 and performing ramp, grading, utility, and drainage work.

  • On Monday, July 16th through Friday, July 20th, motorists are advised that SR 64 westbound right lane will be closed during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. to install new street light poles.  The closure will be between just east of Grand Harbour Parkway and I-75.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on I-75 between will occur in the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. throughout the duration of the project.

This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

US 301 from CR 675 to Moccasin Wallow Road: Construction project: Crews are installing new landscaping, irrigation and welcome signs. Superior Landscaping & Lawn Services is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

US 41 from Bayshore Gardens to 60th Avenue: Construction project: Crews are improving drainage, reconstructing pavement and driveways, constructing sidewalk, and installing new striping. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expect daytime/nighttime northbound outside lane closures north of Bayshore Gardens Parkway for the next few weeks. Rogar Management & Consulting of FL is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2018.

US 41 between 37th Avenue W and 36th Avenue W: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect intermittent northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, July 20. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road: Maintenance permit project: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com. 

SR 70 (15th Street E) at 9th Avenue E: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout; installing highway lighting and landscaping; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and resurfacing the roadway. Work begins Monday, July 23. The intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 9th Avenue E will close to traffic the week of Monday, July 23 and will remain closed for approximately six months. Please use 13th Avenue E and 7th Avenue E as alternate routes during this time. A temporary traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 13th Avenue E while the detour is in effect. Watson Civil Construction, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

SR 64 from Martinique Drive to 107th Court W: Construction project: Crews are improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Work occurs off the roadway and does not require lane closures. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

SR 64 (Manatee Avenue West) at 5th Street West: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the railroad crossing on SR 64 (Manatee Avenue West) at 5th Street West. Estimated completion is late summer/early fall 2018. The contractor is Cone & Graham, Inc.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews are constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Both northbound and southbound trail traffic are now being detoured to the west along the signed detour route. Both sidewalks on the north and south side of Laurel Road are now closed. Please follow detour signs provided. Intermittent single lane closures at the bridge can be expected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays only. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is fall 2018.

US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; installing new drainage; installing highway lighting, curb and gutter; constructing new sidewalk, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on US 41; US 301; Fruitville Road, and Orange Avenue while crews are working. Preferred Materials, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2018. 

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Expect periodic driveway closures along the northbound lanes while crews are installing drainage systems. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project: Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.

  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. if nighttime activities are scheduled.
  • 13th Street at US 41 is closed for through traffic, residents and businesses can still access 13th Street from Cocoanut Avenue. Please follow detour signs.
  • 12th Street is expected to be closed to through traffic at US 41 mid next week. Residents and businesses on 12th Street will be able to access from Cocoanut Avenue. Detour signs will be posted.
  • Traffic has been reconfigured into a new pattern on 10th Street east bound and west bound. Please pay close attention to the pavement markings and signs.
  • Waterline installation is expected on US 41 north of 14th Street. This operation is expected to take place during daytime hours. Expect to hear construction noise associated with the machinery, jack hammers, construction equipment, back up alarms and engine noises.
  • Installation of waterline across US 41 at 10th Street is expected to start this week and expected to last until mid-August. This waterline will be installed via directional bore. Expect noise from drilling rigs, heavy equipment, loaders, pumps and vacuum trucks. All work is expected during the day time. The contractor’s work zone for this operation will be in the median of 10th Street east of US 41. Motorists are urged to use caution and be mindful of the workers and the heavy equipment moving in and out of this area.
  • Installation of storm water pipes is expected south of Hog creek on the west side. There may be intermittent impacts to the boat ramp driveways but access to the boat ramps will always be maintained. Expect noise from equipment, pumps and power tools. This operation is expected during the day, but the pumps will be running 24/7.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • Pedestrian paths have been reconfigured around the work zone, please use designated sidewalks and cross walks. No pedestrian access on the west side of US 41 beyond Centennial Park, pedestrians are advised to use the sidewalk on the east side of       US 41. Impacts to pedestrian access south of the Centennial Park on the west side of US 41 is expected while the contractor is performing excavation in the area.
  • Storm water piping systems and light pole bases will be installed at the NE corner of 14th Street. Expect to hear diesel pumps running and heavy equipment and back up alarms. This work is expected during the day.
  • Box culvert construction has started. This is an active construction zone and for safety purposes only authorized personnel are allowed inside the work zone.
  • Grading in preparation for placement of asphalt and sidewalk at the northeast corner of 14th Street. Activity delayed due to rains. Expect equipment noise, backup alarms and dust during the operation.
  • The traffic pattern access will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a 6-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED street lights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is spring 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, July 27. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road from Bond Place to Cattleman Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving drainage, and upgrading traffic signals and highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight single-lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2018.

