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28

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 27, 2020

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 SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, and SR 70. Crews are also working on the retaining walls, excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews will be paving the roadway for the next two weeks. Expect lane closures going both north and south on US 301 during day and overnight hours. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

US 301 at 121st Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway and right turn lane.

  • There will be intermittent lane closures to the outside turn lane on both eastbound or westbound lanes through October 4, 2020.  There will also be intermittent closures to the inside median turn lane on both the eastbound and westbound lanes.
  • Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing a sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2020.

  • Starting as early as September 28, there will be a new traffic pattern, shifting construction to the north side of Cortez Road.  Thru traffic will then use the south side of Cortez Road.
  • Also, with the traffic shift to the north side of Cortez Road, the two outbound lanes of Harbor Landing Drive will be closed.  Traffic into Harbor Landings will be detoured to the west on 127th Street, and the Cortez Road entrance lanes will then become the Harbor Landings exit.
  • Please watch for crews and use caution when traveling through the project corridor.

SR 64 at Rye Road Roundabout: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is scheduled for fall 2020.

  • This week crews will be working on curbs and sidewalks, so motorists should expect intermittent lane closures and/ or flagging operations on SR 64, White Eagle Road and Rye Road from Sunday, September 27, through Friday, October 2.
  • Motorists should use caution, reduce speed, and pay close attention to traffic patterns.

SR 64 at Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road: Construction project: Construction of  a roundabout at SR 64 and Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road includes installing pedestrian activated crossings on all legs of the roundabout, adding lighting and landscaping, and installing a new traffic signal and crosswalks at SR 64 and 117th Street East.  The contractor is Watson Civil Construction, Inc. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting.

  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • The Eastbound travel lanes have been reduced to one lane and shifted to the north side of the median through the project.
  • Travel for both westbound and eastbound traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits at the Greyhawk and Pope Road intersection.
  • Signal work will be taking place at 117th Street East, most of the work will be performed outside of the roadway. There are tentative lane closures of outside or inside travel lanes as needed scheduled on SR 64 for overhead signal installations at various times during the week.  Law enforcement officers will be present.  
  • All scheduled work will take place during daytime hours.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Crews are expected to start grading for the roadway and driveways on the east side of 14th
  • Curb installation in the median area, 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts to continue throughout the week. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, concrete trucks, pickup trucks, and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Truck aprons are scheduled to be installed at 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Traffic going through the roundabouts will be impacted, with some of the movements being restricted.
  • Night work is expected Tuesday night and Wednesday night for paving slight traffic switch. Minor shift in travel lanes is expected. Roundabout functions will remain unchanged. Traffic entering roundabout shall continue to yield.
  • Light pole foundation installation is expected at 10th Street intersection and at the south west corner of 14th Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 will be impacted and may be closed temporarily. Please use designated sidewalk on the east side as an alternate route.
  • Irrigation installation in the medians is expected throughout the week.
  • Crews are also expected to grade for sidewalk and curb on the east side of US 41 on 10th
  • Drainage structure installation continues throughout the week.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions. Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are advised to YEILD to traffic already within the roundabout.
  • Sidewalk on the west side and east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Intermittent sidewalk closures are expected as crews work in the areas.

No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.

Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.

Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.

Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to  Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. Southbound traffic has been shifted onto the newly completed portion of the roadway on the west side of US 41. Northbound traffic on US 41 has been shifted to the newly completed east half of the roundabout. Two lanes of traffic on US 41 will be maintained in each direction during this phase of construction. Due to this traffic shift, the following maintenance of traffic will be in effect:
    • The northbound left turn movement from US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts will not be allowed. The traffic in the left-hand northbound lane of US 41 will need to proceed to 10th Street and make a left turn at the 10th Street signal and turn left onto Van Wezel Way in order to access Boulevard of the Arts  and the amenities west of US 41. All other traffic movements at the US 41-Boulevard of the Arts intersection will continue to be allowed.
    • Fruitville Road will remain closed to westbound traffic between Cocoanut Avenue and US 41 during this phase of construction.
    • Access has been restored from northbound US 41 to Fifth Street, but there will be no access from northbound US 41 to Fourth Street and the alley located between Fourth and Fifth Streets.
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41. Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to 10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns are allowed from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • From Sunday, September 27, through Saturday, October 3, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for roadway work.

SR 776 between Stout Street and Stoner Road: Maintenance permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both the inside and outside lanes for the eastbound and westbound lanes through November 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane and driveway connection.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758 (Higel/ Shell Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive on Siesta Key: Construction project: This project improves drainage, resurfaces the roadway, and improves the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive. 

  • Crews are working on clearing the drainage easement and shoulder work. 
  • Motorists should expect delays due to single lane traffic and flaggers.
  • Beginning Sunday, September 27, through Friday, October 18, expect overnight construction.

The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc. Expected completion is fall 2020, weather permitting. 

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

US 41 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to a six-lane highway; replacing traffic signals, installing new pavement markings and signage; installing concrete curb and sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc. Expected completion is spring 2021. 

  • A new traffic pattern is now in effect for the southbound and northbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews and use caution when traveling through the project corridor.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the west side of the roadway and a temporary pedestrian access pathway has been established on the east side.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, September 27, to Saturday, October 3, to perform drainage pipe installation.
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Sep
24

Sarasota/Manatee Mobility Week

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On September 21, 2020, the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) proclaimed the week of October 30 through November 6, 2020 as Mobility Week.

What is Mobility Week?

Mobility Week is a statewide celebration of making smart, efficient, and safe transportation choices. Mobility Week, counties, cities, and transportation agencies host events to promote safe and sustainable transportation choices.

What happens during Mobility Week?

Mobility Week is an ideal time for counties, cities, and transportation agencies to highlight transportation achievements, roll out new initiatives and/or implement new policies; and

It is also an opportunity for individuals to explore the various transportation choices available to them and think about how multi modal transportation reduces traffic congestion, benefits the environment, and improves community health.

Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit

The 3rd annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit (GCSSS) will be held virtually for the first time. The Summit is a collaborative effort between the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and six metropolitan planning organizations: Forward Pinellas, Hernando/Citrus MPO, Hillsborough MPO, Pasco MPO, Polk TPO, and the Sarasota/Manatee MPO.

The Summit is an educational event that brings together national speakers, public officials, technical staff, sister counties, and community partners to elevate our efforts on how to design and implement safe and equitable transportation facilities for all modes of transportation. Registrations opens September 28, 2020. For more information about the Summit visit: https://www.gulfcoastsafestreetssummit.org/.

Love to Ride Florida

FDOT invites you to take part in the Love to Ride Florida challenge, which will kick-off on October 30, the first day of Mobility Week, and run through the month of November. Participants can earn points by riding and encouraging others to ride, too. Ride anywhere, anytime, to earn points and enter the drawings for prizes and more. You can participate as part of a team or as an individual. For more information visit: https://www.fdot.gov/projects/mobilityweek/bikechallenge2020.shtm.

Click to Download the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Mobility Week Proclamation

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Sep
24

30-day public comment period is NOW open for the Draft Transform 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan

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The Sarasota/Manatee MPO wants everyone to contribute to the updated DRAFT 2020 Transform 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The document can be downloaded here https://www.mympo.org/m/mandates/lrtp.

The purpose of the 2045 LRTP is to develop future transportation facilities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The LRTP must consider the full complement of transportation modes – roads, bicycles, pedestrians, trails, transit, parking, railroads and airports. The plan includes at least twenty years and must be updated every five years. The 2045 LRTP must include robust public involvement to shape the final plan.

The MPO wants to hear your input on the updated DRAFT Transform 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan. If you have any comments or questions, please let us know by 8:00AM on Monday, October 26, 2020 when the official 30-day comment period closes. There is a copy available to view at the MPO Offices. Here are four ways for the public to comment on the LRTP:

  1. Leave a comment at https://www.mympo.org/m/mandates/lrtp
  2. Leave a voice comment by calling 855-925-2801, meeting code: 9698
  3. Email your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. View a copy or Mail your comments to:
    1. ATTN: PUBLIC COMMENT FOR LRTP
    2. 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, FL 34243
  5. Comment at the October 26, 2020 MPO Board Meeting

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

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Sep
22

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

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 SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, and SR 70. Crews are also working on the retaining walls, excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid 2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, installing guardrail and highway lighting, and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing a sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2020.

  • Starting as early as September 28, there will be a new traffic pattern, shifting construction to the north side of Cortez Road.  Thru traffic will then use the south side of Cortez Road.
  • Also, with the traffic shift to the north side of Cortez Road, the two outbound lanes of Harbor Landing Drive will be closed.  Traffic into Harbor Landings will be detoured to the west on 127th Street, and the Cortez Road entrance lanes will then become the Harbor Landings exit.
  • Please watch for crews and use caution when traveling through the project corridor.

SR 64/Manatee Avenue at the railroad crossing between US 41 and Business US 41: Construction project: Crews are installing Rail Dynamic Envelopes (RDE), which are pavement markings at rail crossings used to delineate the area around at-grade railroad crossings where vehicles should not stop.  This week, crews will be installing striping at the crossing.  The contractor is Acme Barricades. Expected completion is mid fall 2020, weather permitting.

