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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 11, 2018

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

I-75/University Parkway (Exit 213) 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 Monday, February 12 through Thursday, February 15 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 Monday, February 12 through Thursday, February 15 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is early 2018. 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 (Exit 229) 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 (Exit 220): Construction project: Crews are currently widening northbound and southbound I-75 and performing ramp, drainage, utility, and bridge work.

  • Motorists are advised that double lane closures on SR 64 west and eastbound between will occur in the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Sunday, February 11, through Thursday, February 15, 2018.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on I-75 between will occur in the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. 
  • Motorists are reminded that I-75 northbound exit (Exit 220A) is CLOSED until late Summer 2018 for crews to reconstruct the ramp, weather permitting. Motorists must use Exit 220B to reach eastbound or westbound SR 64/Manatee Avenue.

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

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

US 301 at SR 70: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, widening turn lanes, improving drainage, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. while crews are working. Coastal Bridge Company is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2018.

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

SR 789 at the Longboat Key Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight north and southbound lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Sunday, February 11 through Thursday, February 15 and again Sunday, February 18 and Monday, February 19. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Post Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are widening the roadway to accommodate a new development. Expect intermittent daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, February 16. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews are constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Trail traffic on the south side of Laurel Road has shifted to a temporary paved trail. The original crosswalk at the Legacy Trail is no longer active - please follow detour signs to the Mission Valley Boulevard crosswalk to the east to cross Laurel Road. The sidewalk on the south side of Laurel Road has been closed. Please follow detour signs provided. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is fall 2018.

I-75/University Parkway (Exit 213) 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 Monday, February 12 through Thursday, February 15 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 Monday, February 12 through Thursday, February 15 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

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

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

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

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

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

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

  • Construction activities will take place during daytime and nighttime hours.
  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and night/overnight between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway and pedestrian path on US 41 will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the 10th Street entrance.
  • Traffic shifts east onto temporary lanes. Motorists are advised to use caution and follow posted speed limit/signs while traveling in this area.

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

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, February 16. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 over Alligator Creek (south of the Venice Bypass): Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday, February 20. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789 at the Ringling Bridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are painting the bridge barrier wall. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound lane closures from 8 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Sunday, February 18 through Thursday, February 22. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 72/Clark Road: Construction project: Crews will install guardrail and associated drainage improvements along stormwater pond just west of Proctor Road on the north side of SR 72.  This week, crews will work on final punch-list items.  Motorists should expect lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. on SR 72.  Flaggers will be present.  Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is early 2018.

 

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