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Road Closure Eastbound on SR 64 in Manatee County

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MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange: Construction project: Crews are currently excavating for ponds, widening northbound and southbound I-75, performing bridge work, and constructing the southbound I-75 barrier wall. The Florida Department of Transportation is announcing SR 64 road closures for east and westbound traffic.

· SR 64 CLOSURES - EASTBOUND

          o SR 64 eastbound will be CLOSED through the interchange overnight from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, December 11, and Tuesday, December 12. A DETOUR will be in effect during the closure. Motorists heading eastbound may use SR 64 eastbound to I-75 southbound; exit at Exit 217 SR 70 and make a left at end of exit ramp; take I-75 northbound to Exit 220B SR 64. Signs will be posted to assist drivers. Motorists are urged to use the detour or to find an alternate route, exercise caution through the construction zone, and to allow additional travel time.

          o I-75 southbound traffic wanting to exit to eastbound SR 64 should continue to Exit 217 SR 70 and make a left at end of exit ramp; take I-75 northbound to Exit 220B SR 64. Signs will be posted to assist drivers. Closures will be in effect during the overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, December 11, and Tuesday, December 12.

· SR 64 CLOSURES - EASTBOUND

          o SR 64 westbound will be CLOSED through the interchange overnight from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13, and Thursday, December 14. Motorists heading westbound may use SR 64 westbound to I-75 northbound; exit at Exit 224 US 301 and make a right at end of exit ramp; take I-75 southbound to Exit 220 SR 64. Signs will be posted to assist drivers. Motorists are urged to use the detour or to find an alternate route, exercise caution through the construction zone, and to allow additional travel time.

          o I-75 northbound traffic wanting to exit to westbound SR 64 should continue to Exit 224 US 301 and make a right at end of exit ramp; take I-75 southbound to Exit 220 SR 64. Signs will be posted to assist drivers.

Closures will be in effect during the overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13, and Thursday, December 14.

· Motorists should expect the I-75 northbound exit (Exit 220A) CLOSED until late Summer 2018 for crews to reconstruct the ramp, weather permitting. Motorists must use Exit 220B to reach eastbound or westbound SR 64/Manatee Avenue.

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.

 

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 10, 2017
 
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
Ellenton Gillette Road at 69th Street East: Construction project: Crews are constructing new left-turn lanes on Ellenton Gillette Road and 69th Street E; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk; signal upgrades, and new signing. Expect daytime lane closures from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and flagging operations when crews begin construction of the turn-lanes. Expected completion is early 2018. Coastal Bridge Company is the contractor.
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. Expected completion of both rest areas is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor.  
 
I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)
Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:
 
Detour – Northbound I-75 On-Ramp CLOSED at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange:
Sunday December 10 and Monday December 11. Details Below:
The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Sunday, December 10 and Monday, December 11 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews place the final layer of asphalt on the ramp.
Motorists traveling on University Parkway wishing to travel north on I-75 are directed to enter southbound I-75, exit at Fruitville Road/Exit 210, travel east and enter northbound I-75 and continue north.
Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, December 10 through Thursday, December 14 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.
Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market Street Sunday, December 10 through Thursday, December 14 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.
Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is late 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.
 I-75 from Moccasin Wallow Road to the Hillsborough County Line: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing I-75, making drainage improvements, installing guardrail, and adding new signage and pavement markings. The pavement along Moccasin Wallow Road at the I-75 interchange is also being reconstructed. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are workingAJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC, is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2018.
I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange: Construction project: Crews are
currently excavating for ponds, widening northbound and southbound I-75, performing bridge work, and constructing the southbound I-75 barrier wall.
  • SR 64 CLOSURES AND DETOUR INFORMATION
o   SR 64 eastbound will be CLOSED through the interchange overnight from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, December 11, and Tuesday, December 12.  
A DETOUR will be in effect during the closure.  Motorists heading eastbound can take SR 64 eastbound to I-75 southbound; exit at Exit 217 SR 70 and make a left at end of exit ramp; take I-75 northbound to Exit 220B SR 64.  Signs will be posted to assist drivers. Motorists are urged to use the detour or to find an alternate route, exercise caution through the construction zone, and to allow additional travel time.
o   SR 64 westbound will be CLOSED through the interchange overnight from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13, and Thursday, December 14.
A DETOUR will be in effect during the closure.  Motorists heading westbound can take SR 64 westbound to I-75 northbound; exit at Exit 224 US 301 and make a right at end of exit ramp; take I-75 southbound to Exit 220 SR 64. Signs will be posted to assist drivers. Motorists are urged to use the detour or to find an alternate route, exercise caution through the construction zone, and to allow additional travel time.
o   I-75 southbound traffic wanting to exit to eastbound SR 64 should continue to Exit 217 SR 70 and make a left at end of exit ramp; take I-75 northbound to Exit 220B SR 64.  Signs will be posted to assist drivers.  Closures will be in effect during the overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, December 11, and Tuesday, December 12. 
o   I-75 northbound traffic wanting to exit to westbound SR 64 should continue to Exit 224 US 301 and make a right at end of exit ramp; take I-75 southbound to Exit 220 SR 64. Signs will be posted to assist drivers.  Closures will be in effect during the overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13, and Thursday, December 14.
  • Motorists should expect the I-75 northbound exit (Exit 220A) CLOSED until late Summer 2018 for crews to reconstruct the ramp, weather permitting. Motorists must use Exit 220B to reach eastbound or westbound SR 64/Manatee Avenue.
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 Erie/Old Tampa Road to Moccasin Wallow Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. No lane closures are expected but motorists should be aware of crews working along the roadway through Friday, December 15. Use caution while in the area.
 
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.
 
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 684 from 92nd Lane to 82nd Street West: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. Expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures through Friday, December 15. Use caution and expect possible delays. 
 
SR 684/Cortez Road at 119th Street West in Cortez:Construction project: Crews will construct interim intersection safety improvements, including median, pedestrian signal, and lane striping work.  This week, crews will be working on the median, sign installation, final punch list items, and site clean up.  Motorists should expect lane closures during the daytime or nighttime hours; therefore, drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.
SR 684 from 92nd Lane West to 82nd Street West: Maintenance permit project: Crews are installing a force main. Expect westbound right lane closures through Saturday, December 16. Use caution and expect possible delays.
 
SR 70 from 301 Boulevard to Tara Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway and making signal upgrades. Construction operations are still underway including roadway striping, installation of permanent signing, and concrete curb and sidewalk construction. Expect nighttime signal work at various intersections and new sign locations. Expected completion is fall 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc. 
 
SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Post Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are widening the roadway to accommodate a new development. Expect intermittent daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Monday, January 15. Use caution and expect possible delays.
SR 70 at US 41: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, installing traffic separators, installing new signing and pavement markings, and performing signal work. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expected completion is early 2018. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.
 
 
SARASOTA COUNTY
 
Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews will be constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Trail traffic on the south side of Laurel Road has shifted to a temporary paved trail. Please continue to use the Mission Valley Boulevard detour to cross Laurel Road. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is Fall 2018. Utility Project: Utility contractors are relocating underground utilities in advance of construction of a new Legacy Trail overpass. Traffic on Laurel Road is down to a single lane in each direction. Westbound traffic has been shifted into the closed eastbound lane. Trail traffic is being detoured to the East to the light at Mission Valley Boulevard. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Spectrum Underground is the contractor for the utility relocation. Expected completion is before Christmas 2017.
I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)
Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:
 
Detour – Northbound I-75 On-Ramp CLOSED at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange:
Sunday December 10 and Monday December 11. Details Below:
The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Sunday, December 10 and Monday, December 11 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews place the final layer of asphalt on the ramp.
Motorists traveling on University Parkway wishing to travel north on I-75 are directed to enter southbound I-75, exit at Fruitville Road/Exit 210, travel east and enter northbound I-75 and continue north.
Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, December 10 through Thursday, December 14 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.
Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market Street Sunday, December 10 through Thursday, December 14 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.
The contractor is installing final friction course, weather permitting. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway and uneven pavement.
Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is late 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.
I-75 Northbound at Mile Marker 199: Maintenance project: Crews are making asphalt repairs. Expect nighttime northbound right lane closures from midnight to 3 a.m.  Thursday, December 14. Use caution and expect possible delays.
 
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/Venice By-Pass from Gulf Coast Boulevard to Bird Bay Drive: Construction project: Crews continue installing utility and storm drain systems and constructing temporary pavement. Expect intermittent nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. throughout the project limits while crews are working. Motorists should also be aware of upcoming nighttime/overnight traffic shifts. Motorists should be mindful of the construction signs in place and traffic control officers and use caution while traveling through the project area. Bergeron Land Development is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2018.
 
