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Nov
15

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

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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15

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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15

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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Nov
09

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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Nov
03

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

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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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31

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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Bike Repair Kiosk Community Survey

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20

Public Meeting: Legacy Trail Pedestrian Overpass over Laurel Road Construction

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Legacy Trail Pedestrian Overpass over Laurel Road

Construction Public Meeting:

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold a public information meeting regarding construction of the Legacy Trail Pedestrian Overpass over Laurel Road in Sarasota County. The public meeting is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Laurel Civic Association’s Sandra Sims Terry Community Center, 509 Collins Road, Laurel, Florida 34272. FDOT will hold this meeting to give interested persons the opportunity to talk one-on-one with staff and make comments about the project. The meeting will be an open house format with no formal presentation.

The project includes constructing a new pedestrian overpass along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. The $2 million project begins early November with completion expected in late summer/early fall 2018. 

FDOT developed this meeting in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  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 Jamie Schley at 863-519-2573 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. 

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Traffic Watch for Sarasota and Manatee Counties - Week of October 22, 2017

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FOR WEEK OF October 22, 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:

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

Nighttime Closures, Sunday, October 22 through Friday, October 27. Details Below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Sunday, October 22 through Friday, October 27 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., pending weather, while crews place the final layer of asphalt on the ramp.

Motorists traveling north on I-75 wishing to exit at University Parkway are directed to continue north on I-75, exit at SR 70 westbound, enter southbound I-75 and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, October 22 through Friday, October 27 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, October 22 through Friday, October 27 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

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 reconstructing the I-75 northbound exit to eastbound SR 64 (Exit 220A).

  • Motorists should expect the I-75 northbound exit (Exit 220A) CLOSED for the next 8-10 months for crews to reconstruct the ramp, weather permitting.  Motorists must use Exit 220B to reach eastbound or westbound SR 64/Manatee Avenue.

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 of 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, October 27. 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 clearing the site area and working on 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, October 27. 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. Crews continue resurfacing the roadway, working on the signals, roadway striping, and making curb and sidewalk improvements. Expect nighttime signal work at various intersections and resurfacing operations towards the east end of the project, Sunday through Thursday nights. Final thermoplastic striping on the west end of the project, from 15th Street E to US 301 is expected to begin Sunday, October 22nd. 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:

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

Nighttime Closures, Sunday, October 22 through Friday, October 27. Details Below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Sunday, October 22 through Friday, October 27 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., pending weather, while crews place the final layer of asphalt on the ramp.

Motorists traveling north on I-75 wishing to exit at University Parkway are directed to continue north on I-75, exit at SR 70 westbound, enter southbound I-75 and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, October 22 through Friday, October 27 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, October 22 through Friday, October 27 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

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 has shifted to the northbound bridge (one lane for each direction) while crews are working on the opposite bridge. Pedestrians and cyclists are also restricted to the northbound bridge. 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 barrier wall installation within 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. 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.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road/Osprey Avenue from Siesta Drive to Dunn Drive: Construction project:  Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project while crews continue project completion items including paving, repair work, storm drainage testing, signage, signal work, 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.

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Road Watch Advisory for SR 789/John Ringling Causeway

RoadWatch Advisory

SR 789/John Ringling Causeway

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

SR 789/John Ringling Causeway at the Ringling Bridge: Maintenance permit project: Crews for the City of Sarasota are replacing trees within the median. Expect intermittent east and westbound lane closes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, October 20. Use caution and expect possible delays. 

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17

Public Information Meeting: Legacy Trail Pedestrian Overpass over Laurel Road in Sarasota County

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold a public information meeting regarding construction of the Legacy Trail Pedestrian Overpass over Laurel Road in Sarasota County. The public meeting is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Laurel Civic Association’s Sandra Sims Terry Community Center, 509 Collins Road, Laurel, Florida 34272. FDOT will hold this meeting to give interested persons the opportunity to talk one-on-one with staff and make comments about the project. The meeting will be an open house format with no formal presentation.

The project includes constructing a new pedestrian overpass along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. The $2 million project begins early November with completion expected in late summer/early fall 2018. 

FDOT developed this meeting in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  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 Jamie Schley at 863-519-2573 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. 

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16

AGE-FRIENDLY FESTIVAL!

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The Age-­‐Friendly Festival is an opportunity to embrace life in all its stages, and the first community celebration in the nation to focus on lifelong well-­‐being while aspiring to connect people of all ages. As grandparents, parents, and children, or volunteers, businesses, non-­‐profits, and governments living and serving in the community, here's your chance to be an architect of the future!

The Festival is a gift to the community funded by The Patterson Foundation and inspired by the Age-­‐ Friendly Sarasota initiative. It will take place Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Admission to Festival is FREE #ForAllAges!

ALL-DAY HIGHLIGHTS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS!