SR 64/6th Avenue W at the railroad crossing between US 41 and Business US 41 in: Construction project: Crews are installing Rail Dynamic Envelopes (RDE), which are pavement markings at rail crossings that are used to delineate the area around at-grade railroad crossings where vehicles should not stop.  This week, crews will be installing striping at the crossing.  The contractor is Acme Barricades. Expected completion is mid September 2020, weather permitting.

SR 64 at Rye Road Roundabout: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Crews will be working on the median and roundabout center island on drainage, curbs, and the truck apron around the center island.  IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is scheduled for fall 2020.

  • Motorists should expect flagging operations Sunday, September 20, through Friday, September 25, during nighttime/ overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Motorists should use caution, reduce speed, and pay close attention to traffic patterns.

SR 64 at Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road: Construction project: Construction of  a roundabout at SR 64 and Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road includes installing pedestrian activated crossings on all legs of the roundabout, adding lighting and landscaping, and installing a new traffic signal and crosswalks at SR 64 and 117th Street East.  The contractor is Watson Civil Construction, Inc. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting.

  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • The Eastbound travel lanes have been reduced to one lane and shifted to the north side of the median through the project.
  • Travel for both westbound and eastbound traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits at the Greyhawk and Pope Road intersection.
  • Signal work will be taking place at 117th Street East, most of the work will be performed outside of the roadway at this time. There are tentative lane closures scheduled on SR 64 for signal pole installations at various times during the week.
  • All scheduled work will take place during daytime hours.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Crews are expected to start grading for the roadway and driveways on the east side of 14th
  • Curb installation in the median area, 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts to continue throughout the week. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, concrete trucks, pickup trucks, and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Truck aprons are scheduled to be installed at 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts over the next 2 weeks. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Traffic going through the roundabouts will be impacted, with some of the movements being restricted.
  • Light pole foundation installation is expected at 10th Street intersection and at the south west corner of 14th Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 will be impacted and may be closed temporarily. Please use designated sidewalk on the east side as an alternate route.
  • Irrigation installation in the medians is expected throughout the week.
  • Crews are also expected to grade for sidewalk and curb on the east side of US 41 on 10th
  • Drainage structure installation continues throughout the week.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions. Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are advised to YEILD to traffic already within the roundabout.
  • Sidewalk on the west side and east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Intermittent sidewalk closures are expected as crews work in the areas.

No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.

Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.

Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.

Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 and  Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. Southbound traffic has been shifted onto the newly completed portion of the roadway on the west side of US 41. Northbound traffic on US 41 has been shifted to the newly completed east half of the roundabout. Two lanes of traffic on US 41 will be maintained in each direction during this phase of construction. Due to this traffic shift, the following maintenance of traffic will be in effect:
  • The northbound left turn movement from US 41 to westbound Boulevardof the Arts will not be allowed. The traffic in the left-hand northbound lane of US 41 will need to proceed to 10thStreetand make a left turn at the 10thStreet signal and turn left onto Van Wezel Way in order to access Boulevard of the Arts  and the amenities west of US 41. All other traffic movements at the US 41-Boulevard of the Arts intersection will continue to be allowed.
  • Fruitville Road will remain closed to westbound traffic between Cocoanut Avenue and US 41 during this phase of construction.
  • Access has been restored from northbound US 41 to Fifth Street, but there will be no access from northbound US 41 to Fourth Streetand the alley located between Fourth and Fifth Streets.
  • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41. Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Roadwill need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to 10th Street, then follow 10th Streetto reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
  • No left turns are allowed from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road(in effect through fall 2020).
  • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Streetto Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
  • From Sunday, September 20, through Saturday, September 26, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevardof the Arts for roadway work.

US 301 at 121st Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway and right turn lane.

  • There will be intermittent lane closures to the outside turn lane on both eastbound or westbound lanes through October 4, 2020.  There will also be intermittent closures to the inside median turn lane on both the eastbound and westbound lanes.
  • Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 776 between Stout Street and Stoner Road: Maintenance permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both the inside and outside lanes for the eastbound and westbound lanes through November 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane and driveway connection.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758 (Higel Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive on Siesta Key: Construction project: This project improves drainage, resurfaces the roadway, and improves the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive. 

  • Crews are working on clearing the drainage easement and shoulder work. 
  • Motorists should expect delays due to single lane traffic and flaggers.
  • Beginning Sunday, September 27, through Friday, October 18, expect overnight construction.

The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc. Expected completion is fall 2020, weather permitting.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

US 41 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to a six-lane highway; replacing traffic signals, installing new pavement markings and signage; installing concrete curb and sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc. Expected completion is spring 2021. 

  • A new traffic pattern is now in effect for the southbound and northbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews and use caution when traveling through the project corridor.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the west side of the roadway and a temporary pedestrian access pathway has been established on the east side.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, September 20, to Saturday, September 26, to perform drainage pipe installation.
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10

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch for Week of September 13, 2020

FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 13, 2020

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 SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, and SR 70. Crews are also working on the retaining walls, excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, installing guardrail and highway lighting, and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing a sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2020.

  • Starting as early as September 14, phase 2 of the project will begin, creating a new traffic pattern and shifting construction to the north side of Cortez Road.  Thru traffic will then use the south side of Cortez Road.
  • Also expected as early as September 14, the two outbound lanes of Harbor Landing Drive will be closed.  Traffic into Harbor Landings will be detoured to the west on 127th Street, and the Cortez Road entrance lanes will then become the Harbor Landings exit.
  • Please watch for crews and use caution when traveling through the project corridor.

SR 64 at Rye Road Roundabout: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Crews will be working on the median and roundabout center island on drainage, curbs, and the truck apron around the center island.  IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is scheduled for fall 2020.

  • Motorists should expect flagging operations in the new roundabout during nighttime hours from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Motorists should use caution, reduce speed, and pay close attention to traffic patterns.

SR 64 at Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road: Construction project: Construction of  a roundabout at SR 64 and Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road includes installing pedestrian activated crossings on all legs of the roundabout, adding lighting and landscaping, and installing a new traffic signal and crosswalks at SR 64 and 117th Street East.  The contractor is Watson Civil Construction, Inc. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting.

  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • The Eastbound travel lanes have been reduced to one lane and shifted to the north side of the median through the project.
  • Travel for both westbound and eastbound traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits at the Greyhawk and Pope Road intersection.
  • Signal work will be taking place at 117th Street East, most of the work will be performed outside of the roadway at this time. Towards the end of the week, there are tentative lane closures scheduled on SR 64 for signal pole installations on the outside travel or turn lanes. 
  • All scheduled work will take place during daytime hours.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 681 and Fruitville Road: Maintenance project: Crews are installing new components on the high mast light poles. Crews will be making site upgrades and pole replacements.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is fall 2020, weather permitting.

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Crews are expected to start grading for the roadway and driveways on the east side of 14th
  • Curb installation in the median area, 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts to continue throughout the week. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, concrete trucks, pickup trucks, and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Truck aprons are scheduled to be installed at 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts over the next 2 weeks. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Traffic going through the roundabouts will be impacted, with some of the movements being restricted.
  • Light pole foundation installation at the south west corner of 14th Street is expected. Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 will be impacted and may be closed temporarily. Please use designated sidewalk on the east side as an alternate route.
  • Irrigation installation in the medians is expected throughout the week.
  • Crews are also expected to grade for sidewalk and curb on the east side of US 41 on 10th
  • Drainage structure installation continues throughout the week.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions. Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are advised to YEILD to traffic already within the roundabout.
  • Sidewalk on the west side and east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Intermittent sidewalk closures are expected as crews work in the areas.

No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.

Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.

Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.

Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. Southbound traffic has been shifted onto the newly completed portion of the roadway on the west side of US 41. Northbound traffic on US 41 has been shifted to the newly completed east half of the roundabout. Two lanes of traffic on US 41 will be maintained in each direction during this phase of construction. Due to this traffic shift, the following maintenance of traffic will be in effect:
  • The northbound left turn movement from US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts will not be allowed. The traffic in the left-hand northbound lane of US 41 will need to proceed to 10th Street and make a left turn at the 10th Street signal and turn left onto Van Wezel Way in order to access Boulevard of the Arts  and the amenities west of US 41. All other traffic movements at the US 41-Boulevard of the Arts intersection will continue to be allowed.
  • Fruitville Road will remain closed to westbound traffic between Cocoanut Avenue and US 41 during this phase of construction.
  • Access has been restored from northbound US 41 to Fifth Street, but there will be no access from northbound US 41 to Fourth Street and the alley located between Fourth and Fifth Streets.
  • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to 10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
  • No left turns are allowed from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
  • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
  • From Sunday, September 13, through Saturday, September 19, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for roadway work.

US 301 at 121st Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway and right turn lane.

  • There will be intermittent lane closures to the outside turn lane on both eastbound or westbound lanes through September 18.  There will also be intermittent closures to the inside median turn lane on both the eastbound and westbound lanes.
  • Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 776 between Stout Street and Stoner Road: Maintenance permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both the inside and outside lanes for the eastbound and westbound lanes through November 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane and driveway connection.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758 (Higel Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive on Siesta Key: Construction project: This project improves drainage, resurfaces the roadway, and improves the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive.  Crews are working on clearing the drainage easement and shoulder work.  Motorists should use caution and expect delays due to single lane traffic and flaggers. The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc. Expected completion is fall 2020, weather permitting.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

US 41 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to a six-lane highway; replacing traffic signals, installing new pavement markings and signage; installing concrete curb and sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc. Expected completion is spring 2021. 