US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: 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 fall 2017. 
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 daytime lane closures for roadway widening area adjacent to the medians. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. 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 mobilizing construction equipment, installing construction Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) signs, clearing within the right-of-way, installing silt fence for erosion control, and working in the medians and driveways.
  • Construction activities will take place during daytime and nighttime hours.
  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and night/overnight between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on US 41 will be closed during the night time operation (7 p.m. to 6 a.m.). Motorists can access the boat ramp via the 10th Street entrance. Driveway will be open during the day.
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, December 29. Use caution and expect possible delays.
 
SR 72/Clark Road in Sarasota County: Construction project: Crews will install
guardrail and associated drainage improvements along stormwater pond just west of Proctor Road on the north side of SR 72.  This week, crews will be mobilizing for the project.  Motorists should expect lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. on SR 72.  Flaggers will be present.  Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.
 
 
SARASOTA/MANATEE
I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:
Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on southbound I-75 Friday, December 15, between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m. 
Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges overErrie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is early 2018. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.
 

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Safety is Golden

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Safe Mobility for Life Coalition (SMFL) and their partners will host events and provide resources to raise awareness on the importance of safe transportation and mobility options for older adults in support of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Older Driver Safety Awareness Week which runs from Monday, December 4 until Friday, December 8. Older Driver Safety Awareness Week Toolkit:
Dec. 4 – 8, 2017 

Established by the AOTA, Older Driver Safety Awareness Week promotes the importance of mobility to help ensure older adults remain active and engaged in the community. Throughout the week, the SMFL Coalition alongside state and local partners will raise awareness on the 3 Keys to Achieve Safe Mobility for Life, which are:

  • Understand the impact that aging has on driving
  • Stay Proactive about safe driving skills
  • Plan for a safe transition from driving

Here in Florida, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition endorses and supports AOTA’s national efforts by raising awareness and promoting events throughout the state. During Older Driver Safety Awareness
Week each day will focus on a different aspect of safety and mobility to benefit the aging population. The Florida Department of Transportation, Safe Mobility for Life Coalition, and partners hosts numerous events that help keep older drivers safe and mobile for life. Throughout Older Driver Safety Awareness Week and the year, older adults can register for AARP Driver Safety Courses, and AAA Senior Defensive Driver Classes, as well as CarFit events, to remain safe drivers.

In addition to the events taking place during Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition offers Florida drivers free “You Hold the Keys to Your Transportation Future” workshops
throughout the year across the state. The Coalition offers this workshop to teach drivers the three keys to achieving safe mobility for life, which allows older adults to remain independent as well as connected to community. Older drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and even golf cart drivers can take advantage of free resources and materials available through FLsams.org that will help them stay safe and mobile for life.

The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition helps Florida drivers prepare for the day when they may need to transition from driving. The Coalition helps older adults remain active and independent by informing them about transportation options and the resources available to them.

 

 

 

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Central Manatee Network Alternatives Analysis Study - Alternative Public Meetings Dec. 12 & 14

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One will hold two Alternatives Public Meetings about the Central Manatee Network Alternatives Analysis (CMNAA) Study. FDOT will give interested people the opportunity to review displays, talk one-on-one with staff and provide comments on the various alternatives. 


The first open house is 5 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The second open house is 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto.

FDOT is conducting the CMNAA Study in partnership with the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, Manatee County, Cities of Palmetto and Bradenton, FDOT Central Office (OEM), and local entities. The goal of the study is to identify and program a series of transportation projects that improve both local and regional mobility for all users while supporting the multi-modal vision for the communities of Bradenton and Palmetto. The recommendations of this study will seek to provide residents safer and improved access to jobs, schools, shopping, and social services, and improved regional mobility for all users. FDOT’s Complete Streets mission is to enhance safety and multi-modal mobility while supporting the economic development and quality of life goals shared by the surrounding communities and the region, The CMNAA Study will produce an implementation plan for an integrated system of recommendations that identifies funding requirements, agency responsibilities, and associated timelines. This will include strategies to program a series of short-term (5-10 year), mid-term (10-15 year), and long-term (15+ year) projects, as well as to identify near-term (0-5 year) opportunities that can be funded and advanced quickly.

The project is in Phase 2, preliminary alternatives have been developed and the project team is beginning to screen concepts and eliminate non-viable alternatives. FDOT is seeking public input on the various alternatives.

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. People who require special accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act or people who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley, District One Title VI Coordinator, at 863-519-2573 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

For more information about the project, please contact Lawrence Massey, Project Manager, Florida Department of Transportation at (239) 225-1980 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Deborah Chesna, Assistant Project Manager, Florida Department of Transportation at (863) 519-2562 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/study/CMNAA.

 

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 10, 2017

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

Ellenton Gillette Road at 69th Street East: Construction project: Crews are constructing new left-turn lanes on Ellenton Gillette Road and 69th Street E; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk; signal upgrades, and new signing. Expect daytime lane closures from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and flagging operations when crews begin construction of the turn-lanes. Expected completion is early 2018. Coastal Bridge Company is the contractor.

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. Expected completion of both rest areas is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor.  

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

Detour – Northbound I-75 On-Ramp CLOSED at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange:

Sunday December 10 and Monday December 11. Details Below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Sunday, December 10 and Monday, December 11 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews place the final layer of asphalt on the ramp.

Motorists traveling on University Parkway wishing to travel north on I-75 are directed to enter southbound I-75, exit at Fruitville Road/Exit 210, travel east and enter northbound I-75 and continue north.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, December 10 through Thursday, December 14 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market Street Sunday, December 10 through Thursday, December 14 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

The contractor is installing final friction course, weather permitting. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway and uneven pavement.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is late 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.

 I-75 from Moccasin Wallow Road to the Hillsborough County Line: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing I-75, making drainage improvements, installing guardrail, and adding new signage and pavement markings. The pavement along Moccasin Wallow Road at the I-75 interchange is also being reconstructed. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC, is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2018.

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange: Construction project: Crews are currently excavating for ponds, widening northbound and southbound I-75, performing bridge work, and constructing the southbound I-75 barrier wall.

  • SR 64 CLOSURES AND DETOUR INFORMATION
  • SR 64 eastbound will be CLOSED through the interchange overnight from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, December 11, and Tuesday, December 12. 
    A DETOUR will be in effect during the closure.  Motorists heading eastbound can take SR 64 eastbound to I-75 southbound; exit at Exit 217 SR 70 and make a left at end of exit ramp; take I-75 northbound to Exit 220B SR 64.  Signs will be posted to assist drivers. Motorists are urged to use the detour or to find an alternate route, exercise caution through the construction zone, and to allow additional travel time.
  • SR 64 westbound will be CLOSED through the interchange overnight from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13, and Thursday, December 14.
    A DETOUR will be in effect during the closure.  Motorists heading westbound can take SR 64 westbound to I-75 northbound; exit at Exit 224 US 301 and make a right at end of exit ramp; take I-75 southbound to Exit 220 SR 64. Signs will be posted to assist drivers. Motorists are urged to use the detour or to find an alternate route, exercise caution through the construction zone, and to allow additional travel time.
  • I-75 southbound traffic wanting to exit to eastbound SR 64 should continue to Exit 217 SR 70 and make a left at end of exit ramp; take I-75 northbound to Exit 220B SR 64.  Signs will be posted to assist drivers.  Closures will be in effect during the overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, December 11, and Tuesday, December 12. 
  • I-75 northbound traffic wanting to exit to westbound SR 64 should continue to Exit 224 US 301 and make a right at end of exit ramp; take I-75 southbound to Exit 220 SR 64. Signs will be posted to assist drivers.  Closures will be in effect during the overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13, and Thursday, December 14.
  • Motorists should expect the I-75 northbound exit (Exit 220A) CLOSED until late Summer 2018 for crews to reconstruct the ramp, weather permitting. Motorists must use Exit 220B to reach eastbound or westbound SR 64/Manatee Avenue.

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 Erie/Old Tampa Road to Moccasin Wallow Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. No lane closures are expected but motorists should be aware of crews working along the roadway through Friday, December 15. Use caution while in the area. 

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.

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 684 from 92nd Lane to 82nd Street West: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. Expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures through Friday, December 15. Use caution and expect possible delays.  

SR 684/Cortez Road at 119th Street West in Cortez: Construction project: Crews will construct interim intersection safety improvements, including median, pedestrian signal, and lane striping work.  This week, crews will be working on the median, sign installation, final punch list items, and site clean up.  Motorists should expect lane closures during the daytime or nighttime hours; therefore, drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

SR 684 from 92nd Lane West to 82nd Street West: Maintenance permit project: Crews are installing a force main. Expect westbound right lane closures through Saturday, December 16. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 from 301 Boulevard to Tara Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway and making signal upgrades. Construction operations are still underway including roadway striping, installation of permanent signing, and concrete curb and sidewalk construction. Expect nighttime signal work at various intersections and new sign locations. Expected completion is fall 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc. 

