Aug
19

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK AUGUST 22, 2021

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, installing concrete barrier wall, and median and drainage work on SR 70.

  • This week, motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 ramps during nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes.

  • Motorists should expect a lane closure on I-275 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is fall 2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the light poles.

  • Motorists should expect a lane closure on I-275 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is fall 2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 northbound at the Skyway Fishing Pier service road bridges (nos. 130141 and 139003):  Bridge maintenance: Expect flagging operations with lane closures Tuesday, August 24,  from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Use caution in the area.

SR 684 Cortez Road at 119th Street: Landscaping project: Crews are installing landscaping on the west corner of the intersection.  Occasional shoulder and lane closures may be required. Estimated completion is October 2021.  The contractor is Superior Lawn and Landscaping.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews have begun a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets.

  • Motorists should expect overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Please use caution in the active construction zone.

Expected completion is winter 2022, weather permitting. The contractor is Wright Construction.

SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road: Construction permit project: Through the end of September 2021, a detour is in place for Caruso Road on SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road.  This is part of the continued 44th Avenue east improvements project, constructing utility, drainage, and roadway improvements. Please plan additional travel time and use caution in the area.

SR 64 and 19th Street west, City of Bradenton: Construction permit project: On Wednesday, August 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., motorists can expect intermittent eastbound lane closures on SR 64 and 19th Street as crews mount a sign on the nearby building.  Please use caution.

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

**SPEED LIMIT IS 25 MPH THROUGH THE PROJECT**

TRAFFIC SHIFT TO THE FINAL PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION.

  • Outside travel lanes will be open east and westbound through the project work zone.
  • The new westbound entrance/ exit to Greyhawk Boulevard will open
  • Work will continue to take place in the median of SR 64 and Greyhawk Boulevard along with the final construction of the center of the roundabout.
  • Expect lane closures on the inside travel lanes to accommodate final construction.  Continue to utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road as needed.
  • Pope Road will remain closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • The eastbound left turns remain closed from Greyhawk to Mill Run. Utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • Pedestrian traffic: Sidewalks are open on both sides of SR 64.

 

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits.

Traffic shift to construction Phase 1A configuration has been implemented. There will no through traffic at the intersection, watch for new traffic patterns, traffic signals, and pavement markings. Motorists are urged to use an alternate route, if possible.

Please click this link to view a map showing Phase 1A traffic movements.

Activities include:

  • Phase 1A traffic shift adjustments to signals, striping, signage etc. Work is expected to continue day and night until final adjustments are made.
  • Excavation for new utility lines will begin on the west side of US 41 between Fruitville Road and Gulfstream Avenue.

Detours/Crossings:

  • Pedestrian crossings on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue and 1st Street are closed. Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone are available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.
  • 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 as Phase 1A adjustments are made but will reopen within the next couple weeks. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.

Construction activities will take place during the 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.

Motorists are urged to use alternate detour route, if possible. Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles and trucks entering or exiting the work zone.

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.

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 early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

US 41 over Roberts Bay: Bridge maintenance: FDOT and FIU teams will be field testing the bridge superstructure overnight Thursday, September 2, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.  Motorists should expect intermittent northbound lane closures.

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

  • Motorists should expect intermittent day and nighttime lane closures as crews conduct final paving and striping activities. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments on the east side of the roadway. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.   
  • Crews are working within the driveways and the right-of-way along the north and southbound lanes of US 41. Please use caution when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

SR 776 Englewood Road from Artists Avenue to Harvard Street, Englewood: Construction permit: FPL will be upgrading existing pole line and cable through Saturday, August 29, 2021. Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures in both the north and southbound lanes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: This improvement project is in final stages of completion, addressing structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. The normal two lanes of island traffic have been maintained but please use caution in the area.

  • Final equipment testing is required for the remainder of the project, including brief bridge openings. To minimize inconvenience, inspectors will test in the early morning hours from 6 to 7 a.m. (If necessary, the contractor is allowed two openings per hour but for no longer than 10 minutes and they must be at least 15 minutes apart.)
  • Marine openings no longer require a 6-hour advance reservation.
  • Pedestrians can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.
  • Bicyclists must walk their bikes across the grates as permanent signage directs.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will begin work on the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Completion is expected in fall 2022.  The contractor is E & M Equipment.

  • During Phase I: the contractor will install sidewalk closures, temporary signals, and construct the north side of the roundabout on SR 72 and the west side of Proctor Road.
  • Motorists should expect temporary lane closures Monday through Friday on SR 72 (Clark Road) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Crews will be constructing temporary lanes on the north side of SR 72. 
  • Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.
  • Lane closures are not allowed from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. or during non-work periods.

SR 72 Clark Road at Sawyer Road, Legacy Trail Extension Segment 2: Permit project: Crews will be working on the continued Legacy Trail construction. Please use caution in the area.  Expected completion is the end of September 2021. 

SR 72 Stickney Point Road between US 41 and Elmwood Avenue: Construction permit project: Motorists should expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures on SR 72 Stickney Point Road between US 41 and Elmwood through Thursday, September 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Some night work is possible. Work consists of constructing driveways, traffic signals and median crossings.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

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Aug
06

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK AUGUST 8, 2021

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, installing concrete barrier wall, and median and drainage work on SR 70.

  • This week, motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 ramps during nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

I-75 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping so occasional shoulder closures may be required. Estimated completion is August 2021.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes.

  • Motorists should expect a lane closure on I-275 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is fall 2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes.

  • Motorists should expect a lane closure on I-275 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is fall 2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 between Bayshore and Frog Creek Roads: Bridge maintenance: A DBi Services crew will be making routine repairs to the bridge deck and deck joints on Tuesday, August 10, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound.

I-275 between Ellenton Gillette Road and Abel Road: Bridge maintenance: A DBi Services crew will be making repairs to the bridge deck and joints on Wednesday, August 11, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound.

I-275 northbound at the Skyway Fishing Pier service road bridges (nos. 130141 and 139003):  Bridge maintenance: Expect flagging operations with lane closures Tuesday, August 24,  from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Use caution in the area.

US 41 over the Manatee River (Green Bridge): Bridge maintenance: A DBi Services crew will be making routine repairs to the bridge deck and deck joints on Thursday, August 12, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound

SR 684 Cortez Road at 119th Street: Landscaping project: Crews are installing landscaping on the west corner of the intersection.  Occasional shoulder and lane closures may be required. Estimated completion is October 2021.  The contractor is Superior Lawn and Landscaping.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews have begun a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Lane closures are limited to evening and overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting. The contractor is Wright Construction.

  • Motorists should expect overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Please use caution in the active construction zone.

SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road: Construction permit project: Through August 2021, a detour is in place for Caruso Road on SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road.  This is part of the continued 44th Avenue east improvements project, constructing utility, drainage, and roadway improvements. Please plan additional travel time and use caution in the area.

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

**SPEED LIMIT IS 25 MPH THROUGH THE PROJECT**

  • East/ westbound lanes are one lane each direction through the project work zone.
  • The eastbound left turns remain closed at Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run.   Utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • The entrance and exit to Greyhawk Boulevard for westbound traffic has been shifted to the west to accommodate the re-construction of the east side of Greyhawk.
  • Westbound travel lanes are detoured onto the newly constructed travel lanes on the north side of the median just west of Greyhawk.
  • Eastbound thru lane remains the same.
  • Pope Road will remain closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • Pedestrian traffic: Sidewalks are open on both side of SR 64.
  • TRAFFIC SHIFT TO THE FINAL PHASE IV: tentatively scheduled for Thursday, August 19,  if weather permits.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits.

Activities Include:

  • Night work is scheduled Sunday, August 8, and Monday, August 9, weather permitting. Work includes compaction of base material and asphalt paving in the median areas of US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue. This work may be extended to the following days/nights depending on weather conditions.
  • Construction of the temporary roadway along the Marina Jacks parking lot continues. Activities include compaction and grading of the roadway base material and placement of asphalt on the new temporary roadway.
  • Sign installation and preparation for the upcoming traffic switch scheduled on Friday, August 13th, weather permitting. See details below.
  • Installation of electrical conduit along the east side of Gulfstream Avenue. This work will take place between the retainage ponds and sidewalk.

Detours/Crossings:

  • Detours during construction Phase 1A will be implemented after the upcoming traffic switch.
  • Pedestrian crossings on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue and 1st Street are closed. Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone are available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.
  • 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.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the Pre-Phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.

Upcoming Activities:

Major traffic shift to construction Phase 1A is scheduled to start the night of Friday, August 13, weather permitting. The transition to the new traffic pattern is expected take several days and will occur throughout the weekend. Crews are expected to work continuously, day and night until the traffic shift is complete. This work may be extended to the following days/nights depending on weather conditions.

During the night of the traffic switch, expect stop and go traffic, changing lane conditions to new traffic patterns and restricted movements. Motorists are urged to find alternate routes, if possible. Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms and lighting. Police officers and roadway flaggers will be onsite to direct motorist onto the new traffic patterns.

Construction activities will take place during the 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.

Motorists are urged to use alternate detour route, if possible. Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles and trucks entering or exiting the work zone.

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.

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 early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

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

  • The newly installed traffic signal at Detwiler’s Farm Market will be fully activated on Monday, August 9, after the 14-day flash period.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent day and nighttime lane closures as crews conduct final paving and striping activities. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments on the east side of the roadway. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.   
  • Crews are working within the driveways and the right-of-way along the north and southbound lanes of US 41. Please use caution when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

SR 758 Siesta Drive at Siesta Key Bridge: Bridge maintenance: DBi Services will be performing routine bridge inspections overnight Monday, August 9, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Expect intermittent lane closures with flagging operations to guide motorists.

SR 776 Englewood Road from Artists Avenue to Harvard Street, Englewood: Construction permit: FPL will be upgrading existing pole line and cable through Saturday, August 29, 2021. Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures in both the north and southbound lanes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 780 Fruitville Road at Tree Road: Construction permit: crews will be stringing cables across all lanes of traffic through Friday, August 13, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Expect intermittent traffic stops both east and west bound.  Use caution and watch for work crews.

SR 780 Fruitville Road between Shady Parkway to Christie Avenue: Construction Permit Project: Motorists should expect intermittent eastbound outside lane closures through  Friday, August 13, from the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Work consists of reconstructing the existing driveway for a housing development.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: The improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the construction but please use caution in the area as lane patterns will be adjusted.

  • Equipment testing at the bridge will be required for the remainder of the project, requiring brief bridge openings. When possible, inspectors will test in the early morning hours from 6 to 7 a.m. to minimize inconvenience. (If necessary, the contractor is allowed two openings per hour but for no longer than 10 minutes and they must be at least 15 minutes apart.)
  • Marine openings no longer require a 6-hour advance reservation.
  • Temporary lane shifts may be used as the project enters its final stages, but both lanes will remain open.
  • Pedestrians can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.
  • Bicyclists must walk their bikes across the grates as permanent signage directs.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will begin work on the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Completion is expected in fall 2022.  The contractor is E & M Equipment.

  • During Phase I: the contractor will install sidewalk closures, install temporary signals, and construct the north side of the roundabout at SR 72 and the west side of Proctor Road.
  • The contractor is currently installing the “maintenance of traffic” (MOT) advanced warning signs, erosion control devices, and clearing/ grubbing the north side of SR 72.
  • During the week of August 14, 2021, motorists should expect short duration flagging operations as materials are delivered to the site. Lane closures on SR 72 (Clark Road) are possible from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Over the next few weeks, the contractor will be constructing temporary lanes on the north side of SR 72.  Flagging operations on SR72 and Proctor Road are possible.
  • Lane closures are not allowed from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. or during non-work periods.

SR 72 Clark Road at Sawyer Road, Legacy Trail Extension Segment 2: Permit project: Crews will be working on the continued Legacy Trail construction. Please use caution in the area.  Expected completion is late summer. 

Scheduled:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 8 through August 11: Eastbound outside lane will be closed for the demolition, removal and replacement of curbs and sidewalk.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 16 through August 18:  Both the east and westbound inside lanes will be closed for curb demolition and replacement.