  • A new traffic pattern is now in effect for the southbound and northbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews and use caution when traveling through the project corridor.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the west side of the roadway and a temporary pedestrian access pathway has been established on the east side.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, September 13, to Saturday, September 19, to perform drainage pipe installation.
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03

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6, 2020

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 Salt Marsh Bridge: Crews will continue maintenance work on I-75 at the Salt Marsh bridge on Tuesday night, September 8.  Motorists should expect intermittent north bound lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution in the area

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, and SR 70. Crews are also working on the retaining walls, excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River. Estimated completion is mid 2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware construction vehicles will be entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the project.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, installing guardrail and highway lighting, and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

US 301 at 121st Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway and right turn lane.

  • There will be intermittent lane closures to the outside turn lane on both eastbound or westbound lanes through September 11.  There will also be intermittent closures to the inside median turn lane on both the eastbound and westbound lanes.
  • Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing a sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2020.

  • Starting as early as September 14, phase 2 of the project will begin, creating a new traffic pattern and shifting construction to the north side of Cortez Road.  Thru traffic will then use the south side of Cortez Road.
  • Also expected as early as September 14, the two outbound lanes of Harbor Landing Drive will be closed.  Traffic into Harbor Landings will be detoured to the west on 127th Street, and the Cortez Road entrance lanes will then become the Harbor Landings exit.
  • Please watch for crews and use caution when traveling through the project corridor.

SR 684 Cortez Road and SW 30th Street West, 2911 Cortez Road, and Cortez Road and  York Drive: Maintenance project: through Thursday, September 10, motorists can expect periodic lane closures for roadway maintenance and inlet top repairs.  Contractor on the project is Evans Contracting.

SR 64 at Rye Road Roundabout: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Crews will be working on the median and roundabout center island on drainage, curbs, and the truck apron around the center island.  IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is scheduled for fall 2020.

  • Motorists should expect flagging operations in the new roundabout during nighttime hours from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Tuesday evening, September 8, through Friday morning, September 11, for asphalt paving operations.
  • Motorists should use caution, reduce speed, and pay close attention to traffic patterns.

SR 64 at Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road: Construction project: Construction of  a roundabout at SR 64 and Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road includes installing pedestrian activated crossings on all legs of the roundabout, adding lighting and landscaping, and installing a new traffic signal and crosswalks at SR 64 and 117th Street East.  The contractor is Watson Civil Construction, Inc. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting.

  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • The Eastbound travel lanes have been reduced to one lane and shifted to the north side of the median through the project.
  • Travel for both westbound and eastbound traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits at the Greyhawk and Pope Road intersection.
  • Signal work will be taking place at 117th Street East, most of the work will be performed outside of the roadway at this time.
  • All scheduled work will take place during daytime hours.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 681 and Fruitville Road: Maintenance project: Crews are installing new components on the high mast light poles. This week, crews will be preparing the site for the upgrades and start pole replacement.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late September 2020, weather permitting.

US 301 at Fruitville Road and Lockwood Ridge Road at Fruitville Road: Maintenance project: motorists can expect periodic lane closures through Thursday, September 10, for roadway maintenance and inlet top repairs.  Contractor on the project is Evans Contracting.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street:  Construction project: In observance of Labor Day, no construction activities are scheduled for Monday, September 7. Crews continue to work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Crews are expected to start grading for the roadway and driveways on the east side of 14th
  • Curb installation in the median area, 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts to continue throughout the week. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, concrete trucks, pickup trucks, and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Truck aprons are scheduled to be installed at 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts over the next 2 weeks. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Traffic going through the roundabouts will be impacted, with some of the movements being restricted.
  • Light pole foundation installation at the south west corner of 14th Street is expected. Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 will be impacted and may be closed temporarily. Please use designated sidewalk on the east side as an alternate route.
  • Irrigation installation in the medians is expected throughout the week.
  • Crews are also expected to grade for sidewalk and curb on the east side of US 41 on 10th
  • Drainage structure installation continues throughout the week.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions. Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are advised to YEILD to traffic already within the roundabout.
  • Sidewalk on the west side and east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Intermittent sidewalk closures are expected as crews work in the areas.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.

No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.

Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.

Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.

Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

 US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.A new traffic pattern is in effect. Southbound traffic has been shifted onto the newly completed portion of the roadway on the west side of US 41. Northbound traffic on US 41 has been shifted to the newly completed east half of the roundabout. Two lanes of traffic on US 41 will be maintained in each direction during this phase of construction. Due to this traffic shift, the following maintenance of traffic will be in effect:

  • The northbound left turn movement from US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts will not be allowed. The traffic in the left-hand northbound lane of US 41 will need to proceed to 10th Street and make a left turn at the 10th Street signal and turn left onto Van Wezel Way in order to access Boulevard of the Arts  and the amenities west of US 41. All other traffic movements at the US 41-Boulevard of the Arts intersection will continue to be allowed.
  • Fruitville Road will remain closed to westbound traffic between Cocoanut Avenue and US 41 during this phase of construction.
  • Access has been restored from northbound US 41 to Fifth Street, but there will be no access from northbound US 41 to Fourth Street and the alley located between Fourth and Fifth Streets.
  • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to 10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
  • No left turns are allowed from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
  • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
  • From Sunday, September 6, through Saturday, September 12, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for roadway work. No lane closures will occur on Monday, September 7.

SR 776 between Stout Street and Stoner Road: Maintenance permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both the inside and outside lanes for the eastbound and westbound lanes starting September 7 through November 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane and driveway connection.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758 (Higel Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive on Siesta Key: Construction project: This project improves drainage, resurfaces the roadway, and improves the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive.  Crews are working on clearing the drainage easement and shoulder work.  Motorists should use caution and expect delays due to single lane traffic and flaggers. The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc. Expected completion is fall 2020, weather permitting.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

US 41 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to a six-lane highway, replacing traffic signals, installing new pavement markings and signage, installing concrete curb and sidewalks, improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc. Expected completion is spring 2021. 

  • A new traffic pattern is now in effect for the southbound and northbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews and use caution when traveling through the project corridor.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the west side of the roadway and a temporary pedestrian access pathway has been established on the east side.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, September 6, to Saturday, September 12, to perform drainage pipe installation.

 

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31

PUBLIC NOTICE :: SR 780/Fruitville Rd Corridor Vision Plan - Survey #2

Fruitville-Road-Corridor-Vision_Survey-2

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), invites you to join them online for their second survey for the Corridor Vision Plan for SR 780/Fruitville Road in Sarasota County. The survey will go live on Friday, August 28th and run through Monday, September 14th.  The goal for this effort is to formulate a Corridor Vision Plan that will be reflective of where your community would like to be and how we, as a partner, can better understand your needs. Please respond to the for SR 780/Fruitville Road Corridor Vision Plan survey by visiting the project website at: www.swflroads.com/sr780/fruitvillevision

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 30, 2020

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 SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, and SR 70. Crews are also working on the retaining walls, excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River. Estimated completion is mid 2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware construction vehicles will be entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the project.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway.

US 41 at Hernando Desoto Bridge: Maintenance project: Inspection of bridge bearing assessments will begin at 8 p.m., Thursday, September 3, and end at 4 a.m., Friday, September 4.  Expect north bound and south bound intermittent lane closures.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, installing guardrail and highway lighting, and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

US 301 at 121st Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway and right turn lane.

  • There will be intermittent lane closures to the outside turn lane on both eastbound or westbound lanes through September 11.  There will also be intermittent closures to the inside median turn lane on both the eastbound and westbound lanes.
  • Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing a sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2020.

SR 684 Cortez Road and SW 30th Street West, 2911 Cortez Road, and Cortez Road and  York Drive: Maintenance project: Starting Monday, August 31, through Thursday, September 10, motorists can expect periodic lane closures for roadway maintenance and inlet top repairs.  Contractor on the project is Evans Contracting.

SR 64 at Rye Road Roundabout: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Crews will be working on the median and roundabout center island on drainage, curbs, and the truck apron around the center island.  IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is scheduled for fall 2020.

  • Motorists should expect night-time flagging operations from Sunday, August 30, through Friday, September 4, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Crews will continue to work during the Labor Day holiday on Friday, September 4, but there should be no impact to pedestrian or vehicle traffic, no lane closures or material deliveries.
  • Motorists must slow down to 35 mph as they enter the construction zone.
  • Motorists should use caution and pay close attention to the change in traffic patterns.

SR 64 at Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road: Construction project: Construction of  a roundabout at SR 64 and Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road includes installing pedestrian activated crossings on all legs of the roundabout, adding lighting and landscaping, and installing a new traffic signal and crosswalks at SR 64 and 117th Street East.  The contractor is Watson Civil Construction, Inc. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting.