SR 72 at Gateway Road: Construction project: This project is to replacing existing crosswalks, crosswalk landings, pedestrian signals, and lighting.  This week, crews will work on This week, crews will be working on the maintenance of traffic, and installing electric lines underneath the roadway.

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

SR 72 at the Stickney Point Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound intermittent right lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Monday, July 23 through Thursday, July 26 and again Sunday, July 29 through Thursday, August 2. Use caution and expect possible delays. 

 

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

traffic-watch

FOR WEEK OF JULY 8, 2018

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones.
Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.

As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to
learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state.
If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money.

 

MANATEE COUNTY

23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41/Valencia Drive: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk around Blackstone Park on 23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41/Valencia Drive. Expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting & Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2018.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion. The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area is closed for renovations. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until fall 2018. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure. Construction is on-going on the new rest area site and the seawall on the Manatee side, west of I-275.  Expected completion of both rest areas is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The ramp will be closed for approximately ten (10) months and traffic will be detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. The ramp closure is tentatively scheduled to begin late July/early August. A temporary traffic signal will be installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Nighttime/overnight periodic I-75 northbound lane closures beneath I-275 will occur during construction. Expected completion is summer 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange (Exit 220): Construction project: Crews are currently widening northbound and southbound I-75 and performing ramp, grading, and drainage work.

  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on I-75 will occur in the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. throughout the duration of the project.

This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

US 301 from CR 675 to Moccasin Wallow Road: Construction project: Crews are installing new landscaping, irrigation and welcome signs. Superior Landscaping & Lawn Services is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

US 41 from Bayshore Gardens to 60th Avenue: Construction project: Crews are improving drainage, reconstructing pavement and driveways, constructing sidewalk, and installing new striping. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expect daytime/nighttime northbound outside lane closures north of Bayshore Gardens Parkway for the next few weeks. Rogar Management & Consulting of FL is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2018.

US 41 between 37th Avenue W and 36th Avenue W: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect intermittent northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, July 13. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road: Maintenance permit project: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com. 

SR 64 from Martinique Drive to 107th Court W: Construction project: Crews are improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Work occurs off the roadway and does not require lane closures. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

SR 64 (Manatee Avenue West) at 5th Street West: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the railroad crossing on SR 64 (Manatee Avenue West) at 5th Street West. Estimated completion is late summer/early fall 2018. The contractor is Cone & Graham, Inc.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews are constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Both northbound and southbound trail traffic are now being detoured to the west along the signed detour route. Both sidewalks on the north and south side of Laurel Road are now closed. Please follow detour signs provided. Intermittent single lane closures at the bridge can be expected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays only. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is fall 2018.

US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; installing new drainage; installing highway lighting, curb and gutter; constructing new sidewalk, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on US 41; US 301; Fruitville Road, and Orange Avenue while crews are working. Preferred Materials, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2018. 

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Expect periodic driveway closures along the northbound lanes while crews are installing drainage systems. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project: Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.

