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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of September 25

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

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


MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction: Crews are scheduled to install four strain pole installations at Amsterdam Avenue on the 20th and 22nd during daytime closure hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crews will also be saw cutting areas of asphalt prior to the start of milling operations along US 301. Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits and temporary lane closures if needed. Scheduled completion is summer 2023.

US 301 and Fort Hamer Road Extension: Permit project: Going through September, Manatee County crews will be installing sewer main and constructing a right turn lane. Motorists can expect lane closures on the north side of US 301 and the outside westbound lane on US 301 and Fort Hamer Road. Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

US 301 just east of Erie Road to 91st Avenue E: Permit project: Starting in October and going through the end of November, crews will be constructing two driveway connections and a right turn lane and extending a left turn lane from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please watch for traffic shifts and allow extra travel time.

SR 684 from 86th to Cape Vista: Construction: Crews have begun the 2.4-mile resurfacing project. The intersection at Cape Vista will incorporate a new signal and may require temporary lane closures to install the equipment. For motorist convenience, most lane closures will be overnight unless special circumstances require. Please use caution in the area. Project completion is expected for fall 2022.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will begin work on resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway. Crews are working 24-hour work plans with single-lane traffic. Use caution in the construction zone and expect flagging operations.

SR 64 from Cypress Wind Boulevard to Cordova Drive: Permit project: There will be an outside westbound lane closure on SR 64 from Cypress Wind Boulevard to Cordova Drive through September 2022. FPL will be replacing and installing new poles. Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is late 2023.

US 41 between Bayview Lane and Blackburn Point Road: Permit project: Starting in September and going through November, FPL crews will begin overnight work from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to install power poles. There will be outside north\south bound lane closures. Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

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

Temporary, single lane closures expected north and southbound.

Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

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

Activities Include:

    • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
    • Removal of existing out of service waterline pipe on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
    • Begin grading for the future roadway on US 41 from the roundabout to Palm Avenue.
    • Placing concrete for curb and sidewalk on US 41 from the roundabout to Palm Avenue.
    • Installation of light pole bases and lighting conduit on US 41 between the roundabout and 1st Street.
    • Installation of three mast-arm signal foundations at the intersection of Gulfstream Avenue and US 41.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is fall 2022.

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

US 301 or Washington Boulevard and 17th Street Lighting Retrofit: Construction: Crews have begun work on a lighting retrofit in the area. Expect temporary lane closures when needed. Project should be completed early 2023.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project: Pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Center Road to US 41. Mulching trees, clearing and grubbing is taking place along southbound roadway, south of Center Road to US 41. Drainage installation is underway on both sides of River Road and trucks are crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations. TECO Gas will be installing gas lines adjacent to the northbound roadway. Overall completion expected in early 2025.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. FPL crews will be replacing 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction crews continue work with installation of curb and gutter for the outer part of the RAB, headwall on the north side of RAB, installing signing and marking, installing street lighting, installing sidewalk, and installing landscaping through November 4, 2022. Motorists
should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses. Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is fall 2022.

SR 72 from east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail: Permit Project: FPL crews will be installing poles along the south side of SR72. This overnight work is east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail and will go through September. Motorists can expect intermittent flagging operations between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Motorists should expect flagging operations or temporary lane closures as construction of the free-flowing roundabout continues. Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road.

Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.

Please consider alternate crossroads to access Hawkins Road via Ibis Street or Hummingbird.

Completion is expected in late 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles, so motorists can expect eastbound, intermittent outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be installing traffic signals and motorists can expect nighttime flagging operations with intermittent lane closures through November, between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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16

PUBLIC NOTICE :: MPO Board Meeting on September 26, 2022

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 8009 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243. Meeting Materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Friday, September 16, 2022.

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

    1. In person at the MPO Board Meeting by filling out a comment card.
    2. Written comments will be accepted before, during, and after the meeting. All written comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name, email address, and phone number with your written comment.
    3. The MPO Board meeting will be live streamed on Monday, September 26, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742.
    4. The public may call-in by phone and leave voice comments. Telephone Number 1-855-925-2801; Meeting code 8196.
    5. For those wishing to address members of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022 for your comments to be distributed to MPO Board members prior to the meeting. Please provide the following information in the email:
      1. Subject line (RE): PUBLIC COMMENT FOR SEPTEMBER 26, 2022 MPO BOARD MEETING
      2. Please include the following information in the body of the email: 1) Name, email, and phone number; 2) The agenda item you wish to address; 3) A summary of your public comment (3000-character limit)
      3. Following the receipt of the email, instructions will be sent on how to join the virtual meeting to speak once the Chair calls on you during the public comment period.

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

It would greatly help MPO staff if questions and comments could be emailed to Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) PRIOR to the beginning of the meetings, and ideally before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022.

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

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

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

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16

PUBLIC NOTICE :: Public Transportation Task Force Meeting on September 26, 2022

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Sarasota/Manatee MPO will hold a Public Transportation Task Force Meeting on Monday, September 26, 2022 at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Room at the Sarasota/Manatee MPO, 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243. Meeting Materials will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Friday, September 16, 2022.

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

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

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

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15

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

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews are scheduled to install two drilled shafts at the intersection of Erie Road / Old Tampa Road, four strain pole installations at Amsterdam Avenue on the 20th and 22nd during daytime closure hours from 9 am to 3 pm. Crews will also be saw cutting areas of asphalt prior to the start of milling operations along US 301. Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits and temporary lane closures if needed. Scheduled completion is summer 2023.

US 301 and Fort Hamer Road Extension: Permit project: Going through September, Manatee County crews will be installing sewer main and constructing a right turn lane. Motorists can expect lane closures on the north side of US 301 and the outside westbound lane on US 301 and Fort Hamer Road.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

SR 684 from 86th to Cape Vista: Construction: Crews have begun the 2.4-mile resurfacing project. The intersection at Cape Vista will incorporate a new signal and may require temporary lane closures to install the equipment. For motorist convenience, most lane closures will be overnight unless special circumstances require. Please use caution in the area. Project completion is expected for fall 2022.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will begin work on resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Crews are working 24-hour work plans with single-lane traffic.  Use caution in the construction zone and expect flagging operations. 

SR 64 from Cypress Wind Boulevard to Cordova Drive: Permit project: There will be an outside westbound lane closure on SR 64 from Cypress Wind Boulevard to Cordova Drive through September 2022.  FPL will be replacing and installing new poles.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

SR 64 between Timber Oak Lane and River Heritage Boulevard: Permit project: FPL will be installing power line poles and require temporary outside eastbound lane closures starting September 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

SR 64 westbound between 10th Street east to 12th Street east: Permit project: Crews will be painting the front side of the apartment complex facing SR 64.  There will be temporary outside westbound lane/sidewalk closures through September from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers in the area.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is late 2023.

US 41 between Bayview Lane and Blackburn Point Road: Permit project: Starting in September and going through November, FPL crews will begin overnight work from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to install power poles. There will be outside north\south bound lane closures. Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

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

Temporary, single lane closures expected north and southbound.

Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

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

Activities Include:

    • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
    • Removal of existing out of service waterline pipe on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
    • Begin grading for the future roadway on US 41 from the roundabout to Palm Avenue.
    • Grading for curb and sidewalk on US 41 from the roundabout to Palm Avenue.
    • Installation of light pole bases and lighting conduit on US 41 between the roundabout and 1st Street.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is fall 2022.

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

SR 789 New Pass Drawbridge between Lido Key and Longboat Key: Bridge maintenance:  Crews will be performing routine maintenance and will shift traffic from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Monday, September 19, 2022.  No lane closures expected but use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Center Road to US 41. Mulching trees, clearing and grubbing is taking place along southbound roadway, south of Center Road to US 41. Drainage installation is underway on both sides of River Road and trucks are crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.  TECO Gas will be installing gas line adjacent to the northbound roadway. Overall completion expected in early 2025.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  FPL crews will be replacing 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction crews continue  work with installation of curb and gutter for the outer part of the RAB, headwall on the north side of RAB, installing signing and marking, installing street lighting, installing sidewalk, and installing landscaping through November 4, 2022. Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is fall 2022.

