Apr
09

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK APRIL 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, 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 noise from back-up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles.
  • 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 SHIFT PHASE IIIA – The travel lanes have shifted to the south to accommodate construction of the northern half 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 will be shifted to the sidewalk on the south side of SR 64.

SR 70 between 9th Street east to 3rd Street west: Utility permit project: crews will be videoing sewer lines, working from manhole to manhole, through April 15, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Expect intermittent lane closures on the westbound side as they alternate from outside to inside lane.  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:

  • 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 installation is expected along the east bank of the retention pond. No impact to existing traffic patterns other than occasional material deliveries to the work zone.
  • 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.
  • Surveying throughout the project continues.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will be 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.

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. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present. 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 still expect temporary lane closures on US 41 between Bay Acres and Bay Street as crews are constructing roadway shoulder and between Blackburn Point and Bay Acres for paving operations.
  • 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 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 other 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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Apr
05

45-day public review and comment period is NOW open for the Draft 2021 Public Participation Plan (PPP)

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The Sarasota/Manatee MPO wants everyone to contribute to the updated DRAFT 2021 Public Participation Plan (PPP). The document can be downloaded here https://www.mympo.org/m/mandates/ppp

The PPP is the guide to involving the public in the MPO transportation planning process, major documents, projects, and programs. Every three years, MPO staff evaluates the public participation techniques and strategies laid out in the Public Participation Plan (PPP). Afterwards, the PPP is updated to incorporate the findings from the evaluation. The MPO wants to hear your input on the updated DRAFT PPP. If you have any comments or questions, please let us know by 5:00PM on Monday, May 19, 2021 when the official 45-day comment period closes. Here are four ways for the public to comment on the PPP:

  1. Email your comments to Corinne Tucker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. Mail your comments
    1. ATTN: PUBLIC COMMENT FOR PPP
    2. 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, FL 34243
  3. Call Corinne Tucker at 941-359-5772
  4. Comment at a Sarasota/Manatee MPO Meeting
    1. Bicycle/Pedestrian/Trails Advisory Committee Meeting; April 20 at 2:30 pm
    2. Technical Advisory Committee Meeting; May 10 at 10:00 am
    3. Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting; May 10 at 5:00 pm
    4. MPO Board Meeting; May 24 at 9:30 am

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

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Apr
01

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK APRIL 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, 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-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.  This week, crews will install conduit.  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 southbound ramp at the juncture of I-75 north: Construction maintenance: Crews will be performing warranty repair work on the I-275 southbound ramp to the I-75 northbound ramp on Saturday and Sunday, April 3rd and 4th, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The work will only require a shoulder closure so traffic should not be impacted, but please use extra caution in the high-speed, high traffic roadway.

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.

  • The US 301 right-lane closure has been removed.
  • 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 noise from back-up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles.
  • 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.

  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • Travel for both westbound and eastbound traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits.
  • Expect possible intermittent lane closures at the intersection of SR 64 and 117th Street east as signal, lighting, sidewalk and ITS work is completed.  
  • As early as April 8th, there will be a traffic shift as the project enters Phase IIIA. Use caution in the area since lane patterns will change, allowing construction crews to work at another juncture. Also, for the remainder of the project, left turns into Greyhawk and Mill Run Roads will be closed. The left turn into Peace Presbyterian Church will be closed for approximately three months. Please proceed to the Rye Road Roundabout and circle back. 

 

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:

  • Mobilize construction equipment and pipe material.
  • Clearing within the right-of-way and install erosion control devices.
  • Install temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone. Pedestrian crossings will be available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.
  • Surveying throughout the project continues.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will be closed as part of the Pre-Phase of construction starting mid next week. 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.

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. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present. 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. Expected completion is early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

US 41 southbound in front of Sarasota Memorial Hospital at Hillview Street: Construction maintenance: crews will be replacing the manhole on US 41.  Motorists should expect a lane closure on Monday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Please use caution in the high traffic area.

