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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of January 29

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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 embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • 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 the overnight hours from 6 p.m. to 6:30 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 early 2025.

US 41 at Green Bridge temporary closure for the Power Boat Regatta: Special Event: from Saturday, February 11, at 5:00 a.m. until Sunday, February 12, at 1 am. the Green Bridge will be closed. Detours to use the DeSoto Bridge will be in place.

Bradenton Side:  Northbound US Business 41 traffic will be directed on to eastbound SR 64, then to northbound US 41/301 for utilization of the DeSoto Bridge, then west on the signalized intersection at 7th Street W in Palmetto.  The right-turn only lane of SR 64 westbound at US Business 41 intersection will be closed and traffic directed to the detour noted above.

Palmetto Side:  Southbound US Business 41 will be directed on to each of 17th St. W, 10th Street West., and 7th Street West, then south on US 41/301 to utilize the DeSoto Bridge, then east on SR 64 back to southbound SR 45/US Business 41.

US 41 from 63rd Street to 53rd Street: Construction: Crews will be working on this access management and resurfacing project, including the construction of 11-foot-wide raised medians and 1-foot-wide traffic separators. Center turn lanes will be closed as medians are installed to improve safety in the corridor and remove conflict points. Motorists should expect temporary lane closures so use caution in the area. Scheduled completion spring 2023.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will be working in the median on drainage, curb placement, and road widening, as well as directional drilling along US 301. Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits. The scheduled completion is in the summer of 2023.

SR 789 over Long Boat Pass Northbound: Bridge improvement:  On Monday, February 6, crews will be working on the northbound bridge overnight from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.  Expect temporary lane closures.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction project: crews will be resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Anticipate uneven pavement, lane closures and use caution in the construction zone. 

 

 

 

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, retaining walls, noise walls, and drainage work.

  • 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 late 2023.

US 41 at Roberts Bay Bridge, Venice: Construction project: Crews are finalizing bridge improvements and do not anticipate any future lane closures until completion. Please continue to use caution in the area.

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is making median modifications, widening paved shoulders, adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes and adding sidewalks along the 1.37-mile section of road. Modifications will be made to existing traffic signals and crosswalks to support the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks.

  • For the next two months, expect lane closures both north and south bound inner lanes as crews work in the medians from Beneva Drive to Caribbean Drive. Consider alternate routes.

  • This week crews will continue to work on drainage.

  • To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance safety, median openings along the corridor will be eliminated. Proceed to the next opening and make a U-turn.

US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point: Construction: Crews have begun the next phase along a 1.4-mile area of US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point Road. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor, including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, improved drainage, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, and curb and gutter improvements. Completion is expected by spring 2023.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles, dump trucks, semi-trucks and heavy equipment entering or exiting the work zone.

Activities Include:

    • Removal and disposal of temporary asphalt used in prior phases.
    • Excavation for pond work off Gulfstream Avenue by the Marina Jacks parking lot.
    • Installation of lighting cable and conduit on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.
    • Installation of light poles on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Installation of a signal mast-arm structure and a signage mast-arm structure on Gulfstream Avenue. Foundations were previously installed two weeks ago.
    • Removal of existing curb and sidewalk on Gulfstream Avenue between US 41 and Sunset Drive.
    • Installation of curb on Gulfstream Avenue between US 41 and Sunset Drive.
    • Installation of sidewalk on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue.
    • Storm drainage pipe video inspection throughout the project.
    • Installation of pond underdrain piping by the Marina Jacks parking lot.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Phase 2B configuration is in place. Motorists on approach yield to motorists within the roundabout. Vehicles within the roundabout have priority and right of way.
    • Palm Avenue, 1st Street, and 2nd Street are closed at the US 41 connection in both directions. Entering and exiting the downtown area via Cocoanut Avenue to Fruitville Road is recommended.
    • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
    • Sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road is closed for reconstruction work. Pedestrians should use Cocoanut Avenue for access to downtown and to the Main Street.
    • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
    • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area. Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

We encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

Construction activities will take place weekdays and weekends, daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is spring 2023.

US 41 South between South Palm Avenue and Hudson Avenue: Permit project:  Through the end of March 2023, crews will be working at the Marie Selby Gardens extending existing turn lanes, adding right turn lanes, making drainage improvements, adding signalization improvements, landscaping improvements, street lighting improvements and signing and pavement improvements.  Motorists should expect temporary inside and outside lane closures. Please use particular caution in the area and watch for pedestrians and workers.

US 41 over the Intercoastal both North and Southbound: Bridge improvement:  On Tuesday and Wednesday, February 7 and 8, crews will be working on the bridge overnight from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.  Expect temporary lane closures.

US 41 at Wellen Park Village Roundabout: Permit projectMotorists can expect lane closures this week as crews begin work to excavate/place temporary base traffic separators and pave on crossovers.  A traffic shift is planned for the week of January 30, 2023.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project: Motorists can expect pond excavation near Venice Avenue on the northbound roadway. Embankment activities continue on the southbound roadway from Center Road to US 41 and on northbound roadway from Center Road to Venice Avenue; trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.   Mulching trees, clearing and grubbing is taking place along the southbound roadway from Observation Boulevard to US 41 and just north of Rambler’s Rest RV Park on northbound roadway. Installation of drainage continues south of Venice Ave along the southbound roadway. TECO Gas crews will also be installing gas main (brown pipe) on northbound roadway along the entire corridor. Overall completion expected mid-2025.

SR 758 Midnight Pass from Stickney Point to Shadow Lawn Way: Construction project: Crews have begun a 1.6-mile roadway and safety improvement project on Midnight Pass Road (SR 758) from Stickney Point Road (SR 72)to Shadow Lawn Way in Sarasota County. Work will consist of milling and resurfacing, shoulder/turn lane widening, sidewalk replacement, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signal and lighting improvements. Expected completion is fall 2023.

  • Both traffic lanes will remain open during construction. Expect lane shifts however as lanes are adjusted so crews can work in the area.
  • Milling and resurfacing will begin after season (post Easter)
  • Expect noise from back-up alarms, trucks, and construction equipment both day and night.
  • Temporary lane closures or flagging operations could be necessary through the duration of the project.

SR 789 around St. Armands Circle: Maintenance work: Crews will be replacing temporary speed bumps at (8) locations on Ringling Boulevard and north Boulevard of the Presidents in the St. Armands Key area. Work will go through Monday, January 30, 2023.  Work will take place nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and require single lane closures.

SR 72 from Sarah Avenue to Mead Avenue: Maintenance: Crews will be conducting maintenance work in the area until March. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures either east or west bound. Use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction crews continue to finalize installation of the roundabout.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews continue construction of the free-flowing roundabout.

  • Expect temporary flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and temporary delays.
  • Please consider alternate routes. 
  • Dove Avenue residents please use the Ibis to Curlew Road access.

Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road, so please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists. 

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews will continue shoulder/ditch grading, sodding, widening turnouts, and side drain installation; paving operations to resume February 3, 2023; expect intermittent lane closures with flaggers on both east and westbound. The expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews are installing traffic signals, yet no lane closures are currently expected.

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Jan
25

Planning Assistant - Now Hiring!

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Planning Assistant

General Information:

Working with the MPO planning team, this exempt, para-professional position provides technical and administrative support involving a wide variety of activities.  Responsible for a variety of administrative and operational duties relating to transportation planning, meeting organization and general office operations.  Coordinates staff activities for the planning team, including the preparation, reporting, and analysis of assigned projects under the supervision of the Planning Manager.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in a standard office environment and involves light physical demands and frequent use of computers and other office equipment.  Lifting materials and/or equipment up to 25 lbs. alone and up to 50 lbs. with assistance.

Job Duties:

Essential Functions:
These are intended only as illustrations of the varies types of work to be performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position.

Assists the planning team with development of Project Priorities, Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Public Participation Plan, Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), and other transportation planning requirements.

Manage and distribute the meeting agenda and materials for Committees and other meetings as assigned.

Attends Committee meetings as assigned that require permanent record, create records of proceedings for meetings, hearings, workshops, and special meetings, and prepare minutes for those meetings as required.

Works with planning team and local transit partners to support transit objectives and to prepare transit reports and grant documents.

Work with other offices outside of the MPO to resolve citizen issues related to planning, and other organizational needs, this includes coordination with counties, municipalities, and different organizations both public and private.

Prepares correspondence, reports, manages staff calendars, and other materials as assigned by management staff.

Prepares documents utilizing Microsoft Office products, Smartsheet and other database programs; composes, edits, and prepares final copy of reports and correspondence.

Assists supervisor with routine administrative functions related to planning and administration.

Prepares legal notices and other official documents as action items for Committee agendas.

Explains departmental programs and receives and dispenses information by telephone, letter, email or by direct contact with the public.

Answer telephone, provide information, direct calls, take messages, return calls and correspondence by mail and email.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school graduate/equivalent. Minimum of two (4) years assistant or technical administrative experience.

AA/Bachelor’s Degree – Minimum of (2) years assistant or technical administrative experience. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Experience in State or Local Government preferred, but not required.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

Knowledge of modern methods, principles, and practices of administration in the area of assignment.

Knowledge of regulations governing legal publication and public disclosure.