SR 72 Stickney Point Road between US 41 and Elmwood Avenue: Construction permit project: Motorists should expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures on SR 72 Stickney Point Road between US 41 and Elmwood Avenue starting on Monday, August 9, to September 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Some night work may be possible. Work consists of constructing driveways, traffic signals and median crossings.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

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Aug
03

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK AUGUST 1, 2021

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, installing concrete barrier wall, and median and drainage work on SR 70.

  • This week, motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 ramps during nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

I-75 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping so occasional shoulder closures may be required. Estimated completion is August 2021.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-275 over Terra Ceia River (1.2 miles west of US 41): Bridge maintenance: DBi Services crews will be making bridge deck and joint repairs on Monday, August 2, 2021.  Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes.

  • Motorists should expect a lane closure on I-275 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes.

  • On Wednesday, August 4, at 7 p.m. to Thursday, August 5, at 7 a.m., the US 41 on-ramp to I-275 northbound will be closed.  Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route or use local routes.
  • On Thursday, August 5, at 7 p.m. to Friday, August 6, at 7 a.m., the I-275 southbound off-ramp to US 41 will be closed.  Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route or use local routes.
  • Motorists should expect a lane closure on I-275 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 between Bayshore and Frog Creek Roads: Bridge maintenance: A DBi Services crew will be making routine repairs to the bridge deck and deck joints on Tuesday, August 10, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound.

I-275 between Ellenton Gillette Road and Abel Road: Bridge maintenance: A DBi Services crew will be making repairs to the bridge deck and joints on Wednesday, August 11, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound.

US 41 over the Manatee River (Green Bridge): Bridge maintenance: A DBi Services crew will be making routine repairs to the bridge deck and deck joints on Thursday, August 12, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound

SR 684 Cortez Road at 119th Street: Landscaping project: Crews are installing landscaping on the west corner of the intersection.  Occasional shoulder and lane closures may be required. Estimated completion is October 2021.  The contractor is Superior Lawn and Landscaping.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews have begun a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Lane closures are limited to evening and overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting. The contractor is Wright Construction.

  • Motorists should expect overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Please use caution in the active construction zone.

SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road: Construction permit project: Through August 2021, a detour is in place for Caruso Road on SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road.  This is part of the continued 44th Avenue east improvements project, constructing utility, drainage, and roadway improvements. Please plan additional travel time and use caution in the area.

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

**SPEED LIMIT IS 25 MPH THROUGH THE PROJECT**

  • East/ westbound lanes are one lane each direction through the project work zone.
  • The eastbound left turns remain closed at Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run.   Utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • The entrance and exit to Greyhawk Boulevard for Westbound traffic has been shifted to the west to accommodate the re-construction of the east side of Greyhawk.
  • Westbound travel lanes are detoured onto the newly constructed travel lanes on the north side of the median just west of Greyhawk.
  • Eastbound thru lane remains the same.
  • Pope Road will remain closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • Pedestrian traffic: Sidewalks are open on both side of SR 64.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout Project: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits.

Activities include:

  • Construction of the temporary roadway along the Marina Jacks parking lot continues. Activity involves compaction and grading of the roadway base material.
  • Pre-work for removal of existing curb and median on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue in preparation for the next traffic phase. These activities will take place during the during nighttime hours.
  • Delivery and compaction of roadway base material for construction of the temporary roadway. Expect vibration from compactors/rollers.
  • Installation of electrical conduit along the east side of Gulfstream Avenue. This work will take place between the ponds and sidewalk.

Detours/Crossings:

  • Pedestrian crossings on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue and 1st Street are closed. Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone are available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.
  • 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.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the Pre-Phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.

Upcoming Activities:

Major traffic shift to the next construction phase is projected mid-August, weather permitting. The transition to the new traffic pattern is expected take several days and will occur throughout the weekend. Crews are expected to work continuously, day and night until the traffic shift is complete. Police officers and roadway flaggers will be onsite to direct motorist onto the new lane conditions and patterns.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours.

Expect noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, lighting, vacuum trucks, and pumps.

Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for construction vehicles and dump trucks entering or exiting the work zone.

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.

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 early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

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

  • The newly installed traffic signal at Detwiler’s Farm Market will be fully activated on Monday, August 9, after the 14-day flash period.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent day and nighttime lane closures as crews conduct final paving and striping activities. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments on the east side of the roadway. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.   
  • Crews are working within the driveways and the right-of-way along the north and southbound lanes of US 41. Please use caution when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

SR 758 Siesta Drive at Siesta Key Bridge: Bridge maintenance: DBi Services will be performing routine bridge inspections overnight Monday, August 9, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Expect intermittent lane closures with flagging operations to guide motorists.

SR 776 Englewood Road from Artists Avenue to Harvard Street, Englewood: Construction permit: FPL will be upgrading existing pole line and cable through Saturday, August 29, 2021. Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures in both the north and southbound lanes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 780 Fruitville Road at Tree Road: Construction permit: starting Monday, August 2, through Friday, August 13, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., crews will be stringing cables across all lanes of traffic. Expect intermittent traffic stops both east and west bound.  Use caution and watch for work crews.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: The improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the construction but please use caution in the area as lane patterns will be adjusted. If bridge closures are required, they will be done between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. with no detour longer than 30 minutes.

  • Equipment testing at the bridge will be required for the remainder of the project, requiring bridge openings. When possible, inspectors will test in the early morning hours from 6 to 7 a.m. to minimize inconvenience. (If necessary, the contractor is allowed two openings per hour but for no longer than 10 minutes and they must be at least 15 minutes apart.)
  • Temporary lane shifts may be used as the project enters its final stages, but both lanes will remain open.
  • Pedestrians can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.
  • Bicyclists must walk their bikes across the grates as permanent signage directs.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will begin work on the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Completion is expected in fall 2022.  The contractor is E & M Equipment.

  • During Phase I: the contractor will install sidewalk closures, install temporary signals, and construct the north side of the roundabout at SR 72 and the west side of Proctor Road.
  • On Monday, August 2, expect an eastbound lane closure from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on SR 72 Clark Road, approximately 1,000 feet before the intersection with Proctor Road. 
  • The contractor has begun installing the “maintenance of traffic” (MOT) advanced warning signs, erosion control devices, and clearing and grubbing the north side of SR 72. This work will include shoulder closures with short duration flagging operations to unload equipment and materials.
  • Over the next few weeks, the contractor will be constructing temporary lanes on the north side of SR 72.  Flagging operations on SR72 and Proctor Road are possible.
  • Lane closures and traffic shifts will be in place during various phases of the project so use caution in the construction zone.
  • Lane closures are not allowed from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. or during non-work periods.

SR 72 Clark Road at Sawyer Road, Legacy Trail Extension Segment 2: Permit project: Crews will be working on the continued Legacy Trail construction. Please use caution in the area.  Expected completion is late summer. 

Scheduled:

  • Monday, August 2: Shifting to the east side, outside lanes will be closed for the demolition and removal of train tracks and full depth asphalt restoration.
  • Thursday, August 5: Eastbound two inside lanes will be closed for the demolition and removal of train tracks and full depth asphalt restoration.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 8 through August 11: Eastbound outside lane will be closed for the demolition, removal and replacement of curbs and sidewalk.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 16 through August 18:  Both the east and westbound inside lanes will be closed for curb demolition and replacement.
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20

PUBLIC NOTICE :: 2021 TMA Certification Review

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the 2021 TMA Certification Review of the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the MPO’s Conference Room located at 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida, followed by a Public Meeting which begins at 4:00 p.m.

For more information and meeting materials regarding the MPO’s Certification Review please visit: https://www.mympo.org/m/mandates/certification

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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20

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK JULY 18, 2021

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, installing concrete barrier wall, and median and drainage work on SR 70.

  • This week, motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 ramps during nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

I-75 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping so occasional shoulder closures may be required. Estimated completion is August 2021.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-275 over Terra Ceia River (1.2 mi. west of US 41): Bridge maintenance: DBi Services crews will be making bridge deck and joint repairs on Monday, July 26, and Tuesday, July 27, 2021.  Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes.

  • Motorists should expect a lane closure on I-275 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes.

  • Motorists should expect a lane closure on I-275 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

SR 684 Cortez Road at 119th Street: Landscaping project: Starting Monday, July 19, crews will begin installing landscaping on the west corner of the intersection.  Occasional shoulder and lane closures may be required. Estimated completion is October 2021.  The contractor is Superior Lawn and Landscaping.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews have begun a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Lane closures are limited to evening and overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting. The contractor is Wright Construction Group.

  • Motorists should expect overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Please use caution in the active construction zone.

SR 70 west of White Eagle Boulevard: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent east and westbound right lane closures on SR 70, west of White Eagle Boulevard, thru July 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Crews will be constructing right and left turn lanes, a median opening, driveway and drainage.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road: Construction permit project: Through August 2021, a detour is in place for the Caruso Road closure on SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road.  This is part of the continued 44th Avenue east improvements project, constructing utility, drainage, and roadway improvements. Please plan additional travel time and use caution in the area.

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

  • **SPEED LIMIT IS 25 MPH THROUGH THE PROJECT**
  • East and westbound lanes are one lane each direction through the project.
  • TRAFFIC SHIFT - Phase IIIB: A traffic shift for the next phase of the project is scheduled for overnight Monday, July 19, 2021.
    • The eastbound left turn into Peace Presbyterian Church will reopen.
    • The eastbound left turns will remain closed at Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run.  Utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
    • The entrance and exit to Greyhawk Boulevard for westbound traffic will be shifted to accommodate the re-construction of the east side of Greyhawk.
    • Westbound travel lanes will be detoured onto the newly constructed travel lanes on the north side of the median just west of Greyhawk.
    • Eastbound thru lanes will remain the same.
  • Pope Road will remain closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • Pedestrian traffic: Sidewalks are open on both side of SR 64.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits.

Activities include:

  • Construction of the temporary roadway along the Marina Jacks parking lot continues. Activity involves moving material from the pond site on the east side of US 41 to the west side of US 41.
  • Pre-work for removal of existing curb and median on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue in preparation for the next traffic phase. These activities will take place during the during nighttime hours.
  • Delivery and compaction of roadway base material for construction of the temporary roadway. Expect vibration from compactors/rollers.
  • Installation of electrical conduit along the east side of Gulfstream Avenue. This work will take place between the ponds and sidewalk.

Detours/Crossings:

  • Pedestrian crossing at the US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue intersection is closed in preparation for the next traffic phase. Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone have been implemented. Pedestrian crossings are available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.
  • 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.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the Pre-Phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours.

Expect noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, lighting, vacuum trucks, and pumps.

Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for construction vehicles and dump trucks entering or exiting the work zone.

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.

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 early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

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

  • A new traffic switch will go into effect Friday, July 16, 2021. Northbound and southbound traffic will be shifted towards the median, allowing traffic to flow in each direction while the contractor finishes activities near the outside lanes. Additionally, the new signal at Detwiler’s Farm Market will be activated in flashing mode on Friday, July 16, 2021.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions of the median crossings into shopping centers and side streets throughout the month of May while crews perform work in the medians.  Motorists who are not able to turn at the desired median crossing can travel further down the roadway to make a U-turn where available.
  • Intermittent daytime lane closures will be in effect on northbound US 41 Bypass from Center Road to Venice Avenue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments on the east side of the roadway. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.  
  • Crews are working within the driveways and the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Use caution when turning into businesses and shopping plazas.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: The improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the construction but please use caution in the area as lane patterns will be adjusted. If bridge closures are required, they will be done between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. with no detour longer than 30 minutes.

  • Equipment testing at the bridge will be required for the remainder of the project, requiring bridge openings. When possible, inspectors will test in the early morning hours from 6 to 7 a.m. to minimize inconvenience. (If necessary, the contractor is allowed two openings per hour but for no longer than 10 minutes and they must be at least 15 minutes apart.)
  • Temporary lane shifts may be used as the project enters its final stages, but both lanes will remain open.
  • Pedestrians can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.
  • Bicyclists must walk their bikes across the grates as permanent signage directs.
  • For marine openings, a 6-hour advance reservation is required thru July 31, 2021.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will begin work on the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Completion is expected in fall 2022.  The contractor is E & M Equipment.

