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18

US 41 Intersection Improvements PD&E Study

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One has initiated a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to evaluate improvements at the intersections of US 41 at Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Way and Myrtle Street and develop context based bicycle/pedestrian facilities along US 41 from Dr. MLK Jr. Way to Myrtle Street in the City of Sarasota. This study will improve multi-modal accessibility along the corridor, provide a safe, convenient and attractive crossing for pedestrian and bicyclists and improve connectivity and circulation between the greater Downtown Sarasota area and the Bayfront area.

As part of this PD&E study, FDOT has implemented a Public Involvement Program.  The goal of this plan is to inform citizens of project and provide interested persons an opportunity to be involved in project development.  FDOT will hold public meetings and a formal public hearing to provide project information and to solicit public comment.  We will mail newsletters and flyers to elected and appointed officials, property owners, interested persons, and the news media in advance of the public workshop and hearing.  FDOT encourages all interested people to attend, ask questions, and express their views regarding the project and the information presented.  FDOT expects to complete this study by early 2019.

The FDOT looks forward to keeping you informed as we progress through this important study.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Mr. David C. Turley, PE at (863) 519-2255 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For more information about the US 41 Intersection Improvements PD&E Study, please visit the project website http://www.swflroads.com/us41/atmyrtlestreet&mlkjrway

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by the Florida Department of Transportation (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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18

10th Ave Complete Streets Study - Visioning Workshop #2

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Meeting has been cancelled until further notice

 

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. We invite you to attend the workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at Palmetto Library, 923 6th Street West, Palmetto, Florida 34221. We’ve included a project and meeting location map below for your reference.

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.

Project & Meeting Location Map

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Aug
10

Weekly Traffic Watch Report for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Week of August 13, 2017

congestion

MANATEE COUNTY

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, August 13 through Saturday, August 19 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway and at Cooper Creek Blvd./Cattlemen Rd. and at Market St./Lake Osprey Dr. Sunday, August 13 through Saturday, August 19 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

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 fall 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. Expect nighttime/overnight ramp closures to Moccasin Wallow Road from 11 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning throughout the week of Sunday, August 13. Crews will begin with the southbound ramps followed by northbound. Motorists should follow the posted detour or find alternate routes. 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. This week, crews will continue widening and resurfacing SR 64 eastbound, and will perform pile driving work. 

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Pile driving will occur Monday, August 14 through Friday, August 18.  Properties adjacent to the construction should anticipate noise from pile driving between 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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. Portions of Riverwalk along the seawall will be closed from early May through the end of August while crews are working on the seawall. 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, August 18. 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 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 beginning Monday, August 14 through Monday, August 28. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 SR 70A/15th Street E from 44th Avenue E to 301 Boulevard: Maintenance contract project: Crews are cleaning ditches along the roadway. Expect intermittent daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a flagging operation through Tuesday, August 15. 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. Expect daytime and/or nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Expected completion is late summer 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc.

SR 70 at Greenbrook Boulevard West: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, crosswalks with pedestrian signals, and street lighting at the intersection.  This week, crews will work on punch list items and site cleanup. Expected completion is summer 2017.  Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

SR 64 East near the Wauchula Myakka River Bridge: Maintenance contract project: Crews are cleaning ditches along the north side of the road (eastbound direction). No lane closures are expected between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. but motorists should be aware of crews working through mid-September 2017 and use caution.

SARASOTA COUNTY

 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, August 13 through Saturday, August 19 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway and at Cooper Creek Blvd./Cattlemen Rd. and at Market St./Lake Osprey Dr. Sunday, August 13 through Saturday, August 19 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

 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 fall 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 from Palermo Place to Venice Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing new sidewalk and installing new bus pads. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Estimated completion is summer 2017. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

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 one bridge (one lane for each direction) while crews are working on the opposite 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. The right turn lane from Orange Avenue to US 41 will be closed over the upcoming weekend Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13. Motorists should also expect intermittent nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Use caution and expect possible delays. 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.

 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, August 25. 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 as crews complete miscellaneous finish work in preparation for final layer of asphalt paving.  From Shade Avenue to Beneva Road, traffic is shifted to the outside 2 lanes while crews construct the remaining pedestrian refuge islands.  Please use caution in the areas that are closed for this work and pay close attention to the traffic control devices and barrels. 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 fall of 2017.

SR 758 at the Siesta Key Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Wednesday, August 23 and Thursday, August 24. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 SR 72 at the Stickney Point Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight westbound outside lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Monday, August 28 and Thursday, August 31. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

 

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10

Sarasota County's 12th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop November 30, 2017

Help build a better future, together, through a sustainability workshop

SARASOTA COUNTY - Early-bird registration is now open for Sarasota County's 12th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop on Nov. 30, a day-long event that showcases steps to building healthy, resilient, thriving communities. 
 
Wrapped with a "Building a Better Future, Together" theme, the workshop will draw together individuals, businesses, institutions and government bodies to learn about environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability. Expert speakers will discuss the latest strategies, resources and best practices, and provide hands-on demonstrations.
 
"The workshop is a great way to network, learn about innovative projects happening here and in other communities, and how you can get involved," said Sara Kane, sustainability outreach coordinator with Sarasota County's UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability Department. "The individual actions you take can have a significant, positive impact for the whole community."
 
