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20

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of May 19, 2024

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on I-75 paving; drainage, utility, and sidewalk work on US 301; and, beam installation, and decking for the construction of the new bridgesover the Manatee River.

  • Nightly, from Sunday, May 19 through Thursday, May 23, crews will CLOSE the I-75 northbound exit ramp to US 301 (Exit 224) during the overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists should follow the posted detour signs; or, identify an alternate route.

  • Nightly, from Sunday, May 19 through Thursday, May 23, crews will CLOSE the US 301 on-ramp to I-75 northbound during the overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists should follow the posted detour signs; or, identify an alternate route.

  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 during nighttime/overnight hoursfrom 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on Tidewater Preserve Boulevard through the duration of bridge construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.

  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is mid-2025.

I-75 between Exit 217 (SR 70) and Exit 220 (SR 64): Construction: Crews will be working in the roadway and mobilizing equipment.

May 9, May 19-23, May 26-30, June 2-6, 2024 - Temporary overnight lane closures are needed from 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. This affects inside lanes on both north and southbound I-75 as crews work in the median.

US 41 BUS from 17th to Bayshore Road/ 26th Street, including the 23rd Street Roundabout, Palmetto: Construction:  Work is being finalized so please use caution in the construction zone and be alert for construction and landscaping in the area.

  • Motorists should expect the roundabout to be in final configuration.  Please use caution as motorists adapt.

  • Following construction roadwork, landscaping teams will begin work in the area.

US 301 from 25th Court East to 13th Avenue East: Construction project: Crews have begun a 7.6-mile improvements project consisting of milling and resurfacing the roadway, widening in areas, base work, curb and gutter, sidewalk, guardrail, drainage improvements, bridge expansion joints, signalization, lighting, and signing and pavement marking.  

  • Motorists should expect shoulder closures including pedestrian access restrictions along the US 301 corridor northbound and southbound between 25th Court East and 9th Avenue East. Alternate pedestrian routes will be clearly posted. To maintain safety, pedestrians should follow the posted detour signage.

  • Motorists can expect right-turn lane closures at the intersections of US 301 and Tallevast Road to 9th Avenue East from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The project’s expected completion is late 2024.

US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road Roundabout: Permit project: Crews are constructing the Manatee County roundabout at the intersection of US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road. Plan for additional travel time or consider an alternate route.

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard, Bradenton: Construction project: This project includes widening SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard from a two-lane undivided roadway to a four-lane or six-lane divided roadway, depending on the location, construction of roundabouts on SR 70 at Uihlein Road, Del Webb Boulevard, and Bourneside Boulevard, intersection improvements at the existing signalized intersection of Greenbrook Boulevard and Lorraine Road, construction of four bridges over Braden River crossings, new drainage system, construction 10-foot shared use paths, street lighting, and landscaping, and installation of new fiber optic cable connecting the two signalized intersections to Manatee County’s regional Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS).

This week, crews will continue excavating the Pond area on the southeast corner of Bourneside Boulevard and SR 70. Material will be hauled to the south side of SR 70 between Bourneside Boulevard and Uihlein Road and placed as roadway fill. Drainage work will continue on SR 70 east of Bourneside Boulevard.

Work will continue constructing eastbound bridges, this will involve driving bridge piles via hydraulic hammer and grading the river channel. This work will occur during daytime hours and produce noise that may be audible to the surrounding area. Bridge work will continue into summer.

All work will be off the roadway with no planned lane closures. Please use caution and watch for trucks and construction vehicles entering or exiting the work zone by way of the eastbound SR 70 shoulder. Work will occur Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please use caution and be aware of workers and flaggers in the area.

SR 70 and Lockwood Ridge Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, motorists can expect an intermittent westbound left turn lane closure, within the duel left turn lanes.  Manatee County is constructing right turn lanes on Lockwood Ridge Road. Please use caution in the area.

SR 70 /15th Street East: Construction project:  Starting May 13, there will be a road closure at the railroad crossing lasting through the end of the month.  Please use alternate routes.

SR 64 at Lorraine Road South and 145th Street North: Construction:  Crews have begun work on the conversion of the traffic signal to a free-flowing roundabout. Lanes on SR 64 will be reduced to single lanes in each direction after the Rye Road roundabout.

SR 64 at Bourneside Boulevard to Rangeland Parkway: Permit project: Manatee County has closed this section of Bourneside Boulevard through October. Please choose an alternate route.

SR 64 from 43rd Street West to 15th Street East and from 10th Street West to 10th Street East: Construction project: Construction is underway for the 1.7-mile resurfacing project through the City of Bradenton.

Crews will be milling and paving overnight through May 22 and then again starting on May 29 through June 5, 2024.

Completion is slated for spring 2024.

 

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 72/Clark Road (Exit 205): Construction project: Project improvements include reconstructing the existing interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), adding auxiliary lane on I-75 northbound from SR 72 to Bee Ridge Road, widen I-75 southbound from Proctor Road to SR 72, and improvements on Clark Road. This week, crews will work on the ramps, guardrails, retaining walls, and paving.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.

  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2024.

I-75 and Toledo Blade: Landscaping project: Through the end of June, FDOT will be installing landscaping and associated irrigation within the interchange. Motorists can expect occasional shoulder closures on Toledo Blade and I-75 ramps. Please use caution in the area.

US 41 from North of Port Commons from north of Port Commons to State College of Florida: Construction project: Project improvements include milling and resurfacing, guardrail, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signalization improvements. Expected completion is fall 2024.

Daytime Activities:

  • Install barrier walls for upcoming lane shifts and close median openings for roadway crossover reconstruction.

  • Median openings at Myakka Drive, Riverwalk Drive, Boardwalk, Ortega Place, De Miranda Avenue, Eager Street and Hoffman Street will be closed for reconstruction work. Hoffman Street crossover will be removed and remain permanently closed.

  • Motorists will be able to turn right only onto US 41 at these locations.

  • Build concrete curb between Tuscola Boulevard and Espanola Drive.

  • Curb removal and turn lane reconstruction between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

Daytime Lane Closures:

  • Daytime lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Northbound inside lane closures between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

Nighttime Activities:

  • Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  • Northbound inside lane closures between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

Motorists should use caution when making U-turns and be aware of workers in the area.

US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point: Construction: Construction on the next phase along a 1.4-mile area of US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point Road is actively underway. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, as well as needed infrastructure improvements to drainage, curb and gutter.

  • Lane Closures: Periodic single lane closures will be needed both north and southbound.  Motorists should expect slower moving traffic and consider alternate routes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Crews continue to work on drainage and median work in the project corridor.

  • From Caribbean Drive to Gulf Gate Road: Temporary lane closures are necessary to maintain crew safety.

US 41 at Wellen Park Villages Roundabout: Permit project:  Construction of the remaining roundabout at Wellen Park continues on US 41. Lane closures are required. Consider alternate routes or add additional travel time during peak hours. Use caution in the area.

US 41 from Palm Avenue to the Gulfstream Roundabout: Special event permit: To celebrate the Fourth of July, the City of Sarasota will host a parade that will cause temporary road closures in downtown Sarasota on July 4th from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Please use posted detours or consider an alternate route.

SR 72 Clark Road and the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.

  • Pile driving has begun and noise from construction equipment should be expected.
  • Currently, there are no expected lane closures.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will be needed later in the project.
  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 758 Bee Ridge Road at the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.

  • Pile driving has begun and noise from construction equipment should be expected.
  • Currently, there are no expected lane closures.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will be needed later in the project.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 776 at the Northeast Corner of Manasota Beach Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, Sarasota County will be constructing intersection improvements, including a right turn lane and signalization.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. motorists can expect an intermittent outside northbound lane closure on SR 776.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: Embankment activities continue on southbound roadway from US 41 to West Villages Parkway. Drainage structures, pipe, curb and gutter, and gravity wall installations will also continue throughout the project. Signal, ITS, and lighting work is also on-going throughout the project. Daytime asphalt paving in various areas along the southbound roadway, including driveways and connecting streets from Center Road to the north. Trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.

SR 789 between Longboat Key Club Drive to Harbourside Drive: Permit project: Town of Longboat Key is relocating existing underground utilities and installing sewer line while a new St. Regis development will be constructing right and left turn lanes and constructing driveways, sidewalk, and drainage.  Motorists can expect alternating intermittent northbound / southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution in the area.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of May 12, 2024

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on I-75 paving; drainage, utility, and sidewalk work on US 301; and, beam installation, and decking for the construction of the new bridgesover the Manatee River.

  • On Sunday, May 12, at 9 p.m. to Monday, May 13, at 5 a.m., crews will CLOSE the I-75 northbound exit ramp to US 301 southbound (Exit 224).  Motorists will exit at I-75 northbound to US 301 northbound, make a U-turn at 60th St E, and return to US 301 southbound.

  • On Sunday, May 12, at 9 p.m. to Monday, May 13, at 5 a.m., crews will CLOSE the US 301 southbound to I-75 southbound ramp (Exit 224).  Motorists will continue on US 301 southbound to 51st St E, make a U-turn, and use the US 301 northbound ramp to I-75 southbound.

  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 during nighttime/overnight hoursfrom 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on Tidewater Preserve Boulevard through the duration of bridge construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.

  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is mid-2025.

I-75 between Exit 217 (SR 70) and Exit 220 (SR 64): Construction: Crews will be working in the roadway and mobilizing equipment.

May 9 and May 12, 2024 - Temporary overnight lane closures are needed from 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. This affects both inside lanes of north and southbound I-75 as they demobilize the crane and equipment from the median.

US 41 BUS from 17th to Bayshore Road/ 26th Street, including the 23rd Street Roundabout, Palmetto: Construction:  Work is being finalized so please use caution in the construction zone and be alert for construction and landscaping in the area.

  • Motorists should expect the roundabout to be in final configuration by week’s end, barring any weather delays.  Please use caution as motorists adapt.

  • Expect noise and light from construction equipment.

  • Following construction roadwork, landscaping teams will begin work in the area.

US 301 from 25th Court East to 13th Avenue East: Construction project: Crews have begun a 7.6-mile improvements project consisting of milling and resurfacing the roadway, widening in areas, base work, curb and gutter, sidewalk, guardrail, drainage improvements, bridge expansion joints, signalization, lighting, and signing and pavement marking.  

  • Motorists should expect shoulder closures including pedestrian access restrictions along the US 301 corridor northbound and southbound between 25th Court East and 9th Avenue East. Alternate pedestrian routes will be clearly posted. To maintain safety, pedestrians should follow the posted detour signage.

  • Motorists can expect right-turn lane closures at the intersections of US 301 and Tallevast Road to 9th Avenue East from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The project’s expected completion is late 2024.

US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road Roundabout: Permit project: Crews are constructing the Manatee County roundabout at the intersection of US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road. Plan for additional travel time or consider an alternate route.

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard: Construction project: This project includes widening SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard from a two-lane undivided roadway to a four-lane or six-lane divided roadway, depending on the location, construction of roundabouts on SR 70 at Uihlein Road, Del Webb Boulevard, and Bourneside Boulevard, intersection improvements at the existing signalized intersection of Greenbrook Boulevard and Lorraine Road, construction of four bridges over Braden River crossings, new drainage system, construction 10-foot shared use paths, street lighting, and landscaping, and installation of new fiber optic cable connecting the two signalized intersections to Manatee County’s regional Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS).

This week, crews will be clearing existing vegetation between Lorraine Road and De Webb Boulevard on the south side of SR 70 and clearing the Pond A area on the north side of SR 70, west of Uihlein Road and excavating. Crews will continue excavating the Pond area on the southeast corner of Bourneside Boulevard and SR 70. Material will be hauled to the south side of SR 70 between Bourneside Boulevard and Uihlein Road and placed as roadway fill. Drainage work will continue on SR 70 east of Bourneside Boulevard.

Work will continue constructing eastbound bridges, this will involve driving bridge piles via hydraulic hammer and grading the river channel. This work will occur during daytime hours and produce noise that may be audible to the surrounding area. Bridge work will continue into summer.

All work will be off the roadway with no planned lane closures. Please use caution and watch for trucks and construction vehicles entering or exiting the work zone by way of the eastbound SR 70 shoulder. Work will occur Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please use caution and be aware of workers and flaggers in the area.

SR 70 and Lockwood Ridge Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, motorists can expect an intermittent westbound left turn lane closure, within the duel left turn lanes.  Manatee County is constructing right turn lanes on Lockwood Ridge Road. Please use caution in the area.

SR 70 /15th Street East: Construction project:  Starting May 13, there will be a road closure at the railroad crossing lasting two weeks.  Please use alternate route.

SR 64 at Lorraine Road South and 145th Street North: Construction:  Crews will begin work on the conversion of the traffic signal to a free-flowing roundabout. The initial Phase 1 will have limited impact on traffic. Phases II through IV will reduce the roadway to single lanes in each direction.

SR 64 at Bourneside Boulevard to Rangeland Parkway: Permit project: Manatee County has closed this section of Bourneside Boulevard through October. Please choose an alternate route.

SR 64 from 43rd Street West to 15th Street East and from 10th Street West to 10th Street East: Construction project: Construction is underway for the 1.7-mile resurfacing project through the City of Bradenton. Completion is slated for spring 2024.

 

 

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 72/Clark Road (Exit 205): Construction project: Project improvements include reconstructing the existing interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), adding auxiliary lane on I-75 northbound from SR 72 to Bee Ridge Road, widen I-75 southbound from Proctor Road to SR 72, and improvements on Clark Road. This week, crews will work on the ramps, guardrails, retaining walls, and paving.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.

  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2024.