SR 72 from east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail: Permit Project: FPL crews will be installing poles along the south side of SR72.  This overnight work is east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail and will go through September.  Motorists can expect intermittent flagging operations between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Motorists should expect flagging operations or temporary lane closures as construction of the free-flowing roundabout continues.  Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road.

Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway. 

Please consider alternate crossroads to access Hawkins Road via Ibis Street or Hummingbird.

Completion is expected in late 2022. 

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles, so motorists can expect eastbound, intermittent outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be installing traffic signals and motorists can expect nighttime flagging operations with intermittent lane closures through November, between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will continue preparations for two drilled shaft installations at the intersection of Erie Road / Old Tampa Road, four strain pole installations at Amsterdam Avenue as well as removing concrete curb in the median along US 301. Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits and temporary lane closures if needed. Right turn lanes at the intersection of Erie Road / Old Tampa Road may be temporarily closed to facilitate the drilled shaft installation. Scheduled completion is summer 2023.

US 301 and Fort Hamer Road Extension: Permit project: Going through September, Manatee County crews will be installing sewer main and constructing a right turn lane. Motorists can expect lane closures on the north side of US 301 and the outside westbound lane on US 301 and Fort Hamer Road.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

US 301 from 660 feet west of Lexington Drive: Permit project: Construction crews will be performing vacuum excavation for a utility force main.  Motorists can expect an outside westbound lane closure on US 301 approximately 660 feet west of Lexington Drive on Friday, September 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers

US 19 Onramp Near The Overpass Approaching I-275 and the Skyway Bridge: Maintenance: Starting Monday, September 12,  through Thursday,  September 15, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crews will be making slope repairs. The inside lane (left) will be closed , and vehicles will merge into the outside lane (right). Please use caution in the area and anticipate flagging operations.

SR 684 from 86th to Cape Vista: Construction: Crews have begun the 2.4-mile resurfacing project. The intersection at Cape Vista will incorporate a new signal and may require temporary lane closures to install the equipment. For motorist convenience, most lane closures will be overnight unless special circumstances require. Please use caution in the area. Project completion is expected for fall 2022.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will begin work on resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Crews will be shifting into 24-hour work plans with single-lane traffic.  Use caution in the construction zone and expect flagging operations. 

SR 64 from Cypress Wind Boulevard to Cordova Drive: Permit project: There will be an outside westbound lane closure on SR 64 from Cypress Wind Boulevard to Cordova Drive through September  2022.  FPL will be replacing and installing new poles.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

SR 64 between Timber Oak Lane and River Heritage Boulevard: Permit project: FPL will be installing power line poles and require temporary outside eastbound lane closures starting September 21 from  9 a.m. to 5 a.m.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

SR 64 westbound between 10th Street east to 12th Street east: Permit project: Crews will be painting the front side of the apartment complex facing SR 64.  There will be temporary outside westbound lane/sidewalk closures from September 14-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers in the area.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is late 2023.

US 41 between Bayview Lane and Blackburn Point Road: Permit project: Starting in September and going through November, FPL crews will begin overnight work from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to install power poles. There will be outside north\south bound lane closures. Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers

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

Temporary, single lane closures expected north and southbound starting this week.

Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

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

Activities Include:

    • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
    • Removal of existing out of service waterline pipe on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
    • Removal of existing pavement on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue for future roadway reconstruction. Trucks will be entering and leaving the work zone with removed material. Drive with caution and be alert for flaggers and entering/exiting trucks.
    • Beginning excavation efforts for future roadway on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is fall 2022.

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

SR 789 New Pass Drawbridge between Lido Key and Longboat Key: Bridge maintenance:  Crews will be performing routine maintenance and will shift traffic from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Monday, September 19, 2022.  No lane closures expected but use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Center Road to US 41. Mulching trees, clearing and grubbing is taking place along southbound roadway, south of Center Road. Drainage installation is underway on both sides of River Road and trucks are crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.  FPL will be removing old poles as well as installing underground facilities and TECO Gas will also be installing gas line adjacent to the northbound roadway. Overall completion expected in early 2025.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  FPL crews will be replacing 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction crews continue  work with installation of curb and gutter for the outer part of the RAB, headwall on the north side of RAB, installing signing and marking, installing street lighting, installing sidewalk, and installing landscaping through November 4, 2022.   Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is fall 2022.

SR 72 from east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail: Permit Project: FPL crews will be installing poles along the south side of SR72.  This overnight work is east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail and will go through September.  Motorists can expect intermittent flagging operations between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Motorists should expect flagging operations or temporary lane closures as construction of the free-flowing roundabout continues.  Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road.

Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway. 

Please consider alternate crossroads to access Hawkins Road via Ibis Street or Hummingbird.

Completion is expected in late 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles, so motorists can expect eastbound, intermittent outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be installing traffic signals and motorists can expect nighttime flagging operations with intermittent lane closures through November, between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of September 4

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, crews will not have any lane or ramp closures between Friday, September 2, through Monday, September 5, 2022.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will continue preparations for two drilled shaft installations at the intersection of Erie Road / Old Tampa Road as well as removing concrete curb in the median along US 301. Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits and temporary lane closures if needed. Right turn lanes at the intersection of Erie Road / Old Tampa Road may be closed to facilitate the drilled shaft installation. Scheduled completion is summer 2023.

US 301 and Fort Hamer Road Extension: Permit project: Going through September, Manatee County crews will be installing sewer main and constructing a right turn lane. Motorists can expect lane closures on the north side of US 301 and the outside westbound lane on US 301 and Fort Hamer Road.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

US 301 from 660 feet west of Lexington Drive: Permit project: Construction crews will be performing vacuum excavation for a utility force main.  Motorists can expect an outside westbound lane closure on US 301 approximately 660 feet west of Lexington Drive on Friday, September 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers

SR 684 from 86th to Cape Vista: Construction: Crews have begun the 2.4-mile resurfacing project. The intersection at Cape Vista will incorporate a new signal and may require temporary lane closures to install the equipment. For motorist convenience, most lane closures will be overnight unless special circumstances require. Please use caution in the area. Project completion is expected for fall 2022.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will begin work on resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Crews will be shifting into 24-hour work plans with single-lane traffic.  Use caution in the construction zone and expect flagging operations. 

SR 64 from Cypress Wind Boulevard to Cordova Drive: Permit project: There will be an outside westbound lane closure on SR 64 from Cypress Wind Boulevard to Cordova Drive through September  2022.  FPL will be replacing and installing new poles.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

  • In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, crews will not have any lane or ramp closures between Friday, September 2, through Monday, September 5, 2022.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is late 2023.

US 41 between Bayview Lane and Blackburn Point Road: Permit project: Starting in September and going through November, FPL crews will begin overnight work from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to install power poles. There will be outside north\south bound lane closures. Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

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

Temporary, single lane closures expected  both north and southbound starting this week.

Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

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

Activities Include:

    • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
    • Removal of existing out of service waterline pipe on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
    • Removal of existing pavement on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue for future roadway reconstruction. This is where existing eastbound lanes had been under the previous traffic configuration.
    • Relocating equipment and material for operations in the next phase.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is fall 2022.

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

SR 789 New Pass Drawbridge between Lido Key and Longboat Key: Bridge maintenance:  Crews will be performing routine maintenance and will shift traffic from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Monday, September 19, 2022.  No lane closures expected but use caution in the area.  

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Stoneycreek Boulevard to Center Road. Clearing and grubbing is taking place along southbound roadway, south of Center Road. Drainage installation is underway on both sides of River Road and trucks are crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.  FPL will be pulling overhead wire as well as installing underground facilities and TECO Gas will also be installing gas line adjacent to the northbound roadway. Overall completion expected in late 2024.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  FPL crews will be replacing 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction crews continue  work with installation of curb and gutter for the outer part of the RAB, headwall on the north side of RAB, installing signing and marking, installing street lighting, installing sidewalk, and installing landscaping through November 4, 2022.   Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is fall 2022.