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 still expect temporary lane closures on US 41 between Bay Acres and Bay Street as crews are constructing roadway shoulder and between Blackburn Point and Bay Acres for paving operations.
  • Through the remainder of the project, Ajax will continue paving operations. 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 overall project 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 March 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 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.

  • As early as Monday, April 5th, a second traffic shift will occur moving construction to the other side of the bridge. Lanes will be moved to accommodate Phase II of 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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Mar
29

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK MARCH 28, 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 southbound bridge over the Manatee River: Construction maintenance: DBi Services will be making repairs to the southbound bridge deck overnight Tuesday, March 23, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Expect closures of the right two lanes and use caution in the work zone.

I-75 southbound bridge over Braden River: Construction maintenance: DBi Services will be making repairs to the southbound bridge deck overnight Wednesday, March 24th, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Expect intermittent closures of the right lane and use caution in the work zone.

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-275 at US 19: 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: Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  Crews will remove the existing light poles. 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.

  • During the month of March, a right-lane closure is in place on US 301 at 13th Avenue west.
  • 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 noise from back-up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles.
  • Work is expected during daytime and evening/ overnight hours.

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

US 41 from Cortez Road to University Avenue: Construction maintenance: Throughout the month of March, roadway drainage cleaning and mapping will be performed Sunday through Thursday overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

SR 684 Cortez Road from 43rd Street West to 1st Street: Construction maintenance: Roadway stripping will be performed Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. throughout the month of March.

SR 64 at Uihlein Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both east and westbound lanes through March 28, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane, and driveway connection.

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.

  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • Travel for both westbound and eastbound traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits.
  • Expect intermittent lane closures at the intersection of SR 64 and 117th Street east.  
  • As early as April 8th, there will be a traffic shift as the project enters Phase IIIA.  Use caution in the area since lane patterns will change, allowing construction crews to work at another juncture.  Also, for the remainder of the project, left turns into Greyhawk and Mill Run Roads will be closed. Please proceed to the Rye Road Roundabout and circle back. 

 

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:

  • Mobilize construction equipment, including delivery of equipment.
  • Install temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.
  • Surveying throughout the project.
  • Install Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) construction signs and devices.
  • Marina Jacks parking lot entrance and exit off Gulfstream Ave will be closed off for vehicular traffic.
  • Clearing within the right-of-way and install erosion control devices.

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. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present. 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.

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

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.

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 still expect temporary lane closures on US 41 between Bay Acres and Bay Street as crews are constructing roadway shoulder and between Blackburn Point and Bay Acres for paving operations.
  • Over the next few weeks, Ajax will continue paving during evening and 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 overall project 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 March 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. 

US 41 from Panama Drive to 15th Street: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent north and southbound lane closures through March 28, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Project includes median utility work and the construction of a left turn lane and several driveway connections along US 41.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from Corradino Boulevard to west Villages Parkway, North Port: Permit special event: during the month of March, there will be alternating east and westbound lane closures for the Atlanta Braves Spring Training game days at the Cool Today Stadium in North Port. Times and dates vary throughout the month of March: last game is March 30, 2021. Use caution, expect possible delays, or consider an alternate route. 

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.

  • An adjusted traffic pattern is in effect, shifting lanes to allow for 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.
  • In approximately a week or more, a second traffic shift will adjust the lane pattern to the alternate side of the road, allowing construction to begin on the opposite side.
  • 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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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 14, 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.

  • On Tuesday, March 16, at 11 p.m. to Wednesday, March 17, at 5 a.m., crews will close the SR 70 westbound to I-75 northbound on-ramp.  Motorists are advised to proceed to 87th Street east and make a U-turn and use the SR 70 eastbound on-ramp to I-75 northbound.
  • On Wednesday, March 17, at 11 p.m. to Thursday, March 18, at 5 a.m., crews will close the SR 70 westbound I-75 northbound on-ramp.  Motorists are advised to proceed to 87th Street E and make a U-turn and use the SR 70 eastbound on-ramp to I-75 northbound.
  • On Thursday, March 18, and Friday, March 19, two lanes will close on the I-75 northbound off-ramp to SR 70.  The ramp will be open.
  • 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-275 at US 19: 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: Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  Crews will remove the existing light poles. 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.