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Post Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are widening the roadway to accommodate a new development. Expect intermittent daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Monday, January 15. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 at US 41: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, installing traffic separators, installing new signing and pavement markings, and performing signal work. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expected completion is early 2018. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews will be constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Trail traffic on the south side of Laurel Road has shifted to a temporary paved trail. Please continue to use the Mission Valley Boulevard detour to cross Laurel Road. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is Fall 2018. Utility Project: Utility contractors are relocating underground utilities in advance of construction of a new Legacy Trail overpass. Traffic on Laurel Road is down to a single lane in each direction. Westbound traffic has been shifted into the closed eastbound lane. Trail traffic is being detoured to the East to the light at Mission Valley Boulevard. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Spectrum Underground is the contractor for the utility relocation. Expected completion is before Christmas 2017.

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

Detour – Northbound I-75 On-Ramp CLOSED at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange:

Sunday December 10 and Monday December 11. Details Below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Sunday, December 10 and Monday, December 11 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews place the final layer of asphalt on the ramp.

Motorists traveling on University Parkway wishing to travel north on I-75 are directed to enter southbound I-75, exit at Fruitville Road/Exit 210, travel east and enter northbound I-75 and continue north.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, December 10 through Thursday, December 14 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market Street Sunday, December 10 through Thursday, December 14 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

The contractor is installing final friction course, weather permitting. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway and uneven pavement.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is late 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.

I-75 Northbound at Mile Marker 199: Maintenance project: Crews are making asphalt repairs. Expect nighttime northbound right lane closures from midnight to 3 a.m.  Thursday, December 14. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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/Venice By-Pass from Gulf Coast Boulevard to Bird Bay Drive: Construction project: Crews continue installing utility and storm drain systems and constructing temporary pavement. Expect intermittent nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. throughout the project limits while crews are working. Motorists should also be aware of upcoming nighttime/overnight traffic shifts. Motorists should be mindful of the construction signs in place and traffic control officers and use caution while traveling through the project area. Bergeron Land Development is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2018.

US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: 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 fall 2017. 

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 daytime lane closures for roadway widening area adjacent to the medians. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. 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 mobilizing construction equipment, installing construction Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) signs, clearing within the right-of-way, installing silt fence for erosion control, and working in the medians and driveways.

  • Construction activities will take place during daytime and nighttime hours.
  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and night/overnight between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on US 41 will be closed during the night time operation (7 p.m. to 6 a.m.). Motorists can access the boat ramp via the 10th Street entrance. Driveway will be open during the day.

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, December 29. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 72/Clark Road in Sarasota County: Construction project: Crews will install guardrail and associated drainage improvements along stormwater pond just west of Proctor Road on the north side of SR 72.  This week, crews will be mobilizing for the project.  Motorists should expect lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. on SR 72.  Flaggers will be present.  Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

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Public Meeting for US 41 from Ringling Boulevard to Main Street in Sarasota County

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FDOT Alternatives Public Meeting for 

US 41 from Ringling Boulevard to Main Street in

Sarasota County

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold an alternatives public meeting for the US 41 from Ringling Boulevard to Main Street Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study in Sarasota County.

FDOT is studying the proposed improvements of US 41 from Ringling Boulevard to Main Street. The proposed intersection improvements, which include roundabouts, are part of an overall transportation master plan by the City of Sarasota.

The alternatives public meeting will be:

Date:                Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Time:               5 p.m. – 7 p.m. open house

Location:          Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Sarasota Ballroom – Salon ABH

                        1000 Boulevard of the Arts

                        Sarasota, FL 34236

The meeting will be an open house format with a continuous video presentation. Project staff will display plans and answer questions about proposed improvements to US 41 from Ringling Boulevard to Main Street. Complimentary parking is located under the hotel parking garage and directly behind the hotel.

Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or people who require translation services (free of charge) should contact FDOT project manager David C. Turley, P.E. at (863) 519-2255 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the Florida Department of Transportation using the Florida Relay Service, 1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or 1 (800) 955-8770 (Voice).

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by FDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and FDOT.

 

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Central Manatee Network Alternatives Analysis: Alternatives Public Meetings

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Alternatives Public Meetings

December 12, 2017 & December 14, 2017

 

MANATEE COUNTY

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One will hold two Alternatives Public Meetings about the Central Manatee Network Alternatives Analysis (CMNAA) Study.  To provide flexibility for participants, the meetings will be held on two separate dates. The first open house is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 1306 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, Florida, 34205.  The second open house is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto, Florida, 34221.  FDOT will hold this meeting to give interested people the opportunity to review displays, talk one-on-one with staff and provide comments on the various alternatives.

FDOT is conducting the CMNAA Study in partnership with the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, Manatee County, Cities of Palmetto and Bradenton, FDOT Central Office (OEM), and local entities. The goal of the study is to identify and program a series of transportation projects that improve both local and regional mobility for all users while supporting the multi-modal vision for the communities of Bradenton and Palmetto. The recommendations of this study will seek to provide residents safer and improved access to jobs, schools, shopping, and social services, and improved regional mobility for all users. FDOT’s Complete Streets mission is to enhance safety and multi-modal mobility while supporting the economic development and quality of life goals shared by the surrounding communities and the region, The CMNAA Study will produce an implementation plan for an integrated system of recommendations that identifies funding requirements, agency responsibilities, and associated timelines.  This will include strategies to program a series of short-term (5-10 year), mid-term (10-15 year), and long-term (15+ year) projects, as well as to identify near-term (0-5 year) opportunities that can be funded and advanced quickly.

The project is in Phase 2, preliminary alternatives have been developed and the project team is beginning to screen concepts and eliminate non-viable alternatives.  FDOT is seeking public input on the various alternatives.

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.  People who require special accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act or people who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley, District One Title VI Coordinator, at 863-519-2573 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

For more information about the project, please contact Lawrence Massey, Project Manager, Florida Department of Transportation at (239) 225-1980 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Deborah Chesna, Assistant Project Manager, Florida Department of Transportation at (863) 519-2562 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/study/CMNAA.

 

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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WEEK OF DECEMBER 3, 2017

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

Ellenton Gillette Road at 69th Street East: Construction project: Crews are constructing new left-turn lanes on Ellenton Gillette Road and 69th Street E; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk; signal upgrades, and new signing. Expect daytime lane closures from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and flagging operations when crews begin construction of the turn-lanes. Expected completion is early 2018. Coastal Bridge Company is the contractor.

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. A short duration, nighttime lane closure is expected on I-275 northbound for sign adjustments. Expected completion is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor.  

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project: Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market Street Sunday, December 3 through Thursday, December 7 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is late 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.

I-75 from Moccasin Wallow Road to the Hillsborough County Line: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing I-75, making drainage improvements, installing guardrail, and adding new signage and pavement markings. The pavement along Moccasin Wallow Road at the I-75 interchange is also being reconstructed. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC, is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2018.

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange: Construction project: Crews are currently excavating for ponds, widening northbound and southbound I-75, performing bridge work, and constructing the southbound I-75 barrier wall.     

  • On Thursday, December 7, crews will be performing bridge work overnight. Lanes will be closed; therefore drivers are urged to exercise caution.
  • On Sunday, November 19, crews shifted traffic to a temporary ramp for I-75 southbound.  Drivers are urged to use caution during the new ramp traffic pattern.
  • Motorists should expect the I-75 northbound exit (Exit 220A) CLOSED until late Summer 2018 for crews to reconstruct the ramp, weather permitting. Motorists must use Exit 220B to reach eastbound or westbound SR 64/Manatee Avenue.
  • Motorists should expect southbound I-75 lanes shifted to the temporary lanes constructed toward the median.

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 Erie/Old Tampa Road to Moccasin Wallow Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. No lane closures are expected but motorists should be aware of crews working along the roadway through Friday, December 8. Use caution while in the area. 

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.

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 789/Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: Construction project: Crews are installing a sidewalk along SR 789/Gulf Drive from just south of 13th Street South to the North Coquina Beach Boat Ramp.  This week, crews will be working on final punch list items and site cleanup.  Watch for daytime lane closures and be alert for flaggers.  The lane closures are necessary during the daytime hours to comply with sea turtle nesting lighting restrictions.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

SR 684 from 92nd Lane to 82nd Street West: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. Expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures through Friday, December 8. Use caution and expect possible delays.  