SR 72 from east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail: Permit Project: FPL crews will be installing poles along the south side of SR72.  This overnight work is east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail and will go through September.  Motorists can expect intermittent flagging operations between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Motorists should expect flagging operations or temporary lane closures as construction of the free-flowing roundabout continues.  Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road.

Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway. 

Please consider alternate crossroads to access Hawkins Road via Ibis Street or Hummingbird.

Completion is expected in late 2022. 

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles, so motorists can expect eastbound, intermittent outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be installing traffic signals and motorists can expect nighttime flagging operations with intermittent lane closures through November, between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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PUBLIC NOTICE :: Sarasota/Manatee TAC and CAN Meetings on September 12, 2022

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that on September 12, 2022, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. and the Citizen Advisory Network (CAN) meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the MPO Office, 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Meeting materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Friday, September 2, 2022.

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

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

  2. Written comments will be accepted before, during, and after each meeting. All written comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name, email address, and phone number with your written comment.

  3. The TAC meeting will be live streamed at 10:00 a.m. and the CAN at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2022. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742 or at https://facebook.com/Transform2045

  4. The public may call-in by phone and leave comments via voicemail. Telephone Number 1-855-925-2801; Meeting code 8196.

  5. For those wishing to address members of the TAC and/or CAN directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 12, 2022 for your comments to be distributed to TAC and/or CAN members prior to the meeting. Please provide the following information in the email:

      1. Subject line (RE): PUBLIC COMMENT FOR SEPTEMBER 12, 2022 TAC or CAN MEETING
      2. Please include the following information in the body of the email: 1) Name, email, and phone number; 2) The agenda item you wish to address; 3) A summary of your public comment (3000-character limit)
      3. Following the receipt of the email, instructions will be sent on how to join the virtual meeting to speak once the Chair calls on you during the public comment period.

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

It would greatly help MPO staff if questions and comments could be emailed to Clerk to the Board (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) PRIOR to the beginning of the meeting, and ideally before 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 12, 2022.

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

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

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

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31

PUBLIC NOTICE :: Sarasota Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB) Meeting on September 7, 2022

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Sarasota Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board will meet at 1:00 p.m. on September 7, 2022, at the Sarasota/Manatee MPO located at 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida. Meeting materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

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

  1. In person at the Sarasota LCB meeting, by filling out a comment card.

  2. Written comments will be accepted before, during, and after each meeting. All written comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name, email address, and phone number with your written comment.

  3. The Sarasota LCB meeting will be live streamed at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742.

  4. The public may call-in by phone and leave comments via voicemail. Telephone Number 1-855-925-2801; Meeting code 8196.

  5. For those wishing to address members of the Sarasota LCB directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 for your comments to be distributed to Sarasota LCB members prior to the meeting. Please provide the following information in the email:

a. Subject line (RE): PUBLIC COMMENT FOR September 7, 2022 SARASOTA LCB MEETING
b. Please include the following information in the body of the email: 1) Name, email, and phone number; 2) The agenda item you wish to address; 3) A summary of your public comment (3000-character limit)
c. Following the receipt of the email, instructions will be sent on how to join the virtual meeting to speak once the Chair calls on you during the public comment period.

The MPO rules of procedure, decorum, and policy governing the public comment period, shall be followed, and enforced in person or virtually. During the public comment period, the Chair will ask the public to speak based on the written requests to speak in the order they are received.
It would greatly help MPO staff if questions and comments could be emailed to Clerk to the Board (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) PRIOR to the beginning of the meeting, and ideally before 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022.

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

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

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

CONTACT: David Machado
Fiscal Coordinator
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PUBLIC NOTICE :: Manatee Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB) Meeting on September 7, 2022

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Manatee Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at the Sarasota/Manatee MPO located at 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida. Meeting materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

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

  1. In person at the Manatee LCB meeting, by filling out a comment card.

  2. Written comments will be accepted before, during, and after each meeting. All written comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name, email address, and phone number with your written comment.

  3. The Manatee LCB meeting will be live streamed at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q7424.

  4. The public may call-in by phone and leave comments via voicemail. Telephone Number 1-855-925-2801; Meeting code 8196.

  5. For those wishing to address members of the Manatee LCB directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 for your comments to be distributed to Manatee LCB members prior to the meeting. Please provide the following information in the email:

a. Subject line (RE): PUBLIC COMMENT FOR September 7, 2022 MANATEE LCB MEETING
b. Please include the following information in the body of the email: 1) Name, email, and phone number; 2) The agenda item you wish to address; 3) A summary of your public comment (3000-character limit)
c. Following the receipt of the email, instructions will be sent on how to join the virtual meeting to speak once the Chair calls on you during the public comment period.

The MPO rules of procedure, decorum, and policy governing the public comment period, shall be followed, and enforced in person or virtually. During the public comment period, the Chair will ask the public to speak based on the written requests to speak in the order they are received.
It would greatly help MPO staff if questions and comments could be emailed to Clerk to the Board (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) PRIOR to the beginning of the meeting, and ideally before 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022.

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

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

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

CONTACT: David Machado
Fiscal Coordinator
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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of August 28

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, crews will not have any lane or ramp closures between Friday, September 2nd, through Monday, September 5, 2022.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will be preparing for two drilled shaft installations at the intersection of Erie Road / Old Tampa Road as well as deploying work zone safety along US 301. Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits and temporary lane closures if needed. Right turn lanes at the intersection of Erie Road / Old Tampa Road may be closed to facilitate the drilled shaft installation. Scheduled completion is summer 2023.

US 301 and Fort Hamer Road Extension: Permit project: Going through September, Manatee County crews will be installing sewer main and constructing a right turn lane. Motorists can expect lane closures on the north side of US 301 and the outside westbound lane on US 301 and Fort Hamer Road.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

US 301 from 660 feet west of Lexington Drive: Permit project: Construction crews will be performing vacuum excavation for a utility force main.  Motorists can expect an outside westbound lane closure on US 301 approximately 660 feet west of Lexington Drive on Friday, September 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers

SR 684 from 86th to Cape Vista: Construction: Crews have begun the 2.4-mile resurfacing project. The intersection at Cape Vista will incorporate a new signal and may require temporary lane closures to install the equipment. For motorist convenience, most lane closures will be overnight unless special circumstances require. Please use caution in the area. Project completion is expected for fall 2022.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will begin work on resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Crews will be shifting into 24-hour work plans with single-lane traffic.  Use caution in the construction zone and expect flagging operations. 

SR 64 from Cypress Wind Boulevard to Cordova Drive: Permit project: There will be an outside westbound lane closure on SR 64 from Cypress Wind Boulevard to Cordova Drive through September  2022.  FPL will be replacing and installing new poles.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

  • In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, crews will not have any lane or ramp closures between Friday, September 2nd, through Monday, September 5, 2022.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is late 2023.

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

Temporary lane closures on US 41 throughout the duration.

Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

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

Activities Include:

    • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
    • Removal of existing out of service waterline pipe on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
    • Removal of existing pavement on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue for future roadway reconstruction. This is where existing eastbound lanes had been under the previous traffic configuration.
    • Relocating equipment and material for operations in the next phase.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Phase 2A configuration is in place. Motorists going eastbound from the Island will use new asphalt in the future roundabout area. Watch for new traffic patterns, signage, and pavement markings. Traffic patterns for westbound motorists will not be altered under the new configuration.
    • Palm Avenue, 1st Street, and 2nd Street are closed at the US 41 connection in both directions. Entering and exiting the downtown area via Cocoanut Avenue to Fruitville Road is recommended.
    • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
    • Sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road is closed for reconstruction work. Pedestrians should use Cocoanut Avenue for access to downtown and to the Main Street.
    • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
    • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area. Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.
    • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.
    • Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is fall 2022.

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

SR 789 New Pass Drawbridge between Lido Key and Longboat Key: Bridge maintenance:  Crews will be performing routine maintenance and will shift traffic from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Monday, September 19, 2022.  No lane closures expected but use caution in the area.  