I-75 and Toledo Blade: Landscaping project: Through the end of June, FDOT will be installing landscaping and associated irrigation within the interchange. Motorists can expect occasional shoulder closures on Toledo Blade and I-75 ramps. Please use caution in the area.

US 41 from North of Port Commons from North of Port Commons to State College of Florida: Construction project: Project improvements include milling and resurfacing, guardrail, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signalization improvements. Expected completion is fall 2024.

Daytime Activities:

  • Install barrier walls for upcoming lane shifts and close median openings for roadway crossover reconstruction.

  • Median openings at Myakka Drive, Riverwalk Drive, Boardwalk, Ortega Place, De Miranda Avenue, Eager Street and Hoffman Street will be closed for reconstruction work. Hoffman Street crossover will be removed and remain permanently closed.

  • Motorists will be able to turn right only onto US 41 at these locations.

  • Build concrete curb between Tuscola Boulevard and Espanola Drive.

  • Curb removal and turn lane reconstruction between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

Daytime Lane Closures:

  • Daytime lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Northbound inside lane closures between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

Nighttime Activities:

  • Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  • Northbound inside lane closures between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

Motorists should use caution when making U-turns and be aware of workers in the area.

US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point: Construction: Construction on the next phase along a 1.4-mile area of US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point Road is actively underway. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, as well as needed infrastructure improvements to drainage, curb and gutter.

  • Lane Closures: Periodic single lane closures will be needed both north and southbound.  Motorists should expect slower moving traffic and consider alternate routes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Stickney Point and US 41 Pedestrian Sidewalks: Pedestrians can expect alternating sidewalk closures.  Please use extreme caution in the area and be alert for traffic conditions and motorists’ limited visibility.  Consider an alternate route.

  • Crews continue to work on drainage in the project corridor.

  • From Caribbean Drive to Gulf Gate Road: Temporary lane closures maybe necessary to maintain crew safety.

US 41 at Wellen Park Villages Roundabout: Permit project:  Construction of the remaining roundabout at Wellen Park is underway on US 41. Lane closures are required. Consider alternate routes or add additional travel time during peak hours. Use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.  Occasional nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures during construction to install beams will also be needed. Expected completion is winter 2024/2025. Occasional flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Noise from construction equipment should be expected.
  • In the coming weeks, pile driving will begin.
  • Currently, there no expected lane closures.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 758 Bee Ridge Road at the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.

  • Noise from construction equipment should be expected.
  • In the coming weeks, pile driving will begin.
  • Currently, there no expected lane closures.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 776 at the Northeast Corner of Manasota Beach Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, Sarasota County will be constructing intersection improvements, including a right turn lane and signalization.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. motorists can expect an intermittent outside northbound lane closure on SR 776.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: Motorists can expect final pond grading and sodding near Venice Avenue on the northbound roadway. Embankment activities continue on southbound roadway from US 41 to Stoney Creek Boulevard. Drainage structures, pipe, curb and gutter, and gravity wall installations will also continue throughout the project. Signal, ITS, and lighting work is also on-going throughout the project. Daytime Asphalt paving of Southbound River is tentatively scheduled to continue on 5/13/24. Paving will occur outside of current travel ways and lane closures will not be needed.  Trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.

SR 780 Fruitville RoadSouth of Beneva Road: Permit: Motorists can expect overnight intermittent outside eastbound lane closure from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., from the hours of 9am to 4pm.  Contractor will be performing soil boring for upcoming project.  Please use caution and watch for detours and workers.

SR 789 between Longboat Key Club Drive to Harbourside Drive: Permit project: Town of Longboat Key is relocating existing underground utilities and installing sewer line while a new development will be constructing right and left turn lanes and constructing driveways, sidewalk, and drainage.  Motorists can expect alternating intermittent northbound / southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution in the area.

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10

PUBLIC NOTICE: MPO Board Meeting on May 20, 2024

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Sarasota/Manatee MPO will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on May 20, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. (Note New Time) at the Double Tree by Hilton (Previously the Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport) 8009 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida. Meeting Materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Friday, May 10, 2024.

PUBLIC COMMENT:
There are five (5) ways for the public to participate:

  1. In person at the MPO Board Meeting by filling out a comment card.
  2. Written comments will be accepted before, during, and after the meeting. All written comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Assistant Clerk to the Board, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name, email address, and phone number with your written comment.
  3. The MPO Board meeting will be live streamed on Monday, May 20, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting at https://www.youtube.com/@MympoOrgSarasotaManatee/streams or by using the comment box at https://www.mympo.org/get-involved/meetings.
  4. The public may call-in by phone and leave comments via voicemail. Telephone Number 1-855-925-2801; Meeting code 8196.
  5. For those wishing to address members of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Board directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Assistant Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2024 for your comments to be distributed to MPO Board Members prior to the meeting. Please provide the following information in the email:

a. Subject line (RE): PUBLIC COMMENT FOR MAY 20, 2024 MPO BOARD MEETING
b. Please include the following information in the body of the email: 1) Name, email, and phone number; 2) The agenda item you wish to address; 3) A summary of your public comment (3000-character limit)
c. Following the receipt of the email, instructions will be sent on how to join the virtual meeting to speak once the Chair calls on you during the public comment period.

The MPO rules of procedure, decorum, and policy governing the public comment period shall be followed, and enforced, in person and virtually. During the public comment period, the Chair will ask the public to speak based on the written requests to speak in the order they are received.

It would greatly help MPO staff if questions and comments could be emailed to Assistant Clerk to the Board (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) PRIOR to the beginning of the meeting, and ideally before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2024.

This notice is published pursuant to the requirements of Federal Laws, Florida Statutes, and MPO Policy. There are no stenographical records by a certified court reporter for the noticed meeting(s) listed above. Accordingly, any person seeking to appeal any decision(s) made at the noticed meeting(s) herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at the meeting(s) upon which any appeal is to be based.

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

The MPO’s planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary who believes they have been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or family status may file a complaint with the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Title VI Coordinator by calling 941-359-5772, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or in writing mailed to Sarasota/Manatee MPO, ATTN: Title VI Coordinator, at 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

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08

Destination Zero Roadway Safety Forum on May 23, 2024

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The Sarasota/Manatee MPO invites the public to attend the Destination Zero Roadway Safety Forum on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at 9:00 am at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex!

You will learn about:

  • the relationship between roadway safety and public health
  • the principles and objectives of a holistic roadway safety approach
  • our zero-tolerance stance on life-ending and life-altering crashes
  • recent crash trends and patterns in the Sarasota/Manatee region

Speakers include Federal Highway Administration, FDOT District 1 Safety Office, Sarasota/Manatee MPO, and the Department of Health.

Register to attend, seating is limited.

We hope to see you there!

Registration through Eventbrite.

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06

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of May 5, 2024

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on I-75 paving; drainage, utility, and sidewalk work on US 301; and, beam installation, and decking for the construction of the new bridgesover the Manatee River.

  • On Thursday, May 9, at 9 p.m. to Friday, May 10 at 5 a.m., crews will CLOSE the I-75 northbound exit ramp to US 301 southbound (Exit 224).  Motorists will exit at I-75 northbound to US 301 northbound, make a U-turn at 60th St E, and return to US 301 southbound.

  • From Thursday, May 9, at 9 p.m. to Friday, May 10 at 5 a.m., crews will CLOSE the US 301 southbound to I-75 southbound ramp (Exit 224).  Motorists will continue on US 301 southbound to 51st St E, make a U-turn, and use the US 301 northbound ramp to I-75 southbound.

  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 during nighttime/overnight hoursfrom 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on Tidewater Preserve Boulevard through the duration of bridge construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.

  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

    Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is mid-2025.

I-75 between Exit 217 (SR 70) and Exit 220 (SR 64): Construction: Crews will be working in the roadway and mobilizing equipment.

May 6 – 9 and May 12, 2024 - Temporary overnight lane closures are needed from 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. This affects both inside lanes of north and southbound I-75 as they demobilize the crane and equipment from the median.

US 41 BUS from 17th to Bayshore Road/ 26th Street, including the 23rd Street Roundabout, Palmetto: Construction:  Work is being finalized so please use caution in the construction zone and be alert for construction and landscaping in the area.

  • Motorists should anticipate lane shifts and use caution in the area.

US 301 from 25th Court East to 13th Avenue East: Construction project: Crews have begun a 7.6-mile improvements project consisting of milling and resurfacing the roadway, widening in areas, base work, curb and gutter, sidewalk, guardrail, drainage improvements, bridge expansion joints, signalization, lighting, and signing and pavement marking.  

  • Motorists should expect shoulder closures including pedestrian access restrictions along the US 301 corridor northbound and southbound between 25th Court East and 9th Avenue East. Alternate pedestrian routes will be clearly posted. To maintain safety, pedestrians should follow the posted detour signage.

  • Motorists can expect right-turn lane closures at the intersections of US 301 and Tallevast Road to 9th Avenue East from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    The project’s expected completion is late 2024.

US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road Roundabout: Permit project: Crews are constructing the Manatee County roundabout at the intersection of US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road. Plan for additional travel time or consider an alternate route. Please use caution.

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard: Construction project: This project includes widening SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard from a two-lane undivided roadway to a four-lane or six-lane divided roadway, depending on the location, construction of roundabouts on SR 70 at Uihlein Road, Del Webb Boulevard, and Bourneside Boulevard, intersection improvements at the existing signalized intersection of Greenbrook Boulevard and Lorraine Road, construction of four bridges over Braden River crossings, new drainage system, construction 10-foot shared use paths, street lighting, and landscaping, and installation of new fiber optic cable connecting the two signalized intersections to Manatee County’s regional Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS).

This week, crews will be clearing existing vegetation between Lorraine Road and De Webb Boulevard on the south side of SR 70 and clearing the Pond A area on the north side of SR 70, west of Uihlein Road and excavating. Crews will continue excavating the Pond area on the southeast corner of Bourneside Boulevard and SR 70. Material will be hauled to the south side of SR 70 between Bourneside Boulevard and Uihlein Road and placed as roadway fill. Drainage work will begin on SR 70 east of Bourneside Boulevard.

Work will continue constructing eastbound bridges, this will involve driving bridge piles via hydraulic hammer and grading the river channel. This work will occur during daytime hours and produce noise that may be audible to the surrounding area. Bridge work will continue into summer.

All work will be off the roadway with no planned lane closures. Please use caution and watch for trucks and construction vehicles entering or exiting the work zone by way of the eastbound SR 70 shoulder. Work will occur Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please use caution and be aware of workers and flaggers in the area.

SR 70 and Lockwood Ridge Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, motorists can expect an intermittent westbound left turn lane closure, within the duel left turn lanes.  Manatee County is constructing right turn lanes on Lockwood Ridge Road. Please use caution in the area.

SR 64 at Lorraine Road South and 145th Street North: Construction:  Crews will begin work on the conversion of the traffic signal to a free-flowing roundabout. The initial Phase 1, starting May 6, will have limited impact on traffic. Phases II through IV, will reduce the roadway to single lanes in each direction.

SR 64 at Bourneside Boulevard to Rangeland Parkway: Permit project: Manatee County has closed this section of Bourneside Boulevard through October. Please choose an alternate route.

SR 64 from 43rd Street West to 15th Street East and from 10th Street West to 10th Street East: Construction project: Construction is underway for the 1.7-mile resurfacing project through the City of Bradenton. Completion is slated for spring 2024.

  • Crews will begin overnight paving on May 5, 2024.

  • Expect noise and light from construction equipment.

  • Motorists should consider additional travel time or an alternate route.

 

 

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 72/Clark Road (Exit 205): Construction project: Project improvements include reconstructing the existing interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), adding auxiliary lane on I-75 northbound from SR 72 to Bee Ridge Road, widen I-75 southbound from Proctor Road to SR 72, and improvements on Clark Road. This week, crews will work on the ramps, guardrails, retaining walls, and paving.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2024.

I-75 and Toledo Blade: Landscaping project: Through the end of June, FDOT will be installing landscaping and associated irrigation within the interchange. Motorists can expect occasional shoulder closures on Toledo Blade and I-75 ramps. Please use caution in the area.

US 41 from North of Port Commons from north of Port Commons to State College of Florida, Sarasota: Construction project: Project improvements include milling and resurfacing, guardrail, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signalization improvements. Expected completion is fall 2024.

Daytime Activities:

  • Install barrier walls for upcoming lane shifts and close median openings for roadway crossover reconstruction.

  • Median openings at Myakka Drive, Riverwalk Drive, Boardwalk, Ortega Place, De Miranda Avenue, Eager Street and Hoffman Street will be closed for reconstruction work. Hoffman Street crossover will be removed and remain permanently closed.

  • Motorists will be able to turn right only onto US 41 at these locations.

  • Build concrete curb between Tuscola Boulevard and Espanola Drive.

  • Curb removal and turn lane reconstruction between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

Daytime Lane Closures:

  • Daytime lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Northbound inside lane closures between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

Nighttime Activities:

  • Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  • Northbound inside lane closures between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

Motorists should use caution when making U-turns and be aware of workers in the area.

US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point: Construction: Construction on the next phase along a 1.4-mile area of US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point Road is actively underway. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, as well as needed infrastructure improvements to drainage, curb and gutter.

  • Lane Closures: Periodic single lane closures will be needed both north and southbound.  Motorists should expect slower moving traffic and consider alternate routes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Crews continue to work on drainage in the project corridor.
  • From Caribbean Drive to Gulf Gate Road: Temporary lane closures may be necessary to maintain crew safety.