  • Health Screenings
  • Live Performances
  • Engaging presentations with thought leaders, authors, and longevity experts
  • Try the Roundabout Merge
  • Exercise Classes
  • Brain Games
  • Zumba!
  • Llamas
  • Imagination Playground
  • Musical Instrument Explorations
  • Art Opportunities & More!

Visit www.AgeFriendlySarasota.org  and immerse yourself in the AGE-FRIENDLFESTIVAL!

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16

10th Ave Complete Streets Study - Visioning Workshop #2

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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. The workshop has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Palmetto, 910 6th Street West, Palmetto, Florida 34221. We’ve included a project and meeting location map below for your reference. This workshop was originally scheduled for September 12, 2017, but it has been rescheduled for November 7th due to Hurricane Irma.

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 about the proposed improvements to 10th Avenue.

FDOT is sending notices to major stakeholders along the project corridor and other interested parties. FDOT welcomes and appreciates the community’s participation in the project. The workshop gives everyone an opportunity to express his or her views about the proposed improvements.

The workshop is developed in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact FDOT Project Manager, Marlon Bizerra, P.E., at (863) 519-2250 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.

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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13

Roadwatch Report for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF October 15, 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: 

Detour – Southbound I-75 Off-Ramp CLOSED at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange:   

Sunday, October 15, Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17. Details below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Sunday, October 15, Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., pending weather, while crews place the final layer of asphalt on the ramp.

Motorists traveling southbound on I-75 wishing to travel on University Parkway are directed to continue south on I-75, exit at Fruitville Road/Exit 210, travel east and enter northbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

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

Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19. Details Below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., pending weather, 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, October 15 through Thursday, October 19 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, October 15 through Thursday, October 19 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

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. 

Motorists should expect the I-75 northbound exit (Exit 220A) CLOSED for the next 8-10 months for crews to reconstruct the ramp, weather permitting.  Motorists must use Exit 220B to reach eastbound or westbound SR 64/Manatee Avenue. 

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 of 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC. 

I-75 over SR 70: Bridge maintenance project:
Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, October 19. Use caution and expect possible delays. 

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, October 20. Use caution while in the area. 

US 41 at the Green Bridge: Maintenance permit project:
Expect southbound lane closures on the Green Bridge Saturday, October 14 from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for a half-marathon. Motorists should use 7th Street and follow the posted detour. Use caution and expect delays. 

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

SR 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, October 20. 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. Crews continue resurfacing the roadway, working on the signals, roadway striping, and making curb and sidewalk improvements. Expect nighttime signal work at various intersections and resurfacing operations towards the east end of the project, Sunday through Thursday nights. Final thermoplastic striping on the west end of the project, from 15th Street E to US 301 is expected to begin Sunday, October 22nd. 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:

Detour – Southbound I-75 Off-Ramp CLOSED at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange:  

Sunday, October 15, Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17. Details below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Sunday, October 15, Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., pending weather, while crews place the final layer of asphalt on the ramp.

Motorists traveling southbound on I-75 wishing to travel on University Parkway are directed to continue south on I-75, exit at Fruitville Road/Exit 210, travel east and enter northbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

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

Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19. Details Below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., pending weather, 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, October 15 through Thursday, October 19 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, October 15 through Thursday, October 19 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

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 has shifted to the northbound bridge (one lane for each direction) while crews are working on the opposite bridge. Pedestrians and cyclists are also restricted to the northbound bridge. 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 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 barrier wall installation within 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. 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.

SR 776/ N. Indiana Avenue south of Tangerine Woods Boulevard: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect northbound outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, October 20. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road/Osprey Avenue from Siesta Drive to Dunn Drive: Construction project:  Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project while crews continue project completion items including paving, repair work, storm drainage testing, signage, signal work, 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.

 

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13

Public Hearing for FDOT Tentative Five Year Work Program

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Florida Department of Transportation Tentative Five Year Work Program

The FDOT, District One, and Florida's Turnpike Enterprise announce an ePublic Hearing to present the Tentative Five Year Work Program. The Tentative Work Program lists transportation system improvements scheduled for fiscal years beginning July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2023.  The ePublic Hearing begins at 9AM, Monday, October 16, 2017 and ends at 5PM, Friday, October 20, 2017.  There are four ways to participate in the hearing.

1. Go to www.swflroads.com and click on Future Projects during the times listed to watch a video about the Draft Tentative Work Program for fiscal years 2019-2023, review the programs and maps, submit comments, and find information about how to contact an FDOT representative with questions. The ePublic Hearing will be open and available continuously during the listed times.

2. If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, you can use a computer at a local library in each of the 12 counties within Distric One during the libraries' regular operating hours.

