Nov
01

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

traffic-watch Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 3, 2019

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

Various locations along SR 684 and US 301: Construction project: Crews are installing new highway lighting at various locations along SR 684 from Gulf Drive to 9th Street W and on US 301 from Tallevast Road to 9th Street E. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is early 2020. PowerCore, Inc. is the contractor.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion.  The Manatee County rest area is closed for renovations. Motorists should use the Pinellas County rest area during this time. The fishing pier will remain open during the closure; however, there will be intermittent flagging operations along the fishing pier access road in Manatee County for moving of equipment and materials. Expected completion is spring 2020. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 will remain closed through late fall. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on the I-275 southbound ramp to I-75 southbound from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning through Wednesday, November 27. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on I-75 northbound and I-75 southbound between Moccasin Wallow Road and just south of the I-275 interchange from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning through Wednesday, November 27. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is spring 2020. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217):  Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, retaining walls, noise 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 late 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 (State Road 43) from Moccasin Wallow Road to the Hillsborough County Line: Construction project: Watch for daytime shoulder closures as crews install project signs, erosion control devices and begin milling and paving operations. The improvements under this contract consist of milling and resurfacing, super elevation correction, shoulder reconstruction, turnout construction, drainage improvements, shoulder treatment, signing and pavement markings.

SR 789 at the Longboat Key Pass Bridge: Construction project: Crews are making structural, electrical and mechanical repairs on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are also expected during construction. Southern Road & Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2019.

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. A traffic switch is expected to be implemented on Monday, November 4. Once implemented, traffic will shift to the southside of SR 64 and the speed limit on State Road 64 will be reduced to 25 mph. Motorists should expect daytime and nighttime flagging operations at the intersection of SR 64 and Rye Road through Friday, November 8 while crews are working. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2019/early 2020.

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 from Exit 182/N. Sumter Boulevard to Exit 191/N. River Road: Construction project:  This project replaces sections of guardrail along the interstate. The contractor is Acme Barricades, L.C.  Expected completion is late 2019.  

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

  • New traffic pattern is in place. South bound traffic will be using the new roadway and north bound traffic is shifted to the west. Be cautious while driving through the transition zones at the south and north ends of the project, while crews are still trying to work on enhancing the roadway striping and signs.
  • The project work zone is shifted to the east side of US 41, 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.
  • Noise and dust are expected during the removal of old asphalt. Expect noise from backhoes, concrete saws, jack hammers and material loading into trucks.
  • Drainage and grading work continue around the Sunoco and Publix driveways. Entrances to both will be open to traffic by the end of the week. Expect noise from equipment, vibration from compaction and heavy equipment in the area.
  • Night work is expected Monday and Wednesday night for the waterline tie in at 14th Street and Imperial Drive. There will be lane closures north bound and south bound on US 41 north of 14th Street for the tie in. Expect noise from backhoes, pumps and concrete saws.
  • Light pole installation is expected at 10th and 14th Street. Expect concrete trucks entering and exiting the construction zones.
  • Stormwater work will begin at 11th Street the week of November 4th. 11th Street will be closed while work is occurring, and the closure is expected to last one week. Please follow detour route via 12th Street. Subsequent side streets will be closed for storm work in the weeks that follow.
  • New boat ramp driveway is open. Use caution as the wider driveway is intended only for entering traffic.
  • Pedestrian crossings on 14th Street/Imperial Drive at US 41 have been reconfigured around the work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and cross walks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.

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

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

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, November 8. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

US 41 from Tuscola Boulevard to Ortiz Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; installing bus pads and shelters; improving drainage; constructing/replacing sidewalk; installing guardrail and highway lighting, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Daytime lane closures between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. are possible. Lane closures within 600 feet of signalized intersections are not permitted between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2019. 

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, sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

  • Seaboard Avenue at US 41 is closed to thru traffic while workers complete drainage improvements. Motorists should use Spur Street as a detour route.
  • A traffic switch has been implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard shifting traffic east to the existing southbound lanes and median. Two travel lanes in each direction are maintained throughout the project limits, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the demarcated median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.

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 week of October 28, motorists should expect possible nighttime lane closures from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.  During daytime hours, there will be isolated utility excavations in the sidewalk path along US 41 between First Street and Fruitville Road as well as Second Street between US 41 and Cocoanut Avenue.

SR 72 at various locations: Construction project: Crews are installing highway lighting and constructing sidewalk along SR 72 at Frontage Road; Gantt Road; Honore Avenue; McIntosh Road; Sawyer Road; Beneva Road; Lockwood Ridge Road; Swift Road, Gateway Avenue, and at the Sarasota Pavilion entrance. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors, Inc.

SR 72 (Clark Road) at Bee Ridge Road Extension/Lorraine Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a right turn-lane. Expect intermittent lane closures and flagging operations from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning through Friday, November 1. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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Oct
17

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

traffic-watch Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 20, 2019

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

Various locations along SR 684 and US 301: Construction project: Crews are installing new highway lighting at various locations along SR 684 from Gulf Drive to 9th Street W and on US 301 from Tallevast Road to 9th Street E. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is early 2020. PowerCore, Inc. is the contractor.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion.  The Manatee County rest area is closed for renovations. Motorists should use the Pinellas County rest area during this time. The fishing pier will remain open during the closure; however, there will be intermittent flagging operations along the fishing pier access road in Manatee County for moving of equipment and materials. Expected completion is spring 2020. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 will remain closed through late fall. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on the I-275 southbound ramp to I-75 southbound from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, October 20 through Saturday, October 26. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on I-75 northbound and I-75 southbound between Moccasin Wallow Road and just south of the I-275 interchange from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, October 20 through Saturday, October 26. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is spring 2020. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217):  Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, retaining walls, noise 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 late 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.

SR 789 at the Longboat Key Pass Bridge: Construction project: Crews are making structural, electrical and mechanical repairs on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are also expected during construction. Southern Road & Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2019.

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. A traffic switch is expected to be implemented on Tuesday, October 22.  The speed limit on State Road 64 will be reduced to 25 mph. Motorists should expect right turn lane closures from Rye Road to westbound SR 64 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Friday, October 25 while crews are working. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2019/early 2020.

 

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.

  • New traffic pattern is in place. South bound traffic will be using the new roadway and north bound traffic is shifted to the west. Be cautious while driving through the transition zones at the south and north ends of the project, while crews are still trying to work on enhancing the roadway striping and signs.
  • The project work zone is shifted to the east side of US 41, 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.
  • Noise and dust are expected during the removal of old asphalt. Expect noise from backhoes, concrete saws, jack hammers and loading into trucks.
  • Night work is expected in about a week or 10 days for the waterline tie in at 14th Street and Imperial Drive. There will be lane closures north bound and south bound on US 41 north of 14th Street for the tie in. Expect noise from backhoes, pumps and concrete saws. This work is expected for 2 nights.
  • Light pole installation is expected at 10th and 14th Street. Expect concrete trucks entering and exiting the construction zones.
  • Storm drainage pipe and structure installation will begin on the east side of US 41. Expect noise from equipment, tools and compaction operation.
  • The right turn lane on westbound 10th Street, east of US 41 is closed. The through lane now serves as a through and right turn lane.
  • New boat ramp driveway is open. Use caution as the wider driveway is intended for both entering and exiting traffic
  • Pedestrian crossings on 14th Street/Imperial Drive at US 41 have been reconfigured around the work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and cross walks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.

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

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

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, November 1. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

US 41 from Tuscola Boulevard to Ortiz Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; installing bus pads and shelters; improving drainage; constructing/replacing sidewalk; installing guardrail and highway lighting, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Daytime lane closures between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. are possible. Lane closures within 600 feet of signalized intersections are not permitted between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2019. 

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, sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

  • Seaboard Avenue at US 41 is closed to thru traffic while workers complete drainage improvements. Motorists should use Spur Street as a detour route.
  • A traffic switch has been implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard shifting traffic east to the existing southbound lanes and median. Two travel lanes in each direction are maintained throughout the project limits, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the demarcated median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.

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 week of October 21, motorists should expect possible nighttime lane closures from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. 

SR 72 at various locations: Construction project: Crews are installing highway lighting and constructing sidewalk along SR 72 at Frontage Road; Gantt Road; Honore Avenue; McIntosh Road; Sawyer Road; Beneva Road; Lockwood Ridge Road; Swift Road, Gateway Avenue, and at the Sarasota Pavilion entrance. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors, Inc.

SR 72 (Clark Road) at Bee Ridge Road Extension/Lorraine Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a right turn-lane. Expect intermittent lane closures and flagging operations from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning through Friday, November 1. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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Oct
04

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

traffic-watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 6, 2019

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

Various locations along SR 684 and US 301: Construction project: Crews are installing new highway lighting at various locations along SR 684 from Gulf Drive to 9th Street W and on US 301 from Tallevast Road to 9th Street E. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is early 2020. PowerCore, Inc. is the contractor.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion.  The Manatee County rest area is closed for renovations. Motorists should use the Pinellas County rest area during this time. The fishing pier will remain open during the closure; however, there will be intermittent flagging operations along the fishing pier access road in Manatee County for moving of equipment and materials. Expected completion is spring 2020. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 will remain closed through late fall. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on the I-275 southbound ramp to I-75 southbound from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, October 6 through Saturday, October 12. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on I-75 northbound and I-75 southbound between Moccasin Wallow Road and just south of the I-275 interchange from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, October 6 through Saturday, October 12. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is fall 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217):  Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, 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 8.00 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 late 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.