US 41 at Wellen Park Villages Roundabout: Permit project:  Construction of the remaining roundabout at Wellen Park is underway on US 41. Lane closures are required. Consider alternate routes or add additional travel time during peak hours. Use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.  Occasional nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures during construction to install beams will also be needed. Expected completion is winter 2024/2025. Occasional flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Noise from construction equipment should be expected.
  • In the coming weeks, pile driving will begin.
  • Currently, there no expected lane closures.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 758 Bee Ridge Road at the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.

  • Noise from construction equipment should be expected.
  • In the coming weeks, pile driving will begin.
  • Currently, there no expected lane closures.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 776 at the Northeast Corner of Manasota Beach Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, Sarasota County will be constructing intersection improvements, including a right turn lane and signalization.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. motorists can expect an intermittent outside northbound lane closure on SR 776.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: Motorists can expect final pond grading and sodding near Venice Avenue on the northbound roadway. Embankment activities continue on southbound roadway from US 41 to Stoney Creek Boulevard. Drainage structures, pipe, curb and gutter, and gravity wall installations will also continue throughout the project. Signal, ITS, and lighting work is also on-going throughout the project. Trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.

SR 789 between Longboat Key Club Drive to Harbourside Drive: Permit project: Town of Longboat Key is relocating existing underground utilities and installing sewer line while a new development will be constructing right and left turn lanes and constructing driveways, sidewalk, and drainage.  Motorists can expect alternating intermittent northbound / southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution in the area.

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06

PUBLIC NOTICE: Sarasota Transportation Disadvantaged Annual Public Workshop and Local Coordinating Board Meeting on May 15, 2024

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, the Sarasota Transportation Disadvantaged Public Workshop will be held at 1:00 p.m. followed by the Sarasota Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board Meeting at 1:30 p.m. at the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Office located at 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Written comments filed with the MPO will be considered. Meeting materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Monday, May 6, 2024.

There are five (5) ways for the public to participate:

  1. In person at the Sarasota LCB meeting, by filling out a comment card.
  2. Submit a public comment online by visiting https://www.mympo.org/get-involved/meetings. Submitted comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting.
  3. Written comments will be accepted before, during, and after each meeting. All written comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting. Please email Lindsay Heinrich, Executive Assistant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax her at 941-210-4998 and include your name, email address, and phone number with your written comment.
  4. The Sarasota LCB meeting will be live streamed at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting at https://www.youtube.com/@MympoOrgSarasotaManatee/streams. Translated closed captioning is available upon request. Please email Lindsay Heinrich, Executive Assistant, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
  5. For those wishing to address members of the Sarasota LCB directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Lindsay Heinrich, Executive Assistant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, for your comments to be distributed to Sarasota LCB members prior to the meeting. Please provide the following information in the email:

a. Subject line (RE): PUBLIC COMMENT FOR MAY 15, 2024, SARASOTA LCB MEETING
b. Please include the following information in the body of the email: 1) Name, email, and phone number; 2) The agenda item you wish to address; 3) A summary of your public comment (3000-character limit)
c. Following the receipt of the email, instructions will be sent on how to join the virtual meeting to speak once the Chair calls on you during the public comment period.

The MPO rules of procedure, decorum, and policy governing the public comment period, shall be followed, and enforced in person or virtually. During the public comment period, the Chair will ask the public to speak based on the written requests to speak in the order they are received.

It would greatly help MPO staff if questions and comments could be emailed to Lindsay Heinrich, Executive Assistant (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) PRIOR to the beginning of the meeting, and ideally before 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

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

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

The MPO’s planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary who believes he/she has been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or family status may file a complaint with the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Title VI coordinator at 941-359-5772, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by writing to 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

CONTACT:
David Machado
Fiscal Coordinator
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06

PUBLIC NOTICE: Manatee Transportation Disadvantaged Annual Public Workshop and Local Coordinating Board Meeting on May 15, 2024

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, the Manatee Transportation Disadvantaged Public Workshop will be held at 10:00 a.m. followed by the Manatee Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board Meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Office located at 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Written comments filed with the MPO will be considered. Meeting materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Monday, May 6, 2024.

There are five (5) ways for the public to participate:

  1. In person at the Manatee LCB meeting, by filling out a comment card.
  2. Submit a public comment online by visiting https://www.mympo.org/get-involved/meetings. Submitted comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting.
  3. Written comments will be accepted before, during, and after each meeting. All written comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting. Please email Lindsay Heinrich, Executive Assistant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax her at 941-210-4998 and include your name, email address, and phone number with your written comment.
  4. The Manatee LCB meeting will be live streamed at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting at https://www.youtube.com/@MympoOrgSarasotaManatee/streams. Translated closed captioning is available upon request. Please email Lindsay Heinrich, Executive Assistant, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
  5. For those wishing to address members of the Manatee LCB directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Lindsay Heinrich, Executive Assistant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, for your comments to be distributed to Manatee LCB members prior to the meeting. Please provide the following information in the email:

a. Subject line (RE): PUBLIC COMMENT FOR MAY 15, 2024, MANATEE LCB MEETING
b. Please include the following information in the body of the email: 1) Name, email, and phone number; 2) The agenda item you wish to address; 3) A summary of your public comment (3000-character limit)
c. Following the receipt of the email, instructions will be sent on how to join the virtual meeting to speak once the Chair calls on you during the public comment period.

The MPO rules of procedure, decorum, and policy governing the public comment period, shall be followed, and enforced in person or virtually. During the public comment period, the Chair will ask the public to speak based on the written requests to speak in the order they are received.

It would greatly help MPO staff if questions and comments could be emailed to Lindsay Heinrich, Executive Assistant (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) PRIOR to the beginning of the meeting, and ideally before 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

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

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

The MPO’s planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary who believes he/she has been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or family status may file a complaint with the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Title VI coordinator at 941-359-5772, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by writing to 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

CONTACT:
David Machado
Fiscal Coordinator
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02

PUBLIC NOTICE: Sarasota/Manatee TAC and CAC Meetings on May 13, 2024

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that on May 13, 2024, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. and the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the MPO Office, 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Written comments filed with the MPO will be considered. Meeting materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Thursday, May 2, 2024.

There are five (5) ways for the public to participate:
1. In person at the CAC meetings, by filling out a comment card.
2. Submit a public comment online by visiting https://www.mympo.org/get-involved/meetings. Submitted comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting.
3. Written comments will be accepted before, during, and after each meeting. All written comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting. Please email Lindsay Heinrich, Executive Assistant, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax her at 941-210-4998 and include your name, email address, and phone number with your written comment.
4. The CAC meeting will be live streamed at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2024. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting at https://www.youtube.com/@MympoOrgSarasotaManatee/streams. Translated closed captioning is available upon request. Please email Lindsay Heinrich, Executive Assistant, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
5. For those wishing to address members of the CAC directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Lindsay Heinrich, Executive Assistant, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2024, for your comments to be distributed to CAC members prior to the meeting. Please provide the following information in the email:

a. Subject line (RE): PUBLIC COMMENT FOR MAY 13, 2024 CAC MEETING
b. Please include the following information in the body of the email: 1) Name, email, and phone number; 2) The agenda item you wish to address; 3) A summary of your public comment (3000-character limit)
c. Following the receipt of the email, instructions will be sent on how to join the virtual meeting to speak once the Chair calls on you during the public comment period.

The MPO rules of procedure, decorum, and policy governing the public comment period, shall be followed, and enforced in person or virtually. During the public comment period, the Chair will ask the public to speak based on the written requests to speak in the order they are received.

It would greatly help MPO staff if questions and comments could be emailed to Lindsay Heinrich, Executive Assistant, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) PRIOR to the beginning of the meeting, and ideally before 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 13, 2024.

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

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

The MPO’s planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary who believes he/she has been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or family status may file a complaint with the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Title VI coordinator at 941-359-5772, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by writing to 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

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30

Community Invited to Shape Future of Transportation in Sarasota & Manatee Counties Through Short Survey

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Community Invited to Shape Future of Transportation in Sarasota & Manatee Counties Through Short Survey

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is working on defining a vision for the future of transportation in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Sarasota, FL – April 30, 2024 – The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is excited to announce the launch of Invest Today, Transform Tomorrow, an initiative to shape the future of transportation in Sarasota and Manatee County. The public is invited to share their thoughts and opinions regarding their ideal transportation future through the Phase 1 Visioning Survey, open now through June 15, 2024.

To take the Phase 1 Visioning Survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/SMMPO

Invest Today, Transform Tomorrow, MPO’s 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), is a 3-phase project that serves as a pivotal blueprint for shaping the infrastructure of our region. The plan, once complete, will clearly outline the key projects and investments needed to improve mobility, safety, and accessibility across various transport modes—including roads, public transit, and paths for pedestrians and cyclists.

Developed through broad community involvement and detailed expert analysis, the 2050 LRTP is designed to boost economic growth and enhance the quality of life by creating a sustainable and efficient transportation network that meets the needs of both counties.

“Our recent initiatives, shaped by community input, have driven investments towards enhancing safety and improving the travel experience for everyone - that’s our main priority," says David Hutchinson, Executive Director of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO. “The 2050 LRTP is a regional commitment to meeting our community's needs, promoting sustainable practices, and improving the daily lives of our residents.”

Key Highlights of the 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP):

  • The LRTP is updated every five years to reflect changes in demographics, economics, and community needs, ensuring it remains relevant and effective in guiding transportation planning.
  • The 2050 LRTP builds on the 2045 LRTP, which outlined nearly $2 billion worth of regional transportation projects with a focus on projects that encourage safety, reduce traffic congestion, and fix the most dangerous roads and intersections in the area.
  • The Phase 1 Visioning Survey will be used to better understand our community’s needs, values, and aspirations for a better transportation system.

To take the Phase 1 Visioning Survey, visit:

To learn more about Invest Today, Transform Tomorrow/2050 Long Range Transportation Plan, visit www.transform-tomorrow.com

 

About Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) coordinates regional transportation planning in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Governed by a 17-member board of elected officials and other representatives, the MPO collaborates with state and federal agencies to foster a comprehensive and cooperative planning process.

About 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

Titled Invest Today, Transform Tomorrow, the 2050 LRTP shapes the future of transportation in Sarasota and Manatee Counties for the next three decades. It clearly outlines the key projects and investments needed to improve mobility, safety, and accessibility across various transport modes—including roads, public transit, and paths for pedestrians and cyclists.

The LRTP is a federally mandated document that addresses transportation issues and needs for no less than 20 years. The intent and purpose of the LRTP is to encourage and promote the safe and efficient management, operation, and development of a cost-feasible intermodal transportation system that will serve the mobility needs of people and freight.

Developed through broad community involvement and detailed expert analysis, the 2050 LRTP is designed to boost economic growth and enhance the quality of life by creating a sustainable and efficient transportation network that meets the needs of both counties.

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26

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of April 28, 2024

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on I-75 paving; drainage, utility, and sidewalk work on US 301; and, beam installation, and decking for the construction of the new bridgesover the Manatee River.

  • On Thursday, April 25, at 10 pm to Friday, April 26, at 5am, crews will CLOSE the I-75 southbound off-ramp to US 301.  Motorists are advised to follow the posted detours; or, identify alternative routes.

  • On Thursday, April 25, at 10 pm to Friday, April 26, at 5am, crews will CLOSE the US 301 on-ramp to I-75 southbound.  Motorists are advised to follow the posted detours; or, identify alternative routes.

  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 during nighttime/overnight hoursfrom 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on Tidewater Preserve Boulevard through the duration of bridge construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.

  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is mid-2025.

US 41 BUS from 17th to Bayshore Road/ 26th Street, including the 23rd Street Roundabout, Palmetto: Construction:  Work is being finalized so please use caution in the construction zone and be alert for construction and landscaping in the area.

US 301 from 25th Court East to 13th Avenue East: Construction project: Crews have begun a 7.6-mile improvements project consisting of milling and resurfacing the roadway, widening in areas, base work, curb and gutter, sidewalk, guardrail, drainage improvements, bridge expansion joints, signalization, lighting, and signing and pavement marking.

  • Motorists should expect shoulder closures including pedestrian access restrictions along the US 301 corridor northbound and southbound between 25th Court East and 9th Avenue East. Alternate pedestrian routes will be clearly posted. To maintain safety, pedestrians should follow the posted detour signage.

  • Motorists can expect right-turn lane closures at the intersections of US 301 and Tallevast Road to 9th Avenue East from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The project’s expected completion is late 2024.

US 301 DeSoto Bridge Closure: Special Event Permit:  The DeSoto Grand Parade and block party will take place on Saturday, April 27, starting at 4 p.m., closing the bridge and portions of Manatee Avenue.  Motorists should consider alternate routes or follow the posted detour.

US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road Roundabout: Permit project: Crews are constructing the Manatee County roundabout at the intersection of US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road. Plan for additional travel time or consider an alternate route. Please use caution.

US 41 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Permit project: Manatee County will be installing a watermain across all lanes of US 41 and Moccasin Wallow Road thru April 25 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • April 21 – 25: northbound lanes will have alternating inside and outside lane closures.

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard, Bradenton: Construction project: This project includes widening SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard from a two-lane undivided roadway to a four-lane or six-lane divided roadway, depending on the location, construction of roundabouts on SR 70 at Uihlein Road, Del Webb Boulevard, and Bourneside Boulevard, intersection improvements at the existing signalized intersection of Greenbrook Boulevard and Lorraine Road, construction of four bridges over Braden River crossings, new drainage system, construction 10-foot shared use paths, street lighting, and landscaping, and installation of new fiber optic cable connecting the two signalized intersections to Manatee County’s regional Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS).