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Stoneycreek Boulevard to Center Road. Clearing and grubbing is taking place along southbound roadway, south of Center Road. Drainage installation is underway on both sides of River Road and trucks are crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.  FPL will be pulling overhead wire as well as installing underground facilities and TECO Gas will also be installing gas line adjacent to the northbound roadway. Overall completion expected in late 2024.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  FPL crews will be replacing 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction of curb and gutter for the outer part of the RAB, headwall on the north side of RAB, installing signing and marking, installing street lighting, installing sidewalk, and installing landscaping will start back up Monday, August 29, through November 4, 2022.   Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is fall 2022.

SR 72 from east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail: Permit Project: FPL crews will be installing poles along the south side of SR72.  This overnight work is east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail and will go through September.  Motorists can expect intermittent flagging operations between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Motorists should expect flagging operations or temporary lane closures as construction of the free-flowing roundabout continues.  Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road.

Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway. 

Please consider alternate crossroads to access Hawkins Road via Ibis Street or Hummingbird.

Completion is expected in late 2022. 

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles, so motorists can expect eastbound, intermittent outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction project: Crews will continue shoulder/ditch grading and start side drain installation for this week, so expect intermittent lanes closures both east and westbound. Expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be installing traffic signals and motorists can expect nighttime flagging operations with intermittent lane closures through November, between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of August 21

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will be performing survey and layout controls and deployment of Work Zone Signs along this 2-mile section of US 301.  Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits and temporary lane closures if needed. Scheduled completion is summer 2023.

US 301 and Fort Hamer Road Extension: Permit project: Going through September, Manatee County crews will be installing sewer main and constructing a right turn lane. Motorists can expect lane closures on the north side of US 301 and the outside westbound lane on US 301 and Fort Hamer Road.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

US 301 from 660 feet west of Lexington Drive: Permit project: Construction crews will be performing vacuum excavation for a utility force main.  Motorists can expect an outside westbound lane closure on US 301 approximately 660 feet west of Lexington Drive on August 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers

SR 684 from 86th to Cape Vista: Construction: Crews have begun the 2.4-mile resurfacing project. The intersection at Cape Vista will incorporate a new signal and may require temporary lane closures to install the equipment. For motorist convenience, most lane closures will be overnight unless special circumstances require. Please use caution in the area. Project completion is expected for fall 2022.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will begin work on resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Crews will be shifting into 24-hour work plans with single-lane traffic.  Use caution in the construction zone and expect flagging operations. 

SR 64 from Cypress Wind Boulevard to Cordova Drive: Permit project: There will be an outside westbound lane closure on SR 64 from Cypress Wind Boulevard to Cordova Drive beginning August 22 through September 18, 2022.  FPL will be replacing and installing new poles.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is late 2023.

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

  • Temporary lane closures on US 41 throughout the duration.
  • Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

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

Activities Include:

  • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 at 2nd Street.
  • Final grading of base material in the roundabout area.
  • Paving of the roundabout area and on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.
  • Switching traffic to Phase 2A will occur the nights of August 24-26. Traffic going eastbound from the bridge will be shifted onto new asphalt. The night work will consist of pavement marking removal and placement, barrier wall relocation, and paving. Be aware of new signage and pavement markings for the new configuration.
  • Removal of existing out of service waterline pipe on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is fall 2022.

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

SR 789 New Pass Drawbridge between Lido Key and Longboat Key: Bridge maintenance:  Crews will be performing routine maintenance and will shift traffic from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on September 19, 2022.  No lane closures expected but use caution in the area.  

SR 789 at the Ringling Causeway Bridge #170176: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing overnight testing on Thursday, August 25, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Motorists should anticipate temporary lane closures and use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Stoneycreek Boulevard to Center Road. Clearing and grubbing is taking place along southbound roadway, south of Center Road. Drainage installation is underway on both sides of River Road and trucks are crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.  FPL will be pulling overhead wire as well as installation of underground facilities along the northbound roadway. Overall completion expected in late 2024.

SR 72 at Ibis Street: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, pavement markings, and resurfacing.  This week, crews will work on final punch-list items.  Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures on SR 72 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  FPL crews will be replacing 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction of curb and gutter for the outer part of the RAB will start August 23 through September 2, 2022.   Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Due to a plans change, expected completion is fall 2022.

SR 72 from east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail: Permit Project: FPL crews will be installing poles along the south side of SR72.  This overnight work is east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail and goes through to the end of August.  Motorists can expect intermittent flagging operations between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Motorists should expect flagging operations or temporary lane closures as construction of the free-flowing roundabout continues.  Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road.

Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway. 

Please consider alternate crossroads to access Hawkins Road via Ibis Street or Hummingbird.

Completion is expected in late fall 2022. 

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles, so motorists can expect eastbound, intermittent outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction project: Crews will continue shoulder/ditch grading and start side drain installation for this week, so expect intermittent lanes closures both east and westbound. Expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be installing drill shafts for a traffic signal. Motorists can expect nighttime flagging operations with intermittent lane closures through September, between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of August 14

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will be performing survey and layout controls and deployment of Work Zone Signs along this 2-mile section of US 301.  Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits and temporary lane closures if needed as the project gets underway. Scheduled completion is summer 2023.

US 301 and Fort Hamer Road Extension: Permit project: Going through September, Manatee County crews will be installing sewer main and constructing a right turn lane. Motorists can expect lane closures on the north side of US 301 and the outside westbound lane on US 301 and Fort Hamer Road.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

SR 684 from 86th to Cape Vista: Construction: Crews have begun the 2.4-mile resurfacing project. The intersection at Cape Vista will incorporate a new signal and require temporary lane closures to install the equipment. For motorist convenience, most lane closures will be overnight unless special circumstances require. Please use caution in the area. Project completion is expected for fall 2022.

SR 70 between East of SR 45 and West of 6th Street Court West: Permit Project: There will be an outside eastbound lane closure on SR 70 between east of SR 45 and west of 6th Street Court west beginning August 15 through August 19, 2022.  The contractor will be installing cable conduit both crossing SR 70 and parallel along south side of SR 70.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will begin work on resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  This week work will be focused on preparing the work zone, then crews will shift into 24-hour work plans with single-lane traffic.  Use caution in the construction zone and expect flagging operations.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is late 2023.

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

  • Temporary lane closures on US 41 throughout the duration.
  • Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

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

Activities Include:

    • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
    • Final grading of base material in the roundabout area.
    • Installation of curb and sidewalk in the roundabout area.
    • Removal of existing curb and sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Final grading of base material on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.
    • Installation of the Ritz Carlton Drive concrete driveway.
    • Removal of existing out of service waterline pipe on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Installation of the Ritz Carlton Drive concrete driveway is scheduled to begin Monday, August 15th, pending confirmation from the concrete supplier. Vehicles will not be permitted to enter/exit the east entrance at Ritz Carlton Drive for approximately 3-4 days. The south entrance will be available, and signs will be installed to direct traffic towards the south entrance.
    • Phase 1B configuration in place (island traffic only on US 41 south of Fruitville Road and north of Main Street). Watch for new traffic patterns, traffic signals, and pavement markings. Motorists are urged to use alternate detour route, if possible.
    • Palm Avenue, 1st Street, and 2nd Street are closed at the US 41 connection in both directions. Entering and exiting the downtown area via Cocoanut Avenue to Fruitville Road is recommended.
    • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
    • Sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road is closed for reconstruction work. Pedestrians should use Cocoanut Avenue for access to downtown and to the Main Street.
    • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
    • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area. Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.
    • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is fall 2022.

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

SR 789 at the Ringling Causeway Bridge #170176: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing overnight testing on Thursday, August 25, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Motorists should anticipate temporary lane closures and use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Stoneycreek Boulevard to Center Road. Clearing and grubbing is taking place along southbound roadway, south of Center Road. Drainage installation is underway on both sides of River Road and trucks are crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.  FPL will be pulling overhead wire as well as installation of underground facilities along the northbound roadway. Overall completion expected in late 2024.