Knowledge of agency records, reports, and documentation.

Knowledge of business communications.

Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and equipment.

Ability to keep moderately complex records, to assemble and organize data, and to prepare reports from such records.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with member jurisdictions of the MPO, agencies officials, the general public and MPO staff.

Ability to handle multiple projects at the same time and preform duties effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced environment.

Ability to achieve objectives through teamwork in a deadline-driven environment, handling multiple tasks in an organized and efficient manner.

Ability to make computations and tabulations with speed and accuracy.

Ability to maintain staff Outlook calendars.

Ability to efficiently coordinate all meetings as requested by supervisor.

Ability to create meeting agendas, Power Point presentations, meeting minutes and from time-to-time efficiently speak at official MPO meetings and committee meetings.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Ability to thrive in a dynamic work environment under the pressure of deadlines, and tight work schedules. Knowledge of and experience with the operation of office equipment, office practices and procedures and the skills necessary to accomplish them, the ability to follow, and successfully complete oral and written instructions and procedures.

Must have the ability to maintain confidentiality, as necessary.

Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments, and the general public, and provide quality customer service by maintaining a balance of assertiveness and understanding.

Must possess a valid driver license or the ability to get one within (6) months of employment.

Skill in the proficient operation of a PC and applicable software applications (subject to change):

  • Microsoft Suite of products (Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point, etc.)
  • Copier/Printer
  • Smartsheet
  • OnBase (Preferred but not required)
  • OneSolution (preferred but not required)

Benefits

  • Starting Salary Between $42,000.00 and $52,000.00
  • Comprehensive benefits package – Your Choice Manatee Health Plan
  • Generous vacation/sick leave, 13 paid holidays
  • Florida Retirement System (FRS)
  • Tuition & Professional Development reimbursement
  • Autonomy to grow and find your career path with supportive leadership.

Please fill out the application attached.

To be considered for the position, please send your completed application, resume, and cover letter to Rachel McClain at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Jan
20

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of January 22

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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 embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • 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 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 early 2025.

US 41 from 63rd Street to 53rd Street: Construction: Crews will be working on this access management and resurfacing project, including the construction of 11-foot-wide raised medians and 1-foot-wide traffic separators. Center turn lanes will be closed as medians are installed to improve safety in the corridor and remove conflict points. Motorists should expect temporary lane closures so use caution in the area. Scheduled completion spring 2023.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will be working in the median on drainage, prep for curb placement, and road widening, as well as directional drilling along US 301. Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits. Expect temporary lane closures for the duration. The scheduled completion is in the summer of 2023.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction project: crews will be resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Anticipate uneven pavement, lane closures and use caution in the construction zone.

 

 

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, retaining walls, noise walls, and drainage work.

  • 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 late 2023.

US 41 at Roberts Bay Bridge, Venice: Construction project: Lane closures are expected the week of January 23, 2023. Crews are making bridge improvements and will require single and double lane closures until completion. Please use caution in the area.

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is making median modifications, widening paved shoulders, adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes and adding sidewalks along the 1.37-mile section of road. Modifications will be made to existing traffic signals and crosswalks to support the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks.

  • For the next two months, expect lane closures both north and south bound inner lanes as crews work in the medians from Beneva Drive to Caribbean Drive. Consider alternate routes.

  • To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance safety, median openings along the corridor will be eliminated. Proceed to the next opening and make a U-turn.

US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point: Construction: Crews have begun the next phase along a 1.4-mile area of US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point Road. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor, including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, improved drainage, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, and curb and gutter improvements. Completion is expected by spring 2023.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles, dump trucks, semi-trucks and heavy equipment entering or exiting the work zone.

Activities Include:

    • Removal and disposal of temporary asphalt used in prior phases.
    • Excavation for pond work off Gulfstream Avenue by the Marina Jacks parking lot.
    • Installation of lighting cable and conduit on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.
    • Installation of light poles on US 41 by Main Street.
    • Removal of existing curb and sidewalk on Gulfstream Avenue between US 41 and Sunset Drive.
    • Installation of curb and on Gulfstream Avenue between US 41 and Sunset Drive.
    • Installation of sidewalk on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Phase 2B configuration is in place. Motorists on approach yield to motorists within the roundabout. Vehicles within the roundabout have priority and right of way.
    • Palm Avenue, 1st Street, and 2nd Street are closed at the US 41 connection in both directions. Entering and exiting the downtown area via Cocoanut Avenue to Fruitville Road is recommended.
    • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
    • Sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road is closed for reconstruction work. Pedestrians should use Cocoanut Avenue for access to downtown and to the Main Street.
    • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
    • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area. Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

We encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

Construction activities will take place weekdays and weekends, daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is spring 2023.

US 41 South between South Palm Avenue and Hudson Avenue: Permit project:  Through the end of March 2023, crews will be working at the Marie Selby Gardens extending existing turn lanes, adding right turn lanes, making drainage improvements, adding signalization improvements, landscaping improvements, street lighting improvements and signing and pavement improvements.  Motorists should expect temporary inside and outside lane closures. Please use particular caution in the area and watch for pedestrians and workers.

US 41 at Wellen Park Village Roundabout: Permit projectMotorists can expect lane closures this week as crews begin work excavate/place temporary base traffic separators and pave on crossovers.  A traffic shift is expected the week of January 30, 2023.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project: Motorists can expect pond excavation near Venice Ave (northbound) and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Center Road to US 41; trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.   Mulching trees, clearing and grubbing is taking place along the southbound roadway, from Observation Boulevard to US 41 and installation of drainage from Venice Avenue to I-75 continues. TECO Gas crews will also be installing gas main on northbound roadway along the entire corridor. Overall completion expected mid-2025.

SR 758 Midnight Pass from Stickney Point to Shadow Lawn Way: Construction project: Crews have begun a 1.6-mile roadway and safety improvement project on Midnight Pass Road (SR 758) from Stickney Point Road (SR 72)to Shadow Lawn Way in Sarasota County. Work will consist of milling and resurfacing, shoulder/turn lane widening, sidewalk replacement, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signal and lighting improvements. Expected completion is fall 2023.

  • Both traffic lanes will remain open during construction. Expect lane shifts however as lanes are adjusted so crews can work in the area.
  • Milling and resurfacing will begin after season (post Easter)
  • Expect noise from back-up alarms, trucks, and construction equipment both day and night.
  • Temporary lane closures or flagging operations could be necessary through the duration of the project.

SR 789 around St. Armands Circle: Maintenance work: Crews will be replacing temporary speed bumps at (8) locations on Ringling Boulevard and North Boulevard of the Presidents in the St. Armands Key area. Work will resume on Thursday, January 19, and go through Wednesday, January 25, 2023.  Work will take place nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and require single lane closures.

SR 72 from Sarah Avenue to Mead Avenue: Maintenance: Crews will be conduction maintenance work in the area until March. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures either east or west bound. Use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction crews continue to finalize installation of the roundabout.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews continue construction of the free-flowing roundabout.

  • The project has shifted to Phase 2B closing Dove Avenue for three months.
  • Expect temporary flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and temporary delays.
  • Please use SR 72 at Hawkins Road or an alternate route via Ibis Avenue. 
  • Dove Avenue residents please use the Ibis to Curlew Road access.

Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road, so please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway. 

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews will continue shoulder/ditch grading, sodding, widening turnouts, and side drain installation; expect intermittent lane closures both east and westbound. The expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews are installing traffic signals, yet no lane closures are currently expected.

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Jan
13

PUBLIC NOTICE :: MPO Board Regular Meeting, Joint Meeting with Charlotte County-Punta Gorda MPO, and the Gulf Coast Trail Forum on January 23, 2023

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, January 23, 2023 at 9:30 a.m., a Joint Meeting with the Charlotte County-Punta Gorda MPO at 11:00 a.m., followed by the Gulf Coast Trail Forum at the Venice Community Center, 3206 Nokomis Avenue South, Venice, Florida. Meeting Materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Friday, January 13, 2023.

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, 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 Regular & Joint Board meetings will be live streamed on Monday, January 23, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742.
  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 directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Nanette Eubanks, 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, January 20, 2023 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 JANUARY 23, 2023 REGULAR MPO BOARD MEETING or
PUBLIC COMMENT FOR JANUARY 23, 2023 JOINT 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 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023.

Public Comment: 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 appear 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 January 15

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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 embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • 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 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 early 2025.

US 41 from 63rd Street to 53rd Street: Construction: Crews will be working on this access management and resurfacing project, including the construction of 11-foot-wide raised medians and 1-foot-wide traffic separators. Center turn lanes will be closed as medians are installed to improve safety in the corridor and remove conflict points. Motorists should expect temporary lane closures so use caution in the area. Scheduled completion spring 2023.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will be working in the median on drainage, prep for curb placement, and road widening, as well as directional drilling along US 301. Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits. Expect temporary lane closures for the duration. The scheduled completion is in the summer of 2023.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction project: crews will be resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Anticipate uneven pavement, lane closures and use caution in the construction zone.

 

 

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, retaining walls, noise walls, and drainage work.

  • 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 late 2023.