This week, crews will be clearing existing vegetation between Lorraine Road and De Webb Boulevard on the south side of SR 70 and clearing the Pond A area on the north side of SR 70, west of Uihlein Rd. Crews will continue excavating the Pond area on the southeast corner of Bourneside Boulevard and SR 70. Material will be hauled to the south side of SR 70 between Bourneside Boulevard and Uihlein Road and placed as roadway fill. Construction of the eastern eastbound bridge over the Braden River will involve driving bridge piles. This work will occur during daytime hours and produce noise that may be audible to the surrounding area.

All work will be off the roadway with no planned lane closures. Please use caution and watch for trucks and construction vehicles entering or exiting the work zone by way of the eastbound SR 70 shoulder. Work will occur Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please use caution and be aware of workers and flaggers in the area.

SR 70 and Lockwood Ridge Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, motorists can expect an intermittent westbound left turn lane closure, within the duel left turn lanes.  Manatee County is constructing right turn lanes on Lockwood Ridge Road. Please use caution in the area.

SR 70 from 9th Street East to US 41: Maintenance: Crews will be conducting pipe mapping, desilting and videoing in this area through April 26, 2024.

  • Motorists can expect overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. – 5 a.m. Sunday thru Thursday either west or east bound.

SR 64 at Lorraine Road South and 145th Street North: Construction:  Crews will begin work on the conversion of the traffic signal to a free-flowing roundabout. The initial Phase 1, starting May 6, will have limited impact on traffic. Phases II through IV, will reduce the roadway to single lanes in each direction.

SR 64 at Bourneside Boulevard to Rangeland Parkway: Permit project: Manatee County has closed this section of Bourneside Boulevard through October. Please choose an alternate route.

SR 64 from 43rd Street West to 15th Street East and from 10th Street West to 10th Street East: Construction project: Construction is underway for the 1.7-mile resurfacing project through the City of Bradenton. Completion is slated for spring 2024.

  • Expect noise and light from construction equipment.

  • Motorists should consider additional travel time or an alternate route.

 

 

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 72/Clark Road (Exit 205): Construction project: Project improvements include reconstructing the existing interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), adding auxiliary lane on I-75 northbound from SR 72 to Bee Ridge Road, widen I-75 southbound from Proctor Road to SR 72, and improvements on Clark Road. This week, crews will work on the ramps, guardrails, retaining walls, and paving.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.

  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2024.

I-75 and Toledo Blade: Landscaping project: Through the end of June, FDOT will be installing landscaping and associated irrigation within the interchange. Motorists can expect occasional shoulder closures on Toledo Blade and I-75 ramps. Please use caution in the area.

US 41 from North of Port Commons from north of Port Commons to State College of Florida: Construction project: Project improvements include milling and resurfacing, guardrail, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signalization improvements. Expected completion is fall 2024.

Daytime Activities:

  • Install barrier walls for upcoming lane shifts and close median openings for roadway crossover reconstruction.

  • Median openings at Myakka Drive, Riverwalk Drive, Boardwalk, Ortega Place, De Miranda Avenue, Eager Street and Hoffman Street will be closed for reconstruction work. Hoffman Street crossover will be removed and remain permanently closed.

  • Motorists will be able to turn right only onto US 41 at these locations.

  • Build concrete curb between Tuscola Boulevard and Espanola Drive.

  • Curb removal and turn lane reconstruction between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

Daytime Lane Closures:

  • Daytime lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Northbound inside lane closures between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

Nighttime Activities:

  • Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  • Northbound inside lane closures between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

Motorists should use caution when making U-turns and be aware of workers in the area.

US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point: Construction: Construction on the next phase along a 1.4-mile area of US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point Road is actively underway. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, as well as needed infrastructure improvements to drainage, curb and gutter.

  • Lane Closures: Periodic single lane closures will be needed both north and southbound.  Motorists should expect slower moving traffic and consider alternate routes.

  • Crews continue to work on drainage in the project corridor.

  • From Caribbean Drive to Gulf Gate Road: Temporary Lane closures may be necessary to maintain crew safety.

US 41 at Wellen Park Villages D&E Roundabouts: Permit project:  Construction of two roundabouts is underway on US 41. Lane closures are required. Consider alternate routes or add additional travel time during peak hours. Use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.  Occasional nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures during construction to install beams will also be needed. Expected completion is winter 2024/2025. Occasional flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 758 Bee Ridge Road at the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.

  • Noise from construction equipment should be expected.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 776 at the Northeast Corner of Manasota Beach Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, Sarasota County will be constructing intersection improvements, including a right turn lane and signalization.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. motorists can expect an intermittent outside northbound lane closure on SR 776.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: Motorists can expect final pond grading and sodding near Venice Avenue and just north of Rambler’s Rest RV Park on the northbound roadway. Embankment activities continue on southbound roadway from US 41 to Stoney Creek Boulevard. Drainage structures, pipe, curb and gutter, and gravity wall installations will also continue throughout the project. Signal, ITS, and lighting work is also on-going throughout the project. Trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations. Nighttime asphalt paving of Venice Avenue and River Road is tentatively scheduled to begin Sunday night, April 29, 2024, through May 10, 2024.

SR 789 between Longboat Key Club Drive to Harbourside Drive: Permit project: Town of Longboat Key is relocating existing underground utilities and installing sewer line while a new development will be constructing right and left turn lanes and constructing driveways, sidewalk, and drainage.  Motorists can expect alternating intermittent northbound / southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 681 from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: The resurfacing project is focused on final work. Temporary lane closures may be needed.

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Draft Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) now Available for Public Review and Comment

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The public review and comment period is NOW open for the DRAFT UPWP for FY 2024/2025 - 2025/2026

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SARASOTA/MANATEE MPO (April 23, 2024) – The Sarasota/Manatee MPO invites you to review and comment on the DRAFT UPWP for FY 2024/2025 - 2025/2026. The document can be viewed and downloaded here: https://www.mympo.org/our-work/mpo-plans/upwp.

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) defines the studies, planning activities and budget needed to identify and evaluate transportation needs throughout Manatee and Sarasota Counties. In essence, the UPWP is a working budgetary document. Each task contains a description of work accomplished through the prior UPWP, the methodology that will be used in the upcoming years, the responsible agency, programmed budget, and funding sources. The MPO develops the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) biennially in accordance with the current Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) MPO Program Management Handbook. If you have any comments or questions, please let us know by 9:00AM on Monday, May 20, 2024, when the official public comment period closes.

Here are four ways for the public to comment on the UPWP:

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  1. Mail your comments
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    2. 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, FL 34243
  1. Call us at 941-359-5772
  1. Comment at a Sarasota/Manatee MPO Meeting
    1. Technical Advisory Committee Meeting: May 13 at 10:00 am
    2. Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting: May 13 at 5:00 pm
    3. MPO Board Meeting: May 20 at 9:00 am

 

CONTACT:
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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of April 21, 2024

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on I-75 paving; drainage, utility, and sidewalk work on US 301; and, beam installation, and decking for the construction of the new bridgesover the Manatee River.

  • On Thursday, April 25, at 10 pm to Friday, April 26, at 5am, crews will CLOSE the I-75 southbound off-ramp to US 301.  Motorists are advised to follow the posted detours; or, identify alternative routes.

  • On Thursday, April 25, at 10 pm to Friday, April 26, at 5am, crews will CLOSE the US 301 on-ramp to I-75 southbound.  Motorists are advised to follow the posted detours; or, identify alternative routes.

  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 during nighttime/overnight hoursfrom 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on Tidewater Preserve Boulevard through the duration of bridge construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.

  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is mid-2025.

US 41/14th Street/Tamiami Trail, 325 feet south of College Drive/General Spaatz Boulevard: Permit project: Starting April 22 – April 26 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., crews will be painting an overhead pedestrian bridge.  Please watch for workers in the area. There will be alternating intermittent north and southbound, alternating inside/outside lane closures.

US 41 BUS from 17th to Bayshore Road/ 26th Street, including the 23rd Street Roundabout, Palmetto: Construction:  Work is being finalized so please use caution in the construction zone and be alert for construction and landscaping in the area.

US 301 from 25th Court East to 13th Avenue East: Construction project: Crews have begun a 7.6-mile improvements project consisting of milling and resurfacing the roadway, widening in areas, base work, curb and gutter, sidewalk, guardrail, drainage improvements, bridge expansion joints, signalization, lighting, and signing and pavement marking.

  • Motorists should expect shoulder closures including pedestrian access restrictions along the US 301 corridor northbound and southbound between 25th Court East and 9th Avenue East. Alternate pedestrian routes will be clearly posted. To maintain safety, pedestrians should follow the posted detour signage.

  • Motorists can expect single-lane closures on the northbound and southbound lanes of US 301 between 25th Court and 53rd Avenue East from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Nighttime work will continue from Sunday nights through Friday mornings for the next several weeks.

  • Motorists can expect right-turn lane closures at the intersections of US 301 and Tallevast Road to 9th Avenue East from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The project’s expected completion is late 2024.

US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road Roundabout: Permit project: Crews are constructing the Manatee County roundabout at the intersection of US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road. Plan for additional travel time or consider an alternate route. Please use caution.

US 41 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Permit project: Manatee County will be installing a watermain across all lanes of US 41 and Moccasin Wallow Road starting April 14 thru April 25 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. 

  • April 17-18: southbound lanes will have alternating inside and outside lane closures.
  • April 21 – 25: northbound lanes will have alternating inside and outside lane closures.

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard, Bradenton: Construction project: This project includes widening SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard from a two-lane undivided roadway to a four-lane or six-lane divided roadway, depending on the location, construction of roundabouts on SR 70 at Uihlein Road, Del Webb Boulevard, and Bourneside Boulevard, intersection improvements at the existing signalized intersection of Greenbrook Boulevard and Lorraine Road, construction of four bridges over Braden River crossings, new drainage system, construction 10-foot shared use paths, street lighting, and landscaping, and installation of new fiber optic cable connecting the two signalized intersections to Manatee County’s regional Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS).

This week, crews will be clearing existing vegetation between Lorraine Road and De Webb Boulevard on the south side of SR 70 and clearing the Pond A area on the north side of SR 70, west of Uihlein Rd. Crews will continue excavating the Pond area on the southeast corner of Bourneside Boulevard and SR 70. Material will be hauled to the south side of SR 70 between Bourneside Boulevard and Uihlein Road and placed as roadway fill. Construction of the eastern eastbound bridge over the Braden River will involve driving bridge piles. This work will occur during daytime hours and produce noise that may be audible to the surrounding area.

All work will be off the roadway with no planned lane closures. Please use caution and watch for trucks and construction vehicles entering or exiting the work zone by way of the eastbound SR 70 shoulder. Work will occur Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please use caution and be aware of workers and flaggers in the area.

SR 70 between 11th Street Court West to 8th Street Court: Permit project: FPL to replace existing insulator on the power pole. Please watch for workers in the area. Motorists can expect an intermittent westbound outside lane closure on Thursday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SR 70 and Lockwood Ridge Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, motorists can expect an intermittent westbound left turn lane closure, within the duel left turn lanes.  Manatee County is constructing right turn lanes on Lockwood Ridge Road. Please use caution in the area.

SR 70 from 9th Street East to US 41: Maintenance: Crews will be conducting pipe mapping, desilting and videoing in this area through April 26, 2024.

  • Motorists can expect overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. – 5 a.m. Sunday thru Thursday either west or east bound.

SR 64 at Bourneside Boulevard to Rangeland Parkway: Permit project: Manatee County has closed this section of Bourneside Boulevard through October. Please choose an alternate route.

SR 64 from 43rd Street West to 15th Street East and from 10th Street West to 10th Street East: Construction project: Construction is underway for the 1.7-mile resurfacing project through the City of Bradenton. Completion is slated for spring 2024.

  • Expect noise and light from construction equipment.

  • Motorists should consider additional travel time or an alternate route.

 

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 72/Clark Road (Exit 205): Construction project: Project improvements include reconstructing the existing interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), adding auxiliary lane on I-75 northbound from SR 72 to Bee Ridge Road, widen I-75 southbound from Proctor Road to SR 72, and improvements on Clark Road. This week, crews will work on the ramps, guardrails, retaining walls, and paving.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.

  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2024.

I-75 and Toledo Blade: Landscaping project: Through the end of June, FDOT will be installing landscaping and associated irrigation within the interchange. Motorists can expect occasional shoulder closures on Toledo Blade and I-75 ramps. Please use caution in the area.

US 41 from North of Port Commons from north of Port Commons to State College of Florida: Construction project: Project improvements include milling and resurfacing, guardrail, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signalization improvements. Expected completion is fall 2024.

Daytime Activities:

  • Install barrier walls for upcoming lane shifts and close median openings for roadway crossover reconstruction.

  • Median openings at Myakka Drive, Riverwalk Drive, Boardwalk, Ortega Place, De Miranda Avenue, Eager Street and Hoffman Street will be closed for reconstruction work.

  • Hoffman Street crossover will be removed and remain permanently closed.

  • Motorists will be able to turn right only onto US 41 at these locations.

  • Daytime lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nighttime Activities:

  • Curb removal and turn lane reconstruction between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

  • Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Motorists should use caution when making U-turns and be aware of workers in the area.

US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point: Construction: Construction on the next phase along a 1.4-mile area of US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point Road is actively underway. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, as well as needed infrastructure improvements to drainage, curb and gutter.

  • Lane Closures: For the next three weeks single lane closures will be needed.  Motorists should expect slower moving traffic and consider alternate routes.

  • Crews continue to work on drainage in the project corridor.