SR 789 at the Longboat Key Pass Bridge: Construction project: Crews are making structural, electrical and mechanical repairs on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are also expected during construction. Southern Road & Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2019.

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. A traffic switch has been implemented shifting traffic to the current westbound lanes using temporary crossovers. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits. Rye Road will remain accessible during this time. The speed limit on State Road 64 will be reduced to 45 mph. Motorists should expect right turn lane closures from Rye Road to westbound SR 64 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Friday, October 11 while crews are working. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2019/early 2020.

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.

  • Traffic pattern shift to the west is expected starting Tuesday, October 8th. Work is expected Sunday, Monday, and possibly Tuesday night in preparation for the traffic pattern change. Expect lane closures and flaggers/law enforcement officers directing traffic at 10th Street and 14th Street.
  • South bound traffic will be shifted onto the newly constructed roadway. Pay close attention to the new pavement markings and signs, more importantly at the intersections.
  • Following the traffic switch, the project work zone will shift to the east side of US 41, in the current north bound lanes.
  • Paving is expected along US 41 from 10th Street to 14th Street. Be mindful of asphalt trucks entering and leaving the roadway. Expect vibration from rollers.
  • Roadway base work and asphalt paving is expected at the SW corner of 14th Street and SW corner of 10th Street. Expect vibration from rollers.
  • Light pole installation is expected at 10th and 14th Street. Expect concrete trucks entering and exiting the construction zones.
  • The installation of temporary traffic devices and stripping will occur on new asphalt. No impacts to the current travel lanes are expected but use caution on southbound lanes as crews will be working close to the current southbound lanes.
  • The right turn lane on westbound 10th Street, east of US 41 is closed. The through lane now serves as a through and right turn lane.
  • New boat ramp driveway is open. Use caution as the wider driveway is intended for both entering and exiting traffic
  • Pedestrian crossings on 14th Street/Imperial Drive at US 41 have been reconfigured around the work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and cross walks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.

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

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

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, October 11. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

US 41 from Tuscola Boulevard to Ortiz Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; installing bus pads and shelters; improving drainage; constructing/replacing sidewalk; installing guardrail and highway lighting, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Daytime lane closures between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. are possible. Lane closures within 600 feet of signalized intersections are not permitted between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2019. 

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, sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

  • Seaboard Avenue is closed to thru traffic while workers complete drainage improvements. Motorists should use Spur Street as a detour route.
  • Expect a new change in traffic pattern for northbound and southbound traffic on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard beginning Wednesday, September 25.
  • Expect northbound and southbound nighttime lane closures for roadway maintenance Monday through Saturday on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Sunday, October 13.

SR 72 at various locations: Construction project: Crews are installing highway lighting and constructing sidewalk along SR 72 at Frontage Road; Gantt Road; Honore Avenue; McIntosh Road; Sawyer Road; Beneva Road; Lockwood Ridge Road; Swift Road, Gateway Avenue, and at the Sarasota Pavilion entrance. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors, Inc.

SR 72 (Clark Road) at Bee Ridge Road Extension/Lorraine Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a right turn-lane. Expect intermittent lane closures and flagging operations from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning through Friday, October 4. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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04

Celebrate Sarasota “Bike to Work Day” event during Mobility Week

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Bartow, FL - The Florida Department of Transportation’s Commute Connector program has partnered with the City of Sarasota, Sarasota County and Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to host a “Bike to Work Day” event.  The ride, which will take place before work in downtown Sarasota will take place on Friday, November 1, 2019 starting at 7:30 a.m.  The event is part of Mobility Week, an annual initiative from October 25 through November 1, 2019.  Mobility Week is a coordinated and concentrated celebration of activities to promote transportation choices and safety. 

Commuters that live or work in the greater Sarasota area are invited to grab their bike and helmets, pump up their tires and join us at Payne Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL 34237.  Participants will enjoy a scenic loop through Sarasota’s vibrant downtown with colleagues, neighbors and friends.  Registration for the event opens at 7:30 a.m. in the amphitheater area of Payne Park. The guided group ride will begin at 8:00 a.m., and will end by 9:00 a.m. in the same place the ride started.  The 2.5-mile, slow-paced ride will be escorted by the Sarasota Police Department. 

During the event, an on-site transportation fair will allow residents and commuters to learn more about their commute options from the City of Sarasota, Sarasota County, Sarasota-Manatee MPO and Sarasota County Area Transit.  Coffee, water and donuts will be provided at the start of the ride courtesy of Kimley-Horn.  Helmets are strongly encouraged.  

To learn more and to register online, visit https://sarasotabiketoworkday2019.eventbrite.com.  Contact Commute Connector at 866-585-RIDE (4733) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

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04

MPO invites the public to Choices: Scenario Planning Workshop on October 21

Scenarios-Workshop Choices: Scenario Planning Workshop

Transform Tomorrow
Choose the future of transportation for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Sarasota/Manatee, FL -- The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), invites the public to join elected officials, technical professionals, and members of the community to be a part of Choices: Scenario Planning Workshop held on October 21, 2019, 8:15 – 11:30 AM, at Manatee Technical College, Wagner Auditorium, 6305 E State Road 70, Bradenton, FL 34203. Registration is now open. RSVP here https://2045choices.eventbrite.com

Participants will listen to the results of the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) survey and how the responses were used to create future scenarios, learn about competing scenarios and explore the differences and how they will impact the future of transportation, and choose the future they want to see. This event is free and open to the public.

The purpose of the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (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. Keynote speakers were selected to engage you with a thought-provoking program to share their expertise on unique scenarios.

EVENT DATE AND TIME

EVENT LOCATION

October 21, 2019
8:15 – 11:30 AM

Manatee Technical College
Wagner Auditorium
6305 E State Road 70
Bradenton, FL 34203

If you would like to get involved in Long Range Transportation planning:

  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, @Transform2045 and @saramanampo, respectively.
  • Visit the Transform Tomorrow page regularly www.mympo.org/transformtomorrow . This webpage holds key information on previous or upcoming events, materials, maps, and other LRTP related items.

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ABOUT US

The Sarasota/Manatee MPO is the regional transportation planning entity for Sarasota and Manatee Counties. MPO’s are established by state and federal laws and through interlocal agreement to provide a process for local governments within the region to coordinate with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The MPO planning process is continuing, comprehensive and cooperative. The Sarasota/Manatee MPO is governed by a 17-member apportioned Board comprised of elected officials representing both counties, nine (9) cities, and a representative of the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 1 Secretary serves as a non-voting advisor. For more information, visit http://mympo.org.

CONTACT:

Corinne Tucker
Public Involvement Coordinator
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941-359-5772

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20

Track MCAT bus arrival times from your phone with new real time bus tracking app

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MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 20, 2019) – MCAT passengers can track the arrival time of their bus or trolly with MCAT's new MyStop app.

"The most exciting feature is the system’s ability to calculate the real-time arrival for each MCAT bus and trolley, at every bus stop in the transit system," says MCAT manager William Steele. "Bus arrival times can vary day-to-day depending upon weather, traffic conditions, and construction detours. The new information system allows MCAT passengers to make informed decisions on when to arrive at their bus stop, and that will help minimize wait time." 

Getting set up is a cinch. Passengers just download the free MyStop app on a smartphone or tablet and then find the MCAT route or bus stop/station you're looking for. You can choose to receive alerts for bus arrivals at your stop before the bus arrives. QR codes at each bus stop will also give passengers the time before the bus arrives. 

Once on the bus, on-board video monitors will alert passengers to the next three stops along the route so riders can easily get ready for their stop. The new onboard feature allows MCAT to provide public service announcements and information about points of interest along the bus route including libraries, shopping locations and business complexes. 

Passengers can also check out the bus's whereabouts from a desktop online

MCAT officials will give a demonstration of the new MyStop app at Tuesday's regular Board of County Commissioners meeting. During the Board's lunch break at noon Tuesday, local media can preview the application inside an MCAT bus and ask questions of MCAT officials.The bus will be parked outside the County Administration Building at 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.

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20

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 22, 2019

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

Various locations along SR 684 and US 301: Construction project: Crews are installing new highway lighting at various locations along SR 684 from Gulf Drive to 9th Street W and on US 301 from Tallevast Road to 9th Street E. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is fall 2019. PowerCore, Inc. is the contractor.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion.  The Manatee County rest area is closed for renovations. Motorists should use the Pinellas County rest area during this time. The fishing pier will remain open during the closure; however, there will be intermittent flagging operations along the fishing pier access road in Manatee County for moving of equipment and materials. Expected completion is spring 2020. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 will remain through the summer. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on the I-275 southbound ramp to I-75 southbound from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, September 22 through Saturday, September 28. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on I-75 northbound and I-75 southbound between Moccasin Wallow Road and just south of the I-275 interchange from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, September 22 through Saturday, September 28. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is fall 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217):  Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, 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 8.00 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 late 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.

SR 789 at the Longboat Key Pass Bridge: Construction project: Crews are making structural, electrical and mechanical repairs on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are also expected during construction. Southern Road & Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2019.

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. A traffic switch has been implemented shifting traffic to the current westbound lanes using temporary crossovers. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits. Rye Road will remain accessible during this time. The speed limit on State Road 64 will be reduced to 45 mph. Beginning Monday, September 23 through Friday, October 11, motorists should expect right turn lane closures from Rye Road to westbound SR 64 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily while crews are working. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2019/early 2020.

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.