Florida and Sarasota County continue to experience rapid population growth and development, with no slowdown in sight. Against that backdrop, the annual workshop offers insight on sustainable approaches to energy use, construction, healthy living, transportation and more.
 
The 2017 workshop, to be held at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event and Conference Center, at 4740 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota, will tackle a suite of sustainability related topics, including:

  • Predictions and Preparations for Climate Change

  • Going Solar in the Sunshine State 

  • Engaging Community

  • Sharing a Pathway to Equity

  • Innovations in the Built Environment

  • DIY: Individual Actions Have Community Impact

Nathaniel Smith, founder and chief equity officer of the Partnership for Southern Equity, will deliver one of two keynote addresses. Smith's firm pushes for balanced growth and inclusive prosperity in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Randall Wells also will deliver a keynote. As director of the Chicago Zoological Society's Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, Wells has studied the effects of boating, fishing, and other human activities on the dolphin population.

Early-bird registration of $35 is available through Oct. 30, and $45 after. Students may register for $20. All registrations include continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities also are available.
 
To register and for more information, visit www.scgov.net/SustainableCommunities or call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

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03

Weekly Traffic Watch Report for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Week of August 6, 2017

congestion

MANATEE COUNTY

 

I-275 over the Terra Ceia River: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday, August 8. Use caution and expect possible delays.

I-275 over Bayshore Road: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, August 10. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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, August 6 through Saturday, August 12 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway and at Cooper Creek Blvd./Cattlemen Rd. and at Market St./Lake Osprey Dr. Sunday, August 6 through Saturday, August 12 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

 

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 fall 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. Expect nighttime/overnight ramp closures to Moccasin Wallow Road from 11 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning throughout the week of Sunday, August 6. Crews will begin with the southbound ramps followed by northbound. Motorists should follow the posted detour or find alternate routes. 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. This week, crews will continue widening and resurfacing SR 64 eastbound, and will perform pile driving work. 

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Pile driving will occur Monday, August 7 through Friday, August 11.  Properties adjacent to the construction should anticipate noise from pile driving between 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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. Portions of Riverwalk along the seawall will be closed from early May through the end of August while crews are working on the seawall. 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 Tuesday, August 8. 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 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 beginning Monday, August 14 through Monday, August 28. 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. Expect daytime and/or nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Expected completion is late summer 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc.

SR 70 at Greenbrook Boulevard West: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, crosswalks with pedestrian signals, and street lighting at the intersection.  This week, crews will install lighting and work on punch list items and site cleanup.  Expected completion is summer 2017.  Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

SARASOTA COUNTY

 

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, August 6 through Saturday, August 12 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway and at Cooper Creek Blvd./Cattlemen Rd. and at Market St./Lake Osprey Dr. Sunday, August 6 through Saturday, August 12 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

 

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 fall 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 from Palermo Place to Venice Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing new sidewalk and installing new bus pads. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Estimated completion is summer 2017. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

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 one bridge (one lane for each direction) while crews are working on the opposite 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.

 

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, August 11. 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 as crews complete miscellaneous finish work in preparation for final layer of asphalt paving.  From Shade Avenue to Beneva Road, traffic is shifted to the outside 2 lanes while crews construct the remaining pedestrian refuge islands.  Please use caution in the areas that are closed for this work and pay close attention to the traffic control devices and barrels. 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 fall of 2017.

SR 758 at the Siesta Key Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Monday, August 7 through Wednesday, August 9. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

SR 72 at the Stickney Point Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight westbound outside lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Monday, August 28 and Thursday, August 31. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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28

Weekly Traffic Watch Report for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Week of July 30
congestion

MANATEE COUNTY

 

State Roadways in Manatee and Sarasota counties: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are trimming trees over the roads and sidewalk on all state roads in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Expect possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, August 4.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

I-275 over the Terra Ceia River: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the

bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, August 7. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

I-275 over Bayshore Road: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge.

Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, August 10. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

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

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

 

Detour – Eastbound and Westbound University Parkway CLOSED under I-75 at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange:  

 

Sunday, July 30 and Monday, July 31. Details below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route on University Parkway at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight on Sunday, July 30 and Monday, July 31 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. If weather is a factor, these activities may be rescheduled for the following day(s).

Motorists traveling east on University Parkway (west of I-75) wishing to travel east through the interchange are directed to travel south on I-75, exit at Fruitville Road/Exit 210, enter northbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

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

Motorists traveling west on University Parkway (east of I-75) wishing to travel west through the interchange are directed to travel north on I-75, exit at westbound SR 70/Exit 217B, enter southbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

Motorists traveling north on I-75 wishing to travel west on University Parkway are directed to exit at westbound SR 70/Exit 217B (north of the closure), 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, July 30 through Saturday, August 5 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, July 30 through Saturday, August 5 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

 

The contractor is installing the final friction course, applying permanent striping and completing punch list items. 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 fall 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. This week, crews will continue widening and resurfacing SR 64 eastbound, perform site excavations, and install signage and silt fencing. 

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Lanes on SR 64 eastbound will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for resurfacing work on Sunday, July 31 through Friday, August 4.