  • From Caribbean Drive to Gulf Gate Road: Temporary lane closures maybe necessary to maintain crew safety.

US 41 at Wellen Park Villages D&E Roundabouts: Permit project:  Construction of two roundabouts is underway on US 41. Lane closures are required. Consider alternate routes or add additional travel time during peak hours.

  • Upcoming traffic shift is expected. Use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.  Occasional nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures during construction to install beams will also be needed. Expected completion is winter 2024/2025. Occasional flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 758 Bee Ridge Road at the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.

  • On April 18, crews will be working overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists can expect a single lane closure.
  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 776 at the Northeast Corner of Manasota Beach Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, Sarasota County will be constructing intersection improvements, including a right turn lane and signalization.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. motorists can expect an intermittent outside northbound lane closure on SR 776.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: Motorists can expect final pond grading and sodding near Venice Avenue and just north of Rambler’s Rest RV Park on the northbound roadway. Embankment activities continue on southbound roadway from US 41 to Stoney Creek Boulevard. Drainage structures, pipe, curb and gutter, and gravity wall installations will also continue throughout the project. Signal, ITS, and lighting work is also on-going throughout the project. Trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations. Nighttime asphalt paving of Venice Avenue, and the River Road and Venice Avenue. Intersection is tentatively scheduled to begin Sunday night, April 28, 2024.

SR 789 between Longboat Key Club Drive to Harbourside Drive: Permit project: Town of Longboat Key is relocating existing underground utilities and installing sewer line while a new development will be constructing right and left turn lanes and constructing driveways, sidewalk, and drainage.  Motorists can expect alternating intermittent northbound / southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 681 from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: The resurfacing project will improve drainage, provide a cross-slope correction for leveling and comfort, new guardrail, updated signing and marking, install intelligent transportation equipment and signalization. Crews will have temporary lane closures on SR 681 from Honore Avenue to US 41 for the duration of the project.

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) now Available for Public Review and Comment

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PUBLIC NOTICE  
Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization
8100 15th Street East | Sarasota, FL 34243         
941-359-5772

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is Available for Public Review and Comment

Date:              April 18, 2024
Contact:       Ryan Brown, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone:          941-359-5772

Each year the Sarasota/Manatee MPO updates the 5 Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The new Draft TIP for FY 2024/25—2028/29 is now available for public review and comment.

If you would like to download the TIP, please visit the TIP page on the MPO Website by following this link: https://www.mympo.org/our-work/mpo-plans/tip.

Background: The process to develop the 2024/25-2028/29 TIP started on March 27, 2023, when the MPO Board adopted its 2023 Project Priority List. That list was forwarded to FDOT to prepare its Draft Tentative Five-Year Work Program which includes roadway improvements, transportation alternatives, bridge, safety, and public transportation projects (i.e. transit, aviation, port, intermodal, and transportation disadvantaged program projects).

The TIP will be presented at upcoming committee meetings on May 13th and will be presented to the MPO Board at their next MPO Board meeting on May 20, 2024. The TIP must be submitted to FDOT by July 15, 2024.

Share your feedback with us!

Online at Transportation Improvement Program (mympo.org)
Email your comments to rThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mail your comments: 
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Call the office at 941-359-5772
Comment at a Sarasota/Manatee MPO Meeting
a. Technical Advisory Committee Meeting: May 13 at 10:00 am
b. Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting: May 13 at 5:00 pm
c. MPO Board Meeting: May 20 at 9:00 am

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of April 14, 2024

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on I-75 paving; drainage, utility, and sidewalk work on US 301; and, beam installation, and decking for the construction of the new bridgesover the Manatee River.

  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 during nighttime/overnight hoursfrom 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on Tidewater Preserve Boulevard through the duration of bridge construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.

  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is mid-2025.

I-75 between Exit 217 (SR 70) and Exit 220 (SR 64): Construction: Crews will be working in the roadway and mobilizing equipment. 

Through April 13, 2024 - Temporary overnight lane closures are needed from 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. This affects both inside lanes of north and southbound I-75 as they demobilize the crane and equipment from the median.

US 41 BUS from 17th to Bayshore Road/ 26th Street, including the 23rd Street Roundabout, Palmetto: Construction:  Work is underway so please use caution in the construction zone and be alert for construction equipment in the area.

  • Motorists should use caution in the area as motorists adapt to the new intersection.

US 301 and 30th Avenue East: Permit project: FPL will be performing maintenance work on powerlines with intermittent westbound outside lane closure on US 301 and 30th Avenue East on Wednesday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

US 301 from 25th Court East to 13th Avenue East: Construction project: Crews have begun a 7.6-mile improvements project consisting of milling and resurfacing the roadway, widening in areas, base work, curb and gutter, sidewalk, guardrail, drainage improvements, bridge expansion joints, signalization, lighting, and signing and pavement marking.  

  • Motorists should expect shoulder closures including pedestrian access restrictions along the US 301 corridor northbound and southbound between 25th Court East and 9th Avenue East. Alternate pedestrian routes will be clearly posted. To maintain safety, pedestrians should follow the posted detour signage.

  • Motorists can expect single-lane closures on the northbound and southbound lanes of US 301 between 25th Court and 53rd Avenue East from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Nighttime work will continue from Sunday nights through Friday mornings for the next several weeks.

  • Motorists can expect right-turn lane closures at the intersections of US 301 and Tallevast Road to 9th Avenue East from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    The project’s expected completion is late 2024.

US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road Roundabout: Permit project: Crews are constructing the Manatee County roundabout at the intersection of US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road. Plan for additional travel time or consider an alternate route. Please use caution. Completion is expected by late spring 2024.

US 41 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Permit project: Manatee County will be installing a watermain across all lanes of US 41 and Moccasin Wallow Road starting April 14 thru April 25 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. 

  • April 14 - 18: southbound lanes will have alternating inside and outside lane closures.
  • April 21 – 25: northbound lanes will have alternating inside and outside lane closures.

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard, Bradenton: Construction project: This project includes widening SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard from a two-lane undivided roadway to a four-lane or six-lane divided roadway, depending on the location, construction of roundabouts on SR 70 at Uihlein Road, Del Webb Boulevard, and Bourneside Boulevard, intersection improvements at the existing signalized intersection of Greenbrook Boulevard and Lorraine Road, construction of four bridges over Braden River crossings, new drainage system, construction 10-foot shared use paths, street lighting, and landscaping, and installation of new fiber optic cable connecting the two signalized intersections to Manatee County’s regional Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS).

This week, crews will be clearing existing vegetation between Lorraine Road and De Webb Boulevard on the south side of SR 70 and clearing the Pond A area on the north side of SR 70, west of Uihlein Road and excavating. Crews will continue excavating the Pond area on the southeast corner of Bourneside Boulevard and SR 70. Material will be hauled to the south side of SR 70 between Bourneside Boulevard and Uihlein Road and placed as roadway fill.

Crews will begin mobilizing bridge equipment and materials at Uihlein Road. Construction of the eastern eastbound bridge over the Braden River will begin the week of April 15th. The work will involve driving bridge piles via hydraulic hammer. This work will occur during daytime hours and produce noise that may be audible to the surrounding area. Bridge work will continue into summer.

All work will be off the roadway with no planned lane closures. Please use caution and watch for trucks and construction vehicles entering or exiting the work zone by way of the eastbound SR 70 shoulder. Work will occur Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please use caution and be aware of workers and flaggers in the area.

SR 70 between 11th Street Court West to 8th Street Court: Permit project: FPL to replace existing insulator on the power pole. Please watch for workers in the area. Motorists can expect an intermittent westbound outside lane closure on Thursday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

SR 70 and Lockwood Ridge Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, motorists can expect an intermittent westbound left turn lane closure, within the duel left turn lanes.  Manatee County is constructing right turn lanes on Lockwood Ridge Road. Please use caution in the area.

SR 70 from 9th Street East to US 41: Maintenance: Crews will be conducting pipe mapping, desilting and videoing in this area through April 19, 2024.

  • Motorists can expect overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. – 5 a.m. Sunday thru Thursday either west or east bound.

SR 64 at Bourneside Boulevard to Rangeland Parkway: Permit project: Manatee County has closed this section of Bourneside Boulevard through October. Please choose an alternate route.

SR 64 from 43rd Street West to 15th Street East and from 10th Street West to 10th Street East: Construction project: Construction is underway for the 1.7-mile resurfacing project through the City of Bradenton. Completion is slated for spring 2024.

  • Overnight paving from 10th to 10th requires intermittent lane closures.

  • Crews will be working on curb removal in the corridor.

  • Expect noise and light from construction equipment.

  • Motorists should consider additional travel time or an alternate route.

 

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 72/Clark Road (Exit 205): Construction project: Project improvements include reconstructing the existing interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), adding auxiliary lane on I-75 northbound from SR 72 to Bee Ridge Road, widen I-75 southbound from Proctor Road to SR 72, and improvements on Clark Road. This week, crews will work on the ramps, drainage, retaining walls, and paving.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.

  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2024.

I-75 and Toledo Blade: Landscaping project: Through the end of June, FDOT will be installing landscaping and associated irrigation within the interchange. Motorists can expect occasional shoulder closures on Toledo Blade and I-75 ramps. Please use caution in the area.

US 41 and Boulevard of the Arts: Maintenance: City of Sarasota has scheduled intermittent lane closures on Monday, April 15, from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. to install thermo striping at the crosswalks.

US 41 from North of Port Commons from north of Port Commons to State College of Florida: Construction project: Project improvements include milling and resurfacing, guardrail, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signalization improvements. Expected completion is fall 2024.

Daytime Activities:

  • Install barrier walls for upcoming lane shifts and close median openings for roadway crossover reconstruction.

  • Median openings at Myakka Drive, Riverwalk Drive, Boardwalk, Ortega Place, De Miranda Avenue, Eager Street and Hoffman Street will be closed for reconstruction work.

  • Hoffman Street crossover will be removed and remain permanently closed.

  • Motorists will be able to turn right only onto US 41 at these locations.

  • Daytime lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nighttime Activities:

  • Curb removal and turn lane reconstruction between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

  • Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  • Motorists should use caution when making U-turns and be aware of workers in the area.

US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point: Construction: Construction on the next phase along a 1.4-mile area of US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point Road is actively underway. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, as well as needed infrastructure improvements to drainage, curb and gutter.

  • At the left turn from US 41 North turning onto SR 72 at Stickney Point towards Siesta Key, the lane width will be reduced. Please use caution as drivers acclimate.

  • Lane Closures: For the next three weeks single lane closures will be needed.  Motorists should expect slower moving traffic and consider alternate routes.

  • Crews continue to work on drainage in the project corridor.

  • From Caribbean Drive to Gulf Gate Road: Temporary lane closures maybe necessary to maintain crew safety.

US 41 at Wellen Park Villages D&E Roundabouts: Permit project:  Construction of two roundabouts is underway on US 41. Lane closures are required. Consider alternate routes or add additional travel time during peak hours.

  • Upcoming traffic shift is expected. Use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.  Occasional nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures during construction to install beams will also be needed. Expected completion is winter 2024/2025. Occasional flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 758 Bee Ridge Road at the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 776 at the Northeast Corner of Manasota Beach Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, Sarasota County will be constructing intersection improvements, including a right turn lane and signalization.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. motorists can expect an intermittent outside northbound lane closure on SR 776.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: Motorists can expect final pond grading near Venice Avenue and just north of Rambler’s Rest RV Park on the northbound roadway. Embankment activities continue on the southbound roadway from US 41 to Stoney Creek Boulevard. Drainage structures, pipe, curb and gutter, and gravity wall installations will also continue throughout the project. Signal, ITS, and lighting work is also on-going throughout the project. Trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.

SR 789 between Longboat Key Club Drive to Harbourside Drive: Permit project: Town of Longboat Key is relocating existing underground utilities and installing sewer line while a new development will be constructing right and left turn lanes and constructing driveways, sidewalk, and drainage.  Motorists can expect alternating intermittent northbound / southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 681 from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: The resurfacing project will improve drainage, provide a cross-slope correction for leveling and comfort, new guardrail, updated signing and marking, install intelligent transportation equipment and signalization. Crews will have temporary lane closures on SR 681 from Honore Avenue to US 41 for the duration of the project.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of April 7, 2024

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on I-75 paving; drainage, utility, and sidewalk work on US 301; and, beam installation, and decking for the construction of the new bridges over the Manatee River.

  • Through the first of August, the US 301 north and southbound median openings just east of 60th Avenue East (between Starbuck’s and 7-Eleven) will be closed. US 301 southbound motorists wishing to enter the restaurants should use 19th Street E or 60th Avenue E and enter on the 19th Street E driveways; and, US 301 northbound motorists wishing to enter the plaza should enter using 60th Avenue E entrance.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hoursfrom 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 during nighttime/overnight hoursfrom 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on Tidewater Preserve Boulevard through the duration of bridge construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is mid-2025.

I-75 between Exit 217 (SR 70) and Exit 220 (SR 64): Construction: Crews will be working in the roadway and mobilizing equipment. 

Through April 13, 2024 - Temporary overnight lane closures are needed from 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. This affects both inside lanes of north and southbound I-75 as they demobilize the crane and equipment from the median.

US 41 BUS from 17th to Bayshore Road/ 26th Street, including the 23rd Street Roundabout, Palmetto: Construction:  Work is underway so please use caution in the construction zone and be alert for construction equipment in the area.

  • Motorists should use caution in the area as motorists adapt to the new intersection.