  • Brick pavers are expected to be installed at 10th and 14th Street.
  • Sidewalk is expected to be installed at 14th Street. Expect concrete trucks entering and exiting the travel lanes.
  • Roadway base work and asphalt paving is expected at the SW corner of 14th Street and SW corner of 10th Street. Expect vibration from rollers.
  • Work is expected along US 41 from 11th Street to 14th Street for watermain tie ins. 11th Street and 12th Street will remain closed at US 41. There will be temporary disruption in service for the a few residents/businesses along 13th Street. The City of Sarasota will notify and coordinate shutdowns with the impacted residents as needed. Expect backup alarms, excavators, pumps while work is being performed. 
  • Paving is expected along US 41 from 10th Street to 14th Street. Be mindful of asphalt trucks entering and leaving the roadway. Expect vibration from rollers.
  • Drainage work is expected at the boat ramp area, no disruption to boat ramp access is expected at this time.
  • Light pole installation is expected at 10th and 14th Street. Expect concrete trucks entering and exiting the construction zones.
  • The installation of temporary traffic devices and stripping will occur on new asphalt. No impacts to the current travel lanes are expected but use caution on southbound lanes as crews will be working close to the current southbound lanes.
  • The right turn lane on westbound 10th Street, east of US 41 will be closed at the end of the week. Concrete barrier wall will be installed to close off the lane. The installation is expected to take half a day, during this time a semi-truck and equipment crossing in and out of 10th Street is expected. Be alert for flaggers while the barrier wall is being installed. The through lane will now serve as a through and right turn lane.
  • Traffic switch to Phase 2 is expected in 2 weeks. Both north bound and south bound lanes will be shifted to the west for the upcoming phase. The shift will occur at night. If traveling within the project between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., be alert for lane closures, lane shifts, flaggers, and police officers directing motorists.
  • New boat ramp driveway is open. Use caution as the wider driveway is intended for both entering and exiting traffic
  • Pedestrian crossings on 14th Street/Imperial Drive at US 41 have been reconfigured around the work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and cross walks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.

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

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

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, September 27. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

US 41 from Tuscola Boulevard to Ortiz Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; installing bus pads and shelters; improving drainage; constructing/replacing sidewalk; installing guardrail and highway lighting, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Daytime lane closures between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. are possible. Lane closures within 600 feet of signalized intersections are not permitted between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2019. 

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, sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

  • Seaboard Avenue is closed to thru traffic while workers complete drainage improvements. Motorists should use Spur Street as a detour route.
  • Expect a new change in traffic pattern for northbound and southbound traffic on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard beginning Wednesday, September 25.
  • Expect northbound and southbound nighttime lane closures for roadway maintenance Monday through Saturday on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Sunday, October 6.

SR 72 at various locations: Construction project: Crews are installing highway lighting and constructing sidewalk along SR 72 at Frontage Road; Gantt Road; Honore Avenue; McIntosh Road; Sawyer Road; Beneva Road; Lockwood Ridge Road; Swift Road, Gateway Avenue, and at the Sarasota Pavilion entrance. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2019. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors, Inc.

SR 72 (Clark Road) at Bee Ridge Road Extension/Lorraine Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a right turn-lane. Expect intermittent lane closures and flagging operations from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning through Friday, September 27. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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13

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

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

Various locations along SR 684 and US 301: Construction project: Crews are installing new highway lighting at various locations along SR 684 from Gulf Drive to 9th Street W and on US 301 from Tallevast Road to 9th Street E. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is fall 2019. PowerCore, Inc. is the contractor.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion.  The Manatee County rest area is closed for renovations. Motorists should use the Pinellas County rest area during this time. The fishing pier will remain open during the closure; however, there will be intermittent flagging operations along the fishing pier access road in Manatee County for moving of equipment and materials. Expected completion is spring 2020. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 will remain through the summer. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on the I-275 southbound ramp to I-75 southbound from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, September 15 through Saturday, September 21. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on I-75 northbound and I-75 southbound between Moccasin Wallow Road and just south of the I-275 interchange from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, September 15 through Saturday, September 21. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is fall 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

  • SR 70 on-ramp to I-75 northbound will be closed during the overnight hours from     1 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Sunday, September 15th, weather permitting.  Weather make-up date is Monday, September 16th.
  • Motorists wishing to travel northbound on I-75 are advised to take I-75 southbound to Exit 224/University Parkway and return to the interstate northbound; or, use local routes.
  • 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 late 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.

SR 789 at the Longboat Key Pass Bridge: Construction project: Crews are making structural, electrical and mechanical repairs on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are also expected during construction. Southern Road & Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2019.

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. A traffic switch has been implemented shifting traffic to the current westbound lanes using temporary crossovers. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits. Rye Road will remain accessible during this time. The speed limit on State Road 64 will be reduced to 45 mph. During the week of Monday, September 23 through Friday, September 27 motorists should expect right turn lane closures from Rye Road to westbound SR 64 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily while crews are working. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2019/early 2020.

SR 43 (10th Street) from 6th Avenue Drive W to 2nd Avenue: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to two railroad crossings, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk, and constructing turn lanes on State Road 43 (10th Street). Nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. will occur throughout construction while crews are working. Expected completion is fall 2019. Preferred Materials, Inc., is the contractor.

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.

  • Brick pavers are expected to be installed at 10th and 14th Street.
  • Sidewalks are expected to be installed at 10th and 14th Street. Expect concrete trucks entering and exiting the travel lanes.
  • Roadway base work and asphalt paving is expected at the SW corner of 14th Street and SW corner of 10th Street. Expect vibration from rollers.
  • Work is expected along US 41 from 11th Street to 14th Street for watermain tie ins. 11th Street and 12th Street will remain closed at US 41. There will be temporary disruption in service for the a few residents/businesses along 13th Street. The City of Sarasota will notify and coordinate shutdowns with the impacted residents as needed. Expect backup alarms, excavators, pumps while work is being performed. 
  • Paving is expected along US 41 from 10th Street to 14th Street. Be mindful of asphalt trucks entering and leaving the roadway. Expect vibration from rollers.
  • Waterline and drainage work are expected at the boat ramp area, no disruption to boat ramp access is expected at this time.
  • Light pole installation and sidewalk installation expected at 14th Street. Expect concrete trucks entering and exiting the construction zones.
  • Traffic switch to Phase 2 is expected in 2 weeks. Both north bound and south bound lanes will be shifted to the west for the upcoming phase.
  • New boat ramp driveway is open. Use caution as the wider driveway is intended for both entering and exiting traffic
  • Pedestrian crossings on 14th Street/Imperial Drive at US 41 have been reconfigured around the work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and cross walks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.

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

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

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, September 27. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

US 41 from Tuscola Boulevard to Ortiz Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; installing bus pads and shelters; improving drainage; constructing/replacing sidewalk; installing guardrail and highway lighting, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Daytime lane closures between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. are possible. Lane closures within 600 feet of signalized intersections are not permitted between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2019. 

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, sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

  • Beginning Tuesday, May 28 at 7 a.m., Seaboard Avenue will be closed to thru traffic while workers complete drainage improvements. Motorists should use Spur Street as a detour route.
  • Expect a new change in traffic pattern for northbound and southbound traffic on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard beginning Thursday, September 12.
  • Expect northbound and southbound nighttime lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Sunday,    September 16 through Sunday, October 6.

SR 72 at various locations: Construction project: Crews are installing highway lighting and constructing sidewalk along SR 72 at Frontage Road; Gantt Road; Honore Avenue; McIntosh Road; Sawyer Road; Beneva Road; Lockwood Ridge Road; Swift Road, Gateway Avenue, and at the Sarasota Pavilion entrance. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected completion is late summer/early fall 2019. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors, Inc.

SR 72 (Clark Road) at Bee Ridge Road Extension/Lorraine Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a right turn-lane. Expect intermittent lane closures and flagging operations from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning through Friday, September 27. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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05

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

traffic-watch Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 8, 2019

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

Various locations along SR 684 and US 301: Construction project: Crews are installing new highway lighting at various locations along SR 684 from Gulf Drive to 9th Street W and on US 301 from Tallevast Road to 9th Street E. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is fall 2019. PowerCore, Inc. is the contractor.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion.  The Manatee County rest area is closed for renovations. Motorists should use the Pinellas County rest area during this time. The fishing pier will remain open during the closure; however, there will be intermittent flagging operations along the fishing pier access road in Manatee County for moving of equipment and materials. Expected completion is spring 2020. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 will remain through the summer. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on the I-275 southbound ramp to I-75 southbound from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, September 8 through Saturday, September 14. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on I-75 northbound and I-75 southbound between Moccasin Wallow Road and just south of the I-275 interchange from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, September 8 through Saturday, September 14. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is fall 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

  • SR 70 on-ramp to I-75 northbound will be closed during the overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Friday, September 13th, weather permitting.  Weather make-up date is Sunday, September 15th.
  • Motorists wishing to travel northbound on I-75 are advised to take I-75 southbound to Exit 224/University Parkway and return to the interstate northbound; or, use local routes.
  • 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 late 2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

SR 789 at the Longboat Key Pass Bridge: Construction project: Crews are making structural, electrical and mechanical repairs on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are also expected during construction. Southern Road & Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2019.

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. A traffic switch has been implemented shifting traffic to the current westbound lanes using temporary crossovers. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits. Rye Road will remain accessible during this time. The speed limit on State Road 64 will be reduced to 45 mph. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2019.

SR 43 (10th Street) from 6th Avenue Drive W to 2nd Avenue: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to two railroad crossings, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk, and constructing turn lanes on State Road 43 (10th Street). Nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. will occur throughout construction while crews are working. Expected completion is fall 2019. Preferred Materials, Inc., is the contractor.