  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. if nighttime activities are scheduled.
  • 13th Street at US 41 is closed for through traffic, residents and businesses can still access 13th Street from Cocoanut Avenue. Please follow detour signs. Once 13th Street is re-opened to traffic towards the end of this week, 12th Street will be closed to through traffic at US 41 early next week. The work at 13th Street and 12th Street closure has been delayed due to unexpected issues and rains.
  • Traffic has been reconfigured into a new pattern on 10th Street east bound and west bound. Please pay close attention to the pavement markings and signs.
  • Removal of old signal foundation at 14th Street continues this week. This operation is expected to take place during daytime hours. Expect to hear construction noise associated with the machinery, jack hammers, construction equipment, back up alarms and engine noises.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • Pedestrian paths have been reconfigured around the work zone, please use designated sidewalks and cross walks. No pedestrian access on the west side of US 41 beyond Centennial Park, pedestrians are advised to use the sidewalk on the east side of US 41. Impacts to pedestrian access south of the Centennial Park on the west side of US 41 is expected while the contractor is performing excavation in the area.
  • Storm water piping systems and light pole bases will be installed at the NE corner of 14th Street. Expect to hear diesel pumps running and heavy equipment and back up alarms. This work is expected during the day.
  • Box culvert construction has started. This is an active construction zone and for safety purposes only authorized personnel are allowed inside the work zone.
  • Grading in preparation for placement of asphalt and sidewalk at the northeast corner of 14th Street. Activity delayed due to rains. Expect equipment noise, backup alarms and dust during the operation.
  • The traffic pattern access will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a 6-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED street lights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is spring 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, July 13. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road from Bond Place to Cattleman Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving drainage, and upgrading traffic signals and highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight single-lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2018.

SR 72 at Gateway Road: Construction project: This project is to replacing existing crosswalks, crosswalk landings, pedestrian signals, and lighting.  This week, crews will work on This week, crews will be working on the maintenance of traffic, and installing electric lines underneath the roadway.

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

 

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway Meeting July 11, 2018

Public-Notice

PRESS RELEASE  

Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization
7632 15th Street East • Sarasota, Florida 34243-3248          
941-359-5772 • Fax: 941-359-5779                                            

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Date:             July 05, 2018

Contact:       Corinne Tucker, Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

Phone:         941-359-5772

Fax:              941-359-5779

NOTICE is hereby given that the Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.  Please note the meeting location will be at the Sarasota/Manatee MPO located at 7632 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

This notice is published pursuant to the requirements of the Federal Laws, Florida Statutes and MPO Policy. No stenographic record by a certified court reporter is made of this meeting.  Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decisions involving the matter noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at this meeting upon which any appear is to be based.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact the Sarasota/Manatee MPO at 941-359-5772 at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

The MPO’s planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary who believes he/she has been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or family status may file a complaint with the MPO’s Title VI coordinator Leigh Holt at 941-359-5772 or by writing her at 7632 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

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Traffic Watch Report for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF JULY 1, 2018

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones.
Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.

As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to
learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state.
If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money.

 

MANATEE COUNTY

23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41/Valencia Drive: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk around Blackstone Park on 23rd Street W from 14th Avenue W to Business US 41/Valencia Drive. Expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting & Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2018.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion. The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area is closed for renovations. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until fall 2018. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure. Construction is on-going on the new rest area site and the seawall on the Manatee side, west of I-275.  Expected completion of both rest areas is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The ramp will be closed for approximately ten (10) months and traffic will be detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. The ramp closure is tentatively scheduled to begin late July/early August. A temporary traffic signal will be installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Nighttime/overnight periodic I-75 northbound lane closures beneath I-275 will occur during construction. Expected completion is summer 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc., is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange (Exit 220): Construction project: Crews are currently widening northbound and southbound I-75 and performing ramp, grading, utility, and drainage work. 

  • In observance of Independence Day, no work will occur on Wednesday, July 4th.
  • On Sunday, July 1st, the new ramp to southbound I-75 will open during the overnight hours between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.; weather permitting.
  • On Sunday, July 1st, the westbound SR 64 ramp to southbound I-75 will have a temporary, intermittent detour during the overnight hours between 11 p.m. and          5 a.m.; weather permitting. Drivers will proceed to 66th Street Court/64th Street Court East and make a U-turn, then onto the southbound I-75 ramp.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on I-75 between will occur in the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. throughout the duration of the project.

This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

US 301 from CR 675 to Moccasin Wallow Road: Construction project: Crews are installing new landscaping, irrigation and welcome signs. Superior Landscaping & Lawn Services is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2018.