SR 684/Cortez Road at 119th Street West in Cortez: Construction project: Crews will construct interim intersection safety improvements, including median, pedestrian signal, and lane striping work.  This week, crews will be working on the median, sign installation, final punch list items, and site clean up.  Motorists should expect lane closures during the daytime or nighttime hours; therefore, drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

SR 684 from 92nd Lane West to 82nd Street West: Maintenance permit project: Crews are installing a force main. Expect westbound right lane closures through Saturday, December 16. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 from 301 Boulevard to Tara Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway and making signal upgrades. Construction operations are still underway including asphalt paving, signal work, roadway striping, installation of permanent signing, and concrete curb and sidewalk construction. Expect nighttime signal work at various intersections and new sign locations. Resurfacing towards the east end of the project from Braden River to Tara Boulevard continues Sunday through Thursday nights. Expected completion is fall 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc. 

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Post Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are widening the roadway to accommodate a new development. Expect intermittent daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Monday, January 15. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 at US 41: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, installing traffic separators, installing new signing and pavement markings, and performing signal work. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expected completion is early 2018. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews will be constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Trail traffic on the south side of Laurel Road has shifted to a temporary paved trail. Please continue to use the Mission Valley Boulevard detour to cross Laurel Road. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is Fall 2018. Utility Project: Utility contractors are relocating underground utilities in advance of construction of a new Legacy Trail overpass. Traffic on Laurel Road is down to a single lane in each direction. Westbound traffic has been shifted into the closed eastbound lane. Trail traffic is being detoured to the East to the light at Mission Valley Boulevard. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Spectrum Underground is the contractor for the utility relocation. Expected completion is before Christmas 2017.

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project: Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market Street Sunday, December 3 through Thursday, December 7 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is late 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.

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/Venice By-Pass from Gulf Coast Boulevard to Bird Bay Drive: Construction project: Crews continue installing utility and storm drain systems and constructing temporary pavement. Expect intermittent nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. throughout the project limits while crews are working. Motorists should also be aware of upcoming nighttime/overnight traffic shifts. Motorists should be mindful of the construction signs in place and traffic control officers and use caution while traveling through the project area. Bergeron Land Development is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2018.

US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: 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 fall 2017. 

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 daytime lane closures for roadway widening area adjacent to the medians. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. 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 mobilizing construction equipment, installing construction Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) signs, clearing within the right-of-way, installing silt fence for erosion control, and working in the medians and driveways.

  • Construction activities will take place during daytime and nighttime hours.
  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and night/overnight between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveways on US 41 will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the 10th Street entrance.

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, December 29. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 72/Clark Road in Sarasota County: Construction project: Crews will install guardrail and associated drainage improvements along stormwater pond just west of Proctor Road on the north side of SR 72.  This week, crews will be mobilizing for the project.  Motorists should expect lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. on SR 72.  Flaggers will be present.  Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

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Sarasota/Manatee Barrier Islands Traffic Study: Public Information Workshop

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Sarasota/Manatee Barrier Islands Traffic Study

Public Information Workshop

December 5, 2017 

SARASOTA/MANATEE COUNTIES

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One will hold a Public Information Workshop on the Sarasota/Manatee Barrier Islands Traffic Study. The open house is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5 at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, Florida, 34228.  FDOT will hold this meeting to give interested people the opportunity to review displays and talk one-on-one with staff. 

FDOT is conducting a study to examine the feasibility of improving the overall transportation infrastructure, including traffic operations and circulation, on the Sarasota/Manatee Barrier Islands as well as island-to-mainland connections. To ensure a comprehensive approach, this study is evaluating a variety of elements including: travel patterns of users on the islands, trips on and off the islands, destination points, existing transit service, existing parking facilities, bicycle/pedestrian facilities and needs, and land development codes as it relates to parking.  Phase 1 of the traffic study is complete.  Phase 2 of the project is underway and includes observations, collection of traffic data, review of land use, parking studies, etc.   Possible recommendations for various modes of transportation will be presented.

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.  People who require special accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act or people who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley, District One Title VI Coordinator, at 863-519-2573 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

For more information about the project, please contact Tanya King, P.E., Project Manager, Florida Department of Transportation at (863) 519-2509 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Nathan Kautz, P.E., Assistant Project Manager, Florida Department of Transportation at (863) 519-2347 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Public Hearing for US 301 from Fruitville Road to 10th Street Safety Improvements – Median Modification Design Project in Sarasota County

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Public Hearing for US 301 from Fruitville Road to 10th Street

Safety Improvements – Median Modification Design Project

in Sarasota County

 

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is holding a public hearing regarding plans to improve safety along US 301 (North Washington Boulevard) from Fruitville Road to 10th Street.

The hearing will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the SRQ Media Studio in the City Hall Annex, 1565 1st Street, Sarasota, FL  34236.

There will be an open house at 5:30 p.m. during which staff will be available to discuss the project and answer questions, followed by the formal hearing presentation at 6:30 p.m., after which participants may provide their verbal comments to all present. People attending the hearing can review project displays and speak one-on-one with project team members about the proposed safety improvements.

The purpose of this hearing is to discuss the installation of restrictive medians from Fruitville Road to 10th Street and the following proposed additional minor improvements to nearby areas: drainage improvements between Ringling Boulevard and Main Street; curb ramp upgrades at the Ringling Boulevard and Main Street intersections to bring them into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA); and crosswalk pavement markings at Mound Street. The estimated construction cost is $582,000 and construction should begin during the winter of 2018/2019.

The draft project documents will be available for public review from November 16, 2017 through December 18, 2017 at the Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota, FL 34240.

FDOT developed this meeting in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  Persons wishing to express their concerns relative to FDOT compliance with Title VI may do so by contacting Jamie Schley, FDOT District One Title VI Coordinator by phone at 863-519-2573, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

People requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 or people that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact project manager, Richard Howard at 863-519-2374 or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact us by using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice).

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF November 26, 2017

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

Ellenton Gillette Road at 69th Street East: Construction project: Crews are constructing new left-turn lanes on Ellenton Gillette Road and 69th Street E; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk; signal upgrades, and new signing. Expect daytime lane closures from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and flagging operations when crews begin construction of the turn-lanes. Expected completion is early 2018. Coastal Bridge Company is the contractor.

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. A short duration, nighttime lane closure is expected on I-275 northbound for sign adjustments. Expected completion is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor.   

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

Detour – Northbound I-75 On-Ramp CLOSED at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange:

Sunday December 3 and Monday December 4. Details Below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Sunday, December 3 and Monday, December 4 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews place the final layer of asphalt on the ramp.

Motorists traveling on University Parkway wishing to travel north on I-75 are directed to enter southbound I-75, exit at Fruitville Road/Exit 210, travel east and enter northbound I-75 and continue north.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, December 3 through Thursday, December 7 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market Street Sunday, December 3 through Thursday, December 7 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is late 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.

I-75 from Moccasin Wallow Road to the Hillsborough County Line: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing I-75, making drainage improvements, installing guardrail, and adding new signage and pavement markings. The pavement along Moccasin Wallow Road at the I-75 interchange is also being reconstructed. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC, is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2018.

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange: Construction project: This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. Crews are currently excavating for ponds, widening northbound I-75, performing bridge work, and constructing the southbound I-75 barrier wall.

  • On Sunday, November 19, crews shifted traffic to a temporary ramp for I-75 southbound.  Drivers are urged to use caution during the new ramp traffic pattern.
  • Motorists should expect the I-75 northbound exit (Exit 220A) CLOSED until late Summer 2018 for crews to reconstruct the ramp, weather permitting. Motorists must use Exit 220B to reach eastbound or westbound SR 64/Manatee Avenue.
  • Motorists should expect southbound I-75 lanes shifted to the temporary lanes constructed toward the median.

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 Erie/Old Tampa Road to Moccasin Wallow Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. No lane closures are expected but motorists should be aware of crews working along the roadway through Friday, December 8. Use caution while in the area. 

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.

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 789/Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: Construction project: Crews are installing a sidewalk along SR 789/Gulf Drive from just south of 13th Street South to the North Coquina Beach Boat Ramp.  This week, crews will be working on final punch list items and site cleanup.  Watch for daytime lane closures and be alert for flaggers.  The lane closures are necessary during the daytime hours to comply with sea turtle nesting lighting restrictions.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

SR 684 from 92nd Lane to 82nd Street West: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. Expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures through Friday, December 8. Use caution and expect possible delays.  

SR 684/Cortez Road at 119th Street West in Cortez: Construction project: Crews will construct interim intersection safety improvements, including median, pedestrian signal, and lane striping work.  This week, crews will be working on final punch list items and site clean-up.  Motorists should expect lane closures during the daytime or nighttime hours; therefore, drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

SR 684 from 92nd Lane West to 82nd Street West: Maintenance permit project: Crews are installing a force main. Expect westbound right lane closures through Saturday, December 16. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 from 301 Boulevard to Tara Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway and making signal upgrades. Construction operations are still underway including asphalt paving, signal work, roadway striping, installation of permanent signing, and concrete curb and sidewalk construction. Expect nighttime signal work at various intersections and new sign locations. Resurfacing towards the east end of the project from Braden River to Tara Boulevard continues Sunday through Thursday nights. Expected completion is fall 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc. 