  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • The eastbound travel lanes have been reduced down to one lane and shifted to the north side of the median through the project.
  • Travel for both westbound and eastbound traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits at the Greyhawk and Pope Road intersection.
  • Signal work is scheduled to begin August 31 at 117thStreet east, most of the work will be performed outside of the roadway at this time.
  • All scheduled work will take place during daytime hours.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 681, Bee Ridge Road, and Fruitville Road: Maintenance project: Crews are installing new components on the high mast light poles. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is fall 2020, weather permitting.

US 301 at Fruitville Road and Fruitville Road at Lockwood Ridge Road: Maintenance project: Starting Monday, August 31, through Thursday, September 10, motorists can expect periodic lane closures for roadway maintenance and inlet top repairs.  Contractor on the project is Evans Contracting.

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Crews are expected to start grading for roadway and driveways on the east side of 14th
  • Curb installation in the median area, 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts is expected throughout the week. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, concrete trucks, pickup trucks, and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Truck aprons are scheduled to be installed at 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts over the next 2 weeks. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Traffic going through the roundabouts will be impacted, with some of the movements being restricted.
  • Light pole installation at the south west corner of 14th Street is expected. Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 will be impacted and may be closed temporarily. Please use designated sidewalk on the east side as an alternate route.
  • Irrigation installation in the medians is expected throughout the week.
  • Drainage structure and pipe installation in the median and US 41 at 11th Street is expected. South bound lane closure will be in effect during this work.
  • The driveway for Jefferson center will be graded and concrete poured in preparation for a new driveway. This work has been delayed due to inclement weather and utility conflict. Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Crews are also expected to grade for sidewalk and curb on the east side of US 41 on 10th
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions. Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are advised to YEILD to traffic already within the roundabout.
  • Sidewalk on the west side and east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Intermittent sidewalk closures are expected as crews work in the areas.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.

No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.

Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.

Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.

Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • Beginning Monday, August 31, southbound traffic will be shifted onto the newly completed portion of the roadway on the west side of US 41.
  • Northbound US 41 traffic has been shifted to the newly completed east half of the roundabout. Two lanes of traffic on US 41 will be maintained in each direction during this phase of construction. Due to this traffic shift, the following maintenance of traffic will be in effect:
    • The northbound left turn movement from US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts will not be allowed. The traffic in the left-hand northbound lane of US 41 will need to proceed to 10th Street and make a left turn at the 10th Street signal and turn left onto Van Wezel Way in order to access Boulevard of the Arts  and the amenities west of US 41. All other traffic movements at the US 41-Boulevard of the Arts intersection will continue to be allowed.
    • Fruitville Road will remain closed to westbound traffic between Cocoanut Avenue and US 41 during this phase of construction.
    • Access has been restored from northbound US 41 to Fifth Street, but there will be no access from northbound US 41 to Fourth Street and the alley located between Fourth and Fifth Streets.
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to 10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns are allowed from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
  • From Sunday, August 30, through Saturday, September 5, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for roadway work.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

SR 758 (Higel Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive on Siesta Key: Construction project: This project improves drainage, resurfaces the roadway, and improves the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive.  Crews are working on clearing the drainage easement and shoulder work.  Motorists should use caution and expect delays due to single lane traffic and flaggers. The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc. Expected completion is fall 2020, weather permitting.

US 41 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to a six-lane highway; replacing traffic signals, installing new pavement markings and signage; installing concrete curb and sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc. Expected completion is spring 2021. 

  • A new traffic pattern is now in effect for the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews and use caution when traveling through the project corridor.
  • Beginning Tuesday, September 1, crews will shift northbound traffic toward the west onto the existing roadway where the southbound travel lanes previously had been, weather permitting.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the west side of the roadway.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, August 30, to Thursday, September 3, to perform drainage pipe installation.

US 41 Business at Circus Drawbridge, Intercoastal Waterway, Venice: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be replacing a traffic signal gate arm and housing damaged by a recent accident. Expect delays and south bound lane closure from Monday, August 31, through Tuesday, September 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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20

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2020

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

15th Street East at 23rd Avenue East: Maintenance project: Crews are repairing drainpipes underneath the roadway.  This week, crews will be working on the drainpipe repairs.  Motorists should expect 15th Street East closed at 23rd Avenue East and should follow the posted detour or use local routes.  Motorists are urged to use caution in the construction zone and expect delays.  The contractor is Evan’s Contracting. Expected completion is mid-August 2020, weather permitting.

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, and SR 70. Crews are also working on the retaining walls, excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware construction vehicles will be entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the project.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, installing guardrail and highway lighting, and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

US 301 at 121st Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway and right turn lane. The outside westbound lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Friday, August 21, 2020.

  • Starting Monday, August 24, 2020, through September 11, 2020, there will be intermittent lane closures to the outside turn lane on both eastbound or westbound lanes.  There will also be intermittent closures to the inside median turn lane on
    both the eastbound and westbound lanes.
  • Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing a sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2020.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Crews will be working on the median and roundabout center island on drainage, curbs, and the truck apron around the center island.  IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is scheduled for fall 2020.

  • Motorists should use caution and pay close attention to the change in traffic patterns, reducing speed to 35 mph in the construction zone.
  • For the next two weeks, motorists can expect flaggers directing traffic through the roundabout.

SR 64 at Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road: Construction project: Construction of  a roundabout at SR 64 and Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road includes installing pedestrian activated crossings on all legs of the roundabout, adding lighting and landscaping, and installing a new traffic signal and crosswalks at SR 64 and 117th Street East.  The contractor is Watson Civil Construction, Inc. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting.

  • August 24, 2020, to August 28, 2020, Pope Road is closed to thru traffic.  Utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Blvd/Rye Road.
  • The contractor will finish constructing the temporary roadway shift that will reduce roadway to one lane in each direction on SR 64.
  • The Eastbound travel lane will be shifted to the North side of the existing median This will allow for the construction of the Southern portion of the new roundabout. 
  • The final shift of traffic will take place tentatively on Friday, August 21, 2020.
  • At this time, all scheduled work will take place during daytime hours.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 681, Bee Ridge Road, and Fruitville Road: Maintenance project: Crews are installing new components on the high mast light poles. This week crews will prepare the site for upgrades and begin pole replacement.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is fall 2020, weather permitting.

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Crews are expected to start grading for roadway and driveways on the east side of 14th
  • Crews are preparing to install light pole foundation on the SW corner of 14th Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 is closed at this location during the installation process. Use sidewalk on the east side as a detour.
  • Curb installation in the median area, 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts is expected throughout the week. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, concrete trucks, pickup trucks, and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Truck aprons are scheduled to be installed at 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts over the next 2 weeks. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Traffic going through the roundabouts will be impacted, with some of the movements being restricted.
  • Light pole installation at the south west corner of 14th Street is expected. Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 will be impacted and may be closed temporarily. Please use designated sidewalk on the east side as an alternate route.
  • Irrigation installation in the medians is expected throughout the week.
  • Drainage structure and pipe installation in the median and US 41 at 11th Street is expected. South bound lane closure will be in effect during this work.
  • The driveway for Jefferson center will be graded in preparation for a new driveway. This work has been delayed due to inclement weather and utility conflict. Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Crews are also expected to grade for sidewalk and curb on the east side of US 41 on 10th
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions. Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are advised to YEILD to traffic already within the roundabout.
  • Sidewalk on the west side and east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Intermittent sidewalk closures are expected as crews work in the areas.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.

No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.

Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.

Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.

Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

US 41 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to a six-lane highway; replacing traffic signals, installing new pavement markings and signage; installing concrete curb and sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc. Expected completion is spring 2021. 

  • A new traffic pattern may be in effect beginning Monday, August 24, 2020, for the southbound lanes of US 41. Weather permitting, crews will shift southbound traffic from the existing southbound lanes of US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to the west onto the newly paved roadway.
  • Beginning as early as Friday, August 28, 2020, crews will shift northbound traffic toward the west onto the existing roadway where the southbound travel lanes previously had been, weather permitting.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the west side of the roadway. Please use caution when walking in the project limits as some areas still have designated temporary pedestrian paths around active construction zones.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • Please use caution when traveling through the corridor as the median has narrowed.
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, August 23, 2020, to Saturday, August 29, 2020, to perform drainage pipe installation.

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • Northbound US 41 traffic has been shifted to the newly completed east half of the roundabout while leaving southbound traffic in its existing location. Two lanes of traffic on US 41 will be maintained in each direction during this phase of construction. Due to this traffic shift, the following maintenance of traffic will be in effect:
  • Access has been restored from northbound US 41 to Fifth Street, but there will be no access from northbound US 41 to Fourth Street and the alley located between Fourth and Fifth Streets.
  • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to 10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
  • No left turns are allowed from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
  • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
  • The slip lane from northbound US 41 to turn onto eastbound Fruitville Road has been reopened.
  • From Sunday, August 23, 2020, through Saturday, August 29, 2020, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for roadway work.
  • Pending weather conditions, the next phase of construction may take place as early as Wednesday, August 27, 2020, and will shift southbound traffic on US 41 onto the newly completed portion of the roadway on the west side of US 41. Northbound traffic will remain in its current location. During this phase of construction the remainder of the west side of the roundabout along with the entrance to the Quay property will be constructed.
    • The northbound left turn movement from US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts will not be allowed. The traffic in the left-hand northbound lane of US 41 will need to proceed to 10th Street and make a left turn at the 10th Street signal and turn left onto Van Wezel Way in order to access Boulevard of the Arts  and the amenities west of US 41. All other traffic movements at the US 41-Boulevard of the Arts intersection will continue to be allowed.
    • Fruitville Road will remain closed to westbound traffic between Cocoanut Avenue and US 41 during this phase of construction.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

SR 758 (Higel Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive: Construction project: This project improves drainage, resurfaces the roadway, and improves the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive.  Crews are working on clearing the drainage easement and shoulder work.  The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc. Expected completion is fall 2020, weather permitting

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19

Call for Presentations Now Open!

call-for-presentations-Now-open Call for Presentations Now Open

Virtual 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit 2020
Safe Roads for All Modes
Hosted by the Sarasota/Manatee MPO

As a safety measure against the spread of COVID-19 and with concern for the safety of our members, attendees and staff, the Sarasota/Manatee MPO has decided to move the 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit (GCSSS) 2020 to a virtual event. This educational event focuses on how to design and implement safe and equitable transportation facilities for all modes.

The Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit presentation portal is live! Traditional and COVID-19 related presentation proposals are due by September 18, 2020, 11:59 PM ET.

TOPICS: 6 E’s of Transportation

  • Education
  • Engagement
  • Equity
  • Engineering
  • Enforcement
  • Evaluation

Although GCSSS has identified the topics above as a means to structure the agenda for the 2020 Summit, we are accepting traditional and COVID-19 related proposals.

CLICK HERE to Submit

 

Save the Date: Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit is going virtual!

We are excited to offer you the same vibrant programming, impactful networking, and opportunities to reflect and connect over the emerging and salient topics affecting the safe streets community. The virtual conference will include our regular offerings and opportunities for engagement, including various professional development credits, breakouts, keynote, and space to connect with colleagues, federal partners, and sponsors.

We look forward to having you join us for this fully online event November 17-19. We will be reaching out with complete details and the updated program shortly. #GCSafeStreetsSummit2020

Early Bird Registration Opens September 28, 2020

CLICK HERE to Learn More

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07

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 9, 2020

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

15th Street East at 23rd Avenue East: Maintenance project: Crews are repairing drainpipes underneath the roadway.  This week, crews will be working on the drainpipe repairs.  Motorists should expect 15th Street East closed at 23rd Avenue East and should follow the posted detour; or, use local routes.  Motorists are urged to use caution in the construction zone and expect delays.  The contractor is Evan’s Contracting. Expected completion is mid-August 2020; weather permitting.

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, and SR 70. Crews are also working on the retaining walls, excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

I-75 over Moccasin Wallow Road: Maintenance project: Crews are performing general maintenance on the overpass.  Motorists should expect single and double lane closures from Tuesday, August 18 at 7 p.m. to Wednesday, August 19 at 5 a.m.  The contractor is DBi Services, Inc. Expected completion is mid-August 2020; weather permitting.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is        summer 2020.

US 301 at 121st Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway and right turn lane. The outside westbound lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Friday, September 4. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 789 Longboat Key Drawbridge (1.7 miles south of SR 684): Bridge maintenance project: Watch for intermittent lane closures with flaggers directing traffic at night/overnight from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Thursday, August 13, as crews make repairs to the bridge structure. Use caution and be prepared to stop.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2020.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. This week, crews will be working on the median and roundabout center island on drainage, curbs, and the truck apron around the center island.  Manatee County opened the White Eagle Boulevard connection to the roundabout.  Motorists should use caution and pay close attention to the change in traffic patterns. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 64 at Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road: Construction project: This project builds a roundabout at SR 64 and Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road, installs pedestrian activated crossings on all legs of the roundabout, adds lighting and landscaping, and installs a new traffic signal and crosswalks at SR 64 and 117th Street E.  This week, crews are installing shifting traffic to start work on the roundabout.

  • During construction, Pope Road at SR 64 is closed and SR 64 will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Motorists wishing to use Pope Road from SR 64 may use White Eagle Boulevard as an alternative. 
  • The speed limit through the construction zone on SR 64 will be reduced to 35 mph throughout construction.  FDOT reminds motorists to use caution and be aware of construction workers in the construction zone.

The contractor is Watson Civil Construction, Inc. Expected completion is Summer 2021; weather permitting.


SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 681, SR 758/Bee Ridge Road, and SR 780/Fruitville Road: Maintenance project: Crews are installing new components on the high mast light poles. This week, crews will be preparing the site for the upgrades and start pole replacement.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late August 2020; weather permitting.

US 41 Drawbridge over the Intercoastal Waterway in Venice (0.1 miles north of Venice Avenue): Bridge maintenance project: Watch for intermittent lane closures at night/overnight from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Sunday, August 16 through Thursday, August 20, as crews make repairs to the bridge structure. Use caution and be prepared to merge or stop.

US 41 over the Roberts Bay (0.3 miles north of Business US 41): Bridge maintenance project: Watch for northbound lane closures at night/overnight from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., Thursday, August 13 through Thursday, August 20, as crews make repairs to the bridge structure. Use caution and be prepared to merge or stop.

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Curb installation in the median area, 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts is expected throughout the week. In addition to daytime work, nighttime work is also expected at 14th Street and 15th Street on Sunday, August 9th starting at 6 pm. Current northbound left turns into Hampton Road may be impacted while crews prepare the area for a permanent left turn lane. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, concrete trucks, pickup trucks, and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Truck aprons are scheduled to be installed at 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts over the next 2 weeks. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Traffic going through the roundabouts will be impacted, with some of the movements being restricted.
  • Drainage structure and pipe installation in the median and US 41 at 11th Street is expected. South bound lane closure will be in effect during this work.
  • Crews will be removing or grouting the old sewer main line in the median area of US 41 at the boat ramp. Lane closures will be implemented for this activity.
  • Planting soil installation is expected in the medians. Expect dump trucks unloading material in the median.
  • Drainage pipe installation is expected to continue on 10th Street between US 41 and Cocoanut Avenue. Also, the driveway for Jefferson center will be graded in preparation for a new driveway. This work has been delayed due to inclement weather and utility conflict. Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes. Impacts to The Jefferson Center driveway are expected during the installation. Ingress and egress to the parking area will be coordinated with the building management.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions. Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are advised to YEILD to traffic already within the roundabout.
  • Sidewalk on the west side and east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Intermittent sidewalk closures are expected as crews work in the areas.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.

No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.

Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.

Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.

Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

US 41 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to a six-lane highway; replacing traffic signals, installing new pavement markings and signage; installing concrete curb and sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc. Expected completion is spring 2021. 

  • Beginning as early as the week of August 17, crews will shift traffic from the existing southbound lanes of US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to the west onto the newly paved roadway.
  • Most pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the west side of the roadway. Please use caution when walking in the project limits as some areas still have designated temporary pedestrian paths around active construction zones.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the median has narrowed.
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, August 9, to Saturday, August 15, to perform drainage pipe installation.

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • The slip lane from northbound US 41 to turn onto eastbound Fruitville Road will be closed beginning Wednesday, August 5, until Wednesday, August 12, for necessary construction activities.
  • Beginning Wednesday, August 12, northbound US 41 traffic will be shifted to the newly completed east half of the roundabout while leaving southbound traffic in its existing location. Two lanes of traffic on US 41 will be maintained in each direction during this phase of construction. Access will be restored from northbound US 41 to Fourth Street, Fifth Street and the alley located between them.
  • From Sunday, August 9, through Saturday, August 15, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for roadway work.
  • A new traffic pattern will go into effect on Wednesday, August 12. The northbound travel lanes on US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts will be shifted to the east side of US 41 onto the new roadway.  The southbound travel lanes of US 41 will remain in their current location on the west side of US 41.  Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction during daytime operations. Due to this traffic shift, the following maintenance of traffic will be in effect:
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to 10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns are allowed from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • Access will be restored from northbound US 41 to Fourth and Fifth Streets as well as the alley located between Fourth and Fifth Streets.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

SR 758 (Higel Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive: Construction project: This project improves drainage, resurface the roadway, and improve the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive.  Crews are working on clearing the drainage easement and shoulder work.  The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc. Expected completion is Fall 2020; weather permitting.

SR 72 (Stickney Point Drive) 0.6 miles west of US 41: Bridge maintenance project: Expect intermittent eastbound and westbound lane closures at night/overnight from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday, August 11 and Wednesday, August 12 as crews inspect the bridges. Use caution and be prepared to merge or stop.

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30

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 2, 2020

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 SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, and SR 70. Crews are also working on the retaining walls, excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

  • On Tuesday, August 4, at 10 p.m. through Wednesday, August 5, at 6 a.m., the I-75 southbound off-ramp to SR 70 will be closed, weather permitting.  Motorists wishing to access SR 70 should continue to Exit 213/University Parkway and return to the interstate northbound and use Exit 217/SR 70.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is        summer 2020.