US 41 from Bayshore Gardens to 60th Avenue: Construction project: Crews are improving drainage, reconstructing pavement and driveways, constructing sidewalk, and installing new striping. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expect daytime/nighttime northbound outside lane closures north of Bayshore Gardens Parkway for the next few weeks. Rogar Management & Consulting of FL is the contractor. Expected completion is early summer 2018.

US 41 between 37th Avenue W and 36th Avenue W: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect intermittent northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, July 6. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road: Maintenance permit project: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com. 

SR 64 from Martinique Drive to 107th Court W: Construction project: Crews are improving drainage; constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Work occurs off the roadway and does not require lane closures. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

SR 64/Bradenton-Arcadia Road at Lorraine Road: Construction project: This project is to install a temporary traffic signal.  The project also includes pedestrian signals and crosswalk at Lorraine Road and 145th Street East.  This week, crews will work on punch list items and site clean up.

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is June 30, 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

SR 64 (Manatee Avenue West) at 5th Street West: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the railroad crossing on SR 64 (Manatee Avenue West) at 5th Street West. Estimated completion is late summer/early fall 2018. The contractor is Cone & Graham, Inc.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews are constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Both northbound and southbound trail traffic are now being detoured to the west along the signed detour route. Both sidewalks on the north and south side of Laurel Road are now closed. Please follow detour signs provided. Intermittent single lane closures at the bridge can be expected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays only. No work is planned for Wednesday the 4th of July. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is fall 2018.

US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; installing new drainage; installing highway lighting, curb and gutter; constructing new sidewalk, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on US 41; US 301; Fruitville Road, and Orange Avenue while crews are working. Crews are constructing a new right turn-lane from northbound US 41 to Fruitville Road. Once constructed, the existing right turn-lane will be closed to traffic. Crews will then construct a pedestrian island and improve drainage. Nighttime/overnight northbound outside lane closures are also expected from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning while crews are working. Preferred Materials, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2018. 

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Expect periodic driveway closures along the northbound lanes while crews are installing drainage systems. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project: Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.

  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. if nighttime activities are scheduled.
  • 13th Street at US 41 is closed for through traffic, residents and businesses can still access 13th Street from Cocoanut Avenue. Please follow detour signs. Once 13th Street is re-opened to traffic next week, 12th Street will be closed to through traffic at US 41 early next week. The work at 13th Street and 12th Street closure has been delayed due to unexpected issues and rains.
  • There will be directional bore/drill for a new water service just south of 14th Street from the west side of US 41 to the east side. Expect excavation equipment and trucks on both sides of US 41 at this location.
  • Traffic has been reconfigured into a new pattern on 10th Street east bound and west bound. Please pay close attention to the pavement markings and signs. This area will be blocked off or partially closed to traffic for the upcoming Grand Prix starting mid next week.
  • Removal of old signal foundation at 14th Street continues into early next week. This operation is expected to take place during daytime hours. Expect to hear construction noise associated with the machinery, jack hammers, construction equipment, back up alarms and engine noises.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • Pedestrian paths have been reconfigured around the work zone, please use designated sidewalks and cross walks. No pedestrian access on the west side of US 41 beyond Centennial Park, pedestrians are advised to use the sidewalk on the east side of US 41. Impacts to pedestrian access south of the Centennial Park on the west side of US 41 is expected while the contractor is performing excavation in the area.
  • Storm water piping systems and light pole bases will be installed at the NE corner of 14th Street. Expect to hear diesel pumps running and heavy equipment and back up alarms. This work is expected during the day.
  • Box culvert construction has started. This is an active construction zone and for safety purposes only authorized personnel are allowed inside the work zone. This work is on hold while the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix is taking place. Contractor’s operations in the area will resume after July 5th.
  • Grading in preparation for placement of asphalt and sidewalk at the northeast corner of 14th Street. Activity delayed due to rains. Expect equipment noise, backup alarms and dust during the operation.
  • The traffic pattern access will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a 6-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED street lights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is spring 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, July 6. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road from Bond Place to Cattleman Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving drainage, and upgrading traffic signals and highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight single-lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2018.

 

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