US 301 and 30th Avenue East: Permit project: FPL will be performing maintenance work on powerlines with intermittent westbound outside lane closure on US 301 and 30th Ave East on Wednesday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

US 301 from 25th Court East to 13th Avenue East: Construction project: Crews have begun a 7.6-mile improvements project consisting of milling and resurfacing the roadway, widening in areas, base work, curb and gutter, sidewalk, guardrail, drainage improvements, bridge expansion joints, signalization, lighting, and signing and pavement marking.  

  • Motorists should expect shoulder closures including pedestrian access restrictions along the US 301 corridor northbound and southbound between 25th Court East and 9th Avenue East. Alternate pedestrian routes will be clearly posted. To maintain safety, pedestrians should follow the posted detour signage.
  • Motorists can expect single-lane closures on the northbound and southbound lanes of US 301 between 25th Court and 53rd Avenue East from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Nighttime work will continue from Sunday nights through Friday mornings for the next several weeks.
  • Motorists can expect right-turn lane closures at the intersections of US 301 and Tallevast Road to 9th Avenue East from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The project’s expected completion is late 2024.

US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road Roundabout: Permit project: Crews have are constructing the Manatee County roundabout at the intersection of US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road. Plan for additional travel time or consider an alternate route. Please use caution. Completion is expected by late spring 2024.

US 41 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Permit project: Manatee County will be installing a watermain across all lanes of US 41 and Moccasin Wallow Road starting April 14 thru April 25 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. 

  • April 14 -18: southbound lanes will have alternating inside and outside lane closures.
  • April 21 – 25: northbound lanes will have alternating inside and outside lane closures.

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard: Construction project: This project includes widening SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard from a two-lane undivided roadway to a four-lane or six-lane divided roadway, depending on the location, construction of roundabouts on SR 70 at Uihlein Road, Del Webb Boulevard, and Bourneside Boulevard, intersection improvements at the existing signalized intersection of Greenbrook Boulevard and Lorraine Road, construction of four bridges over Braden River crossings, new drainage system, construction 10-foot shared use paths, street lighting, and landscaping, and installation of new fiber optic cable connecting the two signalized intersections to Manatee County’s regional Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS).

This week, crews will be clearing existing vegetation between Lorraine Road and De Webb Boulevard on the south side of SR 70 and excavating the Pond area on the southeast corner of Bourneside Boulevard and SR 70. Material will be hauled to the south side of SR 70 between Bourneside Boulevard and Uihlein Road and placed as roadway fill. Crews will begin mobilizing bridge equipment and materials at Uihlein Road. All work will be off the roadway with no planned lane closures. Please use caution and watch for trucks and construction vehicles entering or exiting the work zone by way of the eastbound SR 70 shoulder. Work will occur Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please use caution and be aware of workers and flaggers in the area.

Construction of the eastern eastbound bridge will begin the week of April 15th. The work will involve driving bridge piles via hydraulic hammer. This work will occur during daytime hours and produce noise that may be audible to the surrounding area. Bridge work will continue into summer.

SR 70 between 11th Street Court Wes to 8th Street Court: Permit project: FPL to replace existing insulator on the power pole. Please watch for workers in the area. Motorists can expect an intermittent westbound outside lane closure on Thursday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

SR 70 and Lockwood Ridge Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, motorists can expect an intermittent westbound left turn lane closure, within the duel left turn lanes.  Manatee County is constructing right turn lanes on Lockwood Ridge Road. Please use caution in the area.

SR 70 from 9th Street East to US 41: Maintenance: Crews will be conducting pipe mapping, desilting and videoing in this area through April 12, 2024.

  • Motorists can expect overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. – 5 a.m. Sunday thru Thursday either west or east bound.

SR 64 at Bourneside Boulevard to Rangeland Parkway: Permit project: Manatee County has closed this section of Bourneside Boulevard through October. Please choose an alternate route.

SR 64 from 43rd Street West to 15th Street East and from 10th Street West to 10th Street East: Construction project: Construction is underway for the 1.7-mile resurfacing project through the City of Bradenton. Completion is slated for spring 2024.

  • Overnight paving from 10th to 10th requires intermittent lane closures.
  • Crews will be working on curb removal in the corridor.
  • Expect noise and light from construction equipment.
  • Motorists should consider additional travel time or an alternate route.

 

 

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 72/Clark Road (Exit 205): Construction project: Project improvements include reconstructing the existing interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), adding auxiliary lane on I-75 northbound from SR 72 to Bee Ridge Road, widen I-75 southbound from Proctor Road to SR 72, and improvements on Clark Road. This week, crews will work on the ramps, drainage, retaining walls, and paving.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2024.

I-75 and Toledo Blade: Landscaping project: Through the end of June, FDOT will be installing landscaping and associated irrigation within the interchange. Motorists can expect occasional shoulder closures on Toledo Blade and I-75 ramps. Please use caution in the area.

West Villages Parkway at River Road (SR 777): A temporary detour with road closures will occur from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 through Sunday, April 7, 2024, at the intersection of West Villages Parkway and River Road in Sarasota County. This detour will give crews the ability to construct and install needed drainage. Motorists can use the south entrance/exit to West Villages Parkway from US 41.  Motorists should use caution in the area and follow the posted detours.

US 41 from North of Port Commons from north of Port Commons to State College of Florida: Construction project: Project improvements include milling and resurfacing, guardrail, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signalization improvements. Expected completion is fall 2024.

Daytime Activities:

  • Install barrier walls for upcoming lane shifts and close median openings for roadway crossover reconstruction.
  • Median openings at Myakka Drive, Riverwalk Drive, Boardwalk, Ortega Place, De Miranda Avenue, Eager Street and Hoffman Street will be closed for reconstruction work.
  • Hoffman Street crossover will be removed and remain permanently closed.
  • Motorists will be able to turn right only onto US 41 at these locations.
  • Daytime lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nighttime Activities:

  • Curb removal and turn lane reconstruction between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.
  • Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Motorists should use caution when making U-turns and be aware of workers in the area.

US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point: Construction: Construction on the next phase along a 1.4-mile area of US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point Road is actively underway. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, as well as needed infrastructure improvements to drainage, curb and gutter.

  • At the left turn from US 41 North turning onto SR 72 at Stickney Point towards Siesta Key, the lane width will be reduced. Please use caution as drivers acclimate.

  • Lane Closures: For the next three weeks while crews are excavating in the median, single lane closures will be needed.  Motorists should expect slower moving traffic and consider alternate routes.

  • Crews continue to work on drainage in the project corridor.

  • From Caribbean Drive to Gulf Gate Road: Temporary lane closures will be necessary to maintain crew safety.

US 41 at Wellen Park Villages D&E Roundabouts: Permit projectConstruction of two roundabouts is underway on US 41. Lane closures are required. Consider alternate routes or add additional travel time during peak hours.

  • Upcoming traffic shift is expected. Use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.  Occasional nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures during construction to install beams will also be needed. Expected completion is winter 2024/2025. Occasional flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 758 Bee Ridge Road at the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 776 at the Northeast Corner of Manasota Beach Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, Sarasota County will be constructing intersection improvements, including a right turn lane and signalization.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. motorists can expect an intermittent outside northbound lane closure on SR 776.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: Motorists can expect pond excavation near Venice Avenue and just north of Rambler’s Rest RV Park on the northbound roadway. Embankment activities continue on the southbound roadway from US 41 to Stoney Creek Boulevard. Drainage structures, pipe, curb and gutter, and gravity wall installations will also continue throughout the project. Signal, ITS, and lighting work is also on-going throughout the project. Daytime Asphalt Paving will continue on Southbound River Road, outside of active traffic areas, at various locations throughout the project. Trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.

  • Saturday, April 6, motorists will not be able to enter/ exit West Villages from/ to River Road. Please use alternate access points.

SR 789 between Longboat Key Club Drive to Harbourside Drive: Permit project: Town of Longboat Key is relocating existing underground utilities and installing sewer line while a new development will be constructing right and left turn lanes and constructing driveways, sidewalk, and drainage.  Motorists can expect alternating intermittent northbound / southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 681 from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: The ongoing resurfacing project will improve drainage, provide a cross-slope correction for leveling and comfort, new guardrail, updated signing and marking, install intelligent transportation equipment and signalization.

  • Crews will have intermittent lane closures on SR 681 from Honore Avenue to US 41 for the duration of the project.
  • Crews will continue to pave the roadway throughout the project limits.
  • Motorists should anticipate slower moving traffic or consider an alternate route.
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04

PUBLIC NOTICE: DRAFT 2024 Public Participation Plan now Available for Public Review and Comment

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45-day public review and comment period is NOW open for the Draft 2024 Public Participation Plan (PPP)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SARASOTA/MANATEE (April 4, 2024) - The Sarasota/Manatee MPO wants everyone to contribute to the DRAFT 2024 Public Participation Plan (PPP). The document can be downloaded here: https://www.mympo.org/our-work/mpo-plans/ppp.

The PPP is the guide to involving the public in the MPO transportation planning process, major documents, projects, and programs. Every three years, MPO staff evaluates the public participation techniques and strategies laid out in the Public Participation Plan (PPP). Afterwards, the PPP is updated to incorporate the findings from the evaluation. The MPO wants to hear your input on the updated DRAFT PPP. If you have any comments or questions, please let us know by 9:00AM on Monday, May 20, 2024, when the official 45-day comment period closes. Here are four ways for the public to comment on the PPP:

  1. Email your comments to Grace Scigousky, Public Involvement Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  1. Mail your comments
    1. ATTN: PUBLIC COMMENT FOR PPP
    2. 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, FL 34243
  1. Call Grace Scigousky at 941-359-5772
  1. Comment at a Sarasota/Manatee MPO Meeting
    1. Technical Advisory Committee Meeting: May 13 at 10:00 am
    2. Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting: May 13 at 5:00 pm
    3. MPO Board Meeting: May 20 at 9:00 am

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

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of March 30, 2024

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on I-75 paving; drainage, utility, and sidewalk work on US 301; and, beam installation, and decking for the construction of the new bridges over the Manatee River.

  • On Thursday, April 1, at midnight to Thursday, August 1, crews will close the US 301 north and southbound median openings just east of 60th Avenue East (between Starbuck’s and 7-Eleven). US 301 southbound motorists wishing to enter the restaurants should use 19th Street E or 60th Avenue E and enter on the 19th Street E driveways; and, US 301 northbound motorists wishing to enter the plaza should enter using 60th Avenue E entrance.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hoursfrom 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 during nighttime/overnight hoursfrom 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on Tidewater Preserve Boulevard through the duration of bridge construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is mid-2025.

I-75 between Exit 217 (SR 70) and Exit 220 (SR 64): Construction: Crews will be working in the roadway and mobilizing equipment. 

Through April 13, 2024 - Temporary overnight lane closures are needed from 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. This affects both inside lanes of north and southbound I-75 as they demobilize the crane and equipment from the median.

US 41 BUS from 17th to Bayshore Road/ 26th Street, including the 23rd Street Roundabout, Palmetto: Construction:  Work is underway so please use caution in the construction zone and be alert for construction equipment in the area.

  • Extended daytime lane closures are necessary for concrete work.
  • Now that paving is complete, a lane shift will occur.  Use caution in the area as motorists adjust.

  • Motorists should use caution in the area or consider alternate routes.

US 301 from 25th Court East to 13th Avenue East: Construction project: Crews have begun a 7.6-mile improvements project consisting of milling and resurfacing the roadway, widening in areas, base work, curb and gutter, sidewalk, guardrail, drainage improvements, bridge expansion joints, signalization, lighting, and signing and pavement marking.  

  • Motorists should expect shoulder closures including pedestrian access restrictions along the US 301 corridor northbound and southbound between 25th Court East and 9th Avenue East. Alternate pedestrian routes will be clearly posted. To maintain safety, pedestrians should follow the posted detour signage.
  • Motorists can expect single-lane closures on the northbound and southbound lanes of US 301 between 25th Court and 53rd Avenue East from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Nighttime work will continue from Sunday nights through Friday mornings for the next several weeks.
  • Motorists can expect right-turn lane closures at the intersections of US 301 and Tallevast Road to 9th Avenue East from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The project’s expected completion is late 2024.

US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road Roundabout: Permit project: Crews have are constructing the Manatee County roundabout at the intersection of US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road. Plan for additional travel time or consider an alternate route. Please use caution. Completion is expected by late spring 2024.

SR 789 / 5310 Gulf of Mexico Drive: Maintenance: Sidewalk repairs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. A sidewalk closure will be in place. Please use caution.

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard: Construction project: This project includes widening SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard from a two-lane undivided roadway to a four-lane or six-lane divided roadway, depending on the location, construction of roundabouts on SR 70 at Uihlein Road, Del Webb Boulevard, and Bourneside Boulevard, intersection improvements at the existing signalized intersection of Greenbrook Boulevard and Lorraine Road, construction of four bridges over Braden River crossings, new drainage system, construction 10-foot shared use paths, street lighting, and landscaping, and installation of new fiber optic cable connecting the two signalized intersections to Manatee County’s regional Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS).

This week, crews will be clearing existing vegetation between Greenbrook Boulevard and Bourneside Boulevard on the south side of SR 70 and excavating the Pond area on the southeast corner of Bourneside Boulevard and SR 70. Material will be hauled to the south side of SR 70 between Bourneside Boulevard and Uihlein Road and placed as roadway fill. Crews will begin mobilizing bridge equipment and materials at Uihlein Road. All work will be off the roadway with no planned lane closures. Please use caution and watch for trucks and construction vehicles entering or exiting the work zone by way of the eastbound SR 70 shoulder. Work will occur Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please use caution and be aware of workers and flaggers in the area.