US 41 at Roberts Bay Bridge, Venice: Construction project: Work is temporarily waiting on materials delivery, expected the week of January 23, 2023. Crews are making bridge improvements and have required single and double lane closures, but there are no expected lane closures the week of January 15, 2023. Please use caution in the area.

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is making median modifications, widening paved shoulders, adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes and adding sidewalks along the 1.37-mile section of road. Modifications will be made to existing traffic signals and crosswalks to support the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks.

  • To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be eliminated. Proceed to the next opening and make a U-turn.
  • Expect lane closures as crews work in the inside lanes and medians from Beneva Drive to Caribbean Drive both northbound and southbound. Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point: Construction: Crews have begun the next phase along a 1.4-mile area of US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point Road. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor, including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, improved drainage, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, and curb and gutter improvements. Completion is expected by spring 2023.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles, dump trucks, semi-trucks and heavy equipment entering or exiting the work zone.

Activities Include:

    • Removal and disposal of temporary asphalt used in prior phases.
    • Excavation for pond work off Gulfstream Avenue by the Marina Jacks parking lot.
    • Grading for sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Installation of sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road. Temporary lane closures will occur while concrete trucks are present.
    • Installation of lighting cable and conduit on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.
    • Installation of two mast-arm foundations on Gulfstream Avenue between Sunset Drive and US 41. Pedestrian detours will be implemented for the south sidewalk on Gulfstream Avenue along the seawall. Please follow signs and devices for detour.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Phase 2B configuration is in place. Motorists on approach yield to motorists within the roundabout. Vehicles within the roundabout have priority and right of way.
    • Palm Avenue, 1st Street, and 2nd Street are closed at the US 41 connection in both directions. Entering and exiting the downtown area via Cocoanut Avenue to Fruitville Road is recommended.
    • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
    • Sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road is closed for reconstruction work. Pedestrians should use Cocoanut Avenue for access to downtown and to the Main Street.
    • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
    • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area. Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

We encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

Construction activities will take place weekdays and weekends, daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is spring 2023.

US 41 South between South Palm Avenue and Hudson Avenue: Permit project:  Through the end of March 2023, crews will be working at the Marie Selby Gardens extending existing turn lanes, adding right turn lanes, making drainage improvements, adding signalization improvements, landscaping improvements, street lighting improvements and signing and pavement improvements.  Motorists should expect temporary inside and outside lane closures. Please use particular caution in the area and watch for pedestrians and workers.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project: Motorists can expect pond excavation near Venice Ave (northbound) and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Center Road to US 41; trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.   Mulching trees, clearing and grubbing is taking place along the southbound roadway, from Observation Boulevard to US 41 and installation of drainage from Venice Avenue to I-75 continues. Drilled shafts for signal mast arms will be installed at each corner of the Venice Avenue/River Road intersection. No lanes will be closed. TECO Gas crews will also be installing gas main on northbound roadway along the entire corridor. Overall completion expected mid-2025.

SR 758 Midnight Pass from Stickney Point to Shadow Lawn Way: Construction project: Crews have begun a 1.6-mile roadway and safety improvement project on Midnight Pass Road (SR 758) from Stickney Point Road (SR 72)to Shadow Lawn Way in Sarasota County. Work will consist of milling and resurfacing, shoulder/turn lane widening, sidewalk replacement, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signal and lighting improvements. Expected completion is fall 2023.

  • Both traffic lanes will remain open during construction. Expect lane shifts however as lanes are adjusted so crews can work in the area.

  • Milling and resurfacing will begin after season (post Easter).

    Expect noise from back-up alarms, trucks, and construction equipment both day and night.

SR 789 around St. Armands Circle: Maintenance work: Crews will be replacing temporary speed bumps at (8) locations on Ringling Boulevard and North Boulevard of the Presidents in the St. Armands Key area. Work will resume on Thursday, January 19, and go through Wednesday, January 25, 2023.  Work will take place nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and require single lane closures.

SR 72 from Sarah Avenue to Mead Avenue: Maintenance: Crews will be conduction maintenance work in the area until March. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures either east or west bound. Use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction crews continue to finalize installation of the roundabout.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews continue construction of the free-flowing roundabout.

  • The project has shifted to Phase 2B closing Dove Avenue for three months.
  • On Wednesday, January 18, there will be a flagging operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. so expect temporary delays.
  • Please use SR 72 at Hawkins Road or an alternate route via Ibis Avenue. 
  • Dove Avenue residents please use the Ibis to Curlew Road access.
  • Motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the duration of the project. 

Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road, so please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway. 

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews will continue shoulder/ditch grading, sodding, widening turnouts, and side drain installation; expect intermittent lane closures both east and westbound. The expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews are installing traffic signals, yet no lane closures are currently expected.

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PUBLIC NOTICE :: Sarasota Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB) Meeting on January 18, 2023

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Sarasota Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board will meet at 1:00 p.m. on January 18, 2023, at the Sarasota/Manatee MPO located at 8100 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 Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

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. 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 Nanette Eubanks, 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 Sarasota LCB meeting will be live streamed at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742.

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 LCB directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 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 JANUARY 18, 2023 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 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 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

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 or in writing mailed to Sarasota/Manatee MPO, ATTN: Title VI Coordinator, at 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

CONTACT: David Machado
Fiscal Coordinator
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PUBLIC NOTICE :: Manatee Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB) Meeting on January 18, 2023

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Manatee Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at the Sarasota/Manatee MPO located at 8100 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 Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

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. 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 Nanette Eubanks, 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 Manatee LCB meeting will be live streamed at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742.

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 Manatee LCB directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 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 JANUARY 18, 2023 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 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 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

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 or in writing mailed to Sarasota/Manatee MPO, ATTN: Title VI Coordinator, at 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

CONTACT: David Machado
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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of January 8

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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 embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • 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 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 early 2025.

US 41 from 63rd Street to 53rd Street: Construction: Crews will be working on this access management and resurfacing project, including the construction of 11-foot-wide raised medians and 1-foot-wide traffic separators. Center turn lanes will be closed as medians are installed to improve safety in the corridor and remove conflict points. Motorists should expect temporary lane closures so use caution in the area. Scheduled completion spring 2023.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will be working in the median on drainage, prep for curb placement, and road widening, as well as directional drilling along US 301. Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits. The scheduled completion is in the summer of 2023.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction project: crews will be resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Anticipate uneven pavement, lane closures and use caution in the construction zone.

 

 

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, retaining walls, noise walls, and drainage work.

  • 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 late 2023.

US 41 at Roberts Bay Bridge, Venice: Construction project: Work is temporarily waiting on materials delivery, expected the week of January 23, 2023. Crews are making bridge improvements and have required single and double lane closures. Please use caution in the area.

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is making median modifications, widening paved shoulders, adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes and adding sidewalks along the 1.37-mile section of road. Modifications will be made to existing traffic signals and crosswalks to support the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks.

  • To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be eliminated. Proceed to the next opening and make a U-turn.
  • Work on the inside lanes and medians is underway from Beneva Drive to Caribbean Drive both northbound and southbound. Expect lane closures. Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point: Construction: Crews have begun the next phase along a 1.4-mile area of US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point Road. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor, including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, improved drainage, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, and curb and gutter improvements. Completion is expected by spring 2023.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: In the final stages of completing, crews will be working within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles, dump trucks, semi-trucks and heavy equipment entering or exiting the work zone.

Activities Include:

    • Removal and disposal of temporary asphalt used in prior phases.
    • Excavation for pond work off Gulfstream Avenue by the Marina Jacks parking lot.
    • Grading for sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Palm Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Installation of concrete traffic separators on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue at connections to the roundabout.
    • Installation of sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Palm Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Installation of lighting cable and conduit throughout the project.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Phase 2B configuration is in place. Motorists on approach yield to motorists within the roundabout. Vehicles within the roundabout have priority and right of way.
    • Palm Avenue, 1st Street, and 2nd Street are closed at the US 41 connection in both directions. Entering and exiting the downtown area via Cocoanut Avenue to Fruitville Road is recommended.
    • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
    • Sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road is closed for reconstruction work. Pedestrians should use Cocoanut Avenue for access to downtown and to the Main Street.
    • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
    • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area. Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

We encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

Construction activities will take place weekdays and weekends, daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is spring 2023.

US 41 South between South Palm Avenue and Hudson Avenue: Permit project:  Through the end of March 2023, crews will be working at the Marie Selby Gardens extending existing turn lanes, adding right turn lanes, making drainage improvements, adding signalization improvements, landscaping improvements, street lighting improvements and signing and pavement improvements.  Motorists should expect temporary inside and outside lane closures. Please use particular caution in the area and watch for pedestrians and workers.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project: Motorists can expect pond excavation near Venice Ave (northbound) and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Center Road to US 41; trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.   Mulching trees, clearing and grubbing is taking place along the southbound roadway, from Observation Boulevard to US 41 and installation of drainage from Venice Avenue to I-75 continues. TECO Gas crews will also be installing gas main on northbound roadway along the entire corridor. Overall completion expected mid-2025.

SR 758 Midnight Pass from Stickney Point to Shadow Lawn Way: Construction project: Crews have begun a 1.6-mile roadway and safety improvement project on Midnight Pass Road (SR 758) from Stickney Point Road (SR 72)to Shadow Lawn Way in Sarasota County. Work will consist of milling and resurfacing, shoulder/turn lane widening, sidewalk replacement, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signal and lighting improvements. Expected completion is fall 2023.