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Post Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are widening the roadway to accommodate a new development. Expect intermittent daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Monday, January 15. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews will be constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Trail traffic on the south side of Laurel Road will be shifted to a temporary paved trail the week of November 27th. Please continue to use the Mission Valley Boulevard detour to cross Laurel Road. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is Fall 2018. Utility Project: Utility contractors are relocating underground utilities in advance of construction of a new Legacy Trail overpass. Traffic on Laurel Road is down to a single lane in each direction. Westbound traffic has been shifted into the closed eastbound lane. Trail traffic is being detoured to the East to the light at Mission Valley Boulevard. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Spectrum Underground is the contractor for the utility relocation. Expected completion is before Christmas 2017.

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

Detour – Northbound I-75 On-Ramp CLOSED at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange:

Sunday December 3 and Monday December 4. Details Below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Sunday, December 3 and Monday, December 4 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews place the final layer of asphalt on the ramp.

Motorists traveling on University Parkway wishing to travel north on I-75 are directed to enter southbound I-75, exit at Fruitville Road/Exit 210, travel east and enter northbound I-75 and continue north.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, December 3 through Thursday, December 7 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market Street Sunday, December 3 through Thursday, December 7 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is late 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.

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/Venice By-Pass from Gulf Coast Boulevard to Bird Bay Drive: Construction project: Crews continue installing utility and storm drain systems and constructing temporary pavement. Expect intermittent nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. throughout the project limits while crews are working. Motorists should also be aware of upcoming nighttime/overnight traffic shifts. Motorists should be mindful of the construction signs in place and traffic control officers and use caution while traveling through the project area. Bergeron Land Development is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2018.

US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: 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 fall 2017. 

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 daytime lane closures for roadway widening area adjacent to the medians. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. 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 mobilizing construction equipment, installing construction Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) signs, clearing within the right-of-way, installing silt fence for erosion control and working in the medians. Construction activities will take place during daytime and nighttime hours. Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and night/overnight between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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, December 29. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road/Osprey Avenue from Siesta Drive to Dunn Drive: Construction project:  As the project nears completion, motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project while crews continue finish work including final paving, repair work, signage, signals, miscellaneous concrete and punch list items.

Please stay alert and exercise caution throughout the project. Pay close attention to the traffic control devices. Driving through the traffic control devices and into the work zone is prohibited.  Be aware of slow moving construction equipment and plan additional travel time throughout the project.                                                                                             

The project consists of significant drainage improvements, removing old asphalt and resurfacing the roadway, reconstructing sidewalk, and installing new signalization in some areas.  The project also includes construction of eleven (11) pedestrian refuge islands on Bee Ridge Road between Dunn Drive and US 41. Expected completion of the $17 million project is late fall 2017.

SR 72/Clark Road in Sarasota County: Construction project: Crews will install guardrail and associated drainage improvements along stormwater pond just west of Proctor Road on the north side of SR 72.  This week, crews will be mobilizing for the project.  Motorists should expect lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. on SR 72.  Flaggers will be present.  Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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Week of November 19, 2017

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

Ellenton Gillette Road at 69th Street East: Construction project: Crews are constructing new left-turn lanes on Ellenton Gillette Road and 69th Street E; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk; signal upgrades, and new signing. Expect daytime lane closures from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and flagging operations when crews begin construction of the turn-lanes. Expected completion is early 2018. Coastal Bridge Company is the contractor.

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. A nighttime short duration lane closure is expected on I-275 northbound for sign adjustments. Expected completion is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor.  

 I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

 Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place during the night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market Street Sunday, November 19 through Tuesday, November 21 between the hours of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, construction activities are suspended Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26.

Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway. Construction activities are subject to change at any time pending weather and schedule changes. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience when traveling through work zones.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is late 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.

I-75 from Moccasin Wallow Road to the Hillsborough County Line: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing I-75, making drainage improvements, installing guardrail, and adding new signage and pavement markings. The pavement along Moccasin Wallow Road at the I-75 interchange is also being reconstructed. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC, is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2018.

 I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange: Construction project: This project

reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. Crews are currently excavating for ponds, installing drainage, relocating utilities, bridge piers, and ramp work.           

  • On Sunday, November 19, crews will shift traffic to a temporary ramp for I-75 southbound.  Drivers are urged to use caution during the new ramp traffic pattern.
  • Motorists should expect the I-75 northbound exit (Exit 220A) CLOSED until late Summer 2018 for crews to reconstruct the ramp, weather permitting. Motorists must use Exit 220B to reach eastbound or westbound SR 64/Manatee Avenue.
  • Motorists should expect southbound I-75 lanes shifted to the temporary lanes constructed toward the median.
  • Crews will not work during the Thanksgiving holiday period; therefore, no work will occur from overnight Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26th.

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 Erie/Old Tampa Road to Moccasin Wallow Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. No lane closures are expected but motorists should be aware of crews working along the roadway through Friday, December 1. Use caution while in the area. 

 

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.

 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 789/Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: Construction project: Crews are installing a sidewalk along SR 789/Gulf Drive from just south of 13th Street South to the North Coquina Beach Boat Ramp.  This week, crews will be working on final punch list items and site cleanup.  Watch for daytime lane closures and be alert for flaggers.  The lane closures are necessary during the daytime hours to comply with sea turtle nesting lighting restrictions.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

SR 684 from 92nd Lane to 82nd Street West: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. Expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures through Friday, December 1. Use caution and expect possible delays.  

 SR 684/Cortez Road at 119th Street West in Cortez: Construction project: Crews

will construct interim intersection safety improvements, including median, pedestrian signal, and lane striping work.  This week, crews will be working on signal work, concrete median, and preparing for punch list items.  Motorists should expect lane closures during the daytime or nighttime hours; therefore, drivers should use caution while traveling in this area.  Crews will not be working during the Thanksgiving holiday; therefore no work will be performed from the evening of Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

SR 70 from 301 Boulevard to Tara Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway and making signal upgrades. Construction operations are still underway including asphalt paving, signal work, roadway striping, installation of permanent signing, and concrete curb and sidewalk construction. Expect nighttime signal work at various intersections and new sign locations. Resurfacing towards the east end of the project from Braden River to Tara Boulevard continues Sunday through Thursday nights. Expected completion is fall 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc. 

 SR 64 at 46th Street West: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are reconstructing the sidewalk and driveway connections. Expect possible daytime eastbound outside lane closures while crews are working.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

 Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews are constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Utility contractors are relocating underground utilities in advance of construction. Traffic is down to a single lane in each direction. Westbound traffic has been shifted into the closed eastbound lane. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Spectrum Underground is the contractor for the roadway. Expected completion is Fall 2018.

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

 Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place during the night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market Street Sunday, November 19 through Tuesday, November 21 between the hours of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, construction activities are suspended Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26.

Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway. Construction activities are subject to change at any time pending weather and schedule changes. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience when traveling through work zones.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is late 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.

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/Venice By-Pass from Gulf Coast Boulevard to Bird Bay Drive: Construction project: Crews continue installing utility and storm drain systems and constructing temporary pavement. Expect intermittent nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. throughout the project limits while crews are working. Motorists should also be aware of upcoming nighttime/overnight traffic shifts. Motorists should be mindful of the construction signs in place and traffic control officers and use caution while traveling through the project area. Bergeron Land Development is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2018.

 US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: 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 fall 2017. 

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 daytime lane closures for roadway widening area adjacent to the medians. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. 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 mobilizing construction equipment, installing construction Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) signs, clearing within the right-of-way, and installing silt fence for erosion control. Motorists should expect temporary daytime lane closures for crews working in the medians.

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, construction activities are suspended Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26.

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, December 29. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 SR 758/Bee Ridge Road/Osprey Avenue from Siesta Drive to Dunn Drive: Construction project:  As the project nears completion, motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project while crews continue finish work including final paving, repair work, signage, signals, miscellaneous concrete and punch list items.

Please stay alert and exercise caution throughout the project. Pay close attention to the traffic control devices. Driving through the traffic control devices and into the work zone is prohibited.  Be aware of slow moving construction equipment and plan additional travel time throughout the project.                                                                                                                    

The project consists of significant drainage improvements, removing old asphalt and resurfacing the roadway, reconstructing sidewalk, and installing new signalization in some areas.  The project also includes construction of eleven (11) pedestrian refuge islands on Bee Ridge Road between Dunn Drive and US 41. Expected completion of the $17 million project is late fall 2017.