SR 72 at Ibis Street: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, pavement markings, and resurfacing.  This week, crews will work on final punch-list items.  Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures on SR 72 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Expected completion is late-Summer 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  FPL crews will be replacing 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction of curb and gutter for the outer part of the RAB will start August 23 through September 2, 2022.   Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Due to a plans change, expected completion is fall 2022.

SR 72 from east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail: Permit Project: FPL crews will be installing poles along the south side of SR72.  This overnight work is east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail and goes through to the end of August.  Motorists can expect intermittent flagging operations between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Motorists should expect flagging operations or temporary lane closures as construction of the free-flowing roundabout continues.  Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road.

  • Motorists should expect a traffic shift moving lanes to the newly completed pavement on the north side of SR72. Proctor and Dove will remain open after the shift is completed and the intersection will remain signalized. Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway. 
  • Please consider alternate crossroads to access Hawkins Road via Ibis Street or Hummingbird.

Completion is expected in late fall 2022. 

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles, so motorists can expect eastbound, intermittent outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction project: Crews will continue with shoulder/ditch grading for this week so expect intermittent lanes closures both eastbound and westbound. Expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be installing drill shafts for a traffic signal. Motorists can expect nighttime flagging operations with intermittent lane closures through September, between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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09

PUBLIC NOTICE :: Transportation Resiliency Advisory Committee (TRAG) on August 15, 2022

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Sarasota/Manatee MPO will hold a Transportation Resiliency Advisory Group Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 15, 2022. Meeting Materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.

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

  1. In person at the TRAG meetings, by filling out a comment card.
  2. Written comments will be accepted before, during, and after each meeting. All written comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name, email address, and phone number with your written comment.
  3. The TRAG meeting will be live streamed at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 15, 2022. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742.
  4. The public may call-in by phone and leave comments via voicemail. Telephone Number 1-855-925-2801; Meeting code 8196.
  5. For those wishing to address members of the TRAG directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 15, 2022, for your comments to be distributed to TRAG members prior to the meeting. Please provide the following information in the email:
    1. Subject line (RE): PUBLIC COMMENT FOR AUGUST 15, 2022 TRAG MEETING
    2. Please include the following information in the body of the email: 1) Name, email, and phone number; 2) The agenda item you wish to address; 3) A summary of your public comment (3000-character limit)
    3. Following the receipt of the email, instructions will be sent on how to join the virtual meeting to speak once the Chair calls on you during the public comment period.

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

It would greatly help MPO staff if questions and comments could be emailed to Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) PRIOR to the beginning of the meetings, and ideally before 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 15, 2022.

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

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

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

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PUBLIC NOTICE :: Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Advisory Committee (BPTAC) on August 16, 2022

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that on August 16, 2022, the Bicycle/Pedestrian/Trails Advisory Committee (BPTAC) meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the MPO Office, 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Meeting materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.

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

  1. In person at the BPTAC meeting, by filling out a comment card.
  2. Written comments will be accepted before, during, and after each meeting. All written comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name, email address, and phone number with your written comment.
  3. The BPTAC meeting will be live streamed at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742.
  4. The public may call-in by phone and leave comments via voicemail. Telephone Number 1-855-925-2801; Meeting code 8196.
  5. For those wishing to address members of the BPTAC directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, for your comments to be distributed to BPTAC members prior to the meeting. Please provide the following information in the email:
    1. Subject line (RE): PUBLIC COMMENT FOR AUGUST 16, 2022 BPTAC MEETING
    2. Please include the following information in the body of the email: 1) Name, email, and phone number; 2) The agenda item you wish to address; 3) A summary of your public comment (3000-character limit)
    3. Following the receipt of the email, instructions will be sent on how to join the virtual meeting to speak once the Chair calls on you during the public comment period.

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

It would greatly help MPO staff if questions and comments could be emailed to Clerk to the Board (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) PRIOR to the beginning of the meeting, and ideally before 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

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

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

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

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of August 7

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 41 and 113th Street East Moving South to 85th Street East: Maintenance: Crews will be working on the roadway shoulder from Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures, so use caution in the area or choose an alternate route.

US 41 over the CSX Railroad (0.2 miles north of the US 301)  Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Thursday, August 11, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.  Motorists can expect north and southbound lane closures so please use caution in the area.

US 301 between 15th Street and University Parkway: Maintenance: Crews will be performing debris and vegetation removal operations, so motorists can anticipate temporary lane closures on both north and southbound.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will be performing survey and layout controls and deployment of Work Zone Signs along this 2-mile section of US 301.  Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits and temporary lane closures if needed as the project gets underway. Scheduled completion is summer 2023.

US 301 and Fort Hamer Road Extension: Permit project: Going through September, Manatee County crews will be installing sewer main and constructing a right turn lane. Motorists can expect lane closures on the north side of US 301 and the outside westbound lane on US 301 and Fort Hamer Road.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

US 301 from 15th Street to University Drive: Maintenance: This week crews will be performing shoulder blading, shoulder rework, both north and southbound.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

SR 684 from 86th to Cape Vista: Construction: Construction crews have begun the 2.4-mile resurfacing project. For motorist convenience, most lane closures will be overnight. This week, crews will need a temporary lane closure on August 8, Monday, at the intersection of Cape Vista from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to pour concrete.  Please  use caution in the area. Project completion is expected for fall 2022.

SR 684 Cortez Road between 125th Street West and 123rd Street West: Maintenance: Crews will be performing ditch rework August 8-9, 2022.  Motorists can expect temporary east bound outside lane closures from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

SR 70 between East of SR 45 and West of 6th Street Court West: Permit Project: There will be an outside eastbound lane closure on SR 70 between east of SR 45 and west of 6th Street Court west beginning August 15 through August 19, 2022.  The contractor will be installing cable conduit both crossing SR 70 and parallel along south side of SR 70.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will begin work on resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway. The first two weeks will be focused on preparing the work zone, then crews will shift into 24-hour work plans with single lane traffic.  Use caution in the construction zone and expect flagging operations. 

SR 64 Bridge #130142 in Myakka City: Bridge maintenance:  Crews will be performing overnight testing on Tuesday, August 9, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Please use caution in the area and expect temporary lane closures.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is late 2023.

I-75 Northbound over Bee Ridge Road: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing maintenance work on Tuesday, August 9, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on northbound lanes.  Please use caution in the area and anticipate temporary lane closures.

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

  • Temporary lane closures on US 41 throughout the duration.
  • Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews are finalizing this bridge improvement project and occasional temporary lane closures may be needed for remaining work. If bridge openings are required to test equipment, they will work with regularly scheduled bridge openings.

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

Activities Include:

  • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
  • Final grading of base material in the roundabout area.
  • Installation of curb and sidewalk in the roundabout area.
  • Removal of existing curb and sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
  • Final grading of base material on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.
  • Installation of the Ritz Carlton Drive concrete driveway.
  • Removal of existing out of service waterline pipe on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is fall 2022.

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

SR 789 at the Ringling Causeway Bridge #170176: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing overnight testing on Thursday, August 25, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Motorists should anticipate temporary lane closures and use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Stoneycreek Boulevard to Center Road. Drainage installation is underway on the southbound roadway. Trucks are crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.  FPL will be working on pulling overhead wire on the east side of the road. Overall completion expected in winter 2024.

SR 758 Siesta Drive over the Intracoastal Waterway (1.2 miles west of US 41): Bridge maintenance:  Crews will be making overnight repairs on August 11, so motorists should expect temporary lane closures.

SR 72 at Ibis Street: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, pavement markings, and resurfacing.  This week, crews will work on final punch-list items.  Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures on SR 72 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Expected completion is late-summer 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  FPL crews will be replacing 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Due to a plans change, expected completion is fall 2022.

SR 72 from east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail: Permit Project: FPL crews will be installing poles along the south side of SR72.  This overnight work is east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail and goes through to the end of August.  Motorists can expect intermittent flagging operations between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Motorists should expect flagging operations or temporary lane closures as construction of the free-flowing roundabout continues.  Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road.

  • Motorists should expect a traffic shift moving lanes to the newly completed pavement on the north side of SR72. Proctor and Dove will remain open after the shift is completed and the intersection will remain signalized. Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway. 
  • Please consider alternate crossroads to access Hawkins Road via Ibis Street or Hummingbird.