  • Both traffic lanes will remain open during construction. Expect lane shifts however as lanes are adjusted to crews can work in the area.

  • Milling and resurfacing will begin after season (post Easter).

    Expect noise from back-up alarms, trucks, and construction equipment both day and night.

SR 789 around St. Armands Circle: Maintenance work: Crews will be replacing temporary speed bumps at (8) locations on Ringling Boulevard and North Boulevard of the Presidents in the St. Armands Key area through Sunday, January 15, 2023.  Work will take place nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and require single lane closures.

SR 72 from Sarah Avenue to Mead Avenue: Maintenance: Crews will be conduction maintenance work in the area until March. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures either east or west bound. Use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction crews continue to finalize installation of the roundabout.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews continue construction of the free-flowing roundabout.

  • The project has shifted to Phase 2B closing Dove Avenue for three months.
  • Please use SR 72 at Hawkins Road or an alternate route via Ibis Avenue. 
  • Dove Avenue residents please use the Ibis to Curlew Road access.
  • Motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the duration of the project. 

Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road, so please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway. 

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews will continue shoulder/ditch grading, sodding, widening turnouts, and side drain installation; expect intermittent lane closures both east and westbound. The expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews are installing traffic signals, yet no lane closures are currently expected.

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03

PUBLIC NOTICE :: Sarasota/Manatee MPO Joint TAC Meeting with Charlotte County-Punta Gorda MPO and Regular TAC Meeting on January 9, 2023

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that on January 9, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., the Sarasota/Manatee MPO & Charlotte County-Punta Gorda MPO will hold a Joint Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting followed by the Regular TAC Meeting of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO will be held at the MPO Office, 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Meeting materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Thursday, December 29, 2022.

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

1. In person at the TAC meetings, by filling out a comment card.

2. 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 Nanette Eubanks, 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 TAC meetings will be live streamed beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 2023. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742 or at www.facebook.com/SarasotaManateeMPO/

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 TAC directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance.
Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 2023
for your comments to be distributed to TAC and/or CAN members prior to the meeting. Please provide the following
information in the email:

a. Subject line (RE): PUBLIC COMMENT FOR JANUARY 9, 2023 TAC Joint or Regular 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 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 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 2023.

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 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 December 25

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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

In observance of the holiday, FDOT District One construction projects will shut down between Saturday, December 24, 2022, through Tuesday, January 3, 2023. 

SARASOTA COUNTY

In observance of the holiday, FDOT District One construction projects will shut down between Saturday, December 24, 2022, through Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of December 18

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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 embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • In observance of the holidays, no lane or ramp closures will occur between Saturday, December 24, through Tuesday, January, 3, 2023.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • 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 through the duration of the 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 early 2025.

US 41 from 6th Avenue West: Permit project: There will be a southbound outside lane closure on US 41 and 6th Avenue West on Monday and Tuesday, December 5-6, starting at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The City of Bradenton will be repairing an existing waterline.  Please watch for lane closures and allow extra travel time.

US 41 at 64th Avenue: Permit project:  There will be a northbound outside lane closure on US 41 and 64th Avenue from December 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Contractor will be removing existing curb and sidewalk to construct a driveway for the Automotive Dealer.  Please watch for lane closures and allow extra travel time.

US 41 from 63rd Street to 53rd Street: Construction: Crews will be working on this access management and resurfacing project, including the construction of 11-foot-wide raised medians and 1-foot-wide traffic separators. Center turn lanes will be closed as medians are installed to improve safety in the corridor and remove conflict points. Motorists should expect temporary lane closures so use caution in the area. Scheduled completion is expected in spring 2023.

US 301 at 119th Terrace East to Fort Hamer Road Parrish: Permit project: Motorists can expect a westbound inside lane closure through the end of December  while crews extend a median opening and right turn lane into the existing median. Please use caution and watch for crews on site.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will be working in the median on drainage, curb removal, and road widening. Crews will also install new signal and light poles at the Erie Road / Old Tampa Road Intersection. Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits. The scheduled completion is in the summer of 2023.

US 301 just east of Erie Road to 91st Avenue E: Permit project:  Going through the end of December, crews will be constructing two driveway connections and a right turn lane as well as extending a left turn lane.  Please watch for traffic shifts and allow extra travel time. 

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will be resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Anticipate uneven pavement and use caution in the construction zone.

 

 

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, retaining walls, noise walls, and drainage work.

  • In observance of the holidays, no lane or ramp closures will occur between Saturday, December 24, through Tuesday, January 3, 2023.
  • 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 late 2023.

US 41 at Roberts Bay Bridge, Venice: Construction project: Crews will be making bridge improvements and require single and double lane closures on northbound US 41 in the evenings starting at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 18 thru Thursday, December 22. Lanes will be reopened by 7:30 a.m. the following mornings.

US 41 between Bayview Lane and Blackburn Point Road: Permit project: Going through December, FPL crews will be installing power poles. There will be outside north\south bound lane closures. Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is making median modifications, widening paved shoulders, adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes and adding sidewalks along the 1.37-mile section of road. Modifications will be made to existing traffic signals and crosswalks to support the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks.

  • To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be modified, eliminating select turns across traffic. Proceed to the next opening and make a U-turn.
  • Milling of the inside lanes and portions of the medians will last for approximately two weeks from Beneva Drive to Caribbean Drive both northbound and southbound.
  • Temporary lane closures will be needed for the work in the median in both north and southbound lanes.  Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point: Construction: Crews will begin the next phase along a 1.4-mile area of US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point Road. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor, including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, improved drainage, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, and curb and gutter improvements. Completion is expected by spring 2023.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles, dump trucks, semi-trucks and heavy equipment entering or exiting the work zone.

Paving and traffic shift schedule may change due to weather impacts.

Activities Include:

    • Continue paving operation in preparation for traffic shift to Phase 2B. Nightly lane closures will occur, traffic during the day will be restored to normal operation.
    • Traffic will be switched to Phase 2B following the conclusion of paving. This traffic pattern change will be completed in stages, beginning on Sunday, 12/18/22 and Wednesday, 12/21/22. Nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. All lanes will be open in daytime hours.
    • Work will consist of pavement marking removal, temporary barrier wall removal, signage installation and adjustment, signalization work and removal of traffic control devices that are no longer in use.
    • Removal of crossover signals at Main Street and Sunset Drive.
    • Installation of erosion control features for the new Phase 2B alignment.
    • Removal and disposal of temporary asphalt.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Phase 2B configuration is in place. Motorists on approach yield to motorists within the roundabout. Vehicles within the roundabout have priority and right of way.
    • Palm Avenue, 1st Street, and 2nd Street are closed at the US 41 connection in both directions. Entering and exiting the downtown area via Cocoanut Avenue to Fruitville Road is recommended.
    • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
    • Sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road is closed for reconstruction work. Pedestrians should use Cocoanut Avenue for access to downtown and to the Main Street.
    • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
    • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area. Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

We encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone. 

Construction activities will take place weekdays and weekends, daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is spring 2023.

US 41 South between South Palm Avenue and Hudson Avenue: Permit project:  Through the end of March 2023, crews will be working at the Marie Selby Gardens extending existing turn lanes, adding right turn lanes, making drainage improvements, adding signalization improvements, landscaping improvements, street lighting improvements and signing and pavement improvements.  Motorists should expect temporary inside and outside lane closures. Please use caution and watch for workers.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project: This week motorists can expect pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Center Road to US 41; trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.   Mulching trees, clearing and grubbing is taking place along the southbound roadway, from Observation Boulevard to US 41 and installation of drainage from Venice Avenue to I-75 continue. TECO Gas crews will also be installing gas main on northbound roadway. Overall completion expected mid-2025.

Adjacent to River Road on Venice Avenue east to Snook Haven: The road will be closed on Monday, December 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for resurfacing by Sarasota County.

SR 758 Midnight Pass from Stickney Point to Shadow Lawn Way: Construction project: Crews will begin a 1.6-mile roadway and safety improvement project on Midnight Pass Road (SR 758) from Stickney Point Road (SR 72)to Shadow Lawn Way in Sarasota County. Work will consist of milling and resurfacing, shoulder/turn lane widening, sidewalk replacement, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signal and lighting improvements.

Temporary lane closures are expected throughout the duration of the project.

Expect noise from back-up alarms, trucks, and construction equipment both day and night.

Expected completion is fall 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction crews continue finalizing installation of signing and marking, installation of curb and gutter for the outer part of the RAB, installing sidewalk, and installing landscaping.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews continue construction of the free-flowing roundabout.

  • The project has shifted to Phase 2B that closed Dove Avenue for approximately three months.
  • Please use SR 72 at Hawkins or an alternate route to Hawkins Road via Ibis Avenue. 
  • Dove Avenue residents please use the Ibis to Curlew Road access.
  • Motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the duration of the project. 

Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road, so please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Completion is expected in late 2022. 