US 301 at 121st Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway and right turn lane. The outside westbound lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Friday, September 4. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2020.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. This week, crews will be working on the median and roundabout center island on drainage, curbs, and the truck apron around the center island.  On Saturday, August 1, 2020, Manatee County will open the White Eagle Boulevard connection to the roundabout.  Motorists should use caution and pay close attention to the change in traffic patterns. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 64 at Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road: Construction project: This project builds a roundabout at SR 64 and Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road, installs pedestrian activated crossings on all legs of the roundabout, adds lighting and landscaping, and installs a new traffic signal and crosswalks at SR 64 and 117th Street E.  This week, crews are installing maintenance of traffic and erosion control devices.

  • During construction, Pope Road at SR 64 will close starting Monday, August 3, 2020, and SR 64 will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
  • Manatee County will open the White Eagle Boulevard connection to SR 64 at Rye Road on Saturday, August 1, 2020.  Motorists wishing to use Pope Road from SR 64 may use White Eagle Boulevard as an alternative. 
  • The speed limit through the construction zone on SR 64 will be reduced to 45 mph throughout construction.  FDOT reminds motorists to use caution and be aware of construction workers in the construction zone.

The contractor is Watson Civil Construction, Inc. Expected completion is Summer 2021; weather permitting.


SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 681, SR 758/Bee Ridge Road, and SR 780/Fruitville Road: Maintenance project: Crews are installing new components on the high mast light poles. This week, crews will be preparing the site for the upgrades and start pole replacement.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late July 2020; weather permitting.

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Curb installation in the median area, 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts is expected throughout the week. In addition to daytime work, nighttime work is also expected at 14th Street and 15th Street to safely perform the work. Current northbound left turns into Hampton Road may be impacted while crews prepare the area for a permanent left turn lane. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, concrete trucks, pickup trucks, and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Truck aprons are scheduled to be installed at 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts over the next 2 weeks. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Traffic going through the roundabouts will be impacted, with some of the movements being restricted.
  • Drainage structure and pipe installation in the median and US 41 at 11th Street is expected. South bound lane closure will be in effect during this work.
  • Crews will be removing or grouting the old sewer main line in the median area of US 41 at the boat ramp. Lane closures will be implemented for this activity.
  • Planting soil installation is expected in the medians. Expect dump trucks unloading material in the median.
  • Drainage pipe installation is expected to continue on 10th Street between US 41 and Cocoanut Avenue. Also, the driveway for Jefferson center will be graded in preparation for a new driveway. Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes. Impacts to The Jefferson Center driveway are expected during the installation. Ingress and egress to the parking area will be coordinated with the building management.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th St have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Sidewalk on the west side and east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Intermittent sidewalk closures are expected as crews work in the areas.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.

No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.

Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.

Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.

Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

US 41 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to a six-lane highway; replacing traffic signals, installing new pavement markings and signage; installing concrete curb and sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc. Expected completion is spring 2021. 

  • Beginning as early as mid-August, crews will shift traffic from the existing southbound lanes of US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to the west onto the newly paved roadway.
  • Most pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the west side of the roadway. Please use caution when walking in the project limits as some areas still have  designated temporary pedestrian paths around active construction zones.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the median has narrowed.
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, August 2, to Saturday, August 8, to perform drainage pipe installation.

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • The slip lane from northbound US 41 to turn onto eastbound Fruitville Road will be closed beginning Wednesday, August 5, until Wednesday, August 12, for necessary construction activities.
  • Beginning Wednesday, August 12, northbound US 41 traffic will be shifted to the newly completed east half of the roundabout while leaving southbound traffic in its existing location. Two lanes of traffic on US 41 will be maintained in each direction during this phase of construction. Access will be restored from northbound US 41 to Fourth Street, Fifth Street and the alley located between them.
  • From Sunday, August 2, through Saturday, August 8, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for roadway work.
  • The travel lanes on US 41 from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic have been maintained in each direction during daytime operations. Due to this traffic shift, the following maintenance of traffic is in effect:
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to 10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns are allowed from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

SR 789 at the Ringling Bridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews will be working on the bridge. Expect intermittent daytime east and westbound left lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 4. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789 at the Little Ringling Bridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect daytime westbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, August 6. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758 (Higel Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive: Construction project: This project improves drainage, resurface the roadway, and improve the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive.  Crews are installing maintenance of traffic and erosion control devices and start the drainage improvements.  The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc. Expected completion is Fall 2020; weather permitting.

SR 578 (Siesta Drive) over the Intercoastal Waterway (1.2 miles west of US 41): Bridge maintenance: Watch for nighttime/overnight lane closures with flaggers directing traffic from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, as crews perform routine bridge maintenance. Use caution and be prepared to stop.

SR 72 at Deer Prairie Slough: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect daytime east and westbound intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, August 3. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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27

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF JULY 26, 2020

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 SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, and SR 70. Crews are also working on the retaining walls, excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 301 at 121st Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway and right turn lane. The outside westbound lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Friday, September 4. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2020.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage, and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10 foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. The new traffic configuration is now in place and motorists will now use the roundabout through the intersection. Use caution and pay close attention to the change in traffic pattern. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 681, SR 758/Bee Ridge Road, and SR 780/Fruitville Road: Maintenance project: Crews are installing new components on the high mast light poles. This week, crews will be preparing the site for the upgrades and start pole replacement.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late July 2020; weather permitting.

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Curb installation in the median area and 14th Street and 10th Street roundabouts is expected throughout the week. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, concrete trucks, pickup trucks, and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Truck aprons are scheduled to be installed at 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts over the next 2 weeks. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Traffic going through the roundabouts will be impacted, with some of the movements being restricted.
  • Drainage structure and pipe installation in the median and US 41 at 11th Street is expected. South bound lane closure will be in effect during this work.
  • Crews will also be testing and connecting a sewer main in the median of US 41 at the boat ramp. The north bound left lane into the boat ramp will be closed for this operation on Monday, July 27. Motorists can use 14th Street roundabout to make a U-Turn to travel south and make a right into the boat ramp driveway.
  • Planting soil installation is expected in the medians. Expect dump trucks unloading material in the median.
  • Drainage pipe installation is expected to continue on 10th Street between US 41 and Cocoanut Avenue. Also, the driveway for Jefferson center will be graded in preparation for a new driveway. Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes. Impacts to The Jefferson Center driveway are expected during the installation. Ingress and egress to the parking area will be coordinated with the building management.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th St have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Sidewalk on the west side and east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Intermittent sidewalk closures are expected as crews work in the areas.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.
  • No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.
  • Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.
  • Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.
  • Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

US 41 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to a six-lane highway; replacing traffic signals, installing new pavement markings and signage; installing concrete curb and sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc. Expected completion is spring 2021. 

  • Beginning as early as mid-August, crews will shift traffic from the existing southbound lanes of US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to the west onto the newly paved roadway.
  • Crews may shift all pedestrian traffic to the newly constructed sidewalk on the west side of the roadway by Friday, July 24.
  • Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the median has narrowed.
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 26, to Saturday, August 1, to perform drainage pipe installation.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • Beginning Sunday, July 26, through Saturday, August 1, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for roadway work.
  • Beginning in early August, crews will establish a new traffic pattern that will shift northbound US 41 traffic from the existing travel lanes on the west side of the roadway to newly paved travel lanes on the east side of US 41. Southbound US 41 traffic will remain in its current configuration. To prepare for this new traffic pattern, crews may temporarily close the eastbound lane of Fruitville Road beginning as early as the week of Monday, August 3. This closure will remain in effect until the new traffic pattern is established.
  • The travel lanes on US 41 from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic have been maintained in each direction during daytime operations. Due to this traffic shift, the following maintenance of traffic is in effect:
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to 10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns are allowed from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.

US 41 from River Road to Woodmere Park Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bus shelter pads; installing guardrail and lighting and improving drainage. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

SR 7989 at the Ringling Bridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews will be working on the bridge. Expect intermittent daytime east and westbound left lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 4. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789 at the Little Ringling Bridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect daytime westbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, August 6. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758 (Higel Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive: Construction project: Crews are making drainage improvements. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. while construction is underway. Heavy Civil, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2020.

SR 72 at Deer Prairie Slough: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect daytime east and westbound intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, August 3. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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20

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK OF JULY 19, 2020

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 SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, and SR 70. Crews are also working on the retaining walls, excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 301 at Erie Road/Old Tampa Highway: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the intersection. Motorists should expect daytime and nighttime lane closures on westbound US 301 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., and eastbound on US 301 from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. while crews are working. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 301 at 121st Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway and right turn lane. The outside westbound lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily beginning Monday, July 20 through Friday, September 4. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2020.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage, and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10 foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. A new traffic pattern is expected to be implemented on Wednesday, July 22. This new traffic pattern will shift traffic into the roundabout configuration.  Motorists should use caution and pay close attention to the change in traffic patterns. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 64 eastbound at 11th Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving lighting and signalization, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight single lane closures on westbound SR 64 from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expect single lane closures on eastbound SR 64 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting and Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 681, SR 758/Bee Ridge Road, and SR 780/Fruitville Road: Maintenance project: Crews are installing new components on the high mast light poles. This week, crews will be preparing the site for the upgrades and start pole replacement.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late July 2020; weather permitting.