Completion is expected in late fall 2022. 

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound and Lawton Drive: Permit project: FPL will be replacing/installing new FPL poles overnight starting Monday and going through the end of the week. Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles, so motorists can expect eastbound, intermittent outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction project: Crews will continue with shoulder/ditch grading for this week so expect intermittent lanes closures both eastbound and westbound. Expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be installing a concrete median and milling and resurfacing existing pavement for a traffic signal. Motorists can expect nighttime flagging operations with intermittent lane closures through September, between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of July 31

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • On Wednesday, August 3, at 9 p.m. to Thursday, August 4, at 5 a.m., crews will close two lanes on I-75 northbound on the Manatee River Bridge.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is early 2025.

I-75 northbound over Manatee River (3.5 miles north of SR 64): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Wednesday, August 3, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect northbound lane closures so please use caution in the area.

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 41 and 113th Street East Moving South to 85th Street East: Maintenance: Crews will be working on the roadway shoulder from Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures, so use caution in the area or choose an alternate route.

US 41 and 10th Street (US 301) in Palmetto: Maintenance: Crews will be working on the roadway shoulder from Wednesday, July 20, through Friday, July 22, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures so use caution in the area or choose an alternate route.

US 41 over the CSX Railroad (1.0 miles north of the US 19 junction): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Tuesday, August 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Motorists can expect northbound lane closures so please use caution in the area.

US 301 between 15th Street and University Parkway: Maintenance: Crews will be performing debris and vegetation removal operations, so motorists can anticipate temporary lane closures on both north and southbound.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will be performing survey and layout controls and deployment of Work Zone Signs along this 2-mile section of US 301.  Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits and temporary lane closures if needed as the project gets underway on August 4, 2022. Scheduled completion is summer 2023.

US 301 and Fort Hamer Road Extension: Permit project: Starting mid-July and going through September, Manatee County crews will be installing sewer main and constructing a right turn lane. Motorists can expect lane closures on the north side of US 301 and the outside westbound lane on US 301 and Fort Hamer Road.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

US 301 from 15th Street to University Drive: Maintenance: This week crews will be performing shoulder blading, shoulder rework, both north and southbound.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

US 301 from 350’ East of 91st Avenue East: Permit project: Starting Monday, July 25, through Thursday, July 28, Manatee County will be realigning sewer main. Please allow extra travel time and use caution in the area.

SR 684 from 86th to Cape Vista: Construction: Construction crews have begun the 2.4-mile resurfacing project. For motorist convenience, most lane closures will be overnight.  Please  use caution in the area. Project completion is expected for fall 2022.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will begin work on resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway. The first two weeks will be focused on preparing the work zone, then crews will shift into 24-hour work plans with single lane traffic.  Use caution in the construction zone and expect flagging operations. 

SR 64 Bridge #130142 in Myakka City: Bridge maintenance:  Crews will be performing overnight testing on Tuesday, August 9, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Please use caution in the area and expect temporary lane closures.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is late 2023.

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

Temporary lane closures on US 41 throughout the duration. Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed. Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews are finalizing this bridge improvement project and occasional temporary lane closures may be needed for remaining work. If bridge openings are required to test equipment, they will work with regularly scheduled bridge openings.

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

Activities Include:

  • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
  • Final grading of base material in the roundabout area and on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.
  • Final graded base material in the roundabout will be primed in preparation of future paving.
  • Installation of curb and sidewalk in the roundabout area.
  • Removal of existing curb and sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
  • Final grading of base material on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.
  • Installation of the Ritz Carlton Drive concrete driveway.
  • Removal of existing out of service waterline pipe on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is fall 2022.

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

SR 789 at the Ringling Causeway Bridge #170176: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing overnight testing on Thursday, August 25, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Motorists should anticipate temporary lane closures and use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists can expect tree cutting along the southbound roadway from West Villages Parkway to just north of US 41 and on northbound roadway from US 41 to Center Road. Embankment activities on the southbound roadway from north of Venice Avenue to Center Road. Various drainage activities are taking place on both sides of the road. Trucks are crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.  FPL will be working on pulling overhead wire on the east side of the road. Overall completion expected in winter 2024.

SR 72 at Ibis Street: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, pavement markings, and resurfacing.  This week, crews will work on signal components.  Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures on SR 72 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Expected completion is late summer 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  FPL crews will be replacing 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Due to a plans change, expected completion is fall 2022.

SR 72 from east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail: Permit Project: FPL crews will be installing poles along the south side of SR72.  This overnight work is east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail and goes through to the end of August.  Motorists can expect intermittent flagging operations between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Motorists should expect flagging operations or temporary lane closures as construction of the free-flowing roundabout continues.  Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road.

Motorists should expect a traffic shift moving lanes to the newly completed pavement on the north side of SR72. Proctor and Dove will remain open after the shift is completed and the intersection will remain signalized. Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway. 

Please consider alternate crossroads to access Hawkins Road via Ibis Street or Hummingbird.

Completion is expected in late fall 2022. 

SR 72 Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles, so motorists can expect eastbound, intermittent outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction project: Crews will continue with shoulder/ditch grading for this week so expect intermittent lanes closures both eastbound and westbound. Expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be installing a concrete median and milling and resurfacing existing pavement for a traffic signal. Motorists can expect nighttime flagging operations with intermittent lane closures through September, between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 at Stickney Point Drawbridge (0.6 miles west of US 41): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing overnight maintenance on Tuesday, August 2, and Wednesday, August 3, both east and westbound from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of July 24

Traffic-Watch

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is early 2025.

I-75 Northbound over Salt Marsh (2.5 miles south of US-301): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Monday, July 25, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations in the northbound right lanes so please use caution in the area.

I-75 Northbound over Foley Creek (3.5 miles south of SR 70): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Thursday, July 28, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations in the northbound right lane so please use caution in the area.

Mendoza Road over I-75: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Wednesday, July 27, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations in the northbound right lane so please use caution in the area.

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Through July, motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 41 and 113th Street East going South to 85th Street East: Maintenance: Crews will be working on the roadway shoulder from Monday, July 18, through Wednesday, July 20, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures, so use caution in the area or choose an alternate route.

US 41 and 10th Street (US 301) in Palmetto: Maintenance: Crews will be working on the roadway shoulder from Wednesday, July 20, through Friday, July 22, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures so use caution in the area or choose an alternate route.

US 41 and 17th Street in Palmetto: Maintenance: Beginning Monday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., crews will be performing debris and vegetation removal operations. Motorists can anticipate temporary lane closures on both north and southbound.

US 41 and 27th Street in Palmetto: Maintenance: Beginning Monday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., crews will be performing debris and vegetation removal operations. Motorists can anticipate temporary lane closures on both north and southbound.

US 301 between 15th Street and University Parkway: Maintenance: Beginning Monday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., crews will be performing debris and vegetation removal operations. Motorists can anticipate temporary lane closures on both north and southbound.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will be performing survey and layout controls and deployment of Work Zone Signs along this 2-mile section of US 301.  Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits and temporary lane closures if needed as the project gets underway on August 4, 2022. Scheduled completion is summer 2023.

US 301 and Fort Hamer Road Extension: Permit project: Starting mid-July and going through September, Manatee County crews will be installing sewer main and constructing a right turn lane. Motorists can expect lane closures on the north side of US 301 and the outside westbound lane on US 301 and Fort Hamer Road.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

US 301 from 15th Street to University Drive: Maintenance: This week crews will be performing shoulder blading, shoulder rework, both north and southbound.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

US 301 from 350’ East of 91st Avenue East: Permit project: Starting Monday, July 25, through Thursday, July 28, Manatee County will be realigning sewer main. Please allow extra travel time and use caution in the area.

SR 684 from 86th to Cape Vista: Construction: Construction crews have begun the 2.4-mile resurfacing project. For motorist convenience, most lane closures will be overnight.  Please  use caution in the area. Project completion is expected for fall 2022.