  • During Phase I: the contractor will install sidewalk closures, install temporary signals, and construct the north side of the roundabout at SR 72 and the west side of Proctor Road.
  • The contractor has begun installing the “maintenance of traffic” (MOT) advanced warning signs, erosion control devices, and clearing and grubbing the north side of SR 72. Work will be limited to shoulder closures with short duration flagging operations to unload equipment and materials.
  • Over the next few weeks, the contractor will be constructing temporary lanes on the north side of SR 72.  Flagging operations on SR72 and Proctor Road are possible.
  • Lane closures and traffic shifts will be in place during various phases of the project so use caution in the construction zone.
  • Lane closures are not allowed from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. or during non-work periods.

SR 72 Clark Road at Sawyer Road, Legacy Trail Extension Segment 2: Permit project: Starting on Monday, July 12, crews will install variable message boards notifying motorists of the upcoming Legacy Trail construction. Please use caution in the area.  Expected completion is late summer.  Scheduled below:

  • On Monday, July 19: Westbound outside lane will be closed for the demolition and removal of train tracks with full depth asphalt restoration. 
  • Thursday, July 22: Westbound two inside lanes will be closed for the completion of demolition and removal of train tracks and full depth asphalt restoration.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, July 26 through July 28, westbound outside lanes will be closed for the demolition, removal and replacement of curbs and sidewalk.
  • Monday, August 2: Shifting to the east side, outside lanes will be closed for the demolition and removal of train tracks and full depth asphalt restoration
  • Thursday, August 5: Eastbound two inside lanes will be closed for the demolition and removal of train tracks and full depth asphalt restoration
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 8 through August 11: Eastbound outside lane will be closed for the demolition, removal and replacement of curbs and sidewalk.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 16 through August 18:  Both the east and westbound inside lanes will be closed for curb demolition and replacement.
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12

Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization Hosts an Open House

Open-House

Quadrennial Federal Highway Administration/Federal Transit Administration Certification Review Site Visit

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) invites the public to an Open House on Thursday, July 22, 2021, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM located at the MPO Offices, 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, FL 34243, or virtually as detailed below.

From 4:00 – 5:00 PM, the public is invited to join representatives from Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), technical professionals, and elected officials to view the new MPO office, learn more about regional transportation, and meet and greet with MPO Staff.

From 5:00 – 6:00 PM, representatives from FHWA and FTA will open a public meeting where the public is invited to speak about their experiences working with the Sarasota/Manatee MPO.

There are three (3) ways for the public to participate:

  1. In person at the MPO Offices.
  2. The Open House will be live streamed on Thursday, July 22, 2021, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742.
  3. The public may call-in by phone and leave comments via voicemail. Telephone Number 1-855-925-2801; Meeting code 8196.

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.

ABOUT QUADRENNIAL FHWA/FTA CERTIFICATION REVIEW SITE VISIT

Every four years, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) must jointly certify Transportation Management Areas' (TMA) planning processes nationwide.  TMAs are urbanized areas with a population of 200,000 or more.

The FHWA/FTA Certification Review site visit focuses on gathering input and examples on the Sarasota/Manatee MPO's various approaches, activities, and issues implementing a cooperative, comprehensive, and continuing planning process, known as the "3-C" planning process. 

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This review is intended to improve the overall quality of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO's transportation planning process. The primary activities during the Certification Review site visit are as follows:

  1. Staff-level discussions with representatives from the Sarasota/Manatee MPO, FDOT and other regional planning agencies;
  2. Discussions with local elected and/or appointed officials; and
  3. Discussions with Sarasota and Manatee County citizens.
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09

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK JULY 11, 2021

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, installing concrete barrier wall, and median and drainage work on SR 70.

  • This week, motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 ramps during nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

I-75 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping so occasional shoulder closures may be required. Estimated completion is August 2021.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-275 over Terra Ceia River (1.2 mi. west of US 41): Bridge maintenance: DBi Services crews will be making bridge deck and joint repairs on Monday, July 26, and Tuesday, July 27, 2021.  Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes.

  • Motorists should expect a lane closure on I-275 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes.

  • Motorists should expect a lane closure on I-275 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews have begun a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Lane closures are limited to evening and overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting. The contractor is Wright Construction Group.

  • Motorists should expect overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Please use caution in the active construction zone.

SR 70 west of White Eagle Boulevard: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent east and westbound right lane closures on SR 70, west of White Eagle Boulevard, thru July 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Crews will be constructing right and left turn lanes, a median opening, driveway and drainage.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road: Construction permit project: Through August 2021, a detour is in place for the Caruso Road closure on SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road.  This is part of the continued 44th Avenue east improvements project, constructing utility, drainage, and roadway improvements. Please plan additional travel time and use caution in the area.

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

  • **SPEED LIMIT IS 25 MPH THROUGH THE PROJECT**
  • East and westbound lanes are one lane in each direction through the project.

Switch to MOT Phase IIIB is scheduled for Sunday night, July 18, 2021.

  • The eastbound left turn lane at Peace Presbyterian Church will reopen.
  • At the entrance and exit to Greyhawk Boulevard, westbound traffic will be shifted to allow the re-construction of the east side of Greyhawk.
  • Westbound travel lanes, going towards I-75, will be detoured onto the newly constructed travel lanes on the north side of the median just west of Greyhawk.
  • Eastbound lanes will remain the same.
  • The left turns at Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run will remain closed.  Continue to utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • Pope Road will remain closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • Pedestrian traffic: Sidewalks are open on both sides of SR 64.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 over Raintree Boulevard: Bridge maintenance: On Monday, July 12, DBi Services will make overnight bridge deck repairs from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Expect intermittent northbound left lane closures and use caution in the area.

I-75 over Cowpen Slough (2.5 miles south of SR-681): Bridge maintenance: On Monday, July 12, DBi Services will repair bridge rail and substructure from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound. Use caution in the area.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Activities include:

  • Pre-work for removal of existing curb and median on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue may begin in preparation for the next traffic phase.
  • Night work may be scheduled based on weather conditions to remove the sign structure across US 41 south of the intersection. Northbound and southbound lane closures are expected, with occasional interruption to traffic. Law enforcement officers will be onsite to direct traffic.
  • Pedestrian crossing at the US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue intersection is expected to be closed in preparation for the next traffic phase. Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone have been implemented. Pedestrian crossings are available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.
  • Construction of the temporary roadway along the Marina Jacks parking lot continues. Activity involves moving material from the pond site on the east side of US 41 to the west side of US 41. Dump trucks will be hauling material utilizing Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street.
  • Installation of electrical conduit along the east side of Gulfstream Avenue is expected. This work will take place between the ponds and sidewalk.
  • 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.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the pre-phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, lighting, vacuum trucks, and pumps.

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.

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 early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek and installing new highway lighting along the three-mile project. 

  • Final phase of completion: During the final stages of project completion and clean up, motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the project limits. 
  • The contract allows northbound lane closures between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and southbound from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is July 2021.

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

  • A new traffic pattern will go into effect Tuesday, July 13, 2021. North and southbound traffic will be shifted towards the median, allowing traffic to flow in each direction while the contractor finishes activities near the outside lanes.
  • The new traffic signal at Detwiler’s Farm Market will be activated in flash mode on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions of the median crossings into shopping centers and side streets while crews perform work in the medians.  Motorists who are not able to turn at the desired median crossing can travel further down the roadway to make a U-turn where available.
  • Intermittent daytime lane closures will be in effect on northbound US 41 Bypass from Center Road to Venice Avenue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.  
  • Crews are working within the driveways and the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please use caution when turning into businesses and shopping plazas.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: The improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the construction but please use caution in the area as lane patterns will be adjusted. If bridge closures are required, they will be done between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. with no detour longer than 30 minutes.

  • Equipment testing at the bridge will be required for the remainder of the project.  Expect possible bridge openings from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two openings per hour are allowed but for no longer than 10 minutes and they must be at least 15 minutes apart.
  • Motorists can expect temporary lane shifts as needed for the remainder of the project, but both lanes will remain open.
  • Pedestrians can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.
  • Bicyclists must walk their bikes across the grates as permanent signage directs.
  • For marine openings, a 6-hour advance reservation is required thru July 31, 2021.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will begin work on the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Completion is expected in fall 2022.  The contractor is E & M Equipment.

  • Lane closures and traffic shifts will be in place during various phases of the project.  Use caution in the construction zone.
  • Lane closures are not allowed from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. or during non-work periods.
  • During Phase I: the contractor will install sidewalk closures, install temporary signals, and construct the north side of the roundabout at SR 72 and the west side of Proctor Road.
  • The contractor has begun installing the “maintenance of traffic” (MOT) advanced warning signs, erosion control devices, and clearing and grubbing the north side of SR 72. Work will be limited to shoulder closures with short duration flagging operations to unload equipment and materials.
  • Over the next few weeks, the contractor will be constructing temporary lanes on the north side of SR 72.  Flagging operations on SR72 and Proctor Road are possible.

SR 72 Clark Road at Sawyer Road, Legacy Trail Extension Segment 2: Permit project: Starting on Monday, July 12, crews will install variable message boards notifying motorists of the upcoming Legacy Trail construction. Please use caution in the area.  Expected completion is late summer.  Scheduled below:

  • On Monday, July 19: Westbound outside lane will be closed for the demolition and removal of train tracks with full depth asphalt restoration. 
  • Thursday, July 22: Westbound two inside lanes will be closed for the completion of demolition and removal of train tracks and full depth asphalt restoration.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, July 26 through July 28, westbound outside lanes will be closed for the demolition, removal and replacement of curbs and sidewalk.
  • Monday, August 2: Shifting to the east side, outside lanes will be closed for the demolition and removal of train tracks and full depth asphalt restoration
  • Thursday, August 5: Eastbound two inside lanes will be closed for the demolition and removal of train tracks and full depth asphalt restoration
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 8 through August 11: Eastbound outside lane will be closed for the demolition, removal and replacement of curbs and sidewalk.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 16 through August 18:  Both the east and westbound inside lanes will be closed for curb demolition and replacement.

SR 681 from en Theos Lane, Venice: Construction permit project: Construction will begin for a housing development entrance, left and right turn lanes, a median opening, and drainage. Motorists should expect east and westbound lane closures through July 11, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK JULY 4, 2021

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, installing concrete barrier wall, and median and drainage work on SR 70.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

I-75 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping so occasional shoulder closures may be required. Estimated completion is August 2021.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes.

  • Motorists should expect a lane closure on I-275 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes.

  • Motorists should expect a lane closure on I-275 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

US 41 from SR 64 and US 301, City of Palmetto: Permit project: The Green Bridge will be closed both north and southbound during The City of Palmetto’s Fourth of July Celebration.  Traffic will be detoured from US 41 to 7th Street west over the De Soto Bridge from the 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The City of Palmetto Police Department will direct traffic before and after the event. Please use caution, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, and expect delays.

SR 789 Gulf Drive south of 13th Street: utilities permit: FPL crews will be working on power lines Tuesday, July 6, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Expect flagging operations to guide motorists and use caution in the area.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews have begun a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Lane closures are limited to evening and overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting. The contractor is Wright Construction Group.

  • Starting Tuesday, July 6, motorists should expect overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Please use caution in the active construction zone.

SR 70 west of White Eagle Boulevard: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent east and westbound right lane closures on SR 70, west of White Eagle Boulevard, thru July 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Crews will be constructing right and left turn lanes, a median opening, driveway and drainage.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road: Construction permit project: Through August 2021, a detour is in place for the Caruso Road closure on SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road.  This is part of the continued 44th Avenue east improvements project, constructing utility, drainage, and roadway improvements. Please plan additional travel time and use caution in the area.

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

  • TRAFFIC PATTERN – Traffic lanes are detoured onto the south side of the roundabout.
  • ** THE SPEED LIMIT HAS BEEN REDUCED TO 25 MPH **
  • East and westbound is one lane in each direction through the project.
  • The eastbound left turns are temporarily closed at Peace Presbyterian Church, Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run.  Utilize SR 64 and Rye Road Roundabout to circle back.
  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and Rye Road.
  • Sidewalks are open on both sides of SR 64. 