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 301 from SR 780 (Fruitville Road) to 10th Street: Construction project: Crews are making median modifications, installing traffic separators, constructing turn-lanes, improving drainage, and constructing sidewalk. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Expected completion is late summer 2019. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor.

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

  • Brick pavers are expected to be installed at 10th and 14th Street.
  • Sidewalks are expected to be installed at 10th and 14th Street. Expect concrete trucks entering and exiting the travel lanes.
  • Roadway base work is expected at the SW and SE corner of 14th Street. Expect vibration from rollers.
  • Work is expected at along US 41 from 11th Street to 14th Street for watermain tie ins. There will be temporary disruption in service for the a few water services along      US 41, along 13th Street and 14th Street. Expect backup alarms, excavators, pumps while work is being performed. The City of Sarasota will notify and coordinate shutdowns with the impacted residents as needed.
  • Waterline and drainage work are expected at the boat ramp area, no disruption to boat ramp access is expected at this time.
  • Light pole installation and sidewalk installation expected at 14th Street. Expect concrete trucks entering and exiting the construction zones.
  • Traffic switch to Phase 2 is expected in 3 to 4 weeks. Both north bound and south bound lanes will be shifted to the west for the upcoming phase.
  • New boat ramp driveway is open. Use caution as the wider driveway is intended for both entering and exiting traffic
  • Pedestrian crossings on 14th Street/Imperial Drive at US 41 have been reconfigured around the work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and cross walks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.

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

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

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, September 13. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

US 41 from Tuscola Boulevard to Ortiz Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; installing bus pads and shelters; improving drainage; constructing/replacing sidewalk; installing guardrail and highway lighting, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Daytime lane closures between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. are possible. Lane closures within 600 feet of signalized intersections are not permitted between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2019. 

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, sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

SR 72 at various locations: Construction project: Crews are installing highway lighting and constructing sidewalk along SR 72 at Frontage Road; Gantt Road; Honore Avenue; McIntosh Road; Sawyer Road; Beneva Road; Lockwood Ridge Road; Swift Road, Gateway Avenue, and at the Sarasota Pavilion entrance. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected completion is late summer 2019. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors, Inc.

SR 72 (Clark Road) at Bee Ridge Road Extension/Lorraine Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a right turn-lane. Expect intermittent lane closures and flagging operations from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning through Friday, September 13. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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22

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

traffic-watch Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 25, 2019

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

Various locations along SR 684 and US 301: Construction project: Crews are installing new highway lighting at various locations along SR 684 from Gulf Drive to 9th Street W and on US 301 from Tallevast Road to 9th Street E. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is fall 2019. PowerCore, Inc. is the contractor.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion.  The Manatee County rest area is closed for renovations. Motorists should use the Pinellas County rest area during this time. The fishing pier will remain open during the closure; however, there will be intermittent flagging operations along the fishing pier access road in Manatee County for moving of equipment and materials. Expected completion is spring 2020. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 will remain through the summer. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on the I-275 southbound ramp to I-75 southbound from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, August 25 through Thursday, August 29. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on I-75 northbound and I-75 southbound between Moccasin Wallow Road and just south of the I-275 interchange from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, August 25 through Thursday, August 29. Lane closures are not permitted during the Labor Day holiday beginning Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is fall 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

  • SR 70 westbound will be closed underneath I-75 during the overnight hours from    11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, August 26th, weather permitting, while crews install interstate bridge concrete deck.  Beginning at 8 p.m. each evening, crews will close two lanes on SR 70 westbound, with the total closure beginning at 11 p.m.  Weather make-up date, if needed, is Tuesday, August 27th.
  • Motorists wishing to travel SR 70 westbound are advised take I-75 northbound to Exit 220/SR 64 and return to the interstate southbound and exit at Exit 217/SR 70; or, use local routes.
  • 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 late 2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

SR 789 at the Longboat Key Pass Bridge: Construction project: Crews are making structural, electrical and mechanical repairs on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are also expected during construction. Beginning Monday, August 5, and continuing for the next two weeks, there will be extended bridge openings between midnight and 4 a.m. while the contractor is working. The openings are expected to take up to 30 minutes each occurrence. Southern Road & Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2019.

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. A traffic switch has been implemented shifting traffic to the current westbound lanes using temporary crossovers. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits. Rye Road will remain accessible during this time. The speed limit on State Road 64 will be reduced to 45 mph. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2019.

SR 43 (10th Street) from 6th Avenue Drive W to 2nd Avenue: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to two railroad crossings, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk, and constructing turn lanes on State Road 43 (10th Street). Nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. will occur throughout construction while crews are working. Expected completion is fall 2019. Preferred Materials, Inc., is the contractor.

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 301 from SR 780 (Fruitville Road) to 10th Street: Construction project: Crews are making median modifications, installing traffic separators, constructing turn-lanes, improving drainage, and constructing sidewalk. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Expected completion is late summer 2019. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor.

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

  • Brick pavers are expected to be installed at 10th and 14th Street.
  • Sidewalks are expected to be installed at 10th and 14th Street. Expect concrete trucks entering and exiting the travel lanes.
  • Roadway base work is expected at the SW and SE corner of 14th Street.
  • Night work is expected at 10th and 11th Street for watermain tie ins in 2 weeks. This work is tentatively scheduled and is dependent on weather and local agency approvals. Expect backup alarms, excavators, pumps while work is being performed. Hours of activity is expected 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Light pole installation and sidewalk installation expected at 14th Street. Expect concrete trucks entering and exiting the construction zones.
  • A new traffic pattern on west side of 10th Street is implemented. Travel lanes have been slightly shifted north. There will be only one lane going east and one lane going west during the temporary phase.
  • New boat ramp driveway is open. Use caution as the wider driveway is intended for both entering and exiting traffic
  • Pedestrian crossings on 14th Street/Imperial Drive at US 41 have been reconfigured around the work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and cross walks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.

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

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

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

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Paving operations are expected to begin the evening of Sunday, August 25 and continue throughout the week.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

US 41 from Tuscola Boulevard to Ortiz Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; installing bus pads and shelters; improving drainage; constructing/replacing sidewalk; installing guardrail and highway lighting, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from  7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Daytime lane closures between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. are possible. Lane closures within 600 feet of signalized intersections are not permitted between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2019. 

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, sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

  • Beginning Tuesday, May 28 at 7 a.m., Seaboard Avenue will be closed to thru traffic while workers complete drainage improvements. Motorists should use Spur Street as a detour route. Traffic is anticipated to switch back to Seaboard Avenue on Wednesday, August 28.  
  • Expect northbound and southbound nighttime lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Sunday, August 25 through Friday, August 30.

SR 776 (Indiana Avenue) at CR 777 (Dearborn Street): Construction project: Crews are making pedestrian and ADA improvements, vehicle detection overhead traffic signal modifications, sidewalk enhancements and installing highway lighting. Expect northbound lane closures from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Expected completion is summer 2019. Contact Network LLC is the contractor.

SR 758 at the Siesta Key Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight intermittent lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to   5 a.m. each morning Monday, August 26 through Thursday, August 29. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 72 at various locations: Construction project: Crews are installing highway lighting and constructing sidewalk along SR 72 at Frontage Road; Gantt Road; Honore Avenue; McIntosh Road; Sawyer Road; Beneva Road; Lockwood Ridge Road; Swift Road, Gateway Avenue, and at the Sarasota Pavilion entrance. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected completion is late summer 2019. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors, Inc.

SR 72 (Clark Road) at Bee Ridge Road Extension/Lorraine Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a right turn-lane. Expect intermittent lane closures and flagging operations from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning through Friday, August 30. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

traffic-watch Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 18, 2019

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

Various locations along SR 684 and US 301: Construction project: Crews are installing new highway lighting at various locations along SR 684 from Gulf Drive to 9th Street W and on US 301 from Tallevast Road to 9th Street E. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is fall 2019. PowerCore, Inc. is the contractor.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion.  The Manatee County rest area is closed for renovations. Motorists should use the Pinellas County rest area during this time. The fishing pier will remain open during the closure; however, there will be intermittent flagging operations along the fishing pier access road in Manatee County for moving of equipment and materials. Expected completion is spring 2020. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 will remain through the summer. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on the I-275 southbound ramp to I-75 southbound from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, August 18 through Saturday, August 25. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on I-75 northbound and I-75 southbound between Moccasin Wallow Road and just south of the I-275 interchange from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, August 18 through Saturday, August 25. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is fall 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

  • SR 70 eastbound will be closed underneath I-75 during the overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20th, weather permitting, while crews install interstate bridge concrete deck.  Beginning at 8 p.m. each evening, crews will close two lanes on SR 70 eastbound, with the total closure beginning at 11 p.m.  Weather make-up date, if needed, is Wednesday, August 21st.
  • Motorists wishing to travel SR 70 eastbound are advised take I-75 southbound to  Exit 213/University Parkway and return to the interstate northbound and exit at     Exit 217/SR 70; or, use local routes.
  • I-75 northbound and southbound off-ramps to SR 70 will be reduced to one lane each evening from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • 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 late 2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

I-75 at US 301: Maintenance project: Crews are making roadway repairs to the I-75 southbound on-ramps from US 301. Motorists should expect nighttime/overnight lane shifts and reduced lane widths from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, August 19 while crews are working, weather permitting. Should weather delay work on Monday, work will occur on Tuesday, August 20 instead.