SR 70 between Del Webb Boulevard and Mizell Road eastbound: Maintenance: Crews will be repairing potholes this week Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Motorists can expect temporary delays.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is late 2023.

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

  • Temporary lane closures on US 41 throughout the duration.
  • Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.
  • Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews are finalizing this bridge improvement project and occasional temporary lane closures may be needed for remaining work. If bridge openings are required to test equipment, they will work with regularly scheduled bridge openings.

  • Starting Monday, July 25, until Friday, July 29, boats that require a double leaf opening require a 4-hour notice.

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

Activities Include:

  • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
  • Installation of the concrete truck apron. Work will begin at 4 a.m. and will last one day. An early morning start is necessary to finish the concrete placement before the peak heat of the day.
  • Final grading of base material in the roundabout area and on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.
  • Removal of existing out of service waterline pipe on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is fall 2022.

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

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists can expect tree cutting along the southbound roadway from West Villages Parkway to just north of US 41 and on northbound roadway from US 41 to Center Road. Embankment activities on the southbound roadway from north of Venice Avenue to Center Road. Various drainage activities are taking place on both sides of the road. Trucks are crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.  FPL will be working on pulling overhead wire on the east side of the road. Overall completion expected in winter 2024.

SR 72 at Ibis Street: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, pavement markings, and resurfacing.  This week, crews will work on signal components.  Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures on SR 72 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Expected completion is late summer 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through July.  FPL crews will be replacing 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Due to a plans change, expected completion is fall 2022.

SR 72 from east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail: Permit Project: FPL crews will be installing poles along the south side of SR72.  This overnight work is east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail and goes through to the end of August.  Motorists can expect intermittent flagging operations between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Motorists should expect flagging operations or temporary lane closures as construction of the free-flowing roundabout continues.  Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road.

  • Motorists should expect a traffic shift starting Wednesday, July 27, as the project moves to the next construction phase on the alternate side of the roundabout by Dove Avenue. Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway. 
  • Please consider alternate crossroads to access Hawkins Road via Ibis Street or Hummingbird.
  • Completion is expected in late fall 2022. 

SR 72 Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles through July, so motorists can expect eastbound, intermittent outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

 SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction project: Crews will continue with shoulder/ditch grading for this week so expect intermittent lanes closures both eastbound and westbound. Expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be installing a concrete median and milling and resurfacing existing pavement for a traffic signal. Motorists can expect nighttime flagging operations with intermittent lane closures through September, between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of July as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of July 17

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

 I-75 Southbound over Foley Creek (3.5 miles south of SR 70): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Thursday, July 21, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations in the southbound right lanes so please use caution in the area.

 I-75 Northbound over Foley Creek (3.5 miles south of SR 70): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Thursday, July 28, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations in the northbound right lane so please use caution in the area.

 Mendoza Road over I-75: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Wednesday, July 27, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations in the northbound right lane so please use caution in the area.

 US 19 over Terra Ceia Bay: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Monday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations in the northbound right lane so please use caution in the area.

 US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Through July, motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

 US 41 & 113th Street East going South to 85th Street East: Maintenance: Crews will be working on the roadway shoulder from Monday, July 18, through Wednesday, July 20, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures, so use caution in the area or choose an alternate route.

 US 301 between 15th Street and University Parkway: Maintenance: Crews will be working on the roadway shoulder from Wednesday, July 20, through Friday, July 22, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures so use caution in the area or choose an alternate route.

 US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will be performing survey and layout controls and deployment of Work Zone Signs along this 2-mile section of US 301.  Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits and temporary lane closures if needed as the project gets underway on August 4, 2022. Scheduled completion is summer 2023.

 US 301 and Fort Hamer Road Extension: Permit project: Starting mid-July and going through September, Manatee County crews will be installing sewer main and constructing a right turn lane. Motorists can expect lane closures on the north side of US 301 and the outside westbound lane on US 301 and Fort Hamer Road.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

 US 301 from 350’ East of 91st Avenue East: Permit project: Starting Monday, July 25, through Thursday, July 28, Manatee County will be realigning sewer main. Please allow extra travel time and use caution in the area.

 SR 684 from 86th to Cape Vista: Construction: Construction crews have begun the 2.4-mile resurfacing project. For motorist convenience, most lane closures will be overnight.  Please  use caution in the area. Project completion is expected for fall 2022.

SR 64 between 15th Street East and 22nd Street East: Maintenance: Crews will be repairing potholes this week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Motorists can expect temporary delays.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is late 2023.

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

  • Temporary lane closures on US 41 throughout the duration.
  • Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

 US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews are finalizing this bridge improvement project. Occasional temporary lane closures may be needed for remaining work.

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

Activities Include:

    • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
    • Installation of the concrete truck apron.
    • Clearing of existing roadway and shoulder on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Grading of base stabilization material in the roundabout area and on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.
    • John Ringling Bridge Shared Bus-Bike Shoulders stripping and pavement marking work continues. Two lanes for vehicular traffic will remain during the work and following the changes. This work will be complete by mid-August. Expect nightly lane closures in both approaches to the bridge.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is fall 2022

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

 SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists can expect tree cutting along the southbound roadway from West Villages Parkway to just north of US 41 and on northbound roadway from US 41 to Center Road. Embankment activities on the southbound roadway from north of Venice Avenue to Center Road. Various drainage activities are taking place on both sides of the road. Trucks are crossing the road just north of Hazeltine Nurseries using intermittent flagging operations. Overall completion expected in winter 2024.

 SR 72 at Ibis Street: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, pavement markings, and resurfacing.  This week, crews will work on signal components.  Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures on SR 72 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Expected completion is late summer 2022.

 SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through July.  FPL crews will be replacing 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

 SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Due to a plans change, expected completion is now fall 2022.

 SR 72 from east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail: Permit Project: FPL crews will be installing poles along the south side of SR72.  This overnight work is east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail and goes through to the end of August.  Motorists can expect intermittent flagging operations between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

 SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Motorists should expect flagging operations or temporary lane closures as construction of the free-flowing roundabout continues.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road.

  • A traffic shift will occur as the project progresses, closing Dove Avenue as construction shifts to the other side of the circle. Please use alternate crossroads to access Hawkins Road via Ibis Street or Hummingbird.

Completion is expected in late fall 2022. 

SR 72 Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles through July, so motorists can expect eastbound, intermittent outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction project: Crews will continue with shoulder/ditch grading, subgrade and milling and paving operations for this week so expect intermittent lanes closures both eastbound and westbound. Expected completion is early 2023.

 SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be installing a concrete median and milling and resurfacing existing pavement for a traffic signal. Motorists can expect nighttime flagging operations with intermittent lane closures through September, between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

 SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of July as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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13

Now Hiring :: Multi Modal Planner I-III

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The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking a qualified individual to develop, implement, and monitor transportation projects in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The selected candidate will join the MPO planning team to coordinate auto, freight, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, and trail system planning. This individual will work closely with local governments, transportation providers, public and private advocacy groups, neighborhoods, and local constituents. The MPO is the legally designated organization responsible for developing state and federal transportation plans and programs that address the complex needs of the two-county area as well as the local needs of the partner jurisdictions.

PLANNER I
Read the full job description for Planner I, HERE

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

 Essential Functions

  • Serves as liaison to local jurisdictions by providing data analysis; project review, analysis, support, and monitoring; and board and staff support.
  • Assists with development of Project Priorities, Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Public Participation Plan, Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), and other transportation planning products.
  • Participates in collection, maintenance, and analysis of transportation system performance data to develop and report on performance measures and targets and work with planning team to report system performance.
  • Attends meetings of MPO board, advisory committees, and transit agencies. Prepare agendas, reports, and supporting material; give presentations as assigned; and respond to direction of board and committees.
  • Works with planning team and local transit partners to support transit objectives and to prepare transit reports and grant documents.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in an analytical field such as Transportation Planning, Urban/Regional Planning, Political Science, Sociology, Geography, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field. At least two years of related experience in the areas of federal, state, or local planning and/or working with government agencies and community groups is required.