SR 72/Clark Road in Sarasota County: Construction project: Crews will install guardrail and associated drainage improvements along stormwater pond just west of Proctor Road on the north side of SR 72.  This week, crews will be mobilizing for the project.  Motorists should expect lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. on SR 72.  Flaggers will be present.  Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

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Sarasota County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB)

The purpose of each LCB is to ensure the coordination of transportation services that enhance access to employment, health care, education, and other life-sustaining activities for older adults, persons with disabilities, people with low incomes and at-risk children who are dependent upon others for transportation.

Transportation plays a critical role in providing access to employment, health care, education, and other life-sustaining activities for many Floridians who are older adults, persons with disabilities, people with low incomes, or at-risk children.

Florida’s transportation disadvantaged are defined in Section 427.011(1), F.S., as those persons who because of physical or mental disability, income status, or age, are unable to transport themselves or to purchase transportation and are, therefore, dependent upon others to obtain access to health care, employment, education, shopping, social activities, or other life-sustaining activities, or children who are handicapped or high-risk as defined in s. 411.202, F.S.

Fun Facts about the Sarasota County LCB:

  • Meets quarterly
  • Managed by the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Agency Staff 
  • Performs an annual evaluation on the provision of transportation disadvantaged services by the CTC
  • Non-agency members of the Board shall be appointed for three (3) year terms
  • Agency members shall serve until replaced by the agency they represent
  • Reviews and provides recommendations to the MPO on all funding applications for local government, state or federal funds relating to the transportation disadvantaged within Sarasota County
  • In coordination with the CTC, jointly develop applications from funds that may become available
  • Annually review coordination contracts to advise the CTC
  • Hold an annual public hearing to receive input on unmet needs or any other areas that relate to the local transportation services

Opportunities to GET INVOLVED today:

1 - A local citizen advocate representative in the county who uses the transportation service(s) of the system as their primary means of transportation

1 - A person over sixty representing the elderly in the county

1 - A local representative of the Suncoast Workforce

Any interested person should send a letter to Leigh Holt, Sarasota/Manatee MPO Planning Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Have questions?

Contact the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Public Involvement Coordinator, Corinne Tucker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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GET INVOLVED - Join the Manatee County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB) today

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Manatee County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB)

The purpose of each LCB is to ensure the coordination of transportation services that enhance access to employment, health care, education, and other life-sustaining activities for older adults, persons with disabilities, people with low incomes and at-risk children who are dependent upon others for transportation.

Transportation plays a critical role in providing access to employment, health care, education, and other life-sustaining activities for many Floridians who are older adults, persons with disabilities, people with low incomes, or at-risk children.

Florida’s transportation disadvantaged are defined in Section 427.011(1), F.S., as those persons who because of physical or mental disability, income status, or age, are unable to transport themselves or to purchase transportation and are, therefore, dependent upon others to obtain access to health care, employment, education, shopping, social activities, or other life-sustaining activities, or children who are handicapped or high-risk as defined in s. 411.202, F.S.

Fun Facts about the Manatee County LCB:

  • Meets quarterly
  • Managed by the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Agency Staff 
  • Performs an annual evaluation on the provision of transportation disadvantaged services by the CTC
  • Non-agency members of the Board shall be appointed for three (3) year terms
  • Agency members shall serve until replaced by the agency they represent.
  • Reviews and provides recommendations to the MPO on all funding applications for local government, state or federal funds relating to the transportation disadvantaged within Manatee County
  • In coordination with the CTC, jointly develop applications from funds that may become available
  • Annually review coordination contracts to advise the CTC
  • Hold an annual public hearing to receive input on unmet needs or any other areas that relate to the local transportation services

Opportunities to GET INVOLVED today:

1 - A local citizen advocate representative in the county

1 - A local representative for children at risk

1 - A local representative of the Public Education Community which could include, but not be limited to, a representative of the District School Board, School Board Transportation Office, or a person recommended by the District School Board

1 - A local representative of the Headstart Program in areas where the School District is responsible

1 - A local representative of the Suncoast Workforce

Any interested person should send a letter to Leigh Holt, Sarasota/Manatee MPO Planning Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Have questions?

Contact the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Public Involvement Coordinator, Corinne Tucker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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GOV. SCOTT’S SECURING FLORIDA’S FUTURE BUDGET INVESTS A RECORD $10.8 BILLION IN FLORIDA’S TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

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GOV. SCOTT’S SECURING FLORIDA’S FUTURE BUDGET INVESTS A RECORD $10.8 BILLION IN

FLORIDA’S TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Governor Rick Scott today announced the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will receive a historic $10.8 billion in the recommended FY 2018-2019 Securing Florida’s Future budget to keep Florida’s transportation and infrastructure system the best in the nation.

Governor Scott said, “Transportation infrastructure plays an important role in helping support our booming economy, growing population and record numbers of visitors. By making historic investments in Florida’s transportation system for the past five years, we have solidified Florida as a national leader and a global destination for trade. I am proud to announce that the Securing Florida’s Future budget will continue this success with a $10.8 billion investment in our roads, bridges, airports and seaports, which will make sure our state remains prepared for future growth and job creation.”

The Governor’s FY 2018-2019 transportation budget makes the following investments:

  • $1 billion to expand transportation system capacity, which includes adding 269 new lane miles
  • $186.1 million for safety initiatives
  • $171.6 million in seaport infrastructure improvements
  • $359.0 million for aviation improvements
  • $167.7 million for scheduled repair of 63 bridges and replacement of 18 bridges
  • $1 billion for maintenance and operation
  • $568 million for public transit development grants
  • $151.3 million for bike and pedestrian trails of which $26.7 million is for SUN Trail.

Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Mike Dew said, “Governor Scott’s record transportation budget continues to give Florida the best infrastructure in the nation. The additional transportation investment increases our state’s economic activity, creates jobs and gets our residents to their work and back to their families safely and efficiently.”

The Governor’s Securing Florida’s Future budget makes the following transportation investments:

Southwest Florida

  • $24M to add lanes and reconstruct US 41 Venice Bypass from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard in Sarasota County. The improvements to US 41 include reconstructing the existing four-lane roadway to a six-lane roadway with curb and gutter, six-foot wide sidewalk, new storm sewer and highway lighting.

 

  • $37M to widen from two lanes to four lanes the section of SR 82 from Gator Slough Lane to SR 29 in Collier County.  The 3.2 mile project will increase capacity to accommodate current traffic and future growth in the area.  This project is part of the planned widening of 23-miles of SR 82.

 

  • $15M to expand the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) commercial terminal in Lee County.  The expansion includes added security checkpoints, public walkways, gates, operations areas and associated concourse areas. RSW has been experiencing record breaking passenger movements and the trend is forecasted to continue. Air carriers are responding to market demands for additional capacity and are flying larger aircraft to accommodate this need. The RSW terminal capacity is constrained and the expansion will increase capacity enabling passengers to move efficiently and safely through the airport.

Florida Transportation Commission Chairman Jay Trumbull said, “Governor Scott’s record of prudent, consistent growth in his transportation budgets continues to stimulate increased economic activity and population growth. He recognizes that these investments are necessary to continue our upward trend.”

Florida Transportation Builders’ Association President Bob Burleson said, “Governor Scott’s budget continues his commitment to providing Florida’s families and visitors a safe and congestion-free transportation system through strategic infrastructure investments.”

Florida Ports Council President and CEO Doug Wheeler said, “The record growth in Florida’s seaports are a direct result of the over $1 billion investment by Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature. More competitive, efficient and safer than ever, Florida’s ports make the state a worldwide hub for international commerce and destination cruises.”

Floridians for Better Transportation President Sally Patrenos said, “Governor Scott knows that we need to seek innovative solutions today to solve tomorrow’s transportation challenges. His budget builds on his record levels of infrastructure funding to prepare us for future growth.”

Florida Public Transportation Association Executive Director Lisa M. Bacot said, “As Florida prepares for future growth and demand on our transit systems, Governor Scott continues to prioritize public transportation solutions for those who rely on it every day.”

Florida Airports Council President and CEO Lisa Lyle Waters said, “Florida’s airports continue to see record passenger and business growth and are among our nation’s leaders in passenger volume as a result of unprecedented investments by Governor Scott. This year’s budget builds on a billion dollar foundation to create a safe and efficient airport network for Florida’s families, businesses and visitors.”

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

 

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Week of November 12, 2017

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

Ellenton Gillette Road at 69th Street East: Construction project: Crews are constructing new left-turn lanes on Ellenton Gillette Road and 69th Street E; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk; signal upgrades, and new signing. Expect daytime lane closures from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and flagging operations when crews begin construction of the turn-lanes. Expected completion is early 2018. Coastal Bridge Company is the contractor.