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Curb installation in the median area and 14th Street and 10th Street roundabouts is expected throughout the week. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, concrete trucks, pickup trucks and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Truck aprons are scheduled to be installed at 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts over the next 2 weeks. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Traffic going through the roundabouts will be impacted, with some of the movements being restricted.
  • Irrigation pipe installation in the median is expected to continue throughout the week.
  • Soil installation is expected in the medians. Expect dump trucks unloading material in the median.
  • Drainage pipe installation is expected to continue on 10th Street between US 41 and Cocoanut Avenue. Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes. Impacts to The Jefferson Center driveway are expected during the installation. Ingress and egress to the parking area will be coordinated with the building management.
  • Asphalt paving will occur throughout the week along median areas and 13th Street. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, asphalt trucks and crews going in and out of the medians. Lane closures will be present during this work.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th St have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Sidewalk on the west side and east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Intermittent sidewalk closures are expected as crews work in the areas.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.
  • No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.
  • Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.
  • Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.
  • Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

US 41 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to a six-lane highway; replacing traffic signals, installing new pavement markings and signage; installing concrete curb and sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc. Expected completion is spring 2021. 

  • Beginning as early as end of July, crews will shift traffic from the existing southbound lanes of US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to the west onto the newly paved roadway.
  • Crews may shift all pedestrian traffic to the newly constructed sidewalk on the west side of the roadway as early as Monday, July 19.
  • Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the median has narrowed.
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 19, to Saturday, July 25, to perform drainage pipe installation.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • Beginning Sunday, July 19, through Saturday, July 24, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for roadway work.
  • Beginning in early August, crews will establish a new traffic pattern that will shift northbound US 41 traffic from the existing travel lanes on the west side of the roadway to newly paved travel lanes on the east side of US 41. Southbound US 41 traffic will remain in its current configuration. To prepare for this new traffic pattern, crews may temporarily close the eastbound lane of Fruitville Road beginning as early as the week of Monday, July 27. This closure will remain in effect until the new traffic pattern is established.
  • The travel lanes on US 41 from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic have been maintained in each direction during daytime operations. Due to this traffic shift, the following maintenance of traffic is in effect:
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to 10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns are allowed from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.

US 41 from River Road to Woodmere Park Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bus shelter pads; installing guardrail and lighting and improving drainage. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

 

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06

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF JULY 5, 2020

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 SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, and SR 70. Crews are also working on the retaining walls, excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 301 at Erie Road/Old Tampa Highway: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the intersection. Motorists should expect daytime and nighttime lane closures on westbound US 301 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., and eastbound on US 301 from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. while crews are working. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2020.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage, and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10 foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 64 eastbound at 11th Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving lighting and signalization, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight single lane closures on westbound SR 64 from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expect single lane closures on eastbound SR 64 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting and Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 64 over Perico Bayou and Palma Sola Bay: Construction project: Crews are working on the bridges. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are not expected during construction. Olympus Painting Contractor, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 681, SR 758/Bee Ridge Road, and SR 780/Fruitville Road: Maintenance project: This week, crews are installing new components on the high mast light poles. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late May 2020; weather permitting.

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Curb installation in the median area and 14th Street and 10th Street roundabouts is expected throughout the week. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, concrete trucks, pickup trucks and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Truck aprons are scheduled to be installed at 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts Wednesday, July 7th and Thursday, July 8th, during nighttime/overnight. Traffic going through the roundabouts will be impacted, with some of the movements being restricted and traffic detoured.
  • Irrigation pipe installation in the median is expected to continue throughout the week.
  • Drainage pipe installation is expected to continue on 10th Street between US 41 and Cocoanut Avenue. Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes. Impacts to The Jefferson Center driveway are expected during the installation. Ingress and egress to the parking area will be coordinated with the building management.
  • Asphalt paving will occur throughout the week along median areas and 13th Street. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, asphalt trucks and crews going in and out of the medians. Lane closures will be present during this work.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th St have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Sidewalk on the west side and east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Intermittent sidewalk closures are expected as crews work in the areas.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.
  • No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.
  • Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.
  • Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.
  • Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

US 41 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to a six-lane highway; replacing traffic signals, installing new pavement markings and signage; installing concrete curb and sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc. Expected completion is spring 2021. 

  • Crews are planning paving operations for Seaboard Avenue the week of July 12, weather permitting. Motorists should expect intermittent temporary lane closures on Seaboard Avenue the week of July 5 as crews prepare the area for subgrade work.
  • Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the median has narrowed.
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 5, to Saturday, July 11, to perform drainage pipe installation.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • Beginning Sunday, July 5, through Saturday July 11, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for utility work.
  • Beginning Wednesday, July 8, through Thursday, July 9, expect a possible lane closure of the slip lane allowing motorists traveling northbound on US 41 to make a right turn onto eastbound Fruitville Road. Motorists on northbound US 41 desiring to travel east on Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. The travel lanes on US 41 from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction during daytime operations.
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to 10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns are allowed from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.

US 41 from River Road to Woodmere Park Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bus shelter pads; installing guardrail and lighting and improving drainage. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

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29

SR 70 Corridor Vision Plan - Public Survey

MetroQuest_SR70 MetroQuest Survey for Lakewood Ranch Residents

District 1 of the Florida Department of Transportation is developing a vision and action plan for the future of State Road 70. We’ve extended the Lakewood Ranch survey and the SR 70 Corridor Survey until July 6th to give residents a chance to provide their input.

We invite you to take two brief surveys: one about the corridor as a whole and one particular to the community most pertinent to you.

As a main connection between the east and gulf coasts of the state, the corridor supports a significant amount of interregional travel as well as freight and goods movement. The corridor also serves local functions in 5 communities in the Florida Heartland, including Lakewood Ranch, Myakka City, Arcadia, Lake Placid, and Okeechobee. The vision for the corridor will incorporate both corridor and community purposes and contexts, which is why there is a survey for the overall corridor and for each community.

To visit the project page please visit: http://www.swflroads.com/sr70corridorvisionplan/

To access the Lakewood Ranch survey please visit: https://lakewoodranchsr70.metroquest.com/ 

Your expertise, feedback, and ideas will help shape and inform the design and development of an integrated land use and transportation vision for the project corridor, guiding future multi-modal transportation investments and complementary land use policies.

We also invite you to share this survey with your contacts, so that the feedback informing the vision plan is as community-sourced as possible.

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29

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF JUNE 28, 2020

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 SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, and SR 70. Crews are also working on the retaining walls, excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 301 at Erie Road/Old Tampa Highway: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the intersection. Motorists should expect daytime and nighttime lane closures on westbound US 301 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., and eastbound on US 301 from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. while crews are working. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2020.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage, and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10-foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 64 eastbound at 11th Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving lighting and signalization, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight single lane closures on westbound SR 64 from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expect single lane closures on eastbound SR 64 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting and Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 64 over Perico Bayou and Palma Sola Bay: Construction project: Crews are working on the bridges. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are not expected during construction. Olympus Painting Contractor, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 681, SR 758/Bee Ridge Road, and SR 780/Fruitville Road: Maintenance project: This week, crews are installing new components on the high mast light poles. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late May 2020; weather permitting.

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Crews are scheduled to work on Friday July 3rd, but no lane closures are expected.
  • Curb installation and grading in the median area is expected throughout the week. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, pickup trucks and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Asphalt removal and preparation work for the curbs and concrete truck aprons in the 14th Street and 10th Street roundabouts. Expect trucks and equipment moving in and out of the center of the roundabouts.
  • Truck aprons are scheduled to be installed at 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts Wednesday, July 1st and Thursday, July 2nd, during nighttime/overnight. Traffic going through the roundabouts will be impacted, with some of the movements being restricted and traffic detoured.
  • Irrigation pipe installation in the median is expected to continue throughout the week.
  • Crews are also expected to excavate and remove/haul asphalt from the middle of the roundabouts. Dump trucks and equipment will be staged in the center of the roundabout.
  • Drainage pipe installation is expected to continue on 10th Street between US 41 and Cocoanut Avenue. Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes. Impacts to The Jefferson Center driveway are expected during the installation. Ingress and egress to the parking area will be coordinated with the building management.
  • 10th Street east side is expected to be opened to traffic early in the week. However, work is expected in the area with trucks moving in and out of travel lanes.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th St have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Sidewalk on the west side and east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Intermittent sidewalk closures are expected as crews work in the areas.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.
  • No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.
  • Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.
  • Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.
  • Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

US 41 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to a six-lane highway; replacing traffic signals, installing new pavement markings and signage; installing concrete curb and sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc. Expected completion is spring 2021. 

  • Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the median has narrowed.
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, June 28 to Thursday, July 2 to perform drainage pipe installation.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • Beginning Sunday, June 28, through Friday, July 3, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for utility work.
  • Motorists should use caution when making a right turn movement traveling eastbound from northbound US 41 onto Fruitville Road. A new temporary turn lane has been shifted slightly south from where the previous turn lane was located. This turn lane is a much sharper turn.
  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. The travel lanes on US 41 from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction during daytime operations.
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to 10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns are allowed from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • Eastbound traffic on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue will remain open.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.