  • During the month of March, a right-lane closure is in place on US 301 at 13th Avenue west.
  • 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 noise from back-up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles.
  • Work is expected during daytime and evening/ overnight hours.

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

US 41 from Cortez Road to University Avenue: Construction maintenance: Throughout the month of March, roadway drainage cleaning and mapping will be performed Sunday through Thursday overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Work is in the final stages of completion. Daytime single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. are allowed throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684 Cortez Road from 43rd Street West to 1st Street: Construction maintenance: Roadway stripping will be performed Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. throughout March.

SR 64 at 9th Street: Construction maintenance: the center lane on SR 64 and 9th Street east in downtown Bradenton is temporarily closed.  FDOT is making roadway repairs.  Motorists can use either lane to the left or right side. Please use caution in the area

SR 64 at Uihlein Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both east and westbound lanes through March 28, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane, and driveway connection.

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.

  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • The eastbound travel lanes have been reduced to one lane and shifted to the north side of the median.
  • Travel for both westbound and eastbound traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits at the Greyhawk and Pope Road intersection.
  • Signal, lighting and sidewalk work will take place at 117th Street east. 
  • All scheduled work will take place during daytime hours.
  • Tentative lane closures to accommodate sidewalk and lighting construction at the intersection of SR 64 and 117th Street east.  

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 bridge over Clark Road: Construction maintenance: A DBi Services crew will be making repairs to the bridge deck joints on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Expect intermittent southbound left lane closures.  Please use caution in the area.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout Project: Construction project: Crews will begin mobilization including delivering equipment, setting up the Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) construction signs and devices, clearing within the right-of-way, and installing erosion control devices throughout the project.

  • 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. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present. 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.

The purpose of this project is to replace the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout to improve non-motorized connectivity and access, as well as vehicular traffic flow and operations, between the City of Sarasota's Downtown Central Business District (CBD) and the Bayfront area. Improvements being made as part of this project consist of 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 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project:

  • Landscaping and irrigation adjustments, as needed.
  • General cleanup throughout the project limits.

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.

Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are required to YIELD to traffic already within the roundabout and follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.

Permanent speed limit set to 35 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a six-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED streetlights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is early winter 2021. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

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. 
  • Motorists should still expect potential and temporary lane closures northbound and southbound US 41 between Bay Acres and Bay Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crews are constructing roadway shoulder.
  • There will be evening work Tuesday, March 16, starting at 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. for paving.
  • Possible and temporary right lane closures northbound between Green Street and Washington Avenue for sidewalk and curb installation.
  • Anticipated approximately March 16, 2021, a traffic shift will occur between Bay Street and Washington Avenue for both north and southbound lanes, moving to the final configuration.
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected overall project 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 March 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.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions along the frontage roads on the northbound and southbound sides of US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard from Monday to Friday the week of March 14, 2021, weather permitting. Crews will be milling and paving these frontage roads leading into businesses in the project limits.  
  • Intermittent daytime lane closures will be in effect on northbound and southbound 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 when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

US 41 from Panama Drive to 15th Street: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent north and southbound lane closures through March 28, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Project includes median utility work and the construction of a left turn lane and several driveway connections along US 41.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from Corradino Boulevard to west Villages Parkway, North Port: Permit special event: during the month of March, there will be alternating east and westbound lane closures for the Atlanta Braves Spring Training game days at the Cool Today Stadium in North Port. Times and dates vary throughout the month of March 2021. Use caution, expect possible delays, or consider an alternate route. 

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.

  • An adjusted traffic pattern is in effect, shifting lanes to allow for construction.  Please use caution in the area.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists must 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.   

SR 72 from Big Slough Canal: Construction maintenance: On Tuesday