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews will continue shoulder/ditch grading, sodding, and side drain installation; expect intermittent lane closures both east and westbound. The expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews are installing traffic signals, yet no lane closures are expected. Please use caution.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of December 11

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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 embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • 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 through the duration of the 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 early 2025.

US 41 from 6th Avenue West: Permit project: There will be a southbound outside lane closure on US 41 and 6th Avenue West on Monday and Tuesday, December 5-6, starting at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The City of Bradenton will be repairing an existing waterline.  Please watch for lane closures and allow extra travel time.

US 41 at 64th Avenue: Permit project:  There will be a northbound outside lane closure on US 41 and 64th Avenue from December 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Contractor will be removing existing curb and sidewalk to construct a driveway for the Automotive Dealer.  Please watch for lane closures and allow extra travel time.

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 41 from 63rd Street to 53rd Street: Construction: Crews will be working on this access management and resurfacing project, including the construction of 11-foot-wide raised medians and 1-foot-wide traffic separators. Center turn lanes will be closed as medians are installed to improve safety in the corridor and remove conflict points. Motorists should expect temporary lane closures so use caution in the area. Scheduled completion is expected in spring 2023.

US 301 at 119th Terrace East to Fort Hamer Road Parrish: Permit project: Motorists can expect a westbound inside lane closure through the end of December while crews extend a median opening and right turn lane into the existing median. Please use caution and watch for crews on site.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will be working in the median on drainage, curb removal, and road widening. Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits. The scheduled completion is in the summer of 2023.

US 301 just east of Erie Road to 91st Avenue E: Permit project:  Going through the end of December, crews will be constructing two driveway connections and a right turn lane as well as extending a left turn lane.  Please watch for traffic shifts and allow extra travel time.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will be resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Anticipate uneven pavement and use caution in the construction zone.

 

 

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, retaining walls, noise walls, and drainage work.

  • 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 late 2023.

US 41 at Roberts Bay Bridge, Venice: Construction project: Crews will be making bridge improvements and require lane closures on northbound US 41 in the evenings starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 2nd, through Friday, December 9th, at 7:30 a.m. Lanes open each morning by 7:30 a.m.  No work on Saturday evening, December 3, 2022. The two right northbound lanes will be closed throughout the weekend and will be re-opened to traffic before 7:30 a.m. on Monday.

US 41 between Bayview Lane and Blackburn Point Road: Permit project: Going through December, FPL crews will be installing power poles. There will be outside north\south bound lane closures. Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is making median modifications, widening paved shoulders, adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes and adding sidewalks along the 1.37-mile section of road. Modifications will be made to existing traffic signals and crosswalks to support the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks.

  • Milling of the inside lanes and portions of the medians started on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, and will last for approximately two weeks from Beneva Drive to Caribbean Drive both northbound and southbound. Motorists should expect delays, and limited access to the median turn lanes during this time.
  • To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be modified, eliminating select turns across traffic. Proceed to the next opening and make a U-turn.
  • Temporary lane closures will be needed for the work in the median in both north and southbound lanes.  Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles, dump trucks, semi-trucks and heavy equipment entering or exiting the work zone.

Activities Include:

    • Final grade roadway base material on US 41 from Main Street to Palm Avenue.
    • Excavation for roadway subgrade on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Installation of light poles on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Installing curb on US 41 from Main Street to Fruitville Road.
    • Installing drainage structure tops on US 41 between Palm Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Video inspecting installed drainage pipes and structures throughout the project.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Phase 2A configuration is in place. Motorists going eastbound from the Island will use new asphalt in the future roundabout area. Watch for new traffic patterns, signage, and pavement markings. Traffic patterns for westbound motorists will not be altered under the new configuration.
    • Palm Avenue, 1st Street, and 2nd Street are closed at the US 41 connection in both directions. Entering and exiting the downtown area via Cocoanut Avenue to Fruitville Road is recommended.
    • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
    • Sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road is closed for reconstruction work. Pedestrians should use Cocoanut Avenue for access to downtown and to the Main Street.
    • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
    • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area. Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.
    • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

We encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

Construction activities will take place weekdays and weekends, daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is spring 2023.

US 41 South between South Palm Avenue and Hudson Avenue: Permit project:  Through the end of the year, crews will be working at the Marie Selby Gardens extending existing turn lanes, adding right turn lanes, making drainage improvements, adding signalization improvements, landscaping improvements, street lighting improvements and signing and pavement improvements.  Motorists should expect temporary inside and outside lane closures. Please use caution and watch for workers.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project: This week motorists can expect pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Center Road to US 41; trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.   Mulching trees, clearing and grubbing is taking place along the southbound roadway, from Observation Boulevard to US 41 and installation of drainage from Venice Avenue to I-75. There may be an intermittent flagging operation on Venice Avenue east of River Road as they install pipe across the road. TECO Gas crews will also be installing gas main on northbound roadway. Overall completion expected mid-2025.

SR 758 Midnight Pass from Stickney Point to Shadow Lawn Way: Construction project: Crews will begin a 1.6-mile roadway and safety improvement project on Midnight Pass Road (SR 758) from Stickney Point Road (SR 72)to Shadow Lawn Way in Sarasota County. Work will consist of milling and resurfacing, shoulder/turn lane widening, sidewalk replacement, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signal and lighting improvements. The week’s schedule includes:

  • Sunday, December 4 - Night work, flagging operation to perform grinding, restriping, & placing barrier wall.
  • Monday, December 5 - Day work, set up pedestrian detour per plans.
    Night work, continue flagging operation to complete placing barrier wall.
  • Tuesday, December 6 - Night work. Continue placing barrier wall.
  • No closures for the rest of the week.

Temporary lane closures are expected throughout the duration of the project.

Expect noise from back-up alarms, trucks, and construction equipment both day and night.

Expected completion is fall 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures as FPL crews replace 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction crews continue finalizing installation of signing and marking, installation of curb and gutter for the outer part of the RAB, installing sidewalk, and installing landscaping through completion by the end of December 2022.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews continue construction of the free-flowing roundabout.

  • The project has shifted to Phase 2B that will close Dove Avenue for approximately three months.
  • Please use SR 72 at Hawkins or an alternate route to Hawkins Road via Ibis Avenue. 
  • Dove Avenue residents please use the Ibis to Curlew Road access.
  • Motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the duration of the project. 

Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road, so please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Completion is expected in late 2022. 

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews will continue shoulder/ditch grading, sodding, and side drain installation; expect intermittent lane closures both east and westbound. The expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews are installing traffic signals, yet no lane closures are expected. Please use caution.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for temporary lane shifts or closures.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of December 1

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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 embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • 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 through the duration of the 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 early 2025.

US 41 from 6th Avenue West: Permit project: There will be a southbound outside lane closure on US 41 and 6th Avenue West on Monday and Tuesday, December 5-6, starting at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The City of Bradenton will be repairing an existing waterline.  Please watch for lane closures and allow extra travel time.

US 41 at 64th Avenue: Permit project:  There will be a northbound outside lane closure on US 41 and 64th Avenue from December 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Contractor will be removing existing curb and sidewalk to construct a driveway for the Automotive Dealer.  Please watch for lane closures and allow extra travel time.

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 41 from 63rd Street to 53rd Street: Construction: Crews will be working on this access management and resurfacing project, including the construction of 11-foot-wide raised medians and 1-foot-wide traffic separators. Center turn lanes will be closed as medians are installed to improve safety in the corridor and remove conflict points. Motorists should expect temporary lane closures so use caution in the area. Scheduled completion is expected in spring 2023.

US 301 at 119th Terrace East to Fort Hamer Road Parrish: Permit project: Motorists can expect a westbound inside lane closure through the end of December  while crews extend a median opening and right turn lane into the existing median. Please use caution and watch for crews on site.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will be working in the median on drainage, curb removal, and road widening. Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits. The scheduled completion is in the summer of 2023.

US 301 just east of Erie Road to 91st Avenue E: Permit project:  Going through the end of December, crews will be constructing two driveway connections and a right turn lane as well as extending a left turn lane.  Please watch for traffic shifts and allow extra travel time. 

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will be resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Anticipate uneven pavement and use caution in the construction zone.



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, retaining walls, noise walls, and drainage work.

  • 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 late 2023.

US 41 at Roberts Bay Bridge, Venice: Construction project: Crews will be making bridge improvements and require lane closures on northbound US 41 in the evenings starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 2nd, through Friday, December 9th, at 7:30 a.m. Lanes open each morning by 7:30 a.m.  No work on Saturday evening, December 3, 2022. The two right northbound lanes will be closed throughout the weekend and will be re-opened to traffic before 7:30 a.m. on Monday.

US 41 between Bayview Lane and Blackburn Point Road: Permit project: Going through December, FPL crews will be installing power poles. There will be outside north\south bound lane closures. Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is making median modifications, widening paved shoulders, adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes and adding sidewalks along the 1.37-mile section of road. Modifications will be made to existing traffic signals and crosswalks to support the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks.

  • To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be modified, eliminating select turns across traffic. Proceed to the next opening and make a U-turn.
  • Temporary lane closures will be needed for the work in the median in both north and southbound lanes.  Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles, dump trucks, semi-trucks and heavy equipment entering or exiting the work zone.