US 41 from River Road to Woodmere Park Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bus shelter pads; installing guardrail and lighting and improving drainage. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

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22

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF JUNE 21, 2020

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 SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, and SR 70. Crews are also working on the retaining walls, excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

  • On Tuesday, June 16, at 10 p.m. through Wednesday, June 17, at 6 a.m., SR 70 eastbound will be closed, between the I-75 southbound on-ramp and the I-75 northbound off-ramp to SR 70, to allow crews to work on the overpass bridge, weather permitting.  Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour signs or use local routes.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 301 at Erie Road/Old Tampa Highway: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the intersection. Motorists should expect daytime and nighttime lane closures on westbound US 301 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., and eastbound on US 301 from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. while crews are working. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of  SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2020.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10-foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 64 eastbound at 11th Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving lighting and signalization, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight single lane closures on westbound SR 64 from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expect single lane closures on eastbound SR 64 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting and Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 64 over Perico Bayou and Palma Sola Bay: Construction project: Crews are working on the bridges. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are not expected during construction. Olympus Painting Contractor, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 681, SR 758/Bee Ridge Road, and SR 780/Fruitville Road: Maintenance project: This week, crews are installing new components on the high mast light poles. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late May 2020; weather permitting.

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Curb installation and grading in the median area is expected throughout the week. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, pickup trucks and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Asphalt removal and preparation work for the curbs and concrete truck aprons in the 14th Street and 10th Street roundabouts. Expect trucks and equipment moving in and out of the center of the roundabouts.
  • Irrigation pipe installation in the median is expected to continue throughout the week.
  • Crews are also expected to excavate and remove/haul asphalt from the middle of the roundabouts. Dump trucks and equipment will be staged in the center of the roundabout.
  • Drainage pipe installation is expected to continue on 10th Street between US 41 and Cocoanut Avenue. Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes. Impacts to The Jefferson Center driveway are expected during the installation. Ingress and egress to the parking area will be coordinated with the building management.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th St have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Sidewalk on the west side and east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Intermittent sidewalk closures are expected as crews work in the areas.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.
  • No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.
  • Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.
  • Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.
  • Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

US 41 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to a six-lane highway; replacing traffic signals, installing new pavement markings and signage; installing concrete curb and sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc. Expected completion is spring 2021. 

  • Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the median has narrowed.
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, June 21, to Saturday, June 27, to perform drainage pipe installation.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • Beginning Sunday, June 21, through Saturday, June 27, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for utility work.
  • Motorists should use caution when making a right turn movement traveling eastbound from northbound US 41 onto Fruitville Road. A new temporary turn lane has been shifted slightly south from where the previous turn lane was located. This turn lane is a much sharper turn.
  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. The travel lanes on US 41 from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction during daytime operations.
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to 10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns are allowed from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • Eastbound traffic on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue will remain open.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.

US 41 from River Road to Woodmere Park Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bus shelter pads; installing guardrail and lighting and improving drainage. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk, and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

SR 789/John Ringling Boulevard at Coon Key: Maintenance permit project: Crews for the City of Sarasota are installing a water main. Motorists should expect westbound single lane closures through early June while crews are working. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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11

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF JUNE 14, 2020

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 SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, and SR 70. Crews are also working on the retaining walls, excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

  • On Tuesday, June 16, at 10 p.m. through Wednesday, June 17, at 6 a.m., SR 70 eastbound will be closed, between the I-75 southbound on-ramp and the I-75 northbound off-ramp to SR 70, to allow crews to work on the overpass bridge, weather permitting.  Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour signs or use local routes.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 301 at Erie Road/Old Tampa Highway: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the intersection. Motorists should expect daytime and nighttime lane closures on westbound US 301 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., and eastbound on US 301 from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. while crews are working. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2020.

SR 684 at the Cortez Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight intermittent east and westbound lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Sunday, June 14 through Thursday, June 18. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage, and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10 foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 64 eastbound at 11th Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving lighting and signalization, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight single lane closures on westbound SR 64 from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expect single lane closures on eastbound SR 64 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting and Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 64 over Perico Bayou and Palma Sola Bay: Construction project: Crews are working on the bridges. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are not expected during construction. Olympus Painting Contractor, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 681, SR 758/Bee Ridge Road, and SR 780/Fruitville Road: Maintenance project: This week, crews are installing new components on the high mast light poles. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late May 2020; weather permitting.

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Curb installation and grading in the median area is expected throughout the week. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, pickup trucks and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Crews continue work on the Publix driveway to install a new concrete apron for a smoother transition. Work is expected to be completed this week, weather permitting.
  • Irrigation pipe installation in the median is expected to continue throughout the week.
  • Crews are also expected to excavate and remove/haul asphalt from the middle of the roundabouts. Dump trucks and equipment will be staged in the center of the roundabout.
  • Drainage pipe installation is expected to continue on 10th Street between US 41 and Cocoanut Avenue. Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes. Impacts to The Jefferson Center driveway are expected during the installation. Ingress and egress to the parking area will be coordinated with the building management.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th St have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 and pedestrian crosswalks at 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access.
  • Sidewalk installation and repairs continue the east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street. Sidewalk on east side of US 41 are closed and considered an active work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.
  • No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.
  • Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.
  • Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.
  • Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

US 41 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road from to Gulf Coast Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to a six-lane highway; replacing traffic signals, installing new pavement markings and signage; installing concrete curb and sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc. Expected completion is spring 2021. 

  • Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the median has narrowed.
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, June 14, to Saturday, June 20, to perform drainage pipe installation.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • Beginning Sunday, June 14, through Saturday, June 20, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for utility work.
  • Motorists should use caution when making a right turn movement traveling eastbound from northbound US 41 onto Fruitville Road. A new temporary turn lane has been shifted slightly south from where the previous turn lane was located. This turn lane is a much sharper turn.
  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. The travel lanes on US 41 from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction during daytime operations.
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to 10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns are allowed from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • Eastbound traffic on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue will remain open.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.

US 41 from River Road to Woodmere Park Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bus shelter pads; installing guardrail and lighting and improving drainage. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

SR 789/John Ringling Boulevard at Coon Key: Maintenance permit project: Crews for the City of Sarasota are installing a water main. Motorists should expect westbound single lane closures through early June while crews are working. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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05

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF JUNE 7, 2020

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 SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, and SR 70. Crews are also working on the retaining walls, excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 301 at Erie Road/Old Tampa Highway: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the intersection. Motorists should expect daytime and nighttime lane closures on westbound US 301 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., and eastbound on US 301 from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. while crews are working. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2020.

SR 684 at the Cortez Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight intermittent east and westbound lane closures from    9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Sunday, June 14 through Thursday, June 18. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10-foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 64 eastbound at 11th Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving lighting and signalization, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight single lane closures on westbound SR 64 from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expect single lane closures on eastbound SR 64 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting and Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 64 over Perico Bayou and Palma Sola Bay: Construction project: Crews are working on the bridges. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are not expected during construction. Olympus Painting Contractor, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 681, SR 758/Bee Ridge Road, and SR 780/Fruitville Road: Maintenance project: This week, crews are installing new components on the high mast light poles. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late May 2020; weather permitting.

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Curb installation and grading in the median area is expected throughout the week. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, pickup trucks and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Crews are expected to work on the Publix driveway to install a new concrete apron for a smoother transition. Work is expected to last about 1 week. Expect closures or reduced access.
  • Irrigation pipe installation in the median is expected to continue throughout the week.
  • Crews are also expected to excavate and remove/haul asphalt from the middle of the roundabouts. Dump trucks and equipment will be staged in the center of the roundabout.
  • Drainage pipe installation is expected to continue on 10th Street between US 41 and Cocoanut Avenue. Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes. Impacts to The Jefferson Center driveway are expected during the installation. Ingress and egress to the parking area will be coordinated with the building management.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th St have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 and pedestrian crosswalks at 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access.
  • Sidewalk installation and repairs continue the east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street. Sidewalk on east side of US 41 are closed and considered an active work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.
  • Although the project work zone will be shifted to the middle of US 41, There will be work on the east side while crews work on sidewalks and streetlights. Pay attention to the travel lanes while entering and leaving the businesses or side streets. No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.
  • Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.
  • Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.
  • Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

US 41 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road from to Gulf Coast Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to a six-lane highway; replacing traffic signals, installing new pavement markings and signage; installing concrete curb and sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc. Expected completion is spring 2021. 

  • Beginning as early as Sunday, June 21, motorists should expect a new traffic pattern to be implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard. Crews will shift traffic slightly to the west towards the existing southbound lanes and median to shift pedestrian traffic onto the newly completed sidewalk on the southbound side and restripe the roadway. Two travel lanes in each direction will be maintained throughout the project limits and the speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, June 7, to Saturday, June 13, to perform drainage pipe installation.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

  US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • Beginning Sunday, June 7, through Saturday, June 13, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for utility work.
  • Motorists should use caution when making a right turn movement traveling eastbound from northbound US 41 onto Fruitville Road. A new temporary turn lane has been shifted slightly south from where the previous turn lane was located. This turn lane is a much sharper turn.
  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. The travel lanes on US 41 from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction during daytime operations.
  • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to 10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
  • No left turns are allowed from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
  • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
  • Eastbound traffic on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue will remain open.
  • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.

US 41 from River Road to Woodmere Park Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bus shelter pads; installing guardrail and lighting and improving drainage. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

SR 789/John Ringling Boulevard at Coon Key: Maintenance permit project: Crews for the City of Sarasota are installing a water main. Motorists should expect westbound single lane closures through early June while crews are working. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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