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. Portions of Riverwalk along the seawall will be closed from early May through the end of August while crews are working on the seawall. 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 Tuesday, August 8. 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 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 beginning Monday, August 14 through Monday, August 28. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

SR 70A/15th Street East between 44th Avenue East and 301 Boulevard: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are cleaning the roadside ditches. Expect daytime intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, August 4. 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. Expect daytime and/or nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Expected completion is late summer 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc.

SR 70 at Greenbrook Boulevard West: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, crosswalks with pedestrian signals, and street lighting at the intersection.  This week, crews will be working on punch list items and site cleanup.  Expected completion is summer 2017.  Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

SARASOTA COUNTY

State Roadways in Manatee and Sarasota counties: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are trimming trees over the roads and sidewalk on all state roads in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Expect possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, August 4.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

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

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

 

Detour – Eastbound and Westbound University Parkway CLOSED under I-75 at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange:  

 

Sunday, July 30 and Monday, July 31. Details below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route on University Parkway at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight on Sunday, July 30 and Monday, July 31 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. If weather is a factor, these activities may be rescheduled for the following day(s).

Motorists traveling east on University Parkway (west of I-75) wishing to travel east through the interchange are directed to travel south on I-75, exit at Fruitville Road/Exit 210, enter northbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

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

Motorists traveling west on University Parkway (east of I-75) wishing to travel west through the interchange are directed to travel north on I-75, exit at westbound SR 70/Exit 217B, enter southbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

Motorists traveling north on I-75 wishing to travel west on University Parkway are directed to exit at westbound SR 70/Exit 217B (north of the closure), 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, July 30 through Saturday, August 5 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, July 30 through Saturday, August 5 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

 

The contractor is installing the final friction course, applying permanent striping and completing punch list items. 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 fall 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 from Palermo Place to Venice Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing new sidewalk and installing new bus pads. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Estimated completion is summer 2017. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

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 one bridge (one lane for each direction) while crews are working on the opposite 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. Median construction begins the week of Sunday, July 23. 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.

 

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 Thursday, August 3. 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 as crews complete miscellaneous finish work in preparation for final layer of asphalt paving.  From Shade Avenue to Beneva Road, traffic is shifted to the outside 2 lanes while crews construct the remaining pedestrian refuge islands.  Please use caution in the areas that are closed for this work and pay close attention to the traffic control devices and barrels. 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 fall of 2017.

SR 758 at the Siesta Key Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Monday, August 7 through Wednesday, August 9. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

SR 72 at the Stickney Point Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound outside lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Wednesday, August 2 and Thursday, August 3. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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Weekly Traffic Watch Report for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Week of July 23, 2017

congestion

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

Thursday, July 20. Details below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Thursday, July 20 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews level the overhead truss/signage.

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

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 fall 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. This week, crews will continue widening and resurfacing SR 64 eastbound, perform site excavations, and install signage and silt fencing. 

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Crews will commence pile driving Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28.  Properties adjacent to the construction should anticipate noise from pile driving.

  • Lanes on SR 64 eastbound will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for resurfacing work on Tuesday, July 25 and Wednesday, July 26.

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. Portions of Riverwalk along the seawall will be closed from early May through the end of August while crews are working on the seawall. Inland Construction and Engineering, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017.

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

SR 70 from 301 Boulevard to Tara Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway and making signal upgrades. Expect daytime and/or nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Expected completion is late summer 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc.

SR 70 at Greenbrook Boulevard West: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, crosswalks with pedestrian signals, and street lighting at the intersection.  This week, crews will be working on punch list items and site cleanup.  Expected completion is summer 2017.  Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

State Roadways in Manatee and Sarasota counties: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are trimming trees over the roads and sidewalk on all state roads in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Expect possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, July 28st.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

State Roadways in Manatee and Sarasota counties: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are trimming trees over the roads and sidewalk on all state roads in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Expect possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, July 28st.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

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

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

Thursday, July 20. Details below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Thursday, July 20 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews level the overhead truss/signage.

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

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 fall 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 from Palermo Place to Venice Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing new sidewalk and installing new bus pads. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Estimated completion is summer 2017. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

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 one bridge (one lane for each direction) while crews are working on the opposite bridge. The speed limit is reduced to 35 mph during construction. Southern Road and Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017.

Business US 41 at the Hatchett Creek Drawbridge: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight southbound outside lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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

US 41/Venice By-Pass from Gulf Coast Boulevard to Bird Bay Drive: Construction project: Crews continue installing utility and storm drain systems and constructing temporary pavement. Expect intermittent nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. throughout the project limits while crews are working. Motorists should 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 over Myakkahatchee Creek: Construction project: Crews are constructing new pedestrian overpasses over Myakkahatchee Creek; improving drainage; installing guardrail, and constructing new sidewalk. Expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2017.

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. Median construction begins the week of Sunday, July 23. 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.

SR 789/John Ringling Parkway at Bird Key: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing sidewalk, installing landscaping and irrigation. Expect possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, July 28. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road/Osprey Avenue from Siesta Drive to Dunn Drive: Construction project:  Six (6) lanes of traffic are open the entire length of the project from US 41 to Bond Place.  However, motorists can still expect intermittent lane closures, including the bi-directional turn lane, as crews continue constructing the remaining pedestrian islands, storm drainage and completing miscellaneous finish work.   Please use caution in the areas that are closed for this work and pay close attention to the traffic control devices and barrels. 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 fall of 2017.