A Master’s degree in Urban/Regional Planning is preferred. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

PLANNER II
Read the full job description for Planner II, HERE

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

 Essential Functions

  • Serves as liaison to local jurisdictions by providing data analysis; project review, analysis, support, and monitoring; and board and staff support.
  • Assists with development of Project Priorities, Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Public Participation Plan, Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), and other transportation planning products.
  • Assists in the development of project scopes and verifies contract compliance, invoicing, and deliverables.
  • Manages planning studies with less supervision and reports progress directly to supervisor.
  • Participates in collection, maintenance, and analysis of transportation system performance data to develop and report on performance measures and targets and work with planning team to report system performance.
  • Identifies community problems, issues, and opportunities in particular neighborhoods that could be mitigated through better community planning that supports and improves the overall performance measures and targets.
  • Attends meetings of MPO board, advisory committees, and transit agencies. Prepare agendas, reports, and supporting material; give presentations as assigned; and respond to direction of board and committees.
  • Works with planning team and local transit partners to support transit objectives and to prepare transit reports and grant documents.
  • Supports public involvement in transportation planning activities by responding to citizen inquiries, attending community meetings, and making presentations to outside agencies, community groups, and the general public as requested.
  • Applies multi modal methods to transportation planning activities, perform transportation research, and prepare, produce, and present reports.

Minimum Qualifications:

 Bachelor’s degree in urban/regional planning, transportation planning or a closely related field; such as Public Administration and Economic Development with four (4) years progressively responsible local, state, or federal planning experience.

Master’s degree in one of the specified fields with professional experience of at least two (2) years. Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

PLANNER III SENIOR PLANNER
Read the full job description for Planner II, HERE

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

 Essential Functions

  • Support in the development of Project Priorities, Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), and other MPO transportation planning products.
  • Performs and/or manages complex local or regional planning studies, research, and analyses.
  • Manages collection, maintenance, and analysis of transportation system performance data to develop performance measures and targets and report system performance.
  • Supports transportation planning activities with all applicable county/city/modal departments in the Sarasota-Manatee area.
  • Coordinates required activities with the Florida Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration including plan approvals, mandated documents, and certifications.
  • Support in the development of project scopes and verifies contract compliance, invoicing, and deliverables.
  • Attends meetings of MPO board, advisory committees, and transit agencies. Supports in the preparation of agendas, reports, and supporting material; give presentations as deemed necessary; and respond to direction of board and committees.
  • Represents the organization in the community and supports the public participation plan.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in urban/regional planning, transportation planning or a closely related field; such as Public Administration and Economic Development with five (5) years progressively responsible local, state, or federal planning experience.

Master’s degree in one of the specified fields with professional experience of at least three (3) years. Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

HOW TO APPLY

For consideration, the MPO requires a completed application, cover letter, and resume. To download the application, CLICK HERE. 

All documents are to be emailed to Rachel McClain <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> as instructed in the application. If you have any questions please contact Rachel at 941-259-6045. Please provide complete and accurate information on previous job tasks, levels of responsibility, and references. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon job-related factors, verification of former employment, satisfactory references, and a background investigation.

The MPO will identify the best-qualified person for the position while following the organization’s nondiscrimination policy. The MPO will not deny the benefits of, exclude from participation in, or subject to discrimination anyone on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or family status.

 

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of July 10

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is early 2025.

I-75 over the Manatee River (3.5 miles north of SR 64): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Tuesday, July 12, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations in the northbound right lanes so please use caution in the area.

I-75 over Salt Marsh (2.5 miles south of US-301):  Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Wednesday, July 13, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations in the northbound right lanes so please use caution in the area.

I-75 over Foley Creek (3.5 miles south of SR-70): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Thursday, July 28, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations in the northbound right lane so please use caution in the area.

Mendoza Road over I-75: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Wednesday, July 27, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations in the northbound right lane so please use caution in the area.

US 19 over Terra Ceia Bay: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Monday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations in the northbound right lane so please use caution in the area.

US 41 and 113th Street East going South to 85th Street East: Maintenance: On Monday, July 11, through Friday, July 15, crews will be performing shoulder blading and shoulder rework in the medians from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures.

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Through July, motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will be performing survey and layout controls and deployment of Work Zone Signs along this 2-mile section of US 301.  Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits and temporary lane closures if needed as the project gets underway on August 4, 2022. Scheduled completion is summer 2023.

US 301 and Fort Hamer Road Extension: Permit project: Starting mid-July and going through September, Manatee County crews will be installing sewer main and constructing a right turn lane. Motorists can expect lane closures on the north side of US 301 and the outside westbound lane on US 301 and Fort Hamer Road.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

SR 684 from 86th to Cape Vista: Construction: Beginning in July, construction will be underway for this resurfacing project. Most lane closures will be overnight, so use caution in the area. Project completion is expected for Fall 2022.

SR 64 from 27th Street East to 15th Street: Maintenance: Monday, July 11, through Friday, July 15, crews will be making pothole repairs along this corridor from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Expect temporary lane closures.

SR 37 in Manatee County: Maintenance: Monday, July 11m through Wednesday, July 13, crews will be fixing potholes along with milling and resurfacing areas in the corridor.  Expect temporary lane closures.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is late 2023.

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

  • Temporary lane closures on US 41 throughout the duration.
  • Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews are finalizing this bridge improvement project. Occasional temporary lane closures may be needed for remaining work.

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

Activities include:

  • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
  • Sod installation on the west side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road where work has been completed
  • Installation of the concrete truck apron.
  • Clearing of existing roadway and shoulder on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
  • Grading of stabilization material in the roundabout area.
  • Delivery and grading of roadway base material in the roundabout area.
  • John Ringling Bridge stripping and pavement marking work to add shared bus/bike shoulder will occur during night operations. Two lanes for vehicular traffic will remain during the work and following the changes. This work will be complete by mid-August. Expect nightly lane closures in both approaches to the bridge.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is fall 2022.

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

US 41 at approximately the 6600 block of Tamiami Trail: Maintenance: Crews will be installing liners in the storm water drainage pipeline. Work is scheduled to start on Tuesday, June 11, and should be completed on Friday, July 15, 2022. This project will be on going through the day and evening until completed.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists can expect tree cutting along the southbound roadway from West Villages Parkway to just north of US 41 and on northbound roadway from US 41 to Center Road. Clearing and embankment activities on the southbound roadway between Venice Avenue and Center Road. Culvert pipes will be installed under Tempest Harbor Loop (entrance to Stoneybrook community), July 11 – July 18; the gate will be closed at Tempest Harbor Loop.  Vehicles to and from Stoneywood Cove Townhomes will be able to access under flagging operation during this time. Trucks will be crossing the road just north of Hazeltine Nurseries using intermittent flagging operations. Overall completion expected in winter 2024.

SR 72 from Gantt and Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Maintenance: Going through Wednesday, July 13, crews will be making storm drainage improvements.  Expect temporary lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

SR 72 at Ibis Street: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, pavement markings, and resurfacing.  This week, crews will work on signal components.  Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures on SR 72 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Expected completion is late summer 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through July.  FPL crews will be replacing 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Due to a plans change, expected completion is now fall 2022.

SR 72 from east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail: Permit Project: FPL crews will be installing poles along the south side of SR72.  This overnight work is east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail and goes through to the end of August.  Motorists can expect intermittent flagging operations between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Motorists should expect flagging operations or temporary lane closures as construction of the free-flowing roundabout continues.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road.

  • A traffic shift will occur as the project progresses, closing Dove Avenue as construction shifts to the other side of the circle. Please use alternate crossroads to access Hawkins Road via Ibis Street or Hummingbird.

Completion is expected in late fall 2022. 

SR 72 Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles through July, so motorists can expect eastbound, intermittent outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

 SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction project: Crews will continue with shoulder/ditch grading, subgrade and milling and paving operations for this week so expect intermittent lanes closures both eastbound and westbound. Expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be installing a concrete median and milling and resurfacing existing pavement for a traffic signal. Motorists can expect nighttime flagging operations with intermittent lane closures through September, between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of July as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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