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. A nighttime short duration lane closure is expected on I-275 northbound for sign adjustments. Expected completion is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor.  

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

 Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, November 12 through Friday, November 17 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place during the night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market Street Sunday, November 12 through Friday, November 17 between the hours of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.

The contractor is installing final friction course and final striping. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway and uneven pavement. Construction activities are subject to change at any time pending weather and schedule changes. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience when traveling through work zones.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is late 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.

I-75 from Moccasin Wallow Road to the Hillsborough County Line: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing I-75, making drainage improvements, installing guardrail, and adding new signage and pavement markings. The pavement along Moccasin Wallow Road at the I-75 interchange is also being reconstructed. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC, is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2018.

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange: Construction project: This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. Crews are currently excavating for ponds, installing drainage, relocating utilities, and ramp work.           

  • Motorists should expect the I-75 northbound exit (Exit 220A) CLOSED until late Summer 2018 for crews to reconstruct the ramp, weather permitting. Motorists must use Exit 220B to reach eastbound or westbound SR 64/Manatee Avenue.
  • Motorists should expect southbound I-75 lanes shifted to the temporary lanes constructed toward the median.

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 Erie/Old Tampa Road to Moccasin Wallow Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. No lane closures are expected but motorists should be aware of crews working along the roadway through Friday, November 17. Use caution while in the area.  

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.

 

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 789/Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: Construction project: Crews are installing a sidewalk along SR 789/Gulf Drive from just south of 13th Street South to the North Coquina Beach Boat Ramp.  This week, crews will be working on sidewalk installation and drainage.  Watch for daytime lane closures and be alert for flaggers.  The lane closures are necessary during the daytime hours to comply with sea turtle nesting lighting restrictions.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

SR 684 from 92nd Lane to 82nd Street West: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. Expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures through Friday, November 17. Use caution and expect possible delays.  

 SR 684/Cortez Road at 119th Street West in Cortez: Construction project:

Crews will construct interim intersection safety improvements, including median, pedestrian signal, and lane striping work.  This week, crews will be mobilizing for the project.  Motorists should expect lane closures during the daytime or nighttime hours; therefore, drivers should use caution while traveling in this area The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

SR 70 from 301 Boulevard to Tara Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway and making signal upgrades. Construction operations are still underway including asphalt paving, signal work, roadway striping, installation of permanent signing, and concrete curb and sidewalk construction. Expect nighttime signal work at various intersections and new sign locations. Resurfacing towards the east end of the project from Braden River to Tara Boulevard continues Sunday through Thursday nights. Expected completion is fall 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc. 

 SR 64 at 46th Street West: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are reconstructing the sidewalk and driveway connections. Expect possible daytime eastbound outside lane closures while crews are working.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

 

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews are constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Utility contractors are relocating underground utilities in advance of construction. Traffic is down to a single lane in each direction. Westbound traffic has been shifted into the closed eastbound lane. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, November 12 through Friday, November 17 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place during the night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market Street Sunday, November 12 through Friday, November 17 between the hours of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.

The contractor is installing final friction course and final striping. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway and uneven pavement. Construction activities are subject to change at any time pending weather and schedule changes. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience when traveling through work zones.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is late 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.

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/Venice By-Pass from Gulf Coast Boulevard to Bird Bay Drive: Construction project: Crews continue installing utility and storm drain systems and constructing temporary pavement. Expect intermittent nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. throughout the project limits while crews are working. Motorists should also be aware of upcoming nighttime/overnight traffic shifts. Motorists should be mindful of the construction signs in place and traffic control officers and use caution while traveling through the project area. Bergeron Land Development is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2018.

 US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: 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 fall 2017. 

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 daytime lane closures for roadway widening area adjacent to the medians. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction Project:

Crews begin mobilizing construction equipment, installing construction Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) signs, clearing within the right-of-way, and installing silt fence for erosion control. Lane closures are not anticipated at this time. 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, December 29. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road/Osprey Avenue from Siesta Drive to Dunn Drive: Construction project:  As the project nears completion, motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project while crews continue finish work including final paving, repair work, signage, signals, miscellaneous concrete and punch list items.

Please stay alert and exercise caution throughout the project. Pay close attention to the traffic control devices. Driving through the traffic control devices and into the work zone is prohibited.  Be aware of slow moving construction equipment and plan additional travel time throughout the project.                                                                                                                 

The project consists of significant drainage improvements, removing old asphalt and resurfacing the roadway, reconstructing sidewalk, and installing new signalization in some areas.  The project also includes construction of eleven (11) pedestrian refuge islands on Bee Ridge Road between Dunn Drive and US 41. Expected completion of the $17 million project is late fall 2017.

SR 72/Clark Road in Sarasota County: Construction project: Crews will install guardrail and associated drainage improvements along stormwater pond just west of Proctor Road on the north side of SR 72.  This week, crews will be mobilizing for the project.  Motorists should expect lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. on SR 72.  Flaggers will be present.  Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

 

 

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Traffic Watch for Sarasota and Manatee Counties

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Week of November 5, 2017

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.

 Please Note: Due to Hurricane Irma debris removal operations are occurring on many roadways and drivers should use caution.

MANATEE COUNTY

Ellenton Gillette Road at 69th Street East: Construction project: Crews are constructing new left-turn lanes on Ellenton Gillette Road and 69th Street E; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk; signal upgrades, and new signing. Expect daytime lane closures from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and flagging operations when crews begin construction of the turn-lanes. Expected completion is early 2018. Coastal Bridge Company is the contractor.

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 and demolition will begin Monday, October 16. 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. Expected completion is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor.  

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, November 5 through Friday, November 11 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place during the night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market Street Sunday, November 5 through Friday, November 11 between the hours of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.

The contractor is installing final friction course and final striping. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway and uneven pavement. Speeding fines double when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is late 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.

I-75 from Moccasin Wallow Road to the Hillsborough County Line: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing I-75, making drainage improvements, installing guardrail, and adding new signage and pavement markings. The pavement along Moccasin Wallow Road at the I-75 interchange is also being reconstructed. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC, is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2018.

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange: Construction project: This project

reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64.  Crews are currently excavating for ponds, installing drainage, relocating utilities, and ramp work.

  • Motorists should expect the I-75 northbound exit (Exit 220A) CLOSED until late Summer 2018 for crews to reconstruct the ramp, weather permitting.  Motorists must use Exit 220B to reach eastbound or westbound SR 64/Manatee Avenue.
  • Motorists should expect southbound I-75 lanes to shift to the temporary lanes constructed toward the median during the nighttime/overnight hours on Sunday, October 29.

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 at the Hernando Desoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews are installing pile jackets, making concrete repairs and repairing the bridge fender system. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. The portion of Riverwalk under the bridge along the seawall is now open. Inland Construction and Engineering, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017. 

US 301 from Erie/Old Tampa Road to Moccasin Wallow Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. No lane closures are expected but motorists should be aware of crews working along the roadway through Friday, November 10. Use caution while in the area. 

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 789/Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: Construction project: Crews are installing a sidewalk along SR 789/Gulf Drive from just south of 13th Street South to the North Coquina Beach Boat Ramp.  This week, crews will be working on sidewalk installation and drainage.  Watch for daytime lane closures and be alert for flaggers.  The lane closures are necessary during the daytime hours to comply with sea turtle nesting lighting restrictions.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

SR 684 from 92nd Lane to 82nd Street West: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. Expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures through Friday, November 10. Use caution and expect possible delays.  

SR 684/Cortez Road at 119th Street West in Cortez: Construction project: Crews will construct interim intersection safety improvements, including median, pedestrian signal, and lane striping work.  This week, crews will be mobilizing for the project.  Motorists should expect lane closures during the daytime or nighttime hours; therefore, drivers should use caution while traveling in this area The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

SR 70 from 301 Boulevard to Tara Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway and making signal upgrades. Construction operations are still underway including asphalt paving, signal work, roadway striping, installation of permanent signing, and concrete curb and sidewalk construction. Expect nighttime signal work at various intersections and new sign locations. Resurfacing towards the east end of the project from Braden River to Tara Boulevard continues Sunday through Thursday nights. Expected completion is fall 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc. 

SR 64 at 46th Street West: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are reconstructing the sidewalk and driveway connections. Expect possible daytime eastbound outside lane closures while crews are working.

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Utility project: Utility contractors are relocating underground utilities in advance of construction on the new Legacy Trail pedestrian overpass. Traffic is down to a single lane in each direction. Westbound traffic has been shifted into the closed eastbound lane.

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project: Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, November 5 through Friday, November 11 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place during the night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market Street Sunday, November 5 through Friday, November 11 between the hours of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.

The contractor is installing final friction course and final striping. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway and uneven pavement. Speeding fines double when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is late 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.