SR 72 at the Stickney Point Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound outside lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Wednesday, August 2 and Thursday, August 3. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

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WEEKLY TRAFFIC WATCH REPORTS FOR MANATEE AND SARASOTA COUNTIES

Week of July 16, 2017

congestion

MANATEE COUNTY

State Roadways in Manatee and Sarasota counties: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are trimming trees over the roads and sidewalk on all state roads in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Expect possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, July 21st.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

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, July 16 through Saturday, July 22 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic on northbound and southbound I-75 and the on and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway Interchange.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway and at Cooper Creek Blvd./Cattlemen Rd. and at Market St./Lake Osprey Dr. Sunday, July 16 through Saturday, July 22 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

 

The contractor is completing drainage work, excavating earth material, installing overhead signage, paving and striping, constructing sidewalk and curb & gutter, working on signalization, placing sod, and constructing the pedestrian median. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway and uneven pavement. Speeding fines double when workers are present.

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. This week, crews will continue widening and resurfacing SR 64 eastbound, perform site excavations, and install signage and silt fencing. 

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Crews will commence pile driving Thursday, July 20 and Friday, July 21.  Properties adjacent to the construction should anticipate noise from pile driving.
  • Lanes on SR 64 eastbound will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for resurfacing work on Sunday, July 16 through Thursday, July 20.

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. Portions of Riverwalk along the seawall will be closed from early May through the end of August while crews are working on the seawall. Inland Construction and Engineering, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017.

 

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road:

Maintenance permit project: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com.

 

SR 70 from 301 Boulevard to Tara Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway and making signal upgrades. Expect daytime and/or nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Expected completion is late summer 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc.

 

SR 70 at Greenbrook Boulevard West: Construction project: Crews are installing a

new traffic signal, crosswalks with pedestrian signals, and street lighting at the intersection.  This week, crews will be working on installing overhead street sign, punch list items, and site cleanup.  Expected completion is summer 2017.  Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

 

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

State Roadways in Manatee and Sarasota counties: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are trimming trees over the roads and sidewalk on all state roads in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Expect possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, July 21st.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

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, July 16 through Saturday, July 22 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic on northbound and southbound I-75 and the on and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway Interchange.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway and at Cooper Creek Blvd./Cattlemen Rd. and at Market St./Lake Osprey Dr. Sunday, July 16 through Saturday, July 22 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

 

The contractor is completing drainage work, excavating earth material, installing overhead signage, paving and striping, constructing sidewalk and curb & gutter, working on signalization, placing sod, and constructing the pedestrian median. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway and uneven pavement. Speeding fines double when workers are present.

Business US 41 from Palermo Place to Venice Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing new sidewalk and installing new bus pads. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Estimated completion is summer 2017. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

 

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 one bridge (one lane for each direction) while crews are working on the opposite bridge. The speed limit is reduced to 35 mph during construction. Southern Road and Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017.

 

Business US 41 at the Hatchett Creek Drawbridge: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight southbound outside lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

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

 

US 41/Venice By-Pass from Gulf Coast Boulevard to Bird Bay Drive: Construction project: Crews continue installing utility and storm drain systems and constructing temporary pavement. Expect intermittent nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. throughout the project limits while crews are working. Motorists should 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 over Myakkahatchee Creek: Construction project: Crews are constructing new pedestrian overpasses over Myakkahatchee Creek; improving drainage; installing guardrail, and constructing new sidewalk. Expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2017.

 

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. Median construction begins the week of Sunday, July 23. 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.

 

SR 789/John Ringling Parkway at Bird Key: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing sidewalk, installing landscaping and irrigation. Expect possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, July 21. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road/Osprey Avenue from Siesta Drive to Dunn Drive:

Construction project:  Beginning Monday July 17, 2017 through Thursday, July 19, 2017, all westbound traffic from Beneva Road to Phillippi Creek Bridge will temporarily shift to the north and the bi-directional turn lane in this area will close to implement a new traffic switch.  This switch will allow for six (6) lanes of traffic to be open the entire length of the project from US 41 to Bond Place.

Motorists should still expect intermittent lane closures, including the bi-directional turn lane, as crews construct the remaining pedestrian islands and drainage and complete miscellaneous finish work.   Please use caution in the areas that are closed and pay close attention to the traffic control devices and barrels. 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 fall of 2017.

SR 72 at the Stickney Point Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound outside lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Wednesday, August 2 and Thursday, August 3. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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09

10th Avenue Complete Streets Study: Envisioning the Future of Downtown Palmetto

10th Avenue Complete Streets Study

Envisioning the future of Downtown Palmetto


Last night the Palmetto CRA and Florida Department of Transportation held a visioning workshop for the community.  This workshop provided education on ‘Complete Streets’, as well as several design options for 10th Avenue ‘Complete Streets’ improvements.

What are complete streets?