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 over Raintree Boulevard: Bridge maintenance: On Monday, July 12, DBi Services will make overnight bridge deck repairs from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Expect intermittent northbound left lane closures and use caution in the area.

I-75 over Cowpen Slough (2.5 miles south of SR-681): Bridge maintenance: On Monday, July 12, DBi Services will repair bridge rail and substructure from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound. Use caution in the area.

US 41 at KMI Bridge: Bridge maintenance: On Wednesday, July 7, and Thursday, July 8, DBi Services will make routine bridge repairs.  Expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Activities include:

  • Pre-work for removal of existing curb and median on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue may begin in preparation for the next traffic phase.
  • Pedestrian crossing at the US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue intersection is expected to be closed in preparation for the next traffic phase. Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone have been implemented. Pedestrian crossings are available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.
  • Construction of the temporary roadway along the Marina Jacks parking lot continues. Activity involves moving material from the pond site on the east side of US 41 to the west side of US 41. Dump trucks will be hauling material utilizing Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street.
  • Installation of electrical conduit along the east side of Gulfstream Avenue is expected. This work will take place between the ponds and sidewalk.
  • 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.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the Pre-Phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.

Traffic on Gulfstream Avenue may be interrupted. Police officers or flaggers will be present during these times to control traffic. Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for workers, construction vehicles, pickup trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone and entering or exiting the travel lanes.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, lighting, vacuum trucks, and pumps.

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.

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 early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek and installing new highway lighting along the three-mile project. 

  • Final phase of completion: During the final stages of project completion and clean up, motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the project limits. 
  • The contract allows northbound lane closures between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and southbound from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is July 2021.

US 41 from Indian Avenue to Venice Avenue: The City of Venice will host Fourth of July celebrations from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.  The City of Venice Police Department will direct traffic through the area.  Use caution, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, and expect delays.

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

  • Northbound and southbound traffic will be shifted towards the median, allowing traffic to flow in each direction while the contractor finishes activities near the outside lanes.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions of the median crossings into shopping centers and side streets throughout the month of May while crews perform work in the medians.  Motorists who are not able to turn at the desired median crossing can travel further down the roadway to make a U-turn where available.
  • Intermittent daytime lane closures will be in effect on northbound US 41 Bypass from Center Road to Venice Avenue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments on the east side of the roadway. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.  
  • Crews are working within the driveways and the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please use caution turning into businesses and shopping plazas.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: The improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the construction but please use caution in the area as lane patterns will be adjusted. If bridge closures are required, they will be done between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. with no detour longer than 30 minutes.

  • Equipment testing at the bridge will be required for the remainder of the project.  Expect possible bridge openings from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two openings per hour are allowed but for no longer than 10 minutes and they must be at least 15 minutes apart.
  • Motorists can expect temporary lane shifts as needed for the remainder of the project, but both lanes will remain open.
  • Pedestrians can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.
  • Bicyclists must walk their bikes across the grates as permanent signage directs.
  • For marine openings, a 6-hour advance reservation is required thru July 31, 2021.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabouts: Construction project: Crews will begin work Thursday, July 8, on the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Completion is expected in fall 2022.  The contractor is E & M Equipment.

  • Lane closures and traffic shifts will be in place during various phases of the project.  Use caution in the construction zone.
  • Lane closures are not allowed from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. or during non-work periods.
  • During Phase I, the contractor will install sidewalk closures, install temporary signals, and construct the north side of the roundabout at SR 72 and the west side of Proctor Road.
  • On Thursday and Friday, July 8 and 9, the contractor will begin installing the “management of traffic” (MOT) advanced warning signs, erosion control devices, and clearing and grubbing the north side of SR 72. Work will be limited to shoulder closures with short duration flagging operations to unload equipment and materials.
  • Over the next few weeks, the contractor will be constructing temporary lanes on the north side of SR 72.  Flagging operations on SR72 and Proctor Road are possible.

SR 72 Clark Road at Sawyer Road, Legacy Trail Extension Segment 2: Permit project: Starting on Monday, July 12, crews will install variable message boards notifying motorists of the upcoming Legacy Trail construction. Please use caution in the area.  Expected completion is late summer.  Scheduled below:

  • On Monday, July 19: Westbound outside lane will be closed for the demolition and removal of train tracks with full depth asphalt restoration. 
  • Thursday, July 22: Westbound two inside lanes will be closed for the completion of demolition and removal of train tracks and full depth asphalt restoration.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, July 26 through July 28, westbound outside lanes will be closed for the demolition, removal and replacement of curbs and sidewalk.
  • Monday, August 2: Shifting to the east side, outside lanes will be closed for the demolition and removal of train tracks and full depth asphalt restoration
  • Thursday, August 5: Eastbound two inside lanes will be closed for the demolition and removal of train tracks and full depth asphalt restoration
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 8 through August 11: Eastbound outside lane will be closed for the demolition, removal and replacement of curbs and sidewalk.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 16 through August 18:  Both the east and westbound inside lanes will be closed for curb demolition and replacement.

SR 72 at Stickney Point Bridge and SR 758 at Siesta Key North Bridge: marine closures: during Siesta Key Fourth of July celebrations on Sunday, both island access bridges will be closed to marine openings from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. to facilitate smooth traffic flow off the island.

SR 681 from en Theos Lane, Venice: Construction permit project: Construction will begin for a housing development entrance, left and right turn lanes, a median opening, and drainage. Motorists should expect east and westbound lane closures through July 11, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK JUNE 27, 2021

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, installing concrete barrier wall, and median and drainage work on SR 70.

  • No lane closures will be permitted after midnight on Saturday, July 3, through Monday, July 5th, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

I-75 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping so occasional shoulder closures may be required. Estimated completion is August 2021.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-275 at the southbound SunPass toll booth: Maintenance project: On Monday, June 28, through Thursday, July 1, expect intermittent overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

I-275 at US 19 overpass both east and westbound: Maintenance project: On Monday, June 28, through Thursday, July 1, expect intermittent overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

I-275 at US 41 overpass both east and westbound: Maintenance project: On Monday, June 28, through Thursday, July 1, expect intermittent overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes.

  • Motorists should expect a lane closure on I-275 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes.

  • Motorists should expect a lane closure on I-275 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

US 41 from SR 64 and US 301, City of Palmetto: Permit project: The Green Bridge will be closed both north and southbound during The City of Palmetto’s Fourth of July Celebration.  Traffic will be detoured from US 41 to 7th Street west over the De Soto bridge from the 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The City of Palmetto Police Department will direct traffic before and after the event. Please use caution, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, and expect delays.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews have begun a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Lane closures are limited to evening and overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Please use caution in the active construction zone. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting. The contractor is Wright Construction Group.

SR 70 west of White Eagle Boulevard: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent east and westbound right lane closures on SR 70, west of White Eagle Boulevard, thru July 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Crews will be constructing right and left turn lanes, a median opening, driveway and drainage.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road: Construction permit project: Through August 2021, a detour is in place for the Caruso Road closure on SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road.  This is part of the continued 44th Avenue east improvements project, constructing utility, drainage, and roadway improvements. Please plan additional travel time and use caution in the area.

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

  • TRAFFIC PATTERN – Traffic lanes are detoured onto the south side of the roundabout.
  • ** THE SPEED LIMIT HAS BEEN REDUCED TO 25 MPH **
  • East and westbound is one lane in each direction through the project.
  • The eastbound left turns are temporarily closed at Peace Presbyterian Church, Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run.  Utilize SR 64 and Rye Road Roundabout to circle back.
  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and Rye Road.
  • Sidewalks are open on both sides of SR 64. 

 

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 over Raintree Boulevard: Bridge maintenance: On Monday, July 12, DBi Services will be making overnight bridge deck repairs from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Expect intermittent northbound left lane closures and use caution in the area.

I-75 over Cowpen Slough (2.5 miles south of SR-681): Bridge maintenance: On Monday, July 12, DBi Services will repair bridge rail and substructure from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound. Use caution in the area.

US 41 at KMI Bridge: Bridge maintenance: On Monday, June 28, through Thursday, July 1, and Wednesday, July 7, and Thursday, July 8, DBi Services will be making routine bridge repairs.  Expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Activities include:

  • Night work is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22, and Thursday, June 24, for the installation of sanitary sewer main along the eastern side of the retention pond and installation of temporary traffic signals. Activities expected from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Installation of underground pipe on the west side of US 41 continues.
  • Construction of the temporary roadway along the Marina Jacks parking lot continues. Activity involves moving material from the pond site on the east side of US 41 to the west side of US 41. Dump trucks will be hauling material utilizing Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street.
  • 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.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the Pre-Phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.
  • Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone have been implemented. Pedestrian crossings will be available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.

Traffic on Gulfstream Avenue may be interrupted. Police officers or flaggers will be present during these times to control traffic. Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for workers, construction vehicles, pickup trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone and entering or exiting the travel lanes.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, lighting, vacuum trucks, and pumps.

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.

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 early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek and installing new highway lighting along the three-mile project. 

  • During final stages of project completion and clean up, motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the project limits. 
  • The contract allows northbound lane closures between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and southbound from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is July 2021.

US 41 from Indian Avenue to Venice Avenue: The City of Venice will host Fourth of July celebrations from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.  The City of Venice Police Department will direct traffic through the area.  Use caution, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, and expect delays.

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

  • The traffic switch scheduled for Saturday, June 26, has been postponed. At a further date, northbound and southbound traffic will be shifted towards the median, allowing traffic to flow in each direction while the contractor finishes activities near the outside lanes.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions of the median crossings into shopping centers and side streets throughout the month of May while crews perform work in the medians.  Motorists who are not able to turn at the desired median crossing can travel further down the roadway to make a U-turn where available.
  • Intermittent daytime lane closures will be in effect on northbound US 41 Bypass from Center Road to Venice Avenue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments on the east side of the roadway. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.  
  • Crews are working within the driveways and the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please use caution turning into businesses and shopping plazas.

SR 681 from en Theos Lane, Venice: Construction permit project: Construction will begin for a housing development entrance, left and right turn lanes, a median opening, and drainage. Motorists should expect east and westbound lane closures through June 30, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: The improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the construction but please use caution in the area as lane patterns will be adjusted. If nighttime bridge closures are required, they will be done between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. with no detour longer than 30 minutes.

  • Equipment testing will be required for the remainder of the project.  Expect possible non-marine bridge openings from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Motorists can expect temporary lane shifts as needed for the remainder of the project. Both lanes will remain open.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.  Bicyclists must walk their bikes across the grates as permanent signage has always directed.
  • For marine openings, a 6-hour advance reservation is required thru July 31, 2021.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

Stickney Point Bridge and Siesta Key North Bridge: marine closure: during Siesta Key Fourth of July celebrations on Sunday, both island access bridges will be closed to marine openings from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. to facilitate smooth traffic flow on and off the island.

 

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17

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK JUNE 20, 2021

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, installing concrete barrier wall, and median and drainage work on SR 70.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

I-75 at Braden River (2.5 miles south of SR 70): Bridge maintenance:  DBi Services will be making repairs to the bridge deck joints on Monday, June 21, through Tuesday, June 22, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Expect right lane closures.  Proceed with caution thru the work zone.

I-75 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping so occasional shoulder closures may be required. Estimated completion is August 2021.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews will begin a median modification in June 2021 to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Lane closures are limited to evening and overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Please use caution in the active construction zone. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting. The contractor is Wright Construction Group.

SR 70 west of White Eagle Boulevard: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent east and westbound right lane closures on SR 70, west of White Eagle Boulevard, thru July 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Crews will be constructing right and left turn lanes, a median opening, driveway and drainage.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road: Construction permit project: Starting in June and going through August 2021, there will be a detour set up for the Caruso Road closure on SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road.  This is part of the continued 44th Avenue east improvements project, constructing utility, drainage, and roadway improvements. Please plan additional travel time and use caution in the area.