Activities Include:

    • Final grade roadway base material on US 41 from Main Street to Palm Avenue.
    • Excavation for roadway subgrade on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Installation of light poles on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Installing curb on US 41 from Main Street to Fruitville Road.
    • Installing drainage structure tops on US 41 between Palm Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Video inspecting installed drainage pipes and structures throughout the project.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Phase 2A configuration is in place. Motorists going eastbound from the Island will use new asphalt in the future roundabout area. Watch for new traffic patterns, signage, and pavement markings. Traffic patterns for westbound motorists will not be altered under the new configuration.
    • Palm Avenue, 1st Street, and 2nd Street are closed at the US 41 connection in both directions. Entering and exiting the downtown area via Cocoanut Avenue to Fruitville Road is recommended.
    • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
    • Sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road is closed for reconstruction work. Pedestrians should use Cocoanut Avenue for access to downtown and to the Main Street.
    • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
    • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area. Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.
    • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

We encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

Construction activities will take place weekdays and weekends, daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is spring 2023.

US 41 South between South Palm Avenue and Hudson Avenue: Permit project:  Through the end of the year, crews will be working at the Marie Selby Gardens extending existing turn lanes, adding right turn lanes, making drainage improvements, adding signalization improvements, landscaping improvements, street lighting improvements and signing and pavement improvements.  Motorists should expect temporary inside and outside lane closures. Please use caution and watch for workers.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project: This week motorists can expect pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Center Road to US 41; trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.   Mulching trees, clearing and grubbing is taking place along the southbound roadway, from Observation Boulevard to US 41 and installation of drainage from Venice Avenue to I-75. There will be an intermittent flagging operation on Venice Avenue east of River Road as they install pipe across the road. TECO Gas crews will also be installing gas main on northbound roadway. Overall completion expected mid-2025.

SR 758 Midnight Pass from Stickney Point to Shadow Lawn Way: Construction project: Crews will begin a 1.6-mile roadway and safety improvement project on Midnight Pass Road (SR 758) from Stickney Point Road (SR 72)to Shadow Lawn Way in Sarasota County. Work will consist of milling and resurfacing, shoulder/turn lane widening, sidewalk replacement, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signal and lighting improvements. The week’s schedule includes:

  • Sunday, December 4 - Night work, flagging operation to perform grinding, restriping, & placing barrier wall.
  • Monday, December 5 - Day work, set up pedestrian detour per plans.
    Night work, continue flagging operation to complete placing barrier wall.
  • Tuesday, December 6 - Night work. Continue placing barrier wall.
  • No closures for the rest of the week.

Temporary lane closures are expected throughout the duration of the project.

Expect noise from back-up alarms, trucks, and construction equipment both day and night.

Expected completion is fall 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures as FPL crews replace 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction crews continue finalizing installation of signing and marking, installation of curb and gutter for the outer part of the RAB, installing sidewalk, and installing landscaping through completion by the end of December 2022.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews continue construction of the free-flowing roundabout.

  • The project has shifted to Phase 2B that will close Dove Avenue for approximately three months.
  • Please use SR 72 at Hawkins or an alternate route to Hawkins Road via Ibis Avenue. 
  • Dove Avenue residents please use the Ibis to Curlew Road access.
  • Motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the duration of the project. 

Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road, so please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Completion is expected in late 2022. 

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews will continue shoulder/ditch grading, sodding, and side drain installation; expect intermittent lane closures both east and westbound. The expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews are installing traffic signals, yet no lane closures are expected. Please use caution.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for temporary lane shifts or closures.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of November 27

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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 embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • 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 through the duration of the 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 early 2025.

US 41 at 63rd Avenue West: Permit project:  There will be southbound outside lane closures on Thursday, December 1,  starting at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The City of Bradenton will be repairing road damage from the previously broken waterline. Please watch for lane closures, use caution and allow extra travel time.

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 41 from 63rd Street to 53rd Street: Construction: Crews will be working on this access management and resurfacing project, including the construction of 11-foot-wide raised medians and 1-foot-wide traffic separators. Center turn lanes will be closed as medians are installed to improve safety in the corridor and remove conflict points. Motorists should expect temporary lane closures so use caution in the area. Scheduled completion is expected in spring 2023.

US 301 at 119th Terrace East to Fort Hamer Road Parrish: Permit project: Motorists can expect a westbound inside lane closure through the end of December  while crews extend a median opening and right turn lane into the existing median. Please use caution and watch for crews on site.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits. There are daytime lane closures expected the week of November 28th near the intersection of US 301 and 72nd Avenue East/Amsterdam Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The scheduled completion is in the summer of 2023.

US 301 just east of Erie Road to 91st Avenue E: Permit project:  Going through the end of December, crews will be constructing two driveway connections and a right turn lane as well as extending a left turn lane.  Please watch for traffic shifts and allow extra travel time.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will be resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Anticipate uneven pavement and use caution in the construction zone.

 

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, retaining walls, noise walls, and drainage work.

  • 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 late 2023.

US 41 at Roberts Bay Bridge, Venice: Construction project: Crews will be making bridge improvements and require temporary lane closures on northbound US 41.

US 41 between Bayview Lane and Blackburn Point Road: Permit project: Going through December, FPL crews will be installing power poles. There will be outside north\south bound lane closures. Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is making median modifications, widening paved shoulders, adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes and adding sidewalks along the 1.37-mile section of road. Modifications will be made to existing traffic signals and crosswalks to support the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks.

  • To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be modified, eliminating select turns across traffic. Proceed to the next opening and make a U-turn.
  • Temporary lane closures will be needed in for the work in the median in both north and southbound lanes.  Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles, dump trucks, semi-trucks and heavy equipment entering or exiting the work zone.

Activities Include:

    • Continue grading of trucked in roadway base material on US 41 from Main Street to Gulfstream Palm Avenue.
    • Excavation for roadway subgrade on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Installation of light poles on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Preparing curb-pad and grading for sidewalk on US 41 from the roundabout to Fruitville R
    • Installing curb and sidewalk on US 41 from Main Street to Fruitville Road.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Phase 2A configuration is in place. Motorists going eastbound from the Island will use new asphalt in the future roundabout area. Watch for new traffic patterns, signage, and pavement markings. Traffic patterns for westbound motorists will not be altered under the new configuration.
    • Palm Avenue, 1st Street, and 2nd Street are closed at the US 41 connection in both directions. Entering and exiting the downtown area via Cocoanut Avenue to Fruitville Road is recommended.
    • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
    • Sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road is closed for reconstruction work. Pedestrians should use Cocoanut Avenue for access to downtown and to the Main Street.
    • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
    • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area. Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.
    • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

We encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

Construction activities will take place weekdays and weekends, daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is spring 2023.

US 41 South between South Palm Avenue and Hudson Avenue: Permit project:  Through the end of the year, crews will be working at the Marie Selby Gardens extending existing turn lanes, adding right turn lanes, making drainage improvements, adding signalization improvements, landscaping improvements, street lighting improvements and signing and pavement improvements.  Motorists should expect temporary inside and outside lane closures. Please use caution and watch for workers.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project: This week motorists can expect pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Center Road to US 41; trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.   Mulching trees, clearing and grubbing is taking place along the southbound roadway, from Observation Boulevard to US 41 and installation of drainage from Venice Avenue to I-75. TECO Gas crews will also be installing gas main on northbound roadway. Overall completion expected mid-2025.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures as FPL crews replace 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction crews continue finalizing installation of signing and marking, installation of curb and gutter for the outer part of the RAB, installing sidewalk, and installing landscaping through completion by the end of December 2022.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews continue construction of the free-flowing roundabout.

  • On November 28, the project will shift to Phase 2B that will close Dove Avenue for approximately three months.
  • Please use SR 72 at Hawkins or an alternate route to Hawkins Road via Ibis Avenue. 
  • Dove Avenue residents please use the Ibis to Curlew Road access for Dove Avenue.
  • Motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the duration of the project. 

Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road, so please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Completion is expected in late 2022. 

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews will continue shoulder/ditch grading, sodding, and side drain installation; expect intermittent lane closures both east and westbound. The expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews are installing traffic signals, yet no lane closures are expected. Please use caution.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for temporary lane shifts or closures.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of November 20

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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 embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, crews will not work from Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, November 27, 2022.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • 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 through the duration of the 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 early 2025.

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 41 from 63rd Street to 53rd Street: Construction: Crews will be working on this access management and resurfacing project, including the construction of 11-foot-wide raised medians and 1-foot-wide traffic separators. Center turn lanes will be closed as medians are installed to improve safety in the corridor and remove conflict points. Motorists should expect temporary lane closures so use caution in the area. Scheduled completion is expected in spring 2023.

US 301 at 119th Terrace East to Fort Hamer Road Parrish: Permit project: Motorists can expect a westbound inside lane closure through the end of December  while crews extend a median opening and right turn lane into the existing median. Please use caution and watch for crews on site.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits and temporary lane closures if needed Monday through Wednesday. There are daytime lane closures expected the week of November 28th near the intersection of US 301 and 72nd Ave East/Amsterdam Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The scheduled completion is in the summer of 2023.

US 301 just east of Erie Road to 91st Avenue E: Permit project:  Going through the end of December, crews will be constructing two driveway connections and a right turn lane as well as extending a left turn lane.  Please watch for traffic shifts and allow extra travel time. 