A ‘Complete Streets’ Policy refers to the idea that our roads are not exclusively for freight movement and motorists.  ‘Complete Streets’ places an emphasis on the philosophy that our roads need to be designed for all users, of all ages, with all abilities.  Moreover, complete streets support healthy, walkable, livable, vibrant, thriving communities.  In 2014, Florida adopted a statewide 'Complete Streets' policy confirming, "… the Department will routinely plan, design, construct, reconstruct and operate a context-sensitive system of 'Complete Streets.' While maintaining safety and mobility, Complete Streets shall service the transportation needs of transportation system users of all ages and abilities, including but not limited to: cyclists, freight handlers, motorists, pedestrians, and transit riders."

Keeping this in mind, last night's visioning workshop was held in the Palmetto Library where citizens gathered to learn about improvements for 10th Avenue from Riverside Drive to 17th Street (Downtown Palmetto).  Each design presented to the community incorporated effective storm water drainage, car lanes, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, landscaping, etc.  Once FDOT finished presenting multiple options, community members asked important questions regarding the assorted designs, as well as potential community impacts. Additionally, people shared their aspirations for 10th avenue, helping to shape the outcome of this project.  

After a period for people to make their comments, concerns, and questions heard, FDOT project team members asked the attendees to complete a survey.  The survey consists of 16 questions and asks what you like and don’t like about certain details regarding the improvements.  Using 5th Ave improvements as an example of the process, FDOT, Palmetto CRA, the Sarasota/Manatee MPO, and all those involved in the project want to know your thoughts, opinions, suggestions, comments, concerns, etc.  Your participation in this process helps to shape a feasible design that incorporates what the community wants before anything else.  Please make sure to take the survey if you want to help shape the future of Downtown Palmetto.

Complete Streets Infographic


Want to be involved? Take the survey!

If you want to share your thoughts but weren’t able to make the Palmetto Library FDOT Visioning Workshop, there is still ways you can get involved! 

Follow this link for the FDOT 10th Avenue Complete Streets Study Survey.   

Please email completed surveys to the FDOT project managers,

Patrick Bateman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David Turley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OR

Visit the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization to complete the survey in person. The Sarasota/Manatee MPO Public Involvement Coordinator will fax the completed surveys to the assigned FDOT project managers.

Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

7632 15th Street East

Sarasota, FL 34243

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For any comments, questions, or concerns during this process, please feel free to contact Corinne Tucker, Sarasota/Manatee MPO Public Involvement Coordinator, by calling (941)359-5772 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Corinne is here to help ensure that the community’s voice is heard, noted, and considered during each phase of the project.    

 

 

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04

US 41 at Fruitville Road Public Meeting Scheduled

US 41 at Fruitville Road Public Meeting Scheduled

Bartow, FL - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold a public information meeting as part of the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study to evaluate improvements to the intersection at US 41 and Fruitville Road in the City of Sarasota. The meeting will be Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the SRQ Media Room located in the Annex building of Sarasota City Hall, at 1565 1st Street, Sarasota, Florida, 34236.

The meeting will be an open house format from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. where people can ask questions and provide comments to FDOT representatives in a one-on-one setting. Persons wishing to submit written statements, in place of or in addition to oral statements, may do so at the meeting or by sending them to Project Manager Joshua Jester by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All statements postmarked on or before April 21, 2017, will become a part of the public meeting record.

FDOT is sending notices to property owners located within at least 300 feet of the intersection and projected project boundaries FDOT encourages all interested people to attend and express their views regarding the project and information presented. 

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. People who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or who require translation services (free of charge) should contact FDOT project manager Joshua Jester at 863-519-2251 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven days prior to the public meeting.

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20

Public Meeting - US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue in the City of Sarasota.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Public Meeting Scheduled


Bartow, FL - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is hosting a public information meeting as part of the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study to evaluate improvements to the intersection at US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue in the City of Sarasota. The meeting will be Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida.

The meeting will be an open house format from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. where people can ask questions and provide comments to FDOT representatives in a one-on-one setting. FDOT will accept written comments during this meeting. FDOT will show a video running on a continuous loop that describes the alternatives developed during the PD&E study.

FDOT is sending notices to property owners located within at least 300 feet of the intersection, including residents along Sunset Drive and Golden Gate Point. We encourage all interested people to attend and express their views regarding the project and information presented.

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. People who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or who require translation services (free of charge) should contact FDOT project manager Joshua Jester at 863-519-2251 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven days prior to the public meeting.

 

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09

US 41 at Gulfstream Ave Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study

Financial Project Number: 438137-1-22-01, 438137-1-32-01

US 41 at Gulfstream Ave Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study

Sarasota County, Florida

ETDM Number: 14232

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is hosting a public information meeting as part of the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study to evaluate improvements to the intersection at US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue in the City of Sarasota (see location map below).

The public meeting will be from 5 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida. At this open-house meeting, FDOT will display information for people’s review regarding the proposed improvements to the intersection.

The meeting will be an open house format where people can ask questions and provide comments to FDOT representatives in a one-on-one setting. FDOT will accept written comments during the meeting. FDOT will show a video running on a continuous loop that describes the alternatives developed during the PD&E study.   

FDOT is sending notices to property owners located within at least 300 feet of the intersection, including residents along Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue. We encourage all interested people to attend and express their views regarding the project and information presented. 

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. People who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or who require translation services (free of charge) should contact project manager Joshua Jester at 863-519-2251 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. FDOT needs about one week advanced notice to make arrangements. 