SR 70 and Lockwood Ridge Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, motorists can expect an intermittent westbound left turn lane closure, within the duel left turn lanes.  Manatee County is constructing right turn lanes on Lockwood Ridge Road. Please use caution in the area.

SR 70 (53rd Avenue Between US 301 and US 41): Maintenance: Crews will be performing pipe cleaning and mapping located on SR 70 (53rd Avenue) between US 41 and US 301. Motorists can expect alternating lane closures both east and westbound. Work runs through Friday, April 5, from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m.

SR 64 at Bourneside Boulevard to Rangeland Parkway: Permit: Manatee County has closed this section of Bourneside Boulevard through October. Please choose an alternate route.

SR 64 from 43rd Street West to 15th Street East and from 10th Street West to 10th Street East: Construction project: Construction is underway for the 1.7-mile resurfacing project through the City of Bradenton. Completion is slated for spring 2024.

  • Overnight paving from 10th to 10th requires intermittent lane closures.
  • Crews will be working on curb removal in the corridor.
  • Expect noise and light from construction equipment.

  • Motorists should consider additional travel time or an alternate route.

 

 

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 72/Clark Road (Exit 205): Construction project: Project improvements include reconstructing the existing interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), adding auxiliary lane on I-75 northbound from SR 72 to Bee Ridge Road, widen I-75 southbound from Proctor Road to SR 72, and improvements on Clark Road. This week, crews will work on the ramps, drainage, retaining walls, and paving.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2024.

I-75 and Toledo Blade: Landscaping project: Through the end of June, FDOT will be installing landscaping and associated irrigation within the interchange. Motorists can expect occasional shoulder closures on Toledo Blade and I-75 ramps. Please use caution in the area.

US 41 from North of Port Commons from north of Port Commons to State College of Florida: Construction project: Project improvements include milling and resurfacing, guardrail, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signalization improvements. Expected completion is fall 2024.

Daytime Activities:

  • Install barrier walls for upcoming lane shifts and close median openings for roadway crossover reconstruction.
  • Median openings at Myakka Drive, Riverwalk Drive, Boardwalk, Ortega Place, De Miranda Avenue, Eager Street and Hoffman Street will be closed for reconstruction work.
  • Hoffman Street crossover will be removed and remain permanently closed.
  • Motorists will be able to turn right only onto US 41 at these locations.
  • Daytime lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nighttime Activities:

  • Curb removal and turn lane reconstruction between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.
  • Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Motorists should use caution when making U-turns and be aware of workers in the area.

US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point: Construction: Construction on the next phase along a 1.4-mile area of US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point Road is actively underway. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, as well as needed infrastructure improvements to drainage, curb and gutter.

  • At the left turn from US 41 North turning onto SR 72 at Stickney Point towards Siesta Key, the lane width will be reduced. Please use caution as drivers acclimate.

  • Lane Closures: For the next three weeks while crews are excavating in the median, single lane closures will be needed.  Motorists should expect slower moving traffic and consider alternate routes.
  • Crews continue to work on drainage in the project corridor.

  • Medians: crews are working in the median throughout the project limits. Motorists can expect limited access.

  • From Caribbean Drive to Gulf Gate Road: Temporary lane closures will be necessary to maintain crew safety.

US 41 at Wellen Park Villages D&E Roundabouts: Permit projectConstruction of two roundabouts is underway on US 41. Lane closures are required. Consider alternate routes or add additional travel time during peak hours.

US 41 from Browning Street to Lincoln Drive, Ringling College: Permit project: Through April 1 from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., Ringling College will be removing and replacing sidewalk and making drainage repairs. Motorists should expect temporary intermittent outside lane closures as needed.  Please use caution.

SR 72 Clark Road and the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.  Occasional nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures during construction to install beams will also be needed. Expected completion is winter 2024/2025. Occasional flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 758 Bee Ridge Road at the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 776 at the Northeast Corner of Manasota Beach Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, Sarasota County will be constructing intersection improvements, including a right turn lane and signalization.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. motorists can expect an intermittent outside northbound lane closure on SR 776.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: Motorists can expect pond excavation near Venice Avenue and just north of Rambler’s Rest RV Park on the northbound roadway. Embankment activities continue on the southbound roadway from US 41 to Stoney Creek Boulevard. Drainage structures, pipe, curb and gutter, and gravity wall installations will also continue throughout the project. Signal, ITS, and lighting work is also on-going throughout the project.  Trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.

SR 789 between Longboat Key Club Drive to Harbourside Drive: Permit project: Town of Longboat Key is relocating existing underground utilities and installing sewer line while a new development will be constructing right and left turn lanes and constructing driveways, sidewalk, and drainage.  Motorists can expect alternating intermittent northbound / southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 789 from Longboat Club Road to SR 64: Construction project: Crews will be placing safety enhancements through the corridor. Temporary lane shifts or closures will be needed so motorists should use caution.

SR 681 from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: The ongoing resurfacing project will improve drainage, provide a cross-slope correction for leveling and comfort, new guardrail, updated signing and marking, install intelligent transportation equipment and signalization. Paving on the project has started so motorists should expect temporary lane closures for the duration of the project.

  • Crews will have intermittent lane closures on SR 681 from Honore Avenue to US 41.
  • Crews will continue to pave the roadway throughout the project limits.
  • Motorists should anticipate slower moving traffic or consider an alternate route.

  • Noise from construction equipment should be anticipated for the duration.
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22

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of March 24, 2024

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on I-75 paving; drainage, utility, and sidewalk work on US 301; and, beam installation, and decking for the construction of the new bridges over the Manatee River.

  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hoursfrom 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 during nighttime/overnight hoursfrom 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on Tidewater Preserve Boulevard through the duration of bridge construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.

  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is mid-2025.

I-75 between Exit 217 (SR 70) and Exit 220 (SR 64): Construction: Crews will be working in the roadway and mobilizing equipment. 

March 24 through April 13, 2024 - Temporary overnight lane closures are needed from 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. This affects both inside lanes of north and southbound I-75 as they demobilize the crane and equipment from the median.

US 41 BUS from 17th to Bayshore Road/ 26th Street, including the 23rd Street Roundabout, Palmetto: Construction:  Work is underway so please use caution in the construction zone and be alert for construction equipment in the area.

  • Extended daytime lane closures are necessary for concrete work.
  • Overnight lane closures to complete roadway paving starts Sunday, March 25 – March 26, barring any weather delays.
  • After paving is complete a traffic shift will occur. Use caution in the area as motorists adjust.

  • Motorists should use caution in the area and consider alternate routes.

US 301 from 25th Court East to 13th Avenue East: Construction project: Crews have begun a 7.6-mile improvements project consisting of milling and resurfacing the roadway, widening in areas, base work, curb and gutter, sidewalk, guardrail, drainage improvements, bridge expansion joints, signalization, lighting, and signing and pavement marking.  

  • Motorists should expect shoulder closures including pedestrian access restrictions along the US 301 corridor northbound and southbound between 25th Court East and 9th Avenue East. Alternate pedestrian routes will be clearly posted. To maintain safety, pedestrians should follow the posted detour signage.
  • Motorists can expect single-lane closures on the northbound and southbound lanes of US 301 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Nighttime work will continue from Sunday nights through Friday mornings for the next several weeks.
  • Motorists can expect right-turn lane closures at the intersections of US 301 and Tallevast Road to 9th Avenue East from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The project’s expected completion is late 2024.

US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road Roundabout: Permit project: Crews are constructing the Manatee County roundabout at the intersection of US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road. A lane shift is in place. Plan for additional travel time or consider an alternate route. Please use caution in the area. Completion is expected by late spring 2024.

SR 789 / 5310 Gulf of Mexico Drive: Maintenance: Sidewalk repairs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. A sidewalk closure will be in place. Please use caution.

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard, Bradenton: Construction project: This project includes widening SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard from a two-lane undivided roadway to a four-lane or six-lane divided roadway, depending on the location, construction of roundabouts on SR 70 at Uihlein Road, Del Webb Boulevard, and Bourneside Boulevard, intersection improvements at the existing signalized intersection of Greenbrook Boulevard and Lorraine Road, construction of four bridges over Braden River crossings, new drainage system, construction 10-foot shared use paths, street lighting, and landscaping, and installation of new fiber optic cable connecting the two signalized intersections to Manatee County’s regional Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS).

This week, crews will be clearing existing vegetation between Greenbrook Boulevard and Bourneside Boulevard on the south side of SR 70 and excavating the Pond area on the southeast corner of Bourneside Boulevard and SR 70. Material will be hauled to the south side of SR 70 between Bourneside Boulevard and Uihlein Road and placed as roadway fill. Crews will begin mobilizing bridge equipment and materials at Uihlein Road. All work will be off the roadway with no planned lane closures. Please use caution and watch for trucks and construction vehicles entering or exiting the work zone by way of the eastbound SR 70 shoulder. Work will occur Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please use caution and be aware of workers and flaggers in the area.

SR 70 at 3 locations - 66th Street East, 24th Street East, and 18th Street Boulevard East: Safety improvements during the Manatee County Schools Spring Break: From March 25th through March 29th temporary delineators will be installed.

SR 70 and Lockwood Ridge Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, motorists can expect an intermittent westbound left turn lane closure, within the duel left turn lanes.  Manatee County is constructing right turn lanes on Lockwood Ridge Road. Please use caution in the area.

SR 70 (53rd Avenue Between US 301 and US 41): Maintenance: Crews will be performing pipe cleaning and mapping located on SR 70 (53rd Avenue) between US 41 and US 301. Motorists can expect alternating lane closures both east and westbound. Work runs through March 29, 2024, from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m.

SR 70 and SR 64 (East of Lorriane Road to County Line): Maintenance: Power shearing between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Possible shoulder closures. Please use caution.

SR 70 between 9th Street East and US 41: Maintenance: Crews will be working overnight on pipe video and mapping. Please use caution in the area.

SR 64 at Bourneside Boulevard to Rangeland Parkway: Permit: Manatee County has closed this section of Bourneside Boulevard through October. Please choose an alternate route.

SR 64 from 43rd Street West to 15th Street East and from 10th Street West to 10th Street East: Construction project: Construction is underway for the 1.7-mile resurfacing project through the City of Bradenton. Completion is slated for spring 2024.

  • Overnight paving from 10th to 10th requires intermittent lane closures.
  • Crews will be working on curb removal in the corridor.
  • Expect noise and light from construction equipment.
  • Motorists should consider additional travel time or an alternate route.

SR 62 (between US 301 and CR39): Maintenance: Shoulder rework starting between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shoulder closures will be in place so use caution in the area.

SR 62 Corridor in Manatee County: Maintenance: Along the SR 62 corridor, crews will be conducting roadside mitered-end replacements.

 

 

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 72/Clark Road (Exit 205): Construction project: Project improvements include reconstructing the existing interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), adding auxiliary lane on I-75 northbound from SR 72 to Bee Ridge Road, widen I-75 southbound from Proctor Road to SR 72, and improvements on Clark Road. This week, crews will work on the ramps, drainage, retaining walls, and paving.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2024.

I-75 and Toledo Blade: Landscaping project: Through the end of June, FDOT will be installing landscaping and associated irrigation within the interchange. Motorists can expect occasional shoulder closures on Toledo Blade and I-75 ramps. Please use caution in the area.

US 41/14th Street West from 63rd Avenue to just past 54th Avenue: Permit project: Starting March 25, Monday, to March 29, Friday, from 9 p.m. to 5 am. crew will be performing roadway testing.  Please use caution and watch for workers in the area.

US 41 from North of Port Commons from north of Port Commons to State College of Florida: Construction project: Project improvements include milling and resurfacing, guardrail, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signalization improvements. Expected completion is fall 2024.

Daytime Activities:

  • Install barrier walls for upcoming lane shifts and close median openings for roadway crossover reconstruction.
  • Median openings at Myakka Drive, Riverwalk Drive, Palm Harbor Drive, Boardwalk, Blackburn Boulevard, Ortega Place, De Miranda Avenue, Eager Street and Hoffman Street will be closed for reconstruction work.
  • Hoffman Street crossover will be removed and remain permanently closed.
  • Motorists will be able to turn right only onto US 41 at these locations.
  • Daytime lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nighttime Activities:

  • Curb removal and turn lane reconstruction between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.
  • Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Motorists should use caution when making U-turns and be aware of workers in the area.

US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point: Construction: Construction on the next phase along a 1.4-mile area of US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point Road is actively underway. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, as well as needed infrastructure improvements to drainage, curb and gutter.

  • At the left turn from US 41 North turning onto SR 72 at Stickney Point towards Siesta Key, the lane width will be reduced. Please use caution as drivers acclimate.

  • Crews continue to work on drainage in the project corridor.

  • Medians: crews are working in the median throughout the project limits. Motorists can expect limited access.

  • From Caribbean Drive to Gulf Gate Road: Temporary lane closures will be necessary to maintain crew safety.

US 41 at Wellen Park Villages D&E Roundabouts: Permit projectConstruction of two roundabouts is underway on US 41. Lane closures are required. Consider alternate routes or add additional travel time during peak hours.

US 41 from Browning Street to Lincoln Drive, Ringling College: Permit project: Through April 1 from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., Ringling College will be removing and replacing sidewalk and making drainage repairs. Motorists should expect temporary intermittent outside lane closures as needed.  Please use caution.

SR 72 Clark Road and the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.  Occasional nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures during construction to install beams will also be needed. Expected completion is winter 2024/2025. Occasional flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 758 Bee Ridge Road Advance Vehicle Detection System Installations: Traffic signal systems management:  Motorists should expect intermittent overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. at Bee Ridge Road and multiple crossing intersections. Motorists should remain alert at all times and exercise caution when traveling in the vicinity.