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

  • TRAFFIC PATTERN– Traffic lanes are detoured onto the south side of the roundabout.
  • ** THE SPEED LIMIT HAS BEEN REDUCED TO 25 MPH **
  • East and westbound is one lane in each direction through the project.
  • The eastbound left turns are temporarily closed at Peace Presbyterian Church, Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run.  Utilize SR 64 and Rye Road Roundabout to circle back.
  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and Rye Road.
  • Pedestrian traffic: Sidewalks are open on both sides of SR 64.  There is an alternate pathway on the north side of SR 64, detoured around construction areas at Greyhawk. 
  • Signals at 117th Street east and SR 64 are fully activated.  Lane closures may be needed to complete miscellaneous construction items.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Activities include:

  • Night work is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22, and Thursday, June 24, for the installation of sanitary sewer main along the eastern side of the retention pond and installation of temporary traffic signals. Activities are expected to begin at 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Installation of underground pipe on the west side of US 41 continues.
  • Construction of the temporary roadway along the Marina Jacks’ parking lot continues. Activity involves moving material from the pond site on the east side of US 41 to the west side of US 41. Dump trucks will be hauling material utilizing Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street.
  • 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.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the Pre-Phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.
  • Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone have been implemented. Pedestrian crossings will be available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.

Traffic on Gulfstream Avenue may be interrupted. Police officers or flaggers will be present during these times to control traffic. Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for workers, construction vehicles, pickup trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone and entering or exiting the travel lanes.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, lighting, vacuum trucks, and pumps.

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.

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 early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek and installing new highway lighting along the three-mile project. 

  • During final stages of project completion and clean up, motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the project limits. 
  • The contract allows northbound lane closures between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and southbound from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is July 2021.

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

  • A new traffic switch will go into effect Sunday, June 26, 2021. Northbound and southbound traffic will be shifted towards the median, allowing traffic to flow in each direction while the contractor finishes activities near the outside lanes.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions of the median crossings into shopping centers and side streets throughout the month of May while crews perform work in the medians.  Motorists who are not able to turn at the desired median crossing can travel further down the roadway to make a U-turn where available.
  • Intermittent daytime lane closures will be in effect on northbound US 41 Bypass from Center Road to Venice Avenue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments on the east side of the roadway. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.  
  • Crews are working within the driveways and the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please use caution turning into businesses and shopping plazas.

US 301 and Fruitville Road: Maintenance construction: The right turn lane from Fruitville Road onto US 301 will be closed for inlet repairs from Monday morning, June 21, at 8 a.m. through Wednesday, June 23, after 5 p.m. Right turns will still be permitted from the middle lane, and Traffic Operations will monitor and adjust signal timing to insure optimum traffic flow.

SR 681 from en Theos Lane, Venice: Construction permit project: Construction will begin for a housing development entrance, left and right turn lanes, a median opening, and drainage. Motorists should expect east and westbound lane closures through June 30, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789 John Ringling Causeway Bridge: Maintenance permit project: starting Monday, June 21, and Tuesday, June 22, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., motorists can expect intermittent westbound inside lane closures from the beginning of the ramp to the end ramp.  Landscape contractors will be removing damaged palm trees and replacing with the same variety.  Use caution and expect delays.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: The improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the construction but please use caution in the area as lane patterns will be adjusted. If nighttime bridge closures are required, they will be done between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. with no detour longer than 30 minutes.

  • Beginning Monday, June 21, from 11 p.m. through potentially 5 a.m., the SR 789 New Pass Bridge improvement project will begin functional systems testing. There will be several bridge openings during overnight hours. You will hear the bridge siren each time the bridge is raised, and motorists will be temporarily delayed. This is being done now during evening hours to minimize traffic backups.
  • Equipment testing will be required for the remainder of the project.  Expect possible non-marine bridge openings during off peak hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Motorists can expect temporary lane shifts as needed for the remainder of the project. Both lanes will remain open.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.  Bicyclists must walk their bikes across the grates as permanent signage has always directed.
  • For marine openings, a 6-hour advance reservation is required thru July 31, 2021.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

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10

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK JUNE 13, 2021

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, installing concrete barrier wall, and median and drainage work on SR 70.

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

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

I-75 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping so occasional shoulder closures may be required. Estimated completion is August 2021.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

SR 684 at the Cortez Road draw bridge: Bridge maintenance: DBi Services crews will be making bridge structure repairs overnight on Monday, June 14, through Thursday, June 17, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Expect intermittent lane closures with flagging operations to guide motorists. Please use caution and be alert for crews working in the construction zone.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews will begin a median modification in June 2021 to improve vehicle throughput, improve access to retail, provide enhanced lighting, and improved safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Lane closures are limited to evening and overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Please use caution in the active construction zone. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting. The contractor is Wright Construction Group.

SR 70 west of White Eagle Boulevard: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent east and westbound right lane closures on SR 70, west of White Eagle Boulevard, thru July 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Crews will be constructing right and left turn lanes, a median opening, driveway and drainage.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road: Construction permit project: Starting in June and going through August 2021, there will be a detour set up for the Caruso Road closure on SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road.  This is part of the continued 44th Avenue east improvements project, constructing utility, drainage, and roadway improvements. Please plan additional travel time and use caution in the area.

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

  • TRAFFIC PATTERN– Traffic lanes are detoured onto the south side of the roundabout.
  • ** THE SPEED LIMIT HAS BEEN REDUCED TO 25 MPH **
  • East and westbound is one lane in each direction through the project.
  • The eastbound left turns are temporarily closed at Peace Presbyterian Church, Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run.  Utilize SR 64 and Rye Road Roundabout to circle back.
  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and Rye Road.
  • Pedestrian traffic: Sidewalks are open on both sides of SR 64.  There is an alternate pathway on the north side of SR 64, detoured around construction areas at Greyhawk. 
  • Signals at 117th Street east and SR 64 are fully activated.  Right lane closures may be needed to complete miscellaneous construction items.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Activities include:

  • Crews expected to begin building the temporary roadway along the Marina Jacks parking lot. Activity involves moving material from the pond site on the east side of US 41 to the west side of US 41. Dump trucks will be hauling material utilizing Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street towards Marina Jacks. Expect noise and vibration from construction equipment and watch for trucks entering and leaving the roadway.
  • Sanitary sewer main installation along the eastern side of the retention pond continues. Night work is expected for the tie in of the sanitary sewer. Due to unexpected issues, this work is canceled from last week and is expected to be scheduled within 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Underground pipe installation on the west side of US 41 is expected.  Expect noise from pumps and construction equipment.
  • Night work is scheduled for Thursday, June 17, for the installation of drainage structures near the southbound US 41 travel lanes. Lane closures are expected for southbound traffic north of the Main Street intersection. Activity is expected from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expect noise from equipment and lights.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the Pre-Phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.
  • Marina Jack 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.
  • Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone have been implemented. Pedestrian crossings will be available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. Initial pre-phase work involves building temporary roadway for use during subsequent phases. This work will not impact existing travel lane configuration.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from backup alarms, construction equipment, pumps, and power tools during daytime and nighttime operations.

During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue. Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for workers, construction vehicles, pickup trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone and entering or exiting the travel lanes.

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 early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek and installing new highway lighting along the three-mile project. 

  • During final stages of project completion and clean up, motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the project limits. 
  • The contract allows northbound lane closures between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and southbound from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is July 2021.

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

  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions of the median crossings into shopping centers and side streets throughout the month of May while crews perform work in the medians.  Motorists who are not able to turn at the desired median crossing can travel further down the roadway to make a U-turn where available.
  • Intermittent daytime lane closures will be in effect on northbound US 41 Bypass from Center Roadto Venice Avenue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments on the east side of the roadway. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.   
  • Crews are working within the driveways and the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please use caution when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

SR 681 from en Theos Lane, Venice: Construction permit project: Construction will begin for a housing development entrance, left and right turn lanes, a median opening, and drainage. Motorists should expect east and westbound lane closures through June 30, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: The improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the construction but please use caution in the area as lane patterns will be adjusted. If nighttime bridge closures are required, they will be done between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. with no detour longer than 30 minutes.

  • Motorists can expect temporary lane shifts as needed for the remainder of the project.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.  Bicyclists must walk their bikes across the grates as permanent signage has always directed.
  • The bridge will require a 6-hour advance reservation for openings thru July 31, 2021.
  • Equipment testing will be required for the remainder of the project.  Expect possible bridge openings during off peak hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two openings per hour are allowed but for no longer than 10 minutes and must be at least 15 minutes apart.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

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03

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK JUNE 6, 2021

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

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


MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project:  Crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, installing concrete barrier wall, and median and drainage work on SR 70.

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

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

I-75 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping so occasional shoulder closures may be required. Estimated completion is August 2021.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

SR 684 at the Cortez Road draw bridge: Bridge maintenance: DBi Services crews will be making bridge structure repairs overnight on Monday, June 14, through Thursday, June 17, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Expect intermittent lane closures with flagging operations to guide motorists. Please use caution and be alert for crews working in the construction zone.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews will begin a median modification in June 2021 to improve vehicle throughput, improve access to retail, provide enhanced lighting, and improved safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Lane closures are limited to evening and overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Please use caution in the active construction zone. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting. The contractor is Wright Construction Group.

SR 70 west of White Eagle Boulevard: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent east and westbound right lane closures on SR 70, west of White Eagle Boulevard, thru July 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Crews will be constructing right and left turn lanes, a median opening, driveway and drainage.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road: Construction permit project: Starting in June and going through August 2021, there will be a detour set up for the Caruso Road closure on SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road.  This is part of the continued 44th Avenue east improvements project, constructing utility, drainage, and roadway improvements. Please plan additional travel time and use caution in the area.

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

  • TRAFFIC PATTERN– Traffic lanes are detoured onto the south side of the roundabout.
  • ** THE SPEED LIMIT HAS BEEN REDUCED TO 25 MPH **
  • East and westbound is one lane in each direction through the project.
  • The eastbound left turns are temporarily closed at Peace Presbyterian Church, Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run.  Utilize SR 64 and Rye Road Roundabout to circle back.
  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and Rye Road.
  • Pedestrian traffic: Sidewalks are open on both sides of SR 64.  There is an alternate pathway on the north side of SR 64, detoured around construction areas at Greyhawk. 
  • Signals at 117th Street east and SR 64 are fully activated.  Right lane closures may be needed to complete miscellaneous construction items.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY  

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Activities include:

  • Crews will continue building the temporary roadway along the Marina Jacks parking lot. Activity involves moving material from the pond site on the east side of US 41 to the west side of US 41. Dump trucks will be hauling material utilizing Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street towards Marina Jacks. Expect noise and vibration from construction equipment and watch for trucks entering and leaving the roadway.
  • Sanitary sewer main installation along the eastern side of the retention pond continues. Night work is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 8, or Wednesday, June 9, for the tie in of the sanitary sewer. This activity is expected to start at 8 p.m. and continue overnight until 6 a.m. Expect noise from construction equipment, vacuum trucks, and lights.
  • Underground pipe installation on the west side of US 41 is expected.  Expect noise from pumps and construction equipment.
  • Install stormwater structures on the east side of US 41 at the intersection which is closed off to through traffic.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the Pre-Phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.
  • Marina Jack 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.
  • Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone have been implemented. Pedestrian crossings will be available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. Initial pre-phase work involves building temporary roadway for use during subsequent phases. This work will not impact existing travel lane configuration.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from backup alarms, construction equipment, pumps, and power tools during daytime and nighttime operations.

During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue. Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for workers, construction vehicles, pickup trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone and entering or exiting the travel lanes.

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 early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek and installing new highway lighting along the three-mile project. 

  • During final stages of project completion, expect work for concrete, curb, striping, handrails, handicap ramps, sidewalk, signage, sod and clean up.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the project boundaries. 
  • The contract allows northbound lane closures between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and southbound from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is July 2021.