SR 789 at the Longboat Key Pass Bridge: Construction project: Crews are making structural, electrical and mechanical repairs on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are also expected during construction. Beginning Monday, August 5, and continuing for the next two weeks, there will be extended bridge openings between midnight and 4 a.m. while the contractor is working. The openings are expected to take up to 30 minutes each occurrence. Southern Road & Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2019.

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. A traffic switch has been implemented shifting traffic to the current westbound lanes using temporary crossovers. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits. Rye Road will remain accessible during this time. The speed limit on State Road 64 will be reduced to 45 mph. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2019.

SR 43 (10th Street) from 6th Avenue Drive W to 2nd Avenue: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to two railroad crossings, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk, and constructing turn lanes on State Road 43 (10th Street). Nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. will occur throughout construction while crews are working. Expected completion is fall 2019. Preferred Materials, Inc., is the contractor.

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 301 from SR 780 (Fruitville Road) to 10th Street: Construction project: Crews are making median modifications, installing traffic separators, constructing turn-lanes, improving drainage, and constructing sidewalk. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Expected completion is late summer 2019. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor.

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

  • Brick pavers are expected to be installed along US 41 on the west side and on 14th Street.
  • Roadway base work is expected at the SW and SE corner of 14th Street.
  • Night work is expected at 10th and 11th street for watermain tie ins in 2 weeks. This work is tentatively scheduled and is dependent on weather and local agency approvals. Expect backup alarms, excavators, pumps while work is being performed. Hours of activity is expected 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Light pole installation and sidewalk installation expected at 14th Street. Expect concrete trucks entering and exiting the construction zones.
  • A new traffic pattern on west side of 10th Street is implemented. Travel lanes have been slightly shifted north. There will be only one lane going east and one lane going west during the temporary phase.
  • New boat ramp driveway is open. Use caution as the wider driveway is intended for both entering and exiting traffic
  • Pedestrian crossings on 14th Street/Imperial Drive at US 41 have been reconfigured around the work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and cross walks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.

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

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

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, August 23. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Paving operations are expected to begin the evening of Sunday, August 18 and continue throughout the week.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

US 41 from Tuscola Boulevard to Ortiz Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; installing bus pads and shelters; improving drainage; constructing/replacing sidewalk; installing guardrail and highway lighting, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Daytime lane closures between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. are possible. Lane closures within 600 feet of signalized intersections are not permitted between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2019. 

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, sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

  • Expect northbound and southbound nighttime lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Sunday, August 18 through Friday, August 23.

SR 776 (Indiana Avenue) at CR 777 (Dearborn Street): Construction project: Crews are making pedestrian and ADA improvements, vehicle detection overhead traffic signal modifications, sidewalk enhancements and installing highway lighting. Expect northbound lane closures from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Expected completion is summer 2019. Contact Network LLC is the contractor.

SR 72 at various locations: Construction project: Crews are installing highway lighting and constructing sidewalk along SR 72 at Frontage Road; Gantt Road; Honore Avenue; McIntosh Road; Sawyer Road; Beneva Road; Lockwood Ridge Road; Swift Road, Gateway Avenue, and at the Sarasota Pavilion entrance. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected completion is late summer 2019. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors, Inc.

SR 72 (Clark Road) at Bee Ridge Road Extension/Lorraine Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a right turn-lane. Expect intermittent lane closures and flagging operations from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning through Friday, August 30. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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08

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

traffic-watch Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 11, 2019

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

Various locations along SR 684 and US 301: Construction project: Crews are installing new highway lighting at various locations along SR 684 from Gulf Drive to 9th Street W and on US 301 from Tallevast Road to 9th Street E. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is fall 2019. PowerCore, Inc. is the contractor.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion.  There will be a short duration shoulder closure on I-275 northbound at the end of the on-ramp from the Manatee County rest area.  This is expected to be in place for one to two hours only, at the beginning of week of July 21 and again during the week of July 28 and will take place off interstate. The Manatee County rest area is closed for renovations. Motorists should use the Pinellas County rest area during this time. The fishing pier will remain open during the closure. Expected completion is spring 2020. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 will remain through the summer. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on the I-275 southbound ramp to I-75 southbound from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, August 11 through Saturday, August 17. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on I-75 northbound and I-75 southbound between Moccasin Wallow Road and just south of the I-275 interchange from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, August 11 through Saturday, August 17. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is fall 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

  • SR 70 eastbound will be closed underneath I-75 during the overnight hours from     11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Thursday, August 15th, weather permitting, while crews install interstate bridge concrete deck.  Beginning at 8 p.m. each evening, crews will close two lanes on SR 70 eastbound, with the total closure beginning at 11 p.m.  Weather make-up date, if needed, is Friday, August 16th.
  • Motorists wishing to travel SR 70 eastbound are advised take I-75 southbound to  Exit 213/University Parkway and return to the interstate northbound and exit at     Exit 217/SR 70; or, use local routes.
  • 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 late 2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

US 41 from 301 Boulevard to 21st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are installing concrete traffic separators/directional turn-lanes within the median, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expected completion is summer 2019. Blacktip Services Incorporated is the contractor.

SR 789 at the Longboat Key Pass Bridge: Construction project: Crews are making structural, electrical and mechanical repairs on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are also expected during construction. Beginning Monday, August 5, and continuing for the next two weeks, there will be extended bridge openings between midnight and 4 a.m. while the contractor is working. The openings are expected to take up to 30 minutes each occurrence. Southern Road & Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2019.

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. A traffic switch has been implemented shifting traffic to the current westbound lanes using temporary crossovers. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits. Rye Road will remain accessible during this time. The speed limit on State Road 64 will be reduced to 45 mph. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2019.

SR 43 (10th Street) from 6th Avenue Drive W to 2nd Avenue: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to two railroad crossings, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk, and constructing turn lanes on State Road 43 (10th Street). State Road 43 (10th Street) between 6th Avenue Drive W and 2nd Avenue is tentatively scheduled to open to traffic by Sunday, August 4. Nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to  6 a.m. will occur throughout construction while crews are working. Expected completion is fall 2019. Preferred Materials, Inc., is the contractor.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 301 from SR 780 (Fruitville Road) to 10th Street: Construction project: Crews are making median modifications, installing traffic separators, constructing turn-lanes, improving drainage, and constructing sidewalk. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Expected completion is late summer 2019. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor.

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

  • Brick pavers are expected to be installed along US41 on the west side and on 14th Street.
  • Roadway base work is expected at the SW and SE corner of 14th Street.
  • Night work is expected at 10th and 11th Street for watermain tie-ins. This work is tentatively scheduled and is dependent on weather and local agency approvals. Expect backup alarms, excavators, pumps while work is being performed. Hours of activity are expected 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Light pole installation and sidewalk installation expected at 14th Street. Expect concrete trucks entering and exiting the construction zone.
  • A new traffic pattern on west side of 10th Street is implemented. Travel lanes have been slightly shifted north. There will be only one lane going east and one lane going west during the temporary phase.
  • New boat ramp driveway is open. Use caution as the wider driveway is intended for both entering and exiting traffic
  • Pedestrian crossings on 14th Street/Imperial Drive at US 41 have been reconfigured around the work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and cross walks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

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

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

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Paving operations are expected to begin Sunday, August 11 and continue throughout the week.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

US 41 from Tuscola Boulevard to Ortiz Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; installing bus pads and shelters; improving drainage; constructing/replacing sidewalk; installing guardrail and highway lighting, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Daytime lane closures between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. are possible. Lane closures within 600 feet of signalized intersections are not permitted between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2019. 

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, sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

  • Beginning Tuesday, May 28 at 7 a.m., Seaboard Avenue will be closed to thru traffic while workers complete drainage improvements. Motorists should use Spur Street as a detour route. Traffic is anticipated to switch back to Seaboard Avenue on Wednesday, August 21.  
  • Expect northbound and southbound nighttime lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Sunday, August 4 through Thursday, August 15.
  • Expect a new change in traffic pattern for northbound and southbound traffic on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard beginning Wednesday, August 14.

SR 776 (Indiana Avenue) at CR 777 (Dearborn Street): Construction project: Crews are making pedestrian and ADA improvements, vehicle detection overhead traffic signal modifications, sidewalk enhancements and installing highway lighting. Expect northbound lane closures from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Expected completion is summer 2019. Contact Network LLC is the contractor.

SR 72 at various locations: Construction project: Crews are installing highway lighting and constructing sidewalk along SR 72 at Frontage Road; Gantt Road; Honore Avenue; McIntosh Road; Sawyer Road; Beneva Road; Lockwood Ridge Road; Swift Road, Gateway Avenue, and at the Sarasota Pavilion entrance. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected completion is late summer 2019. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors, Inc.

SR 72 (Clark Road) at Bee Ridge Road Extension/Lorraine Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a right turn-lane. Expect intermittent lane closures and flagging operations from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning through Friday, August 30. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

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06

Last Call: MPO survey ends August 31

time-running-out Time for Action

There is still time for members of the public to take the Transform Tomorrow survey. This is the community’s chance to tell the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) how they can improve transportation. Does the region need more cars? bike lanes? trails? buses? Individuals can participate in the survey and transform tomorrow’s transportation here, www.mympo.org/transformtomorrow. The survey closes on August 31.

There has been a tremendous response to the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) “Transform Tomorrow” General Survey, with over 1,000 surveys received to date. The responses from this survey will help the Sarasota/Manatee MPO understand the community’s transportation concerns, needs, and desires. It will also help the MPO understand attitudes toward potential solutions, and how those solutions should be prioritized. 