  • March 22nd, Friday, Murdock Avenue and Lockwood Ridge Road.
  • March 25th, Monday, Beneva Road, Sawyer Road, and McIntosh Road.
  • March 26th, Tuesday, Honore Avenue, Center Gate/Woodmont and Maxfield Drive.
  • March 27th, Wednesday, Cattlemen Road, Mauna Loa.
  • March 28th, Thursday, I-75 North and Southbound ramps.

SR 758 Bee Ridge Road at the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 776 at the Northeast Corner of Manasota Beach Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, Sarasota County will be constructing intersection improvements, including a right turn lane and signalization.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. motorists can expect an intermittent outside northbound lane closure on SR 776.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: Motorists can expect pond excavation near Venice Avenue and just north of Rambler’s Rest RV Park on the northbound roadway. Embankment activities continue on the southbound roadway from US 41 to Stoney Creek Boulevard. Drainage structures, pipe, curb and gutter, and gravity wall installations will also continue throughout the project. Signal, ITS, and lighting work is also on-going throughout the project.  Trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.

SR 789 between Longboat Key Club Drive to Harbourside Drive: Permit project: Town of Longboat Key is relocating existing underground utilities and installing sewer line while a new development will be constructing right and left turn lanes and constructing driveways, sidewalk, and drainage.  Motorists can expect alternating intermittent northbound/southbound lane closures through March from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 789 from Longboat Club Road to SR 64: Construction project: Crews will be placing safety enhancements through the corridor. Temporary lane shifts or closures will be needed so motorists should use caution.

SR 681 from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: The ongoing resurfacing project will improve drainage, provide a cross-slope correction for leveling and comfort, new guardrail, updated signing and marking, install intelligent transportation equipment and signalization. Paving on the project has started so motorists should expect temporary lane closures for the duration of the project.

  • Crews will have intermittent lane closures on SR 681 from Honore Avenue to US 41.
  • Crews will continue to pave the roadway throughout the project limits.
  • Motorists should anticipate slower moving traffic or consider an alternate route.
  • Noise from construction equipment should be anticipated for the duration.
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PUBLIC NOTICE :: MPO Board Meeting on March 25, 2024

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Sarasota/Manatee MPO will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on March 25, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. (Note New Time) at the Double Tree by Hilton (Previously the Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport) 8009 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida. Meeting Materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Friday, March 15, 2024.

PUBLIC COMMENT:
There are five (5) ways for the public to participate:

  1. In person at the MPO Board Meeting by filling out a comment card.
  2. Written comments will be accepted before, during, and after the meeting. All written comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Assistant Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name, email address, and phone number with your written comment.
  3. The MPO Board meeting will be live streamed on Monday, March 25, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. The public can view the meetings and comment during the meetings using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742 or at https://facebook.com/Sarasota/ManateeMPO/.
  4. The public may call-in by phone and leave voice comments. Telephone Number 1-855-925-2801; Meeting code 8196.
  5. For those wishing to address members of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Board directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Assistant Clerk to the Board, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2024 for your comments to be distributed to MPO Board members prior to the meetings. Please provide the following information in the email

a. Subject line (RE): PUBLIC COMMENT FOR MARCH 25, 2024 MPO BOARD MEETING
b. Please include the following information in the body of the email: 1) Name, email, and phone number; 2) The agenda item you wish to address; 3) A summary of your public comment (3000-character limit)
c. Following the receipt of the email, instructions will be sent on how to join the virtual meeting to speak once the Chair calls on you during the public comment period.

The MPO rules of procedure, decorum, and policy governing the public comment period shall be followed, and enforced in the same manner as if the meeting were held in person. During the public comment period, the Chair will ask the public to speak based on the written requests to speak in the order they are received.

It would greatly help MPO staff if questions and comments could be emailed to Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) PRIOR to the beginning of the meetings, and ideally before 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2024.

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

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

The MPO’s planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary who believes they have been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or family status may file a complaint with the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Title VI Coordinator by calling 941-359-5772 or in writing mailed to Sarasota/Manatee MPO, ATTN: Title VI Coordinator, at 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of March 17, 2024

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the       I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on I-75 paving; drainage, utility, and sidewalk work on US 301; and, beam installation, and decking for the construction of the new bridges over the Manatee River.

  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hoursfrom 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 during nighttime/overnight hoursfrom 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on Tidewater Preserve Boulevard through the duration of bridge construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.

  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is mid-2025.

US 41 BUS from 17th to Bayshore Road/ 26th Street, including the 23rd Street Roundabout, Palmetto: Construction:  Work is underway so please use caution in the construction zone and be alert for construction equipment in the area.

  • Extended daytime lane closures are necessary.
  • In late March, crews will continue paving.

  • Motorists should use caution in the area and consider alternate routes.

US 301 from 25th Court East to 13th Avenue East: Construction project: Crews have begun a 7.6-mile improvements project consisting of milling and resurfacing the roadway, widening in areas, base work, curb and gutter, sidewalk, guardrail, drainage improvements, bridge expansion joints, signalization, lighting, and signing and pavement marking.  

  • Motorists should expect shoulder closures including pedestrian access restrictions along the US 301 corridor northbound and southbound between 25th Court East and 9th Avenue East. Alternate pedestrian routes will be clearly posted. To maintain safety, pedestrians should follow the posted detour signage.
  • Beginning on Sunday, March 10, motorists can expect single-lane closures on the northbound and southbound lanes of US 301 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Nighttime work will continue from Sunday nights through Friday mornings for the next several weeks.
  • Motorists can expect right-turn lane closures at the intersections of US 301 and Tallevast Road to 9th Avenue East from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The project’s expected completion is late 2024.

US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road Roundabout: Permit project: Crews are constructing the Manatee County roundabout at the intersection of US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road. A lane shift is in place. Plan for additional travel time or consider an alternate route. Please use caution in the area. Completion is expected by late spring 2024.

SR 789 / 5310 Gulf of Mexico Drive: Maintenance: Sidewalk repairs start March 18, 2024, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. A sidewalk closure will be in place. Please use caution.

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard: Construction project: This project includes widening SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard from a two-lane undivided roadway to a four-lane or six-lane divided roadway, depending on the location, construction of roundabouts on SR 70 at Uihlein Road, Del Webb Boulevard, and Bourneside Boulevard, intersection improvements at the existing signalized intersection of Greenbrook Boulevard and Lorraine Road, construction of four bridges over Braden River crossings, new drainage system, construction 10-foot shared use paths, street lighting, and landscaping, and installation of new fiber optic cable connecting the two signalized intersections to Manatee County’s regional Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS).

This week, crews will be clearing existing vegetation between Greenbrook Boulevard and Bourneside Boulevard on the south side of SR 70 and excavating the Pond area on the southeast corner of Bourneside Boulevard and SR 70. Material will be hauled to the south side of SR 70 east of Bourneside Boulevard and placed as roadway fill. All work will be off the roadway with no planned lane closures. Please use caution and watch for trucks and construction vehicles entering or exiting the work zone by way of the eastbound SR 70 shoulder. Work will occur Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please use caution and be aware of workers and flaggers in the area.

SR 70 at 3 locations - 66th Street East, 24th Street East, and 18th Street Boulevard East: Safety improvements during the Manatee County Schools Spring Break: From March 25th through March 29th temporary delineators will be installed.

SR 70 and Lockwood Ridge Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, motorists can expect an intermittent westbound left turn lane closure, within the duel left turn lanes.  Manatee County is constructing right turn lanes on Lockwood Ridge Road. Please use caution in the area.

SR 70 (53rd Avenue Between US 301 and US 41): Maintenance: Crews will be performing pipe cleaning and mapping located on SR 70 (53rd Avenue) between US 41 and US 301. Motorists can expect alternating lane closures both east and westbound. Work runs through March 29, 2024, from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m.

SR 70 and SR 64 (East of Lorriane Road to County Line): Maintenance: Power shearing starts March 18, 2024, between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Possible shoulder closures. Please use caution.

SR 70 between 9th Street East and US 41: Maintenance: Crews will be working overnight on pipe video and mapping. Please use caution in the area.

SR 64 at Bourneside Boulevard to Rangeland Parkway: Permit: Manatee County has closed this section of Bourneside Boulevard through October. Please choose an alternate route.

SR 64 from 43rd Street West to 15th Street East and from 10th Street West to 10th Street East: Construction project: Construction is underway for the 1.7-mile resurfacing project through the City of Bradenton. Completion is slated for spring 2024.

  • Overnight paving starts March14, from 10th to 10th, and requires intermittent lane closures.
  • Crews will be working on curb removal in the corridor.
  • Expect noise and light from construction equipment.
  • Motorists should consider additional travel time or an alternate route.

SR 64 between Perico Preserve and 43rd Street West: Maintenance: Crews will be striping the roadway overnight.  Motorists should anticipate slower moving traffic and use caution in the area.

SR 62 (between US 301 and CR39): Maintenance: Shoulder rework starting March 18, 2024, between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shoulder closures will be in place so use caution in the area.

SR 62 Corridor in Manatee County: Maintenance: Along the SR 62 corridor, crews will be conducting roadside mitered-end replacements.

 

 

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 72/Clark Road (Exit 205): Construction project: Project improvements include reconstructing the existing interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), adding auxiliary lane on I-75 northbound from SR 72 to Bee Ridge Road, widen I-75 southbound from Proctor Road to SR 72, and improvements on Clark Road. This week, crews will work on the ramps, drainage, retaining walls, and paving.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2024.

I-75 and Toledo Blade: Landscaping project: Through the end of June, FDOT will be installing landscaping and associated irrigation within the interchange. Motorists can expect occasional shoulder closures on Toledo Blade and I-75 ramps. Please use caution in the area.

US 41 from North of Port Commons from north of Port Commons to State College of Florida: Construction project: Project improvements include milling and resurfacing, guardrail, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signalization improvements. Expected completion is fall 2024.

Daytime Activities:

  • Install barrier walls for upcoming lane shifts and close median openings for roadway crossover reconstruction.
  • Median openings at Myakka Drive, Riverwalk Drive, Palm Harbor Drive, Boardwalk, Blackburn Boulevard, Ortega Place, De Miranda Avenue, Eager Street and Hoffman Street will be closed for reconstruction work.
  • Hoffman Street crossover will be removed and remain permanently closed.
  • Motorists will be able to turn right only onto US 41 at these locations.
  • Daytime lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nighttime Activities:

  • Curb removal and turn lane reconstruction between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.
  • Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Motorists should use caution when making U-turns and be aware of workers in the area.

US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point: Construction: Construction on the next phase along a 1.4-mile area of US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point Road is actively underway. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, as well as needed infrastructure improvements to drainage, curb and gutter.

  • At the left turn from US 41 North turning onto SR 72 at Stickney Point towards Siesta Key, the lane width will be reduced. Please use caution as drivers acclimate.

  • Crews continue to work on drainage in the project corridor.

  • Medians: crews are working in the median throughout the project limits. Motorists can expect limited access.

  • From Caribbean Drive to Gulf Gate Road: Temporary lane closures will be necessary to maintain crew safety.

US 41 at Wellen Park Villages D&E Roundabouts: Permit projectConstruction of two roundabouts is underway on US 41. Lane closures are required. Consider alternate routes or add additional travel time during peak hours.

US 41 from Browning Street to Lincoln Drive, Ringling College: Permit project: Starting March 19 through April 1 from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., Ringling College will be removing and replacing sidewalk and making drainage repairs. Motorists should expect temporary intermittent outside lane closures as needed.  Please use caution.

US 301 at Oak Street and Lauren Street: Permit project: The City of Sarasota will be videoing inside manholes overnight on March 19, 2024, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Watch for temporary detour with intermittent lane closures on both the north and southbound directions.

SR 72 Clark Road and the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.  Occasional nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures during construction to install beams will also be needed. Expected completion is winter 2024/2025. Occasional flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 758 Bee Ridge Road at the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 776 at the Northeast Corner of Manasota Beach Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, Sarasota County will be constructing intersection improvements, including a right turn lane and signalization.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. motorists can expect an intermittent outside northbound lane closure on SR 776.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: Motorists can expect pond excavation near Venice Avenue and just north of Rambler’s Rest RV Park on the northbound roadway. Embankment activities continue on the southbound roadway from US 41 to Stoney Creek Boulevard. Drainage structures, pipe, curb and gutter, and gravity wall installations will also continue throughout the project. Signal, ITS, and lighting work is also on-going throughout the project.  Trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.

SR 789 between Longboat Key Club Drive to Harbourside Drive: Permit project: Town of Longboat Key is relocating existing underground utilities and installing sewer line while a new development will be constructing right and left turn lanes and constructing driveways, sidewalk, and drainage.  Motorists can expect alternating intermittent northbound / southbound lane closures through March from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please use caution in the area.

SR 789 from Longboat Club Road to SR 64: Construction project: Crews will be placing safety enhancements through the corridor. Temporary lane shifts or closures will be needed so motorists should use caution.

SR 681 from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: The ongoing resurfacing project will improve drainage, provide a cross-slope correction for leveling and comfort, new guardrail, updated signing and marking, install intelligent transportation equipment and signalization. Paving on the project has started so motorists should expect temporary lane closures for the duration of the project.

  • Crews will have intermittent lane closures on SR 681 from Honore Avenue to US 41.
  • Crews will continue to pave the roadway throughout the project limits.
  • Motorists should anticipate slower moving traffic or consider an alternate route.
  • Noise from construction equipment should be anticipated for the duration.
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