Business US 41 at the Circus Drawbridge: Construction project: Crews are improving mechanical equipment; painting structural steel; making spall repairs, and replacing portions of sidewalk. Traffic will shift to separate bridges this week while crews are finalizing work but will remain in a single lane. Nighttime lane closures are possible on the northbound bridge from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The speed limit is reduced to 35 mph during construction. Southern Road and Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017.

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/Venice By-Pass from Gulf Coast Boulevard to Bird Bay Drive: Construction project: Crews continue installing utility and storm drain systems and constructing temporary pavement. Expect intermittent nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. throughout the project limits while crews are working. Motorists should also be aware of upcoming nighttime/overnight traffic shifts. Motorists should be mindful of the construction signs in place and traffic control officers and use caution while traveling through the project area. Bergeron Land Development is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2018.

US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: 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 fall 2017. 

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 daytime lane closures for roadway widening area adjacent to the medians. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction Project: Utility workers are on-site locating existing utilities. Crews begin mobilizing construction equipment and installing construction Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) signs. Lane closures are not anticipated at this time.

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, December 29. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road/Osprey Avenue from Siesta Drive to Dunn Drive: Construction project:  As the project nears completion, motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project while crews continue finish work including final paving, repair work, signage, signals, miscellaneous concrete and punch list items.

Please stay alert and exercise caution throughout the project. Pay close attention to the traffic control devices. Driving through the traffic control devices and into the work zone is prohibited.  Be aware of slow moving construction equipment and plan additional travel time throughout the project.  

The project consists of significant drainage improvements, removing old asphalt and resurfacing the roadway, reconstructing sidewalk, and installing new signalization in some areas.  The project also includes construction of eleven (11) pedestrian refuge islands on Bee Ridge Road between Dunn Drive and US 41. Expected completion of the $17 million project is late fall 2017.

SR 72/Clark Road in Sarasota County: Construction project: Crews will install guardrail and associated drainage improvements along stormwater pond just west of Proctor Road on the north side of SR 72.  This week, crews will be mobilizing for the project.  Motorists should expect lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. on SR 72.  Flaggers will be present.  Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late 2017.

 

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I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

Detour – Southbound I-75 Off-Ramp CLOSED at the I-75/Fruitville Road Interchange:

Friday, November 3. Details below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/Fruitville Road interchange at night/overnight Friday, November 3, between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews place the final layer of asphalt on the ramp.

Motorists traveling southbound on I-75 wishing to travel on Fruitville Road are directed to continue south on I-75, exit at Bee Ridge Road/Exit 207, travel east and enter northbound I-75, and exit at Fruitville Road/Exit.  

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is early 2018. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.

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Sarasota/Manatee Daily Clips for November 3, 2017

1). Bradenton Herald: Traffic Watch: Your morning commute on Nov. 3, 2017

2). Herald-Tribune: Sheriff: Ex-boyfriend killed woman, then burned car on I-75

 

1). Bradenton Herald: Traffic Watch: Your morning commute on Nov. 3, 2017

By Sara Nealeigh

Published: November 3, 2017

Here’s what you might see on your Friday morning commute.

  • Crash, Interstate 275 northbound at mile marker 5, Palmetto, no roadblock reported;
  • Crash, Interstate 75 northbound entrance ramp at Big Bend Road, Apollo Beach, no roadblock reported;
  • Crash, I-75 southbound at mile marker 198, Sarasota, unknown roadblock.

Click here for a real-time traffic map from our news partners at Bay News 9.

Information for this report is from the Florida Highway Patrol’s live traffic crash and road conditions report.

http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article182473741.html#storylink=cpy

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2). Herald-Tribune: Sheriff: Ex-boyfriend killed woman, then burned car on I-75

By Carlos R. Munoz

Published: November 2,2017

SARASOTA COUNTY — The ex-boyfriend of a woman whose remains were found in a burning car on Interstate 75 last month has been arrested in Hillsborough County in connection with her death.

Michael Connor Clark, 34, of Brandon is charged with second-degree murder, arson, tampering with evidence and possession of cocaine. He is being held without bond in Hillsborough County.

A witness who called 911 reported seeing Clark’s 2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan burning at 6 a.m. Oct. 15 in the southbound lanes of I-75 at mile marker 202, about three miles south of Clark Road. The witness said Clark was standing next to the van as it burned.

Deputies and firefighters arrived minutes later and extinguished the fire.

Kelley’s body was found inside the van between the third row seat and the rear lift gate.

The state fire marshal determined that the fire was intentionally set after discovering a gas can inside the van and a lighter on the ground outside. The medical examiner performed an autopsy and reported that Kelley was killed by “blunt force trauma” before the fire started. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Sarasota County sheriff’s Capt. John Walsh said an investigation by the state fire marshal, medical examiner, crime scene personnel and detectives from Sarasota and Hillsborough counties led to the charges.

“It’s not an overnight process — it’s a long time,” Walsh said. “Detectives since that morning, at 6 o’clock until this morning, have been working this thing.”

Clark and Kelley had three children together. Court records suggest a rocky relationship over the past 18 years.

According to court documents, on Sept. 30, Clark was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly holding a pocketknife to Kelley’s throat and threatening to kill her and himself.

“He (Clark) had been staying with his mother outside of the home,” Walsh said. “Those are all pieces we really would like to know about.”

The captain is urging friends, family and acquaintances of Clark and Kelley who have information that would help the investigation to contact them.

Investigators have determined that Clark drove his van to Kelley’s job at the Comfort Craft Cafe in Valrico, and that the couple were seen at 11:57 p.m. on Oct. 14 — the night before Kelley’s 34th birthday — at Brandon Billiards.

A witness said they saw the two arguing outside the pool hall at around 2:19 a.m. and watched Kelley push Clark away about 10 minutes later. They saw Clark put Kelley in a headlock at 2:46 a.m. and then walk to the van at 3:15 a.m.

Witnesses said the couple left the parking lot about five minutes later.

Surveillance video identified Clark’s van near his mother’s house at about 4:09 a.m. and passing a car wash at 802 W. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon at 4:40 a.m. traveling toward I-75.

The first 911 call, received at 6:04 a.m., reported Clark’s van engulfed in fire south of Clark Road. Motorists reportedly stopped to help Clark before deputies arrived.

Clark was transported to an area hospital for injuries and was later released.

An examination of Clark’s hands showed lacerations and swelling, and a large amount of blood on his pants was later forensically determined to be Kelley’s blood.

Investigators also found paper inside the filler pipe of the van’s gas tank.

Clark told detectives that same day that he did not know how the fire began, how the victim died, or how he got to Sarasota, which is more than 55 miles from his home.

“Since initially speaking to him on the day of the fire, he hasn’t been cooperative with us,” the captain said, adding that the investigation is active and ongoing.

History of violence

Clark was convicted of second-degree aggravated battery stemming from a bar fight in 2010. Court documents show he was attending a Halloween costume party when he struck the victim in the head with a sword as he was being escorted out of the bar.

The victim sustained minor injuries.

Clark told authorities that he was defending himself.

He was convicted of criminal mischief in 2007; charged with obstructing an officer without violence in 2005; convicted of violating a restraining order in 2004 by contacting the victim; and convicted of domestic violence in 2003 and 2004.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20171102/sheriff-ex-boyfriend-killed-woman-then-burned-car-on-i-75

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Visioning Workshop #2 for 10th Avenue Complete Streets Study

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FDOT Visioning Workshop #2 for 10th Avenue Complete Streets Study

from Riverside Drive to 17th Street West in Manatee County

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is holding a second visioning workshop for the 10th Avenue Complete Streets Study from Riverside Drive to 17th Street West in Manatee County. This workshop was originally scheduled for September 12, 2017, but it has been rescheduled for November 7th due to Hurricane Irma.

The City of Palmetto, in cooperation with FDOT, is conducting a feasibility study for possible improvements to 10th Avenue in Manatee County. The feasibility study includes a comprehensive visioning process to develop viable improvement alternatives while facilitating community vision. The proposed ‘complete streets’ improvements on 10th Avenue are part of an overall plan by the City of Palmetto to enhance multimodal mobility along the roadway. The purpose of this workshop is to provide further information about the project and gather feedback about the proposed improvements.

The visioning workshop will be:

Date:               Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Time:               5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location:        Woman’s Club of Palmetto

                         910 6th Street West

                         Palmetto, FL 34221

The workshop will include a PowerPoint presentation followed by open discussion. People attending the workshop may review project displays and aerial photographs, and speak one-on-one with project team members. FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by FDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and FDOT.

 Watch a short video from the first FDOT visioning workshop
 

Palmetto CRA Director Jeff Burton talks about the level of excitement in the city to get a Complete Street project underway. Mark Young Bradenton Herald

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