“We are receiving a lot of positive feedback from the survey and comments received from the Transform Tomorrow webpage on our website,” says David Hutchinson, MPO Executive Director. “We value citizen input. It helps us decide how to invest your tax dollars.” 

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.

If you would like to get involved in Long Range Transportation planning:

  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, @Transform2045 and @TransformTomor1, respectively.
  • Visit the Transform Tomorrow page regularly www.mympo.org/transformtomorrow . This webpage holds key information on previous or upcoming events, materials, maps, and other LRTP related items.
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05

FDOT Urges Drivers to Stop on Red

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Bartow– This week is “National Stop on Red Week”, and from Aug. 4 to 10, members of Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition will be reminding everyone to STOP on RED including when making a right turn. The coalition, led by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), is a diverse group of stakeholders including federal, state, local, and public partners. The coalition is focused on the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

“At the Florida Department of Transportation, safety is our number one priority,” said FDOT State Bicycle Pedestrian Safety Program Manager Trenda McPherson. “The goal of this event is to remind all road users, including drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists to always stop on red. Because safety doesn’t happen by accident!”

FDOT has organized teams to conduct on-street safety outreach. The local effort is occurring August 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of US 41 and 53rd Avenue West.  Other partners participating include the National Coalition for Safer Roads, Manatee County and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

FDOT offers these tips for reducing intersection crashes:

  • When approaching a traffic light, you should ALWAYS be prepared to STOP on RED.
  • After stopping, you may turn right on red ONLY if the way is clear of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists and, there is no sign posted that prohibits right turns on red or an officer directing you otherwise.
  • Always SHARE THE ROAD safely.
  • Pedestrians should always USE THE CROSSWALK and OBEY THE PEDESTRIAN SIGNAL, and even when you have the signal to cross, look twice for approaching motorists or bicyclists before entering the street or intersection.
  • Bicyclists have the same responsibilities as motorists. You should always obey traffic signals and ride predictably, WITH THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC.

Created by the Federal Highway Administration, “National Stop on Red Week” aims to educate drivers about the dangers of red-light running, and to help reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes.

Media inquiries, or for more information about Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition, please contact Trenda McPherson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) or to interview NCSR President Melissa Wandall, please contact 941-545-3359 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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05

FDOT Public Hearing for SR 70 Improvements from Lorraine Road to CR 675 (Waterbury Road) in Manatee County

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Bartow, FL – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is holding a public hearing about the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study for the proposed improvements along SR 70 from Lorraine Road to CR 675 (Waterbury Road), in Manatee County.

The hearing will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at the Risen Savior Lutheran Church located at 14605 59th Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida.

The hearing will begin with an open house at 5 p.m., followed by a formal presentation and public comment period at 6 p.m. Department staff will be available to discuss the project, receive public input, and answer questions.

This hearing is being held to allow interested persons an opportunity to be informed and provide comments concerning the location; conceptual design alternatives; and the social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed improvements to SR 70. The purpose of this project is to enhance safety, freight mobility and vehicular traffic flow and operations within the project limits, as well as to accommodate projected traffic demand in the area. The proposed improvements will also improve connectivity to the regional transportation network. The No-Build Alternative, which assumes that no improvements will be made along SR 70, is also an option and will remain a viable alternative throughout the PD&E study.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the FDOT Project Manager, David C. Turley, PE at 863.519.2255, by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by writing to Florida Department of Transportation, Attn: David C. Turley, 801 North Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830. Draft project reports and conceptual plans will be available for public review 21 days prior to the hearing at the Braden River Branch Library, 4915 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida 34203 (Please call the library at 941.727.6079 for hours of operation) and at the Florida Department of Transportation Office in Bartow, Florida (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact David C. Turley, FDOT Project Manager, at 863.519.2255 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days prior to the hearing. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Services, 1.800.955.8771 (TDD) or 1.800.955.8770 (Voice).

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) pursuant to 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by the FHWA and FDOT.

You can also stay current with the project and share comments with the study team by visiting the project web page at www.swflroads.com/sr70/lorrainerdtocr675/home.html.

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02

FDOT ANNOUNCES WEBSITE FOR FLORIDA MULTI-USE CORRIDORS OF REGIONAL ECONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE (M-CORES)

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Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is announcing a new website for citizen engagement with the Florida Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) program, www.FloridaMCores.com.

The M-CORES program has multiple goals, including job creation, revitalizing rural communities, and to provide regional connectivity using technology to help enhance quality of life and public safety. During the process, protecting the environment and natural resources will be a priority. The objective of the program is to advance the construction of regional corridors that are intended to accommodate multiple modes of transportation and multiple types of infrastructure including broadband, sewage, water, and electric systems. The Department will form and use a task force for each corridor to make high level recommendations for their respective areas which include:

  • Southwest-Central Florida Connector, extending from Collier County
  • Suncoast Connector, extending from Citrus County to Jefferson County
  • Northern Turnpike Connector, extending from the northern terminus of the Florida Turnpike northwest to the Suncoast Parkway

“We are excited to launch the new website dedicated to communication and collaboration for the proposed corridors. The website is a great asset for sharing the latest information about the corridors and for announcing public meetings,” explains FDOT Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. “It’s another forum for citizens to share their ideas. The Department places public engagement as one of the highest priorities and we welcome public feedback throughout this initial thirteen-month evaluation process. Very soon, we will announce all Task Force meetings and public workshops in various cities as we seek to hear the voices from all communities and stakeholders around the state.”

Citizens can email the Department with their questions and suggestions at FDOT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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02

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 4, 2019

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

Various locations along SR 684 and US 301: Construction project: Crews are installing new highway lighting at various locations along SR 684 from Gulf Drive to 9th Street W and on US 301 from Tallevast Road to 9th Street E. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is fall 2019. PowerCore, Inc. is the contractor.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion.  There will be a short duration shoulder closure on I-275 northbound at the end of the on-ramp from the Manatee County rest area.  This is expected to be in place for one to two hours only, at the beginning of week of July 21 and again during the week of July 28 and will take place off interstate. The Manatee County rest area is closed for renovations. Motorists should use the Pinellas County rest area during this time. The fishing pier will remain open during the closure. Expected completion is spring 2020. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 will remain through the summer. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on the I-275 southbound ramp to I-75 southbound from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, August 4 through Saturday, August 10. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on I-75 northbound and I-75 southbound between Moccasin Wallow Road and just south of the I-275 interchange from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, August 4 through Saturday, August 10. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is fall 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, retaining walls, excavating stormwater ponds, drainage and curbs, installing signage, 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 late 2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

US 41 from 301 Boulevard to 21st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are installing concrete traffic separators/directional turn-lanes within the median, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (not within 600 feet of a signalized intersection). Expected completion is summer 2019. Blacktip Services Incorporated is the contractor.

SR 789 at the Longboat Key Pass Bridge: Construction project: Crews are making structural, electrical and mechanical repairs on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are also expected during construction. Beginning Monday, August 5, and continuing for the next two weeks, there will be extended bridge openings between midnight and 4 a.m. while the contractor is working. The openings are expected to take up to 30 minutes each occurrence. Southern Road & Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2019.

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. A traffic switch has been implemented shifting traffic to the current westbound lanes using temporary crossovers. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits. Rye Road will remain accessible during this time. The speed limit on State Road 64 will be reduced to 45 mph. On Tuesday, August 6, the traffic signal SR 64 and Rye Road will be temporarily deactivated between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. During this time, law enforcement will direct traffic through the intersection. Please use caution and expect possible delays. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2019.

SR 43 (10th Street) from 6th Avenue Drive W to 2nd Avenue: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to two railroad crossings, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk, and constructing turn lanes on State Road 43 (10th Street). State Road 43 (10th Street) between 6th Avenue Drive W and 2nd Avenue is tentatively scheduled to open to traffic by Sunday, August 4. Nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to  6 a.m. will occur throughout construction while crews are working. Expected completion is fall 2019. Preferred Materials, Inc., is the contractor.

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 301 from SR 780 (Fruitville Road) to 10th Street: Construction project: Crews are making median modifications, installing traffic separators, constructing turn-lanes, improving drainage, and constructing sidewalk. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Crews are making drainage improvements on US 301 between Ringling Boulevard and Main Street. During this time, the northbound right lane will be closed. The northbound and southbound turn lanes will become through lanes for traffic. Northbound and southbound left turns from US 301 to Ringling Boulevard and to Main Street are prohibited. Motorists should use caution and pay close attention to changes in traffic patterns. Expected completion is late summer 2019. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor.

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

  • Brick pavers are expected to be installed along US 41 on the west side and on 14th Street.
  • Roadway base work is expected at the SW and SE corner of 14th Street.
  • New traffic pattern was implemented on 14th Street going east and west. Pay close attention to barrels, pavement markings and traffic lights. Pedestrians need to cross at designated crosswalks and avoid work zones for safety reasons.
  • Light pole installation and sidewalk installation expected at14th Street.
  • A new traffic pattern on west side of 10th Street is implemented. Travel lanes have been slightly shifted north. There will be only 1 lane going east and 1 lane going west during the temporary phase.
  • New boat ramp driveway is open. Use caution as the wider driveway is intended for both entering and exiting traffic
  • Pedestrian crossings on 14th Street/Imperial Drive at US 41 have been reconfigured around the work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and cross walks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.

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

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

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

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

US 41 from Tuscola Boulevard to Ortiz Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; installing bus pads and shelters; improving drainage; constructing/replacing sidewalk; installing guardrail and highway lighting, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Daytime lane closures between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. are possible. Lane closures within 600 feet of signalized intersections are not permitted between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2019. 