For more information about the US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue study, please contact Mr. Jester or visit the project website http://www.swflroads.com/us41/atgulfstreamave/. We look forward to your participation at the public information meeting. 

Sincerely,

Marlon J. Bizerra, P.E.

District Environmental Manager

Florida Department of Transportation, District 1

District Environmental Management Office

Tel: (863) 519-2250

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08

University Parkway CLOSED Friday, March 10 at I-75/University Parkway Interchange

RoadWatch Advisory
University Parkway CLOSED Friday, March 10
at I-75/University Parkway Interchange

SARASOTA/MANATEE

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

Detour – University Parkway CLOSED under I-75 at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange:

Friday, March 10.

Details below:

The closure of University Parkway originally scheduled for Thursday, March 9 is rescheduled for Friday, March 10 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. while crews pour span 1 of the deck on the northbound I-75 bridge over University Parkway. All ramps will remain open.
Motorists traveling west on University Parkway (east of I-75) wishing to travel west through the interchange are directed to travel north on I-75, exit at westbound SR 70/Exit 217B, enter southbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

Motorists traveling east on University Parkway (west of I-75) wishing to travel east through the interchange are directed to travel south on I-75, exit at Fruitville Road/Exit 210, enter northbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

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

Motorists traveling north on I-75 wishing to travel west on University Parkway are directed to exit at westbound SR 70/Exit 217B (north of the closure), enter southbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

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 fall 2017. 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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24

Detour – I-75 Southbound Off-Ramp CLOSED at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange: Sunday, February 26 and Monday, February 27

RoadWatch Advisory
I-75 Southbound Off-Ramp CLOSED at I-75/University
Parkway Interchange, Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida

SARASOTA/MANATEE COUNTIES

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

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

Sunday, February 26 and Monday, February 27. Details below:


The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Sunday, February 26 and Monday, February 27 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews mill and pave the ramp.
Motorists traveling south on I-75 wishing to travel on University Parkway are directed to continue south on I-75, exit at eastbound Fruitville Road, enter northbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.
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 fall 2017. 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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16

New Traffic Pattern for US 41/Venice Bypass

RoadWatch Advisory

New Traffic Pattern for US 41/Venice Bypass

SARASOTA COUNTY

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.

Southbound Traffic Shift: Traffic on southbound US 41 from Bird Bay to Warfield Road will shift to the newly constructed lanes along the west side of the road during the nighttime/overnight hours on Sunday, February 19. Use caution and pay close attention while driving throughout the project limits.

Northbound Traffic Shift: Traffic on northbound US 41 from Ridgewood to Bird Bay will shift to the newly constructed lanes along the west side of the road during the nighttime/overnight hours on Monday, February 20. Use caution and pay close attention while driving throughout the project limits.

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.

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06

Ramp Closures Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7 at I-75/University Parkway Interchange

RoadWatch Advisory

Ramp Closures Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7

at I-75/University Parkway Interchange

             SARASOTA/MANATEE

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

 

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

 

Monday, February 6. Details below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Monday, February 6 between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. to install overhead signs.

 

Motorists traveling north on I-75 wishing to exit at University Parkway, Exit 213 are directed to exit at westbound SR 70/Exit 217 B (north of the closure), enter southbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

 

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

 

Tuesday, February 7. Details below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Tuesday, February 7 between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. to install overhead signs.

 

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

 

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 fall 2017. 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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03

RoadWatch Advisory University Parkway CLOSED Friday Night, February 3 At I-75/University Parkway Interchange

SARASOTA/MANATEE

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

Detour – University Parkway CLOSED under I-75 at the I-75/University Parkway Interchange: 

Friday, February 3. Details below:

The contractor anticipates implementing a temporary detour route at the I-75/University Parkway interchange at night/overnight Friday, February 3 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. while crews continue construction of the northbound bridge over University Parkway. All ramps will remain open.

Motorists traveling west on University Parkway (east of I-75) wishing to travel west through the interchange are directed to travel north on I-75, exit at westbound SR 70/Exit 217B, enter southbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

Motorists traveling east on University Parkway (west of I-75) wishing to travel east through the interchange are directed to travel south on I-75, exit at Fruitville Road/Exit 210, enter northbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

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

Motorists traveling north on I-75 wishing to travel west on University Parkway are directed to exit at westbound SR 70/Exit 217B (north of the closure), enter southbound I-75, and exit at University Parkway/Exit 213.

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 fall 2017. 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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02

Public information meetings for I-75/Bee Ridge Road Interchange Improvement project

Sarasota County: Public information meetings for I-75/Bee Ridge Road Interchange Improvement project

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold public information meetings for Interstate 75 (I-75) from south of Bee Ridge Road to south of Fruitville Road.

Meetings will be held on:

Date:         Thursday, February 9, 2017

Time:         2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location:   Realtor Association of Sarasota & Manatee        

                  2320 Cattlemen Road

                  Sarasota, Florida 34232

The meetings will be an open house format and will include a brief video presentation that will run continuously throughout the meeting. No formal presentation will be held. FDOT representatives will be available to answer individual questions and receive written comments.