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will be resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Anticipate uneven pavement and use caution in the construction zone.

 

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, retaining walls, noise walls, and drainage work.

  • In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, crews will not work from Thursday, November 24, through Sunday, November 27, 2022.
  • 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 late 2023.

US 41 at Roberts Bay Bridge, Venice: Construction project: Crews will be making bridge improvements and require lane closures on northbound US 41 in the evenings starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 18, through the weekend ending on Wednesday, November 23, at 3:30 a.m. The right NB lane will be closed throughout the weekend and will be opened to traffic before 7:30 am on Monday.

US 41 between Bayview Lane and Blackburn Point Road: Permit project: Going through December, FPL crews will be installing power poles. There will be outside north\south bound lane closures. Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is making median modifications, widening paved shoulders, adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes and adding sidewalks along the 1.37-mile section of road. Modifications will be made to existing traffic signals and crosswalks to support the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks.

  • To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be modified, eliminating select turns across traffic. Proceed to the next opening and make a U-turn.
  • Temporary lane closures will be needed in for the work in the median in both north and southbound lanes.  Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles, dump trucks, semi-trucks and heavy equipment entering or exiting the work zone.

Activities Include:

    • Grading of trucked in roadway base material on US 41 from Main Street to Gulfstream Palm Avenue.
    • Excavation for roadway subgrade on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Installation of light pole bases and lighting conduit on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Preparing curb-pad and grading for sidewalk on US 41 from the roundabout to Fruitville R
    • Installing curb and sidewalk on US 41 from Main Street to Fruitville Road.
    • Installation of drainage structure and pipe on 2nd Street at the US 41 connection.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Phase 2A configuration is in place. Motorists going eastbound from the Island will use new asphalt in the future roundabout area. Watch for new traffic patterns, signage, and pavement markings. Traffic patterns for westbound motorists will not be altered under the new configuration.
    • Palm Avenue, 1st Street, and 2nd Street are closed at the US 41 connection in both directions. Entering and exiting the downtown area via Cocoanut Avenue to Fruitville Road is recommended.
    • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
    • Sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road is closed for reconstruction work. Pedestrians should use Cocoanut Avenue for access to downtown and to the Main Street.
    • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
    • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area. Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.
    • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

We encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

Construction activities will take place weekdays and weekends, daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is spring 2023.

US 41 South between South Palm Avenue and Hudson Avenue: Permit project:  Through the end of the year, crews will be working at the Marie Selby Gardens extending existing turn lanes, adding right turn lanes, making drainage improvements, adding signalization improvements, landscaping improvements, street lighting improvements and signing and pavement improvements.  Motorists should expect temporary inside and outside lane closures. Please use caution and watch for workers.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project: This week motorists can expect pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Center Road to US 41; trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.   Mulching trees, clearing and grubbing is taking place along the southbound roadway, south of Center Road to US 41 and the pond area just north of Rambler’s Rest RV Park on northbound roadway. Overall completion expected in early 2025.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures as FPL crews replace 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction crews continue finalizing work with installation of curb and gutter for the outer part of the RAB, finalizing installation of signing and marking, installing sidewalk, and installing landscaping through the end of December 2022.  Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is December 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews continue construction of the free-flowing roundabout and will be shifting to Phase 2B that will close Dove Avenue after Thanksgiving for approximately three months.

  • Please use alternate routes to Hawkins Road via Ibis Avenue. 
  • Dove Avenue residents please use the Ibis to Curlew Road access to Dove Avenue.
  • Motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the duration of the project. 

Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road, so please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Completion is expected in late 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews will continue shoulder/ditch grading, sodding, and side drain installation and resume paving operations; expect intermittent lane closures both east and westbound Monday and Tuesday. The expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews are installing traffic signals, yet no lane closures are expected. Please use caution.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for temporary lane shifts or closures.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of November 13

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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 embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • 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 through the duration of the 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 early 2025.

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 41 from 63rd Street to 53rd Street: Construction: Crews will be working on this access management and resurfacing project, including the construction of 11-foot-wide raised medians and 1-foot-wide traffic separators. Center turn lanes will be closed as medians are installed to improve safety in the corridor and remove conflict points. Motorists should expect temporary lane closures so use caution in the area. Scheduled completion is expected in spring 2023.

US 301 at 119th Terrace East to Fort Hamer Road Parrish: Permit project: Motorists can expect a westbound inside lane closure through the end of November  while crews extend a median opening and right turn lane into the existing median. Please use caution and watch for crews on site.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits and temporary lane closures if needed. There are daytime lane closures expected the week of November 14th near the intersection of US 301 and 72nd Ave East/Amsterdam Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The scheduled completion is summer of 2023.

US 301 just east of Erie Road to 91st Avenue E: Permit project:  Going through the end of November, crews will be constructing two driveway connections and a right turn lane as well as extending a left turn lane.  Please watch for traffic shifts and allow extra travel time.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will be resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Anticipate uneven pavement, and use caution in the construction zone.

 

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, retaining walls, noise walls, and drainage work.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. 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 late 2023.

US 41 at Roberts Bay Bridge, Venice: Construction project: Crews will be making bridge improvements and require temporary lane closures on northbound US 41. Please use caution in the area.

US 41 between Bayview Lane and Blackburn Point Road: Permit project: Going through November, FPL crews will be installing power poles. There will be outside north\south bound lane closures. Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is making median modifications, widening paved shoulders, adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes and adding sidewalks along the 1.37-mile section of road. Modifications will be made to existing traffic signals and crosswalks to support the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks.

  • To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be modified, eliminating select turns across traffic. Proceed to the next opening and make a U-turn.
  • Temporary lane closures will be needed in for the work in the median in both north and southbound lanes.  Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles, dump trucks, semi-trucks and heavy equipment entering or exiting the work zone.

Activities Include:

    • Grading of trucked in roadway base material on US 41 from Main Street to Gulfstream Palm Avenue.
    • Excavation for roadway subgrade on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Installation of light pole bases and lighting conduit on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Installing three Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) signal mast-arms.
    • Preparing curb-pad and grading for sidewalk on US 41 from the roundabout to Fruitville R
    • Installation of drainage structure and pipe on 2nd Street at the US 41 connection.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Phase 2A configuration is in place. Motorists going eastbound from the Island will use new asphalt in the future roundabout area. Watch for new traffic patterns, signage, and pavement markings. Traffic patterns for westbound motorists will not be altered under the new configuration.
    • Palm Avenue, 1st Street, and 2nd Street are closed at the US 41 connection in both directions. Entering and exiting the downtown area via Cocoanut Avenue to Fruitville Road is recommended.
    • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
    • Sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road is closed for reconstruction work. Pedestrians should use Cocoanut Avenue for access to downtown and to the Main Street.
    • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
    • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area. Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.
    • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

We encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

Construction activities will take place weekdays and weekends, daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is spring 2023.

US 41 South between South Palm Avenue and Hudson Avenue: Permit project:  Through the end of the year, crews will be working at the Marie Selby Gardens extending existing turn lanes, adding right turn lanes, making drainage improvements, adding signalization improvements, landscaping improvements, street lighting improvements and signing and pavement improvements.  Motorists should expect temporary inside and outside lane closures. Please use caution and watch for workers.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project: This week motorists can expect pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Center Road to US 41; trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.   Mulching trees, clearing and grubbing is taking place along the southbound roadway, south of Center Road to US 41 and the pond area just north of Rambler’s Rest RV Park on northbound roadway. Overall completion expected in early 2025.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures as FPL crews replace 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction crews continue work with installation of curb and gutter for the outer part of the RAB, headwall on the north side of RAB, installing signing and marking, installing street lighting, installing sidewalk, and installing landscaping through December 2022.  The final traffic switch is scheduled for November. Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is late 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews continue construction of the free-flowing roundabout and will be shifting to Phase 2B that will close Dove Avenue after Thanksgiving for approximately three months.

  • Please use alternate routes to Hawkins Road via Ibis Avenue.

  • Dove Avenue residents please use the Ibis to Curlew Road access to Dove Avenue.

  • Motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the duration of the project. 

Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road, so please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Completion is expected in late 2022. 

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews will continue shoulder/ditch grading, sodding, side drain installation and resume paving operations; expect intermittent lane closures both east and westbound. The expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews are installing traffic signals, yet no lane closures are expected. Please use caution.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for temporary lane shifts or closures.

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08

PUBLIC NOTICE :: Sarasota Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB) Meeting on November 9, 2022

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Sarasota Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board will meet at 1:00 p.m. on November 9, 2022, at the Sarasota/Manatee MPO located at 8100 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 Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

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. 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 Nanette Eubanks, 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 Sarasota LCB meeting will be live streamed at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742.

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 LCB directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 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 November 9, 2022 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 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 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

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 or in writing mailed to Sarasota/Manatee MPO, ATTN: Title VI Coordinator, at 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

CONTACT: David Machado
Fiscal Coordinator
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PUBLIC NOTICE :: Manatee Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB) Meeting on November 9, 2022

 

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Manatee Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at the Sarasota/Manatee MPO located at 8100 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 Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

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. 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 Nanette Eubanks, 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 Manatee LCB meeting will be live streamed at 10:00 a.m. on November 9, 2022. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742.