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

  • A new traffic switch will go into effect June 8, 2021. Northbound and southbound traffic will be shifted towards the median, allowing traffic to flow in each direction while the contractor finishes activities near the outside lanes.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions of the median crossings into shopping centers and side streets throughout the month of May while crews perform work in the medians.  Motorists who are not able to turn at the desired median crossing can travel further down the roadway to make a U-turn where available.
  • Intermittent daytime lane closures will be in effect on northbound US 41 Bypass from Center Roadto Venice Avenue from 8m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments on the east side of the roadway. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.   
  • Crews are working within the driveways and the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please use caution when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

SR 681 from en Theos Lane, Venice: Construction permit project: Construction will begin for a housing development entrance, left and right turn lanes, a median opening, and drainage. Motorists should expect east and westbound lane closures through June 30, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: The improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the construction but please use caution in the area as lane patterns will be adjusted. If nighttime bridge closures are required, they will be done between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. with no detour longer than 30 minutes.

  • Pedestrians and bicyclists can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge for the duration.  Bicyclists must walk their bikes across the grates.
  • The bridge will require a 6-hour advance reservation for openings thru July 31, 2021.
  • Equipment testing at the bridge will be required for the remainder of the project.  Expect possible bridge openings during off peak hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two openings per hour are allowed but for no longer than 10 minutes and they must be at least 15 minutes apart.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

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20

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK MAY 23, 2021

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, installing concrete barrier wall, and median and drainage work on SR 70.

  • On Monday, May 17 at 11 p.m. to Tuesday, May 18 at 5 a.m., crews will close the I-75 southbound off-ramp to SR 70.  Motorists are advised to proceed to University Parkway (Exit 213) and return to the interstate northbound or use local routes.
  • On Tuesday, May 18, at 11 p.m. to Wednesday, May 19, at 5 a.m., crews will close the I-75 southbound off-ramp to SR 70.  Motorists are advised to proceed to University Parkway (Exit 213) and return to the interstate northbound or use local routes.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

I-75 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping so occasional shoulder closures may be required. Estimated completion is August 2021.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  Crews will work on the light pole foundations. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  Crews will be installing conduit, so variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

SR 64 / Manatee Avenue at Gulf Drive on Anna Maria Island: Maintenance project: On Monday, May 24, through Friday, May 28, crews will be making drainage improvements in the area, constructing curb and gutters, and elevating and reconstructing the sidewalk to allow for larger drainage pipes.  Expect lane closures and a pedestrian detour.  Please use caution in the work zone and be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists. Contractor is Evans Contracting Services.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews will begin a median modification in June 2021 to improve vehicle throughput, improve access to retail, provide enhanced lighting, and improved safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Lane closures are limited to evening and overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Please use caution in the active construction zone. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting. The contractor is Wright Construction Group.

SR 70 west of White Eagle Boulevard: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent east and westbound right lane closures on SR 70, west of White Eagle Boulevard, starting May 24 and going thru July 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Crews will be constructing right and left turn lanes, a median opening, driveway and drainage.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road: Construction permit project: Starting in June and going through August 2021, there will be a detour set up for the Caruso Road closure on SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road.  This is part of the continued 44th Avenue east improvements project, constructing utility, drainage, and roadway improvements. Please plan additional travel time and use caution in the area.

SR 64 over Sarasota Pass at the Anna Maria Island Bridge: Bridge maintenance: DBi Systems will be making bridge structure repairs overnight on Sunday, May 23, through Thursday, May 27, 2021. Expect flagging operations intermittently in both the east and westbound lanes from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution in the work zone.

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

  • TRAFFIC PATTERN– Traffic is now detoured onto the new lanes on the south side of the roundabout.
  • ** THE SPEED LIMIT HAS BEEN REDUCED TO 25 MPH **
  • East and westbound is one lane in each direction through the project.
  • The eastbound left turns are temporarily closed at Peace Presbyterian Church, Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run.  Utilize the roundabout at SR 64 at Rye Road to circle back.
  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and Rye Road.
  • Pedestrian traffic: Sidewalks are open on both sides of SR 64.  There is an alternate pathway on the north side of SR 64, detoured around construction areas at Greyhawk. 
  • Signals at 117th Street east and SR 64 are fully activated.  Right lane closures may be needed to complete miscellaneous construction items.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Activities include:

  • Night work is scheduled for Wednesday, May 26th, and possibly Thursday, May 27th, for the installation of storm drainage pipe and structure on the west side of US 41 just south of the Gulfstream Avenue intersection. This activity requires a south bound lane closure which is expected to start at 8 p.m. and continue overnight until 6 a.m. Expect lights, noise, vibrations from equipment and soil backfill operation.
  • Sanitary sewer main installation along the eastern side of the retention pond continues.
  • Underground pipe installation across US 41 from the retention pond on the east side towards the Marina Jack parking lot on the west side. Expect noise from pumps and construction equipment.
  • Install stormwater structures on the east side of US 41 at the intersection which is closed off to through traffic.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the Pre-Phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.
  • Marina Jack 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.
  • Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone have been implemented. Pedestrian crossings will be available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. Initial pre-phase work involves building temporary roadway for use during subsequent phases. This work will not impact existing travel lane configuration.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from backup alarms, construction equipment, pumps, and power tools during daytime and nighttime operations.

During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue. Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for workers, construction vehicles, pickup trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone and entering or exiting the travel lanes.

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 early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek and installing new highway lighting along the three-mile project. 

  • During final stages of project completion, expect work for paving, concrete, curb, striping, handrails, handicap ramps, signage, sod and clean up.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the project boundaries. 
  • The contract allows northbound lane closures between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and southbound from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • Use caution as traffic shifts to the final configuration.
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

US 41 and Roberts Bay Bridge, Nokomis, Maintenance project: On Monday, May 24, Northstar contracting crews will be conducting bridge testing on the evening and overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.   Expect temporary single-lane closures and use caution in the area.

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

  • A new traffic switch is now in effect. The northbound lanes have been shifted east onto the newly paved road and crews have begun work in the median.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions of the median crossings into shopping centers and side streets throughout the month of May while crews perform work in the medians.  Motorists who are not able to turn at the desired median crossing can travel further down the roadway to make a U-turn where available.
  • Intermittent daytime lane closures will be in effect on northbound US 41 Bypass from Center Roadto Venice Avenue from 8m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments on the east side of the roadway. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.   
  • Crews are working within the driveways and the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please use caution when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

SR 72 between Sawyer Road and Sawyer Loop Road: Construction permit project: Sarasota County’s contractor will be working on the Clark Road Legacy Trail Extension through May 30, 2021. Daytime work hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Temporary daily lane closures will be in place so use caution in the area. Some nighttime work is scheduled so expect noise from construction equipment.

SR 681 from en Theos Lane, Venice: Construction permit project: Construction will begin for a housing development entrance, left and right turn lanes, a median opening, and drainage. Motorists should expect east and westbound lane closures from May 10 through June 30, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: The improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the construction but please use caution in the area as lane patterns will be adjusted. If nighttime bridge closures are required, they will be done between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. with no detour longer than 30 minutes.

  • Pedestrians and bicyclists can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge for the duration.  Bicyclists must walk their bikes across the grates.
  • The bridge will require a 6-hour advance reservation for openings thru July 31, 2021.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

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14

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK MAY 16, 2021

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, installing concrete barrier wall, and median and drainage work on SR 70.

  • On Monday, May 17, at 11 p.m. to Tuesday, May 18, at 5 a.m., crews will close the I-75 southbound off-ramp to SR 70.  Motorists are advised to proceed to University Parkway (Exit 213) and return to the interstate northbound or use local routes.
  • On Tuesday, May 18, at 11 p.m. to Wednesday, May 19, at 5 a.m., crews will close the I-75 southbound off-ramp to SR 70.  Motorists are advised to proceed to University Parkway (Exit 213) and return to the interstate northbound or use local routes.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

I-75 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping so occasional shoulder closures may be required. Estimated completion is August 2021.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  Crews will work on the light pole foundations. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  Crews will be installing conduit, so variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

US 301 and 13th Avenue West: Construction project: crews will be completing work in the area.  The project included adding a right turn lane, milling and resurfacing, base work, drainage improvements, curbs and gutters, traffic signals, lighting, highway signing, pavement marking, sidewalks, and adding Intelligent Transportation System improvements. The contractor is MSB Services LLC. Expected completion is spring 2021.

SR 64 / Manatee Avenue at Gulf Drive on Anna Maria Island: Maintenance project: On Monday, May 24, through Friday, May 28, crews will be making drainage improvements in the area, constructing curb and gutters, and elevating and reconstructing the sidewalk to allow for larger drainage pipes.  Expect lane closures and a pedestrian detour.  Please use caution in the work zone and be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists. Contractor is Evans Contracting Services.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews will begin a median modification in June 2021 to improve vehicle throughput, improve access to retail, provide enhanced lighting, and improved safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Lane closures are limited to evening and overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Please use caution in the active construction zone. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting. The contractor is Wright Construction Group.

SR 70 west of White Eagle Boulevard: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent east and westbound right lane closures on SR 70, west of White Eagle Boulevard, starting May 24 and going thru July 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Crews will be constructing right and left turn lanes, a median opening, driveway and drainage.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 64 over Sarasota Pass at the Anna Maria Island Bridge: Bridge maintenance: DBi Systems will be making bridge structure repairs overnight on Sunday, May 23, through Thursday, May 27, 2021. Expect flagging operations intermittently in both the east and westbound lanes from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution in the work zone.

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

  • TRAFFIC PATTERN– Traffic is now detoured onto the new lanes on the south side of the roundabout.
  • ** THE SPEED LIMIT HAS BEEN REDUCED TO 25 MPH **
  • East and westbound is one lane in each direction through the project.
  • The eastbound left turns are temporarily closed at Peace Presbyterian Church, Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run.  Utilize the roundabout at SR 64 at Rye Road to circle back.
  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and Rye Road.
  • Pedestrian traffic: Sidewalks are open on both sides of SR 64.  There is an alternate pathway on the north side of SR 64, detoured around construction areas at Greyhawk. 
  • Signals at 117th Street east and SR 64 are fully activated.  Right lane closures may be needed to complete miscellaneous construction items.

SR 43/US 301, between 64th Street east to 72nd Street east: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent right lane closures both east and westbound on May 18, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  FPL’s contractor will be installing service equipment on existing power poles.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Activities include:

  • Night work is expected Wednesday, May 19, and possibly Thursday, May 20, for the installation of storm drainage pipe and structure on the west side of US 41 just south of the Gulfstream Avenue intersection. This activity requires a southbound lane closure, which is expected to start at 8 p.m. and continue overnight until 6 a.m. Expect lights, noise, vibrations from equipment and soil backfill operation.
  • Sanitary sewer main installation along the eastern side of the retention pond continues.
  • Underground pipe installation across US 41 from the retention pond on the east side towards the Marina Jack parking lot on the west side. Expect noise from construction equipment.
  • Install stormwater structures on the east side of US 41 at the intersection which is closed off to through traffic.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the pre-phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.
  • Marina Jack 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.
  • Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone have been implemented. Pedestrian crossings will be available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. Initial pre-phase work involves building temporary roadway for use during subsequent phases. This work will not impact existing travel lane configuration.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from backup alarms, construction equipment, pumps, and power tools during daytime and nighttime operations.

During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue. Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for workers, construction vehicles, pickup trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone and entering or exiting the travel lanes.

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 early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

US 41 at Panama Drive: Construction permit project: Expect intermittent northbound right lane closures on May 17, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  as the City of Sarasota removes the Panama Road middle lane and extends the concrete island. Anticipate possible delays and slower traffic.

US 41 from 14th Street to University Parkway: Construction permit project: The City of Sarasota contractors will be surveying sewer lines working from manhole to manhole. Expect temporary north and southbound lane closures through Friday, May 14, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.   Please use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek and installing new highway lighting along the three-mile project. 

  • During final stages of completion for paving, concrete, curb, striping, handrails, handicap ramps, signage, sod and clean up, motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the project boundaries. 
  • The contract allows northbound lane closures between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and southbound from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • Use caution as traffic shifts to the final configuration.
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

US 41 and Roberts Bay Bridge, Nokomis, Maintenance project: On Monday, May 24, Northstar contracting crews will be conducting bridge testing on the evening and overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.   Expect temporary single-lane closures and use caution in the area.