FDOT is preparing design plans for future widening of approximately 3.8 miles of I-75 and reconstruction of the I-75/Bee Ridge Road interchange. FDOT will rebuild the interchange from the existing diamond design to a hybrid diverging diamond interchange (DDI) and southbound off-ramp to Cattlemen Road. The Department will also rebuild the Bee Ridge Road at Cattlemen Road intersection to a continuous flow intersection (CFI). These informational meetings are to present to the public and officials the final design plans for the project.  Project documents and other information are available on the project website: http://www.swflroads.com/i75/beeridgerdtofruitvillerd/

Persons wishing to submit written statements may do so at the meeting or send them to: Richard E. Lilyquist, FDOT Project Manager, 801 N. Broadway Ave, Bartow, FL 33830 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All statements postmarked on or before February 19, 2017 will become a part of the public information meeting record.

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 Disability Act (ADA) or persons who require translation services (free of charge) 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. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (voice).

If you have questions about the project or scheduled public information meetings, please contact the Project Manager, Richard E. Lilyquist, at (863) 519-2224, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also visit the project website at: http://www.swflroads.com/i75/beeridgerdtofruitvillerd/

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31

January 31, 2017                                                                                     Dick Kane (850) 414-4595

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GOV. SCOTT’S “FIGHTING FOR FLORIDA’S FUTURE” BUDGET INVESTS MORE THAN $10 BILLION IN FLORIDA’S TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott today announced that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will receive $10.8 billion in the recommended FY 2017-2018 “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget to make strategic transportation investments statewide and keep Florida’s world-class transportation and infrastructure system as the nation’s best.

Governor Scott said, “As the third largest state in the nation with the fourth fastest growing population, we must make sure our state is prepared to safely welcome new families, visitors and job creators. We have made significant investments in transportation for four years in a row because we know the incredible impact it has on job creation and helping Florida become a leading hub for global trade. The ‘Fighting for Florida’s Future’ Budget continues this record funding by including more than $10 billion to ensure our transportation and infrastructure system remains a national leader for decades to come.”

The Governor’s FY 2017/2018 transportation budget makes the following investments:

  • $4.1 billion for construction of highway projects
  • $178.2 million in seaport infrastructure improvements
  • $257.8 million for aviation improvements
  • $300.8 million for scheduled repair of 61 bridges and replacement of 16 bridges
  • $978.2 million for maintenance and operation
  • $618 million for public transit development grants
  • $175.6 million for safety initiatives
  • $82.7 million for bike and pedestrian trails.

Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold said, “Governor Scott’s transportation budget provides the record funding necessary to maintain and repair existing infrastructure and prepare for future growth. Florida’s roads, seaports, airports, railways and trails will continue to meet the growing needs of Florida’s families.”

The Governor’s “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget makes the following transportation investments:

 Northeast Florida

  • $103.9M to acquire right of way for the First Coast Expressway in Clay County. This funding enables the department to complete land acquisition in this county, thereby ensuring construction continues. The First Coast Expressway is a new all electronic toll facility which improves the movement of people and goods throughout the region. 
  • $44.2M to add additional lanes and reconstruct the existing SR 15 (US 17) from west of Dunns Creek to Horse Landing Road in Putnam County. The improvements include widening the existing two lane roadway to a four-lane divided roadway with a raised median, bicycle lanes, a sidewalk on the west side of the roadway and a 12-foot multi-use path on the east side.
  • $29.1M for drainage improvements along the SR A1A (3rd Street) from Seagate Avenue to Beach Boulevard in Duval County. The drainage improvements will reduce the incidence and magnitude of flooding experienced at this segment of roadway.
  • $31.1M for channel deepening and widening at JAXPORT in Duval County. An updated economic impact study reported that cargo activity supports nearly $27 billion in annual economic output.

Northwest Florida

  • $21M to add lanes and reconstruct SR 369 (US 319) from North of SR 267 to the Leon County Line in Wakulla County. SR 369 serves as the primary travel route between Tallahassee and gulf coast communities. The improvements will improve mobility, relieve traffic congestion, improve traffic circulation, improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and improve public safety.
  • $32.8M to improve the roadway and add lanes on SR 390 in Bay County from Jenks Avenue to East of SR 77/Ohio Avenue. This project will relieve congestion and promote opportunities for growth along the corridor by converting the roadway to a six-lane divided facility with buffered bike lanes and sidewalks. An improved Strategic Intermodal System corridor will also better serve as a Hurricane Evacuation Route for surrounding communities.
  • $32.6M to add lanes and reconstruct SR 388 (West Bay Parkway) from SR 79 to East of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Bay County. This project will improve mobility and airport access by widening SR 388 from two to four lanes, adding a multi-lane roundabout at the airport entrance, widening the Crooked Creek bridge from two to four-lanes and improving signalization at SR 79.

Southwest Florida

  • $67.1M to add lanes and reconstruct SR 82 from Alabama Road to the Hendry County Line in Lee County. The improvements include widening of the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided roadway with optional future expansion to six lanes, a shared-use path and lighting improvements.
  • $115.7M to add lanes on I-75 at the SR 70 interchange in Manatee County. The construction project will rebuild the SR 70 interchange from its existing partial cloverleaf design to a modified diamond interchange design with a single loop in the northwest quadrant. Interchange improvements will also include replacement of entrance and exit ramps and the addition of emergency stopping sites on the exit ramps.