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 Manatee LCB directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8:00 a.m. on November 9, 2022 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 NOVEMBER 9, 2022 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 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 8:00 a.m. on November 9, 2022.

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 or in writing mailed to Sarasota/Manatee MPO, ATTN: Title VI Coordinator, at 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

CONTACT: David Machado
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07

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of November 6

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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 embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • 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 through the duration of the 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 early 2025. 

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 41 from 63rd Street to 53rd Street: Construction: Crews will be working on this access management and resurfacing project, including the construction of 11-foot-wide raised medians and 1-foot-wide traffic separators. Center turn lanes will be closed as medians are installed to improve safety in the corridor and remove conflict points. Motorists should expect temporary lane closures so use caution in the area. Scheduled completion is expected in spring 2023.

US 301 / 15th street East from 49th Ave East to 38th Avenue East: Maintenance: From November 7 through November 10, crews will be working on shoulder blading and rework. Most work will be outside the shoulder however there may be some flagging operations randomly throughout the day.

US 301 at 119th Terrace East to Fort Hamer Road Parrish: Permit project: Motorists can expect the westbound inside lane closure till the end of November,  while crews extend a median opening, right turn lane into the existing median. Please use caution and watch for crews on site.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits and temporary lane closures if needed. There are daytime lane closures expected the week of November 14th near the intersection of US 301 and 72nd Ave East/Amsterdam Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The scheduled completion is in the summer of 2023.

US 301 just east of Erie Road to 91st Avenue E: Permit project:  Going through the end of November, crews will be constructing two driveway connections and a right turn lane as well as extending a left turn lane.  Please watch for traffic shifts and allow extra travel time. 

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will be resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Use caution in the construction zone.

 

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, retaining walls, noise walls, and drainage work.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. 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 late 2023.

US 41 at Roberts Bay Bridge, Venice: Construction project: Crews will be making bridge improvements and require temporary lane closures on northbound US 41. Please use caution in the area.

US 41 between Bayview Lane and Blackburn Point Road: Permit project: Going through November, FPL crews will be installing power poles. There will be outside north\south bound lane closures. Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is making median modifications, widening paved shoulders, adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes and adding sidewalks along the 1.37-mile section of road. Modifications will be made to existing traffic signals and crosswalks to support the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks. To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be modified, eliminating select turns across traffic. Temporary lane closures may be needed for the duration of the project. Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles, dump trucks, semi-trucks and heavy equipment entering or exiting the work zone.

Activities Include:

    • Grading of trucked in roadway base material on US 41 from Main Street to Gulfstream Palm Avenue.
    • Excavation for roadway subgrade on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Installation of light pole bases and lighting conduit on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Installing three Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) signal mast-arms.
    • Placing concrete for curb and sidewalk on US 41 from the roundabout to Fruitville Road.
    • Preparing curb-pad and grading for sidewalk on US 41 from the roundabout to Fruitville
    • Installation of drainage structure and pipe on 2nd Street at the US 41 connection.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Phase 2A configuration is in place. Motorists going eastbound from the Island will use new asphalt in the future roundabout area. Watch for new traffic patterns, signage, and pavement markings. Traffic patterns for westbound motorists will not be altered under the new configuration.
    • Palm Avenue, 1st Street, and 2nd Street are closed at the US 41 connection in both directions. Entering and exiting the downtown area via Cocoanut Avenue to Fruitville Road is recommended.
    • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
    • Sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road is closed for reconstruction work. Pedestrians should use Cocoanut Avenue for access to downtown and to the Main Street.
    • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
    • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area. Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.
    • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

We encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

Construction activities will take place weekdays and weekends, daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is spring 2023.

US 41 South between South Palm Avenue and Hudson Avenue: Permit project:  Through the end of the year, crews will be working at the Marie Selby Gardens extending existing turn lanes, adding right turn lanes, making drainage improvements, adding signalization improvements, landscaping improvements, street lighting improvements and signing and pavement improvements.  Motorists should expect temporary inside and outside lane closures. Please use caution and watch for workers.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project: This week motorists can expect pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Center Road to US 41; trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.   Mulching trees, clearing and grubbing is taking place along the southbound roadway, south of Center Road to US 41 and the pond area just north of Rambler’s Rest RV Park on northbound roadway. Overall completion expected in early 2025.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures as FPL crews replace 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction crews continue work with installation of curb and gutter for the outer part of the RAB, headwall on the north side of RAB, installing signing and marking, installing street lighting, installing sidewalk, and installing landscaping through December 2022.  The final traffic switch is scheduled for Monday evening, November 7, 2022. Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is fall 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews continue construction of the free-flowing roundabout and will be shifting in the coming weeks to Phase 2B that will close Dove Avenue. Please use alternate routes via Ibis Avenue.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the duration of the project.  Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road, so please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Completion is expected in late 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews will continue shoulder/ditch grading, sodding and side drain installation; expect intermittent lane closures both east and westbound. The expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews are installing traffic signals, yet no lane closures are expected. Please use caution in the area.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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28

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of October 30

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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 embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • 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 through the duration of the 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 early 2025.

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 41 from 63rd Street to 53rd Street: Construction: Crews will be working on this access management and resurfacing project, including the construction of 11-foot-wide raised medians and 1-foot-wide traffic separators. Center turn lanes will be closed as medians are installed to improve safety in the corridor and remove conflict points. Motorists should expect temporary lane closures so use caution in the area. Scheduled completion is expected in spring 2023.

US 301 at 119th Terrace East to Fort Hamer Road Parrish: Permit project: Motorists can expect the westbound inside lane to be closed October 31 through November 4,  while crews extend a median opening, right turn lane into the existing median. Please use caution and watch for crews on site.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Project is temporarily suspended.

US 301 just east of Erie Road to 91st Avenue E: Permit project:  Going through the end of November, crews will be constructing two driveway connections and a right turn lane as well as extending a left turn lane.  Please watch for traffic shifts and allow extra travel time.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will be resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Use caution in the construction zone.

 

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, retaining walls, noise walls, and drainage work.

  • 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 late 2023.

US 41 at Roberts Bay Bridge, Venice: Construction project: Crews will be making bridge improvements and require lane closures on northbound US 41 in the evenings starting at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 30, ending on Friday, November 4, at 7:30 a.m.

US 41 between Bayview Lane and Blackburn Point Road: Permit project: Going through November, FPL crews will be installing power poles. There will be outside north\south bound lane closures. Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is making median modifications, widening paved shoulders, adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes and adding sidewalks along the 1.37-mile section of road. Also modifications will be made to existing traffic signals and crosswalks to support the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks. To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be modified, eliminating select turns across traffic. Temporary lane closures may be needed for the duration of the project. Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles, dump trucks, semi-trucks and heavy equipment entering or exiting the work zone.

Activities Include:

    • Grading of trucked in roadway base material on US 41 from Main Street to Gulfstream Palm Avenue.
    • Excavation for roadway subgrade on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Installation of light pole bases and lighting conduit on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Installing three Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) signal mast-arms.
    • Placing concrete for curb and sidewalk on US 41 from the roundabout to Palm Avenue.
    • Installation of drainage structure inlet tops between Main Street and Palm Avenue on US 41.
    • The installation of irrigation sleeves at the Gulfstream Avenue roundabout.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Phase 2A configuration is in place. Motorists going eastbound from the Island will use new asphalt in the future roundabout area. Watch for new traffic patterns, signage, and pavement markings. Traffic patterns for westbound motorists will not be altered under the new configuration.
    • Palm Avenue, 1st Street, and 2nd Street are closed at the US 41 connection in both directions. Entering and exiting the downtown area via Cocoanut Avenue to Fruitville Road is recommended.
    • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
    • Sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road is closed for reconstruction work. Pedestrians should use Cocoanut Avenue for access to downtown and to the Main Street.
    • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
    • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area. Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.
    • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

We encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

Construction activities will take place weekdays and weekends, daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is spring 2023.

US 41 South between South Palm Avenue and Hudson Avenue: Permit project:  Through the end of the year, crews will be working at the Marie Selby Gardens extending existing turn lanes, adding right turn lanes, making drainage improvements, adding signalization improvements, landscaping improvements, street lighting improvements and signing and pavement improvements.  Motorists should expect temporary inside and outside lane closures. Please use caution and watch for workers.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project: This week motorists can expect pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Center Road to US 41; trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.   Mulching trees, clearing and grubbing is taking place along the southbound roadway, south of Center Road to US 41 and the pond area just north of Rambler’s Rest RV Park on northbound roadway. Overall completion expected in early 2025.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures as FPL crews replace 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction crews continue work with installation of curb and gutter for the outer part of the RAB, headwall on the north side of RAB, installing signing and marking, installing street lighting, installing sidewalk, and installing landscaping through November 2022.   Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is fall 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews continue construction of the free-flowing roundabout.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures.  Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road, so please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Completion is expected in late 2022. 

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews will continue shoulder/ditch grading and continue side drain installation, expect intermittent lane closures both east and westbound. The expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews are installing traffic signals, yet no lane closures are expected. Please use caution in the area.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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