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

  • A new traffic switch is now in effect. The northbound lanes have been shifted east onto the newly paved road and crews have begun work in the median.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions of the median crossings into shopping centers and side streets throughout the month of May while crews perform work in the medians.  Motorists who are not able to turn at the desired median crossing can travel further down the roadway to make a U-turn where available.
  • Intermittent daytime lane closures will be in effect on northbound US 41 Bypass from Center Roadto Venice Avenue from 8m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments on the east side of the roadway. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.   
  • Crews are working within the driveways and the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please use caution when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

SR 72 between Sawyer Road and Sawyer Loop Road: Construction permit project: Sarasota County’s contractor will be working on the Clark Road Legacy Trail Extension through May 30, 2021. Daytime work hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Temporary daily lane closures will be in place so use caution in the area. Some nighttime work is scheduled so expect noise from construction equipment.

SR 681 from en Theos Lane, Venice: Construction permit project: Construction will begin for a housing development entrance, left and right turn lanes, a median opening, and drainage. Motorists should expect east and westbound lane closures from May 10 through June 30, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: The improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the construction but please use caution in the area as lane patterns will be adjusted. If nighttime bridge closures are required, they will be done between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. with no detour longer than 30 minutes.

  • Pedestrians and bicyclists can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge for the duration.
  • The bridge will require a 6-hour advance reservation for openings thru July 31, 2021.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

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11

Performance Measures Dashboard

MPO-Performance-Measures MPO Performance Measures

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Organization (MPO) has unveiled its newly revamped Performance Measures Dashboard. The Dashboard underwent a complete overhaul to make the data and information more user friendly, aesthetically pleasing, and generally easier for the public to digest. To view the new Dashboard click here. It can also be found on the MyMPO.org dropdown menu at P>Performance Measures.

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act reinforced prior transportation-centric legislation to require State Department of Transportations (DOTs) to evaluate, track, and assess certain performance measures. The FAST Act formally solidified performance-based planning as the standard for Metropolitan Planning Organizations. The Sarasota/Manatee MPO uses performance measures to assess and organize goals, objectives, and priorities in the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Each chapter of the LRTP includes goals and objectives to improve those performance measures. These performance measures are:

To make the performance measures more accessible to the public, the Performance Measures Dashboard was remodeled. Each performance measure has its own page with the most relevant data points illustrated in an approachable way. These pages are introduced with a quick infographic. The content of these graphics, long range objectives and select data, is intended to be consumed in a minute or less. The pages also include charts, scorecards, and interactive maps using GIS WebApps, which allows for data exploration in the region.

Of course, a deep, technical review of each performance measure is still available on MyMPO.org by downloading a copy of the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan. It is more crucial than ever to make data-driven decisions to improve the region, and the redesigned Performance Measures Dashboard aims to do just that.

For more information on the Performance Measures Dashboard contact Slade Downs, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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May
06

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK MAY 9, 2021

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening I-75, the ramps, installing concrete barrier wall, and median and drainage work on SR 70.

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

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

I-75 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping so occasional shoulder closures may be required. Estimated completion is August 2021.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  Crews will work on the light pole foundations. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  Crews will be installing conduit, so variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 northbound between mile marker 5.5 and 5.9: Maintenance project: DBi Services will be repairing a right lane overhead sign on I-275 north before the toll plaza. Work is scheduled from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

US 301 and 13th Avenue West: Construction project: crews will be completing work in the area.  The project included: adding a right turn lane, milling and resurfacing, base work, drainage improvements, curbs and gutters, traffic signals, lighting, highway signing, pavement marking, sidewalks, and adding Intelligent Transportation System improvements. The contractor is MSB Services LLC. Expected completion is spring 2021.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews will begin a median modification in May 2021 to improve vehicle throughput, improve access to retail, enhanced lighting and improved safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained, as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Lane closures are limited to evening and overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Please use caution in the active construction zone. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting. The contractor is Wright Construction Group.

SR 64 over Sarasota Pass at the Anna Maria Island Bridge: Bridge maintenance: DBi Systems will be making bridge structure repairs overnight on Sunday, May 23, through Thursday, May 27, 2021. Expect flagging operations intermittently in both the east and westbound lanes from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution in the area.

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

  • TRAFFIC PATTERN– Traffic is now detoured onto the new lanes on the south side of the roundabout.
  • ** THE SPEED LIMIT HAS BEEN REDUCED TO 25 MPH **
  • East and westbound is one lane in each direction through the project.
  • The eastbound left turns are temporarily closed at Peace Presbyterian Church, Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run.  Utilize the roundabout at SR 64 at Rye Road to circle back.
  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and Rye Road.
  • Pedestrian traffic: Sidewalks are open on both sides of SR 64.  There is an alternate pathway on the north side of SR 64, detoured around construction areas at Greyhawk. 
  • The new SR 64 and 117th Street traffic signal is now operational. Please use caution as motorists adjust.

SR 43/US 301, between 64th Street east to 72nd Street east: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent outside lane closures both east and west bound on May 18, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  FPL’s contractor will be installing service equipment on existing power poles.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout Project: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Activities include:

  • Night work is expected Wednesday, May 12, and possibly Thursday, May 13, for the installation of storm drainage pipe and structure on the west side of US 41 just south of the Gulfstream Avenue intersection. This activity requires a south bound lane closure which is expected to start at 8 p.m. and continue overnight until 6 a.m. Expect lights, noise, vibrations from equipment and soil backfill operation.
  • Sanitary sewer main installation along the eastern side of the retention pond continues.
  • Underground pipe installation across US 41 from the retention pond on the east side towards the Marina Jack parking lot on the west side. Expect noise from pumps and drilling equipment.
  • Install stormwater structures on the east side of US 41 at the intersection which is closed off to through traffic.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the Pre-Phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.
  • Marina Jack 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.
  • Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone have been implemented. Pedestrian crossings will be available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. Initial pre-phase work involves building temporary roadway for use during subsequent phases. This work will not impact existing travel lane configuration.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from backup alarms, construction equipment, pumps, and power tools during daytime and nighttime operations.

During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue. Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for workers, construction vehicles, pickup trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone and entering or exiting the travel lanes.

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 early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

US 41 at Panama Drive: Construction permit project: Expect intermittent northbound right lane closures on May 17, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  as the City of Sarasota removes the Panama Road middle lane and extends the concrete island. Anticipate possible delays and slower traffic.

US 41 and Wood Street: Construction permit project:  Expect intermittent southbound right lane closure on May 10, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Crews will be installing a concrete utility pole. Please use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from 14th Street to University Parkway: Construction permit project: The City of Sarasota contractors will be surveying sewer lines working from manhole to manhole. Expect temporary north and southbound lane closures through Friday, May 14, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.   Please use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek and installing new highway lighting along the three-mile project. 

  • During final stages of completion for paving, concrete, curb, striping, handrails, handicap ramps, signage, sod and clean up, motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the project boundaries. 
  • The contract allows northbound lane closures between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and southbound from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • Use caution as traffic shifts to the final configuration.
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

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

  • A new traffic switch is now in effect. The northbound lanes have been shifted east onto the newly paved road and crews have begun work in the median.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions of the median crossings into shopping centers and side streets throughout the month of May while crews perform work in the medians.  Motorists who are not able to turn at the desired median crossing can travel further down the roadway to make a U-turn where available.
  • Intermittent daytime lane closures will be in effect on northbound US 41 Bypass from Center Roadto Venice Avenue from 8m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments on the east side of the roadway. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.   
  • Crews are working within the driveways and the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please use caution when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

SR 72 between Sawyer Road and Sawyer Loop Road: Construction permit project: Sarasota County’s contractor will be working on the Clark Road Legacy Trail Extension through May 30, 2021. Daytime work hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Temporary daily lane closures will be in place so use caution in the area. Some nighttime work is scheduled so expect noise from construction equipment.

SR 681 from en Theos Lane, Venice: Construction permit project: Construction will begin for a housing development entrance, left and right turn lanes, a median opening, and drainage. Motorists should expect east and westbound lane closures from May 10 through June 30, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: The improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the construction but please use caution in the area as lane patterns will be adjusted. If nighttime bridge closures are required, they will be done between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. with no detour longer than 30 minutes.

  • Pedestrians and bicyclists can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge for the duration.
  • The bridge will require a 6-hour advance reservation for openings thru July 31, 2021.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

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May
03

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK MAY 2, 2021

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

I-75 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping so occasional shoulder closures may be required. Estimated completion is August 2021.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  Crews will work on the light pole foundations. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  Crews will be installing conduit, so variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 northbound between mile marker 5.5 and 5.9: Maintenance project: DBi Services will be repairing a right lane overhead sign on I-275 north before the toll plaza. Work is scheduled from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

US 301 and 13th Avenue West: Construction project: crews will be completing work in the area.  The project included: adding a right turn lane, milling and resurfacing, base work, drainage improvements, curbs and gutters, traffic signals, lighting, highway signing, pavement marking, sidewalks, and adding Intelligent Transportation System improvements. The contractor is MSB Services LLC. Expected completion is spring 2021.

SR 64 over Sarasota Pass at the Anna Maria Island Bridge: Bridge maintenance: DBi Systems will be making bridge structure repairs overnight on Sunday, May 23, through Thursday, May 27, 2021. Expect flagging operations intermittently in both the east and westbound lanes from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution in the area.

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

  • TRAFFIC PATTERN IN PHASE IIIA – Traffic is now detoured onto the new lanes on the south side of the roundabout.
  • ** THE SPEED LIMIT HAS BEEN REDUCED TO 25 MPH **
  • East and westbound is one lane in each direction through the project.
  • The eastbound left turns are temporarily closed at Peace Presbyterian Church, Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run.  Utilize the roundabout at SR 64 at Rye Road to circle back.
  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and Rye Road.
  • Pedestrian traffic: Sidewalks are open on both sides of SR 64.  There is an alternate pathway on the north side of SR 64, detoured around construction areas at Greyhawk. 
  • The SR 64 and 117th Street traffic signal is in the required 14-day flash period to alert motorists.
  • Expect temporary lane closures at SR 64 and 117th Street to accommodate any final signal, sidewalk and lighting work.

SR 684 Cortez Road between 24th Street West and York Drive, Construction project: Crews will be sampling overnight on Thursday, May 6, 2021, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate left-turn lane closures.  Please use caution in the area.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Activities include:

  • Material deliveries expected, please use caution as semi-trucks and other heavy equipment will be entering/exiting the construction zone. Flaggers will be present directing traffic.
  • Clearing within the right-of-way and install erosion control devices. Activities expected both east and west side of US 41.
  • Sanitary sewer main installation along the eastern side of the retention pond continues.
  • Underground pipe installation across US 41 from the retention pond on the east side towards the Marina Jack parking lot on the west side. Expect noise from pumps and drilling equipment.
  • Install stormwater structures on the east side of US 41 at the intersection which is closed off to through traffic.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the Pre-Phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.
  • Marina Jack 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.
  • Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone have been implemented. Pedestrian crossings will be available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. Initial pre-phase work involves building temporary roadway for use during subsequent phases. This work will not impact existing travel lane configuration.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from backup alarms, construction equipment, pumps, and power tools during daytime and nighttime operations.

During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue. Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for workers, construction vehicles, pickup trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone and entering or exiting the travel lanes.

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 early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

US 41 from 14th Street to University Parkway: Construction permit project: The City of Sarasota contractors will be surveying sewer lines working from manhole to manhole. Expect temporary north and southbound lane closures from Monday, May 3, to Friday, May 14, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.   Please use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek and installing new highway lighting along the three-mile project. 