3. FDOT representatives will be available at the following locations to meet with you in person, answer any questions, and assist with website access:

Fruitville Public Library, October 16, 2017 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota, FL

4. FDOT representatives will also be available with materials for review during the hearing week at the FDOT District One offices located at 801 North Broadway Avenuw in Bartoe and 10041 Daniels Parkway in Fort Meyers. You can schedule a meeting at the offices by calling 863-519-2392 (Bartow) or 239-225-1975 (Fort Meyers).

FDOT will accept comments from all interested parties if received by Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  Mail comments to L. K. Nandam, P.E., District Secretary, FDOT, P.O. Box 1249, Bartow, FL 33831, attention Bessie Reina, Urban Manager, or email comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

This ePublic Hearing is developed in compliance with Section 339.135(4)(d). Florida Statutes, as amended and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or family status. Persons who require special accomodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley, District Once Title VI Coordinator, 863-519-2573 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 9, 2017

 

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12

Public Information Meeting: I-75 from north of University Parkway to south of SR 64 in Manatee County

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Public Information Meeting

I-75 from north of University Parkway to south of SR 64 in Manatee County

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is hosting a public information meeting regarding design improvements to Interstate I-75 (I-75) from north of University Parkway to south of State Road (SR) 64 in Manatee County. This public meeting is Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Manatee Technical College, 6305 SR 70 East, Bradenton, Florida, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The meeting will be conducted as an open house where people can view the proposed design plans, ask questions, and provide comments to FDOT representatives about the reconstruction of the I-75/SR 70 interchange. A project PowerPoint presentation will play continuously throughout the meeting. Written comments will be received at the meeting and if received by October 30, 2017.

The project limits are I-75 from north of University Parkway to south of SR 64, a distance of 6.75 miles, and SR 70 from east of Tara Boulevard to west of 87th Street East, a distance of 1.5 miles. This project will include reconstruction of the SR 70 interchange from the existing interchange with loop ramps in the northwest and northeast quadrants, to a single loop ramp in the northwest quadrant. The project will also expand I-75 to an eight-lane highway with three through lanes and an auxiliary lane in each direction. The bridge over SR 70 will be rebuilt, and the I-75 bridges at Braden River will be widened.  SR 70 will be widened within the above stated limits, and safety enhancements, including sidewalks and buffered bike lanes, will be constructed.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley, District One Title VI Coordinator at 800-292-3367 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 public meeting.

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12

US 41 at Fruitville Road Intersection Improvement Public Hearing

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US 41 at Fruitville Road Intersection Improvement Public Hearing Scheduled

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) invites you to attend a public hearing regarding proposed improvements to the US 41 at Fruitville Road Intersection in Sarasota County, Florida.

The public hearing is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, October 26, 2017 in the Sarasota City Hall Commission Chambers, 1565 1st Street, Sarasota, Florida, 34236. The hearing will begin at 5 p.m. with an open house, followed by a formal presentation beginning at 6 p.m. Information and graphics showing the project’s location, proposed improvements, and environmental analyses will be on display at the hearing. 

This hearing offers people the opportunity to express their views about the location, conceptual design, and social, economic, and environmental effects of the recommended improvement of a roundabout at the US 41 at Fruitville Road intersection. FDOT sent notices of this public hearing to property owners located within 300 feet of either side of the proposed alternatives within the study limits.  . 

The draft study documents are available for public viewing from October 5 through November 6 at the Selby Public Library, 1331 1st Street in downtown Sarasota. Business hours are:  Monday through Thursday - 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Documents may also be viewed on the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/us41/fruitvilleroundabout/ .

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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or who require translation services (free of charge), should contact Jamie Schley, District One Title VI Coordinator, (863) 519-2573, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days before the public hearing. 

For more information about the project, please contact the project manager, Joshua Jester, at (863) 519-2251, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by written correspondence to the Florida Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 1249, Bartow, FL 33831. All statements postmarked on or before November 10, 2017, will become a part of the public hearing record.

 

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12

Six FREE Smart Cycling Workshops

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As part of the MPO's on-going efforts to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety, we wanted to share these dates on upcoming workshops hosted by the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club (SMBC):

SMBC has partnered with the Sarasota Parks Dept. for a series of six Free Smart Cycling Workshops for this season.  Complete information is at

http://www.smbc.us/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=796445&module_id=266536  

I'm hoping you will share this information via your social network.  

Class Schedule:

October 14 – Smart Cycling Class, Longwood Park, Sarasota

November 11 – Smart Cycling Class, Venice Community Center

December 9 –Smart Cycling, Longwood Park, Sarasota

January 20 – Smart Cycling, Venice Community Center

February 10 – Maintenance Class, Longwood Park, Sarasota

March 17 – Smart Cycling Class, Venice Community Center

April 14 – Smart Cycling Class, Longwood Park, Sarasota

 

Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.

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