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, sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

  • Beginning Tuesday, May 28 at 7 a.m., Seaboard Avenue will be closed to thru traffic while workers complete drainage improvements. Motorists should use Spur Street as a detour route. Traffic is anticipated to switch back to Seaboard Avenue on Tuesday, August 13.  
  • Expect northbound and southbound nighttime lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Sunday, August 4 through Thursday, August 15.
  • Expect a new change in traffic pattern for northbound and southbound traffic on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard beginning Wednesday, August 14.

SR 776 (Indiana Avenue) at CR 777 (Dearborn Street): Construction project: Crews are making pedestrian and ADA improvements, vehicle detection overhead traffic signal modifications, sidewalk enhancements and installing highway lighting. Expect northbound lane closures from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Expected completion is summer 2019. Contact Network LLC is the contractor.

SR 72 at various locations: Construction project: Crews are installing highway lighting and constructing sidewalk along SR 72 at Frontage Road; Gantt Road; Honore Avenue; McIntosh Road; Sawyer Road; Beneva Road; Lockwood Ridge Road; Swift Road, Gateway Avenue, and at the Sarasota Pavilion entrance. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected completion is late summer 2019. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors, Inc.

SR 72 (Clark Road) at Bee Ridge Road Extension/Lorraine Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a right turn-lane. Expect intermittent lane closures and flagging operations from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning through Friday, August 30. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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25

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF JULY 28, 2019

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

Various locations along SR 684 and US 301: Construction project: Crews are installing new highway lighting at various locations along SR 684 from Gulf Drive to 9th Street W and on US 301 from Tallevast Road to 9th Street E. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is fall 2019. PowerCore, Inc. is the contractor.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion.  There will be a short duration shoulder closure on I-275 northbound at the end of the on-ramp from the Manatee County rest area.  This is expected to be in place for one to two hours only, at the beginning of week of July 21 and again during the week of July 28 and will take place off interstate. The Manatee County rest area is closed for renovations. Motorists should use the Pinellas County rest area during this time. The fishing pier will remain open during the closure. Expected completion is spring 2020. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 will remain through the summer. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on the I-275 southbound ramp to I-75 southbound from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, July 28 through Saturday, August 3. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on I-75 northbound and I-75 southbound between Moccasin Wallow Road and just south of the I-275 interchange from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, July 28 through Saturday, August 3. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is fall 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor. 

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, retaining walls, SR 70 drainage and curbs, installing signage, 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 late 2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

US 41 from 301 Boulevard to 21st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are installing concrete traffic separators/directional turn-lanes within the median, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (not within 600 feet of a signalized intersection). Expected completion is summer 2019. Blacktip Services Incorporated is the contractor.

SR 789 at the Longboat Key Pass Bridge: Construction project: Crews are making structural, electrical and mechanical repairs on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are also expected during construction. Southern Road & Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2019.

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. A traffic switch has been implemented shifting traffic to the current westbound lanes using temporary crossovers. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits. Rye Road will remain accessible during this time. The speed limit on State Road 64 will be reduced to 45 mph. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2019.

SR 43 (10th Street) from 6th Avenue Drive W to 2nd Avenue: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to two railroad crossings, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk, and constructing turn lanes on State Road 43 (10th Street). State Road 43 (10th Street) between 6th Avenue Drive W and 2nd Avenue closed to traffic overnight Thursday, June 13/early Friday, June 14 and remain closed for approximately 70 days while crews are working.

  • Traffic northbound on US 41 to westbound SR 43 (10th Street) will make a left-turn onto 7th Street W and continue to Business US 41 (8th Avenue W). Make a right-turn onto Business US 41 (8th Avenue W) and then make a left-turn on SR 43 (10th Street) to continue west.
  • Traffic southbound on US 41 to eastbound SR 43 (10th Street) will make a right-turn onto 17th Street W and continue to Business US 41 (8th Avenue W). Make a left-turn onto Business US 41 (8th Avenue W) and then make right-turn onto SR 43 (10th Street) to continue east until the road closure at 6th Avenue Drive W. Otherwise, motorists will continue south on US 41 and exit at 10th Street W to continue eastbound as normal.  
  • Traffic eastbound on 10th Street will make a left-turn onto Business US 41 (8th Avenue W) and continue to 17th Street W. Make a right-turn onto 17th Street W and continue to US 41. Make a right-turn onto southbound US 41 and exit at SR 43 (10th Street) to continue east.
  • Traffic westbound on 10th Street will merge onto US 41 northbound and continue to 17th Street W. Make a left-turn onto 17th Street W and continue to Business US 41 (8th Avenue W). Make a left-turn onto Business US 41 (8th Avenue W) and continue to 10th Street. Make a right-turn onto 10th Street to continue west. 

Nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. will occur throughout construction while crews are working. Expected completion is fall 2019. Preferred Materials, Inc., is the contractor.

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 301 from SR 780 (Fruitville Road) to 10th Street: Construction project: Crews are making median modifications, installing traffic separators, constructing turn-lanes, improving drainage, and constructing sidewalk. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Crews are making drainage improvements on US 301between Ringling Boulevard and Main Street. During this time, the northbound right lane will be closed. The northbound and southbound turn lanes will become through lanes for traffic. Northbound and southbound left turns from US 301 to Ringling Boulevard and to Main Street are prohibited. Motorists should use caution and pay close attention to changes in traffic patterns. Expected completion is late summer 2019. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor.

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

  • 10th Street is scheduled to be closed starting Monday, July 22nd for installation of drainage pipe. Motorists can use Boulevard  of the Arts as alternate route. The closure is expected to last until Wednesday, July 24th.
  • Lane closures are expected on US 41 just north and north of 10th Street for installation of drainage pipe across US 41 south of 10th Street. Closures are expected during daytime hours from 9am to 4pm. Expect equipment and construction personnel working close to the travel lanes.
  • Brick pavers are expected to be installed along US 41 on the west side.
  • Roadway base work is expected at the SW and SE corner of 14th Street.
  • New traffic pattern was implemented on 14th Street going east and west. Pay close attention to barrels, pavement markings and traffic lights. Pedestrians need to cross at designated crosswalks and avoid work zones for safety reasons.
  • A new traffic pattern on west side of 10th Street is implemented. Travel lanes have been slightly shifted north. There will be only 1 lane going east and 1 lane going west during the temporary phase.
  • New boat ramp driveway is open. Use caution as the wider driveway is intended for both entering and exiting traffic
  • Pedestrian crossings on 14th Street/Imperial Drive at US 41 have been reconfigured around the work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and cross walks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.

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

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

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, August 2. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. 

The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

US 41 from Tuscola Boulevard to Ortiz Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; installing bus pads and shelters; improving drainage; constructing/replacing sidewalk; installing guardrail and highway lighting, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Daytime lane closures between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. are possible. Lane closures within 600 feet of signalized intersections are not permitted between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2019.  

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, sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

  • Beginning Tuesday, May 28 at 7 a.m., Seaboard Avenue will be closed to thru traffic while workers complete drainage improvements. Motorists should use Spur Street as a detour route. Seaboard Avenue is anticipated be closed for a total of 54 days.
  • Expect northbound and southbound nighttime lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Sunday, July 21 through Sunday, August 4.

Expect a new change in traffic pattern for northbound and southbound traffic on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard beginning Wednesday, July 31.

SR 776 (Indiana Avenue) at CR 777 (Dearborn Street): Construction project: Crews are making pedestrian and ADA improvements, vehicle detection overhead traffic signal modifications, sidewalk enhancements and installing highway lighting. Expect northbound lane closures from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Expected completion is summer 2019. Contact Network LLC is the contractor.

SR 72 at various locations: Construction project: Crews are installing highway lighting and constructing sidewalk along SR 72 at Frontage Road; Gantt Road; Honore Avenue; McIntosh Road; Sawyer Road; Beneva Road; Lockwood Ridge Road; Swift Road, Gateway Avenue, and at the Sarasota Pavilion entrance. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected completion is late summer 2019. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors, Inc.
 
SR 72 (Clark Road) at Bee Ridge Road Extension/Lorraine Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a right turn-lane. Expect intermittent lane closures and flagging operations from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning through Friday, August 30. Use caution and expect possible delays.
 
I-75 mile marker 196 before Laurel Road: Maintenance project: Crews will be making asphalt repairs to the left lane on southbound I-75 just before the Laurel Road. Motorists should expect lane closures at the left and center lanes approaching Laurel Road from 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31 to 5 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, weather permitting. Use caution and expect possible delays.

I-75 mile marker 204 near Exit 205 before Clark Road: Maintenance project: Crews will be making asphalt repairs to the right lane on southbound I-75 just before Clark Road.  Motorists should expect lane closures at the right and middle lanes approaching exit 205 from 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, weather permitting. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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22

Public Hearing Notice: US 41 at Dr. MLK Jr. Way and Myrtle Street Intersection Improvements PD&E Study, Sarasota County

Aug-15-PDE-Hearing Project and Hearing Location Map

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is holding a public hearing for the preferred improvements to, and between, the intersections of US 41 at Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Way and US 41 at Myrtle Street in the City of Sarasota. We invite you to attend the hearing on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex building at 1845 34th Street, Sarasota, Florida 34234. A project location map is included below for your reference.

The hearing will begin with an open house at 5 p.m. and follow with a formal presentation and public comment period at 6 p.m. People attending the hearing may review project displays and aerial photographs, and speak one-on-one with project team members about proposed improvements to the study corridor. 