  • During final stages of completion for paving, concrete, curb, striping, handrails, handicap ramps, signage, sod and clean up, motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the project boundaries. 
  • The contract allows northbound lane closures between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and southbound from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • Use caution as traffic shifts to the final configuration.
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

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

  • A new traffic switch is now in effect. The northbound lanes have been shifted east onto the newly paved road and crews have begun work in the median.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions of the median crossings into shopping centers and side streets throughout the month of April while crews perform work in the medians.  Motorists who are not able to turn at the desired median crossing can go further down to make a U-turn where available.
  • Intermittent daytime lane closures will be in effect on northbound US 41 Bypass from Center Roadto Venice Avenue from 8m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments on the east side of the roadway. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.   
  • Crews are working within the driveways and right-of-way along the north and southbound lanes of US 41. Use caution turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

SR 72 between Sawyer Road and Sawyer Loop Road: Construction permit project: Sarasota County’s contractor will be working on the Clark Road Legacy Trail Extension through May 30, 2021. Daytime work hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Temporary daily lane closures will be in place so use caution in the area. Some nighttime work is scheduled so expect noise from construction equipment.

SR 681 from en Theos Lane, Venice: Construction permit project: Construction will begin for a housing development entrance, left and right turn lanes, a median opening, and drainage. Motorists should expect east and westbound lane closures from May 10 through June 30, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789 and the Ringling Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be making bridge deck repairs on Monday, May 3, through Wednesday, May 5, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expect temporary and intermittent lane closures on both east and westbound lanes.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: The improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the construction but please use caution in the area as lane patterns will be adjusted. If nighttime bridge closures are required, they will be done between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. with no detour longer than 30 minutes.

  • A second traffic shift is in place, moving construction to the west side of the bridge. Lanes have been moved to accommodate construction. Please use caution.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge for the duration.
  • The bridge will require a 6-hour advance reservation for openings thru July 31, 2021.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

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26

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK APRIL 25, 2021

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

I-75 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping so occasional shoulder closures may be required. Estimated completion is August 2021.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  Crews will work on the light pole foundations. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  Crews will be installing conduit, so variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

US 301 and 13th Avenue West: Construction project: crews will be working in the area adding a right turn lane, milling and resurfacing, base work, drainage improvements, curbs and gutters, traffic signals, lighting, highway signing, pavement marking, sidewalks, and adding Intelligent Transportation System improvements.

  • On 13th Avenue west, there should be no daytime lane closures from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. so traffic should be mostly unaffected.
  • All sidewalks are now open.
  • Expect overnight operations with noise from back-up alarms and construction vehicles.
  • During paving, signals will be put in flash mode and traffic will be directed by the Sheriff’s Department. Please use caution in the area.
  • Work is expected during daytime and evening/ overnight hours.

The contractor is MSB Services LLC. Expected completion is late spring 2021.

SR 64 over Sarasota Pass at the Anna Maria Island Bridge: Bridge maintenance: DBi Systems will be making bridge structure repairs overnight on Sunday, May 23, through Thursday, May 27, 2021. Expect flagging operations intermittently in both the east and westbound lanes from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution in the area.

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

  • TRAFFIC PATTERN IN PHASE IIIA – Traffic is now detoured onto the new lanes on the south side of the roundabout.
  • ** THE SPEED LIMIT HAS BEEN REDUCED TO 25 MPH **
  • East and westbound is one lane in each direction through the project.
  • The eastbound left turns are temporarily closed at Peace Presbyterian Church, Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run.  Utilize the roundabout at SR 64 at Rye Road to circle back.
  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and Rye Road.
  • Pedestrian traffic: Sidewalks are open on both sides of SR 64.  There is an alternate pathway on the north side of SR 64, detoured around construction areas at Greyhawk. 
  • The SR 64 and 117th Street traffic signal has begun the required 14-day flash period to alert motorists.
  • Expect temporary lane closures at SR 64 and 117th Street to accommodate any final signal, sidewalk and lighting construction.

SR 684 Cortez Road between 24th Street West and York Drive, Construction project: Crews will be sampling overnight on Thursday, May 6, 2021, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate left-turn lane closures.  Please use caution in the area.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 and SR-681 interchange: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be making overnight repairs on Tuesday, April 27, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Expect temporary right lane closures on I-75 southbound and then the corresponding southbound left lane on the SR 681 ramp.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Activities include:

  • Material deliveries expected, please use caution as semi-trucks and other heavy equipment will be entering/exiting the construction zone. Flaggers will be present directing traffic.
  • Clearing within the right-of-way and install erosion control devices. Activities expected both east and west side of US 41.
  • Sanitary sewer main installation along the eastern side of the retention pond continues.
  • Underground pipe installation across US 41 from the retention pond on the east side towards the Marina Jack parking lot on the west side. Expect noise from pumps and drilling equipment.
  • Install stormwater structures on the east side of US 41 at the intersection which is closed off to through traffic.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the Pre-Phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.
  • Marina Jack 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.
  • Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone have been implemented. Pedestrian crossings will be available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. Initial pre-phase work involves building temporary roadway for use during subsequent phases. This work will not impact existing travel lane configuration.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from backup alarms, construction equipment, pumps, and power tools during daytime and nighttime operations.

During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue. Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for workers, construction vehicles, pickup trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone and entering or exiting the travel lanes.

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 early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek and installing new highway lighting along the three-mile project. 

  • Motorists should expect temporary lane closures both north and southbound throughout the remainder of the project.  The contract allows northbound lane closures between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and southbound from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., motorists should expect temporary lane closures on US 41 between Bay Acres and Bay Street as crews complete this section.
  • Through the remainder of the project, Ajax will continue paving operations.
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

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

  • A new traffic switch is now in effect. The northbound lanes have been shifted east onto the newly paved road and crews have begun work in the median.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions of the median crossings into shopping centers and side streets throughout the month of April while crews perform work in the medians.  Motorists who are not able to turn at the desired median crossing can go further down to make a U-turn where available.
  • Intermittent daytime lane closures will be in effect on northbound US 41 Bypass from Center Roadto Venice Avenue from 8m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments on the east side of the roadway. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.   
  • Crews are working within the driveways and right-of-way along the north and southbound lanes of US 41. Use caution turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

SR 72 between Sawyer Road and Sawyer Loop Road: Construction permit project: Sarasota County’s contractor will be working on the Clark Road Legacy Trail Extension through May 30, 2021. Daytime work hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Temporary daily lane closures will be in place so use caution in the area. Some nighttime work is scheduled so expect noise from construction equipment.

SR 789 and the Ringling Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be making bridge deck repairs on Monday, May 3, through Wednesday, May 5, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expect temporary and intermittent lane closures on both east and westbound lanes.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: The improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the construction but please use caution in the area as lane patterns will be adjusted. If nighttime bridge closures are required, they will be done between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. with no detour longer than 30 minutes.

  • A second traffic shift is in place, moving construction to the west side of the bridge. Lanes have been moved to accommodate construction. Please use caution.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge for the duration.
  • The bridge will require a 6-hour advance reservation for openings thru July 31, 2021.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

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16

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK APRIL 18, 2021

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

I-75 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping so occasional shoulder closures may be required. Estimated completion is August 2021.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will work on the light pole foundations. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  Crews will be installing conduit, so variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

US 301 and 13th Avenue West: Construction project: crews will be working in the area adding a right turn lane, milling and resurfacing, base work, drainage improvements, curbs and gutters, traffic signals, lighting, highway signing, pavement marking, sidewalks, and adding Intelligent Transportation System improvements.

  • On 13th Avenue west, there should be no daytime lane closures from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. so traffic should be mostly unaffected.
  • On 13th Avenue west, the right sidewalk leading up to the corner of US 301 will be closed. A crosswalk will be installed prior to the intersection or use the alternate side of the street.
  • Expect overnight paving operations on Thursday, April 22, and Friday, April 23, with noise from back-up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles.
  • During paving, signals will be put in flash mode and traffic will be directed by the Sheriff’s Department. Please use caution in the area.
  • Work is expected during daytime and evening/ overnight hours.

The contractor is MSB Services LLC. Expected completion is late spring 2021.

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

  • TRAFFIC PATTERN IN PHASE IIIA – Traffic is now detoured onto the new lanes on the south side of the roundabout.
  • ** THE SPEED LIMIT HAS BEEN REDUCED TO 25 MPH **
  • East and westbound are one lane in each direction through the project.
  • The eastbound left turns are temporarily closed at Peace Presbyterian Church, Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run.  Utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road to circle back.
  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • Pedestrian traffic: Sidewalks are open on both sides of SR 64.  There is an alternate pathway on the north side of SR 64, detoured around construction areas at Greyhawk. 
  • Tentative lane closures of the outside travel lanes to accommodate sidewalk and lighting construction at the intersection of SR 64 and 117th Street east.
  • Possible, temporary shoulder closures for sod replacement on SR 64.
  • In the next two weeks, the traffic signal at SR 64 and 117th Street will begin the required 14-day flash period to alert motorists of the signal becoming operational.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout Project, Sarasota: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Activities include:

  • Material deliveries expected, please use caution as semi-trucks and other heavy equipment will be entering/exiting the construction zone. Flaggers will be present directing traffic.
  • Clearing within the right-of-way and install erosion control devices. Activities expected both east and west side of US 41.
  • Sanitary sewer main installation along the eastern side of the retention pond.
  • Underground pipe installation across US 41 from the retention pond on the east side towards the Marina Jack parking lot on the west side.
  • Install stormwater structures on the east side of US 41 at the intersection which is closed off to through traffic.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the Pre-Phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.
  • Marina Jack 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.
  • Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone have been implemented. Pedestrian crossings will be available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. Initial pre-phase work involves building temporary roadway for use during subsequent phases. This work will not impact existing travel lane configuration.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from backup alarms, construction equipment, pumps, and power tools during daytime and nighttime operations.

During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue. Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for workers, construction vehicles, pickup trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone and entering or exiting the travel lanes.

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 early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek and installing new highway lighting along the three-mile project. 

  • Motorists should expect temporary lane closures both north and southbound throughout the remainder of the project.  The contract allows northbound lane closures between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and southbound from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., motorists should expect temporary lane closures on US 41 between Bay Acres and Bay Street as crews complete this section.
  • Through the remainder of the project, Ajax will continue paving operations during overnight hours. Expect noise from backup alarms and construction equipment.
  • South of Bay Acres by The Arbors, there will be intermittent lane closures for median widening.
  • Over the next few weeks traffic shifts will occur, moving to the final configuration. Please use caution in the area as motorists adjust to the new lane pattern.
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

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

  • A new traffic switch is now in effect. The northbound lanes have been shifted east onto the newly paved road and crews have begun work in the median.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions of the median crossings into shopping centers and side streets throughout the month of April while crews perform work in the medians.  Motorists who are not able to turn at the desired median crossing can go further down to make a U-turn where available.
  • Intermittent daytime lane closures will be in effect on northbound US 41 Bypass from Center Roadto Venice Avenue from 8m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments on the east side of the roadway. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.   
  • Crews are working within the driveways and right-of-way along the north and southbound lanes of US 41. Use caution turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

SR 72 between Sawyer Road and Sawyer Loop Road: Construction permit project: Sarasota County’s contractor will be working on the Clark Road Legacy Trail Extension from April 19 through May 30, 2021. Daytime work hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Temporary daily lane closures will be in place so use caution in the area. Some nighttime work is scheduled so expect noise from construction equipment.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: The improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the construction but please use caution in the area as lane patterns will be adjusted. If nighttime bridge closures are required, they will be done between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. with no detour longer than 30 minutes.

  • A second traffic shift is in place, moving construction to the west side of the bridge. Lanes have been moved to accommodate this Phase II construction. Please use caution in the area.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge for the duration.
  • The bridge will require a 6-hour advance reservation for openings thru July 31, 2021.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

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14

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is Available for Public Review and Comment

public-notice

Each year the Sarasota/Manatee MPO updates the 5 Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The new Draft TIP for FY 2021/22—2025/26 is now available for public review and comment. Visit the following link to provide comments on the Interactive TIP here: https://publicinput.com/X7478. To comment on projects, just click on the location or project, write your comment, and then click submit.

If you would like to download the TIP, please visit our Library page on the MPO Website, select Transportation Improvement Program, and then select Draft 2021 TIP.  Visit the MPO Website by following this link: https://www.mympo.org/documents-library.

The TIP will be presented at upcoming committee meetings on May 10th and will be presented to the MPO Board at their next MPO Board meeting on May 24, 2021. The TIP must be submitted to FDOT by July 15, 2021.

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