 Southeast Florida

  • $478.6M to add lanes and improve the interchange at I-95/I-595 Express Lanes direct connect (I-95 from Stirling Road to Broward Boulevard) in Broward County. The project will provide new median ramp connections and a second express lane to increase mobility, relieve congestion and accommodate future growth in the region.
  • $43.2M to add lanes and rehabilitate SR 80 from West of Lion Country Safari Road to Forest Hill/Crestwood Boulevard. SR 80/Southern Blvd. is a Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) corridor located in central Palm Beach County and is one of only two major east-west roadways. This project will relieve congestion on SR 80 by adding an additional travel lane in each direction, and will provide bicycle and pedestrian access to the new developments by including a shared use path and buffered bicycle lanes to accommodate all modes of transportation.
  • $12.1M to extend the runway at Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport in Broward County. This project will assist with meeting future demands for commercial and general aviation traffic through improvements and modifications to accommodate the eastward construction of the New South Runway and one parallel taxiway.
  • $80.9M for bridge replacement on SR 968/SW 1st Street at the Miami River in Miami-Dade County. The existing SW 1st Street bridge is a low-level bascule (movable) bridge spanning the Miami River. The purpose of the project is to replace the structurally deficient bridge and relieve congestion.
  • $61.7M to expand and improve Krome Avenue in Miami-Dade County from SW 232nd Street to south of SW 136th Street. This project will improve safety, traffic operations and access points to reduce fatalities in the corridor.  The road will be widened from two-lanes to a four-lane divided highway and will include new bridges over several canals, improve drainage systems and lighting along the length of the project.

East Central Florida

  • $56.9M for the direct access between I-95 and the Melbourne International Airport in Brevard County.  The direct access will relieve traffic at the adjacent interchanges.  The new interchange will align with St. Johns Heritage Parkway and Ellis Road.
  • $34M for Space Florida Launch Complex Improvements in Brevard County demonstrating Florida’s leadership and commitment to space flight and related businesses as the Space Center transitions to commercial space flight. Improvements will help attract more commercial activity to the area.
  • $169.5M for 3.53 miles of limited access toll road along State Road 46, east of Wekiva Park Drive to Orange Boulevard to help protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River in Seminole County. The project will include the design of non-tolled service roads, slip ramps, and several bridges. The project will also include roadway widening, drainage, lighting and other features. 
  • $17.5M for rehabilitation of the Volusia/Daytona Beach Taxiway at the Daytona Beach International Airport in Volusia County. The airport serves as a vital link in Florida’s air transportation system. Improved runways will assist Daytona International Airport with their efforts to provide more direct connect flights.

West Central Florida

  • $40M for Tampa International Airport in Hillsborough County to continue development and construction of an automated people mover. The people mover will transport visitors from a consolidated rental car facility to the main terminal thereby reducing the congestion along George Bean Parkway. It will also connect the proposed Westshore Multimodal Center with the airport and greatly enhance the movement of visitors and residents throughout the region.
  • $11M to acquire right of way for the future widening of SR 574/Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Hillsborough County from East of Kings Way to East of McIntosh Road). This project will support growth in the area from the current low density development (mixture of agricultural, commercial, and planned residential developments) to a future urban environment.
  • $35.1M to add lanes and reconstruct US 19 (SR 55) From West Jump Court to West Fort Island Trail in Citrus County. This project will increase capacity on a major US route from four to six lanes. The project also includes drainage improvements and the addition of sidewalks.

Florida Transportation Commission Chairman Jay Trumbull said, “Governor Scott’s transportation budget makes the right investments in the right places for today’s needs while preparing for tomorrow’s demands. This budget continues to recognize the diverse needs of our residents, our businesses and our visitors.”

Florida Transportation Builders’ Association President Bob Burleson said, “Governor Scott’s record budget continues important strategic investments in transportation infrastructure. The budget maintains a solid foundation for a growing economy and more jobs for Florida’s families.”

Florida Ports Council President and CEO Doug Wheeler said, “Governor Scott continues to make Florida’s seaports a priority by investing in the necessary improvements to keep up with current needs and prepare for future growth in cargo and cruise passengers.”

Floridians for Better Transportation President Sally Patrenos said, “Florida’s transportation system continues to be the best built and maintained in the country because Governor Scott knows that our residents, visitors and businesses rely on it every day.”

Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida President Kevin Wall said, “Governor Scott’s investments in Florida’s critical infrastructure demonstrate his commitment to creating one of the best and safest transportation systems in the nation.”

Florida Concrete & Products Association President Kelly Page said, “Governor Scott’s transportation budget shows why Florida’s roads and bridges are the best in the country. Governor Scott continues to focus on building a transportation system that supports Florida jobs and Florida families.”

Florida Public Transportation Association Executive Director Lisa M. Bacot said, “Florida residents and visitors who rely on local transit systems will benefit from the Governor’s transportation budget. He recognizes the importance public transportation plays in the lives of those who need it most.”

Florida Airports Council President and CEO Lisa Lyle Waters said, “Thanks to the strategic investments Governor Scott has made in Florida’s airport system, we continue to be prepared to handle record volumes in traffic and operations while at the same time making critical improvements to keep our workers and passengers safe.”

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