This hearing is being held to allow interested persons an opportunity to be informed and provide comments concerning the location; conceptual design alternatives; and the social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed improvements to US 41. The purpose of this project is to enhance safety, non-motorized connectivity, and access, as well as vehicular traffic flow and operations, between residences and schools of the northern Downtown Sarasota area and the Bayfront area.. The proposed improvements are similar to improvements that have been identified at other intersections along US 41 that are intended to improve traffic flow and enhance safety. The No-Build Alternative, which assumes that no improvements will be made along US 41, is also an option and will remain a viable alternative throughout the PD&E study.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the FDOT Project Manager, David C. Turley, PE at 863.519.2255, by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by writing to Florida Department of Transportation, Attn: David C. Turley, 801 North Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830. Draft project reports and conceptual plans will be available for public review 21 days prior to the hearing at North Sarasota Public Library at 2801 Newton Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34234  (Please call the library at (941) 861-1360 for hours of operation) and at the Florida Department of Transportation Office in Bartow, Florida (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

FDOT is sending notices about the hearing to all property owners located within 300 feet of the project limits, and to interested parties. FDOT welcomes and appreciates the community’s participation in the project. The hearing gives interested parties an opportunity to express their views about the proposed improvements.

The hearing is developed in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Mr. David C. Turley, FDOT Project Manager, at (863) 519‐2255 or by e‐mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days prior to the hearing. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Services, 1.800.955.8771 (TDD) or 1.800.955.8770 (Voice). Additional information can be found on the project website at www.swflroads.com/us41/atmyrtlestreet&mlkjrway.

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by FDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016, and executed by FHWA and FDOT.

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12

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF JULY 14, 2019

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

Various locations along US 41, US 19 and SR 780: Construction project: Crews are installing highway lighting and constructing sidewalks at various locations along US 41, US 19 and SR 780 in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected completion is summer 2019. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices, Inc.

Various locations along SR 684 and US 301: Construction project: Crews are installing new highway lighting at various locations along SR 684 from Gulf Drive to 9th Street W and on US 301 from Tallevast Road to 9th Street E. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is fall 2019. PowerCore, Inc. is the contractor.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion. The Manatee County rest area is closed for renovations. Motorists should use the Pinellas County rest area during this time. The fishing pier will remain open during the closure. Expected completion is spring 2020. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 will remain through the summer. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on the I-275 southbound ramp to I-75 southbound from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, July 14 through Saturday, July 20. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on I-75 northbound and I-75 southbound between Moccasin Wallow Road and just south of the I-275 interchange from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, July 14 through Saturday, July 20. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is fall 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, retaining walls, SR 70 drainage and curbs, installing signage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

  • SR 70 will have two lanes closed in each direction beginning at 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each evening starting Sunday, July 14th through Friday, July 19th.  I-75 northbound and southbound off-ramps to SR 70 will be reduced to one lane each evening from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. 
  • 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 late 2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

US 41 from 301 Boulevard to 21st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are installing concrete traffic separators/directional turn-lanes within the median, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (not within 600 feet of a signalized intersection). The northbound outside lane will be closed from 32nd Avenue to 30th Avenue for approximately two weeks while crews complete drainage work. Expected completion is summer 2019. Blacktip Services Incorporated is the contractor.

SR 789 at the Longboat Key Pass Bridge: Construction project: Crews are making structural, electrical and mechanical repairs on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are also expected during construction. Southern Road & Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2019.

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. A traffic switch has been implemented shifting traffic to the current westbound lanes using temporary crossovers. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits. Rye Road will remain accessible during this time. The speed limit on State Road 64 will be reduced to 45 mph. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2019.

SR 43 (10th Street) from 6th Avenue Drive W to 2nd Avenue: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to two railroad crossings, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk, and constructing turn lanes on State Road 43 (10th Street). State Road 43 (10th Street) between 6th Avenue Drive W and 2nd Avenue closed to traffic overnight Thursday, June 13/early Friday, June 14 and remain closed for approximately 70 days while crews are working.

  • Traffic northbound on US 41 to westbound SR 43 (10th Street) will make a left-turn onto 7th Street W and continue to Business US 41 (8th Avenue W). Make a right-turn onto Business US 41 (8th Avenue W) and then make a left-turn on SR 43 (10th Street) to continue west.
  • Traffic southbound on US 41 to eastbound SR 43 (10th Street) will make a right-turn onto 17th Street W and continue to Business US 41 (8th Avenue W). Make a left-turn onto Business US 41 (8th Avenue W) and then make right-turn onto SR 43 (10th Street) to continue east until the road closure at 6th Avenue Drive W. Otherwise, motorists will continue south on US 41 and exit at 10th Street W to continue eastbound as normal.  
  • Traffic eastbound on 10th Street will make a left-turn onto Business US 41 (8th Avenue W) and continue to 17th Street W. Make a right-turn onto 17th Street W and continue to US 41. Make a right-turn onto southbound US 41 and exit at SR 43 (10th Street) to continue east.
  • Traffic westbound on 10th Street will merge onto US 41 northbound and continue to 17th Street W. Make a left-turn onto 17th Street W and continue to Business US 41 (8th Avenue W). Make a left-turn onto Business US 41 (8th Avenue W) and continue to 10th Street. Make a right-turn onto 10th Street to continue west.

Nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. will occur throughout construction while crews are working. Expected completion is fall 2019. Preferred Materials, Inc., is the contractor.

SARASOTA COUNTY

Various locations along US 41, US 19 and SR 780: Construction project: Crews are installing highway lighting and constructing sidewalks at various locations along US 41, US 19 and SR 780 in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected completion is summer 2019. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices, Inc.

US 301 from SR 780 (Fruitville Road) to 10th Street: Construction project: Crews are making median modifications, installing traffic separators, constructing turn-lanes, improving drainage, and constructing sidewalk. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Crews are making drainage improvements on US 301between Ringling Boulevard and Main Street. During this time, the northbound right lane will be closed. The northbound and southbound turn lanes will become through lanes for traffic. Northbound and southbound left turns from US 301 to Ringling Boulevard and to Main Street are prohibited. Motorists should use caution and pay close attention to chnages in traffic patterns. Expected completion is late summer 2019. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor.

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

  • Contractor will be connecting new waterlines at 9th Street and 10th Street on July 10th.
  • 9th Street is scheduled to be closed for through traffic starting July 8th in preparation for the waterline tie in and expected to stay closed until Wednesday (July 17th)
  • Contractor is scheduled to work nights south of 10th Street on US 41 for the installation of stormwater pipe across US 41. Nighttime lane closures are expected on the SB lanes starting 7/15/19 to 7/17/19 between the hours of 8pm to 6am. Expect noise from equipment used for excavation, backup alarms, pumps etc. Use caution in the area and watch for trucks, equipment and construction personnel close to the travel lanes
  • 10th Street is scheduled to be closed end of next week for installation of drainage pipe. Motorists can use Boulevard of the Arts as alternate route. The closure is expected to last until Friday, July 19th.
  • Brick pavers are expected to be installed along US 41 on the west side.
  • Roadway base work is expected at the SW and SE corner of 14th Street.
  • New traffic pattern was implemented on 14th Street going east and west. Pay close attention to barrels, pavement markings and traffic lights. Pedestrians need to cross at designated crosswalks and avoid work zones for safety reasons.
  • A new traffic pattern on west side of 10th Street is implemented. Travel lanes have been slightly shifted north. There will be only 1 lane going east and 1 lane going west during the temporary phase.
  • New boat ramp driveway is open. Use caution as the wider driveway is intended for both entering and exiting traffic
  • Pedestrian crossings on 14th Street/Imperial Drive at US 41 have been reconfigured around the work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and cross walks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.

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

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

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, July 26. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from McIntosh Road to Beneva Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, improving drainage, reconstructing the US 41 southbound bridge over Catfish Creek south of Central Sarasota Parkway, installing highway lighting, upgrading signals, and installing new signing and pavement markings.

  • Northbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures may occur between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph within the construction zone.

Motorists should use caution and obey the posted speed limit. Expected completion is fall 2019. The contractor is Morrison-Cobalt JV.

US 41 from Tuscola Boulevard to Ortiz Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; installing bus pads and shelters; improving drainage; constructing/replacing sidewalk; installing guardrail and highway lighting, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Daytime lane closures between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. are possible. Lane closures within 600 feet of signalized intersections are not permitted between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2019. 

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, sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

  • Beginning Tuesday, May 28 at 7 a.m., Seaboard Avenue will be closed to thru traffic while workers complete drainage improvements. Motorists should use Spur Street as a detour route. Seaboard Avenue is anticipated be closed for a total of 54 days.
  • Expect northbound and southbound nighttime lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Sunday, July 21 through Friday July 26.
  • Expect a new change in traffic pattern for northbound and southbound traffic on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard beginning Tuesday, July 23.

SR 776 (Indiana Avenue) at CR 777 (Dearborn Street): Construction project: Crews are making pedestrian and ADA improvements, vehicle detection overhead traffic signal modifications, sidewalk enhancements and installing highway lighting. Expect northbound lane closures from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Expected completion is summer 2019. Contact Network LLC is the contractor.

SR 72 at various locations: Construction project: Crews are installing highway lighting and constructing sidewalk along SR 72 at Frontage Road; Gantt Road; Honore Avenue; McIntosh Road; Sawyer Road; Beneva Road; Lockwood Ridge Road; Swift Road, Gateway Avenue, and at the Sarasota Pavilion entrance. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected completion is late summer 2019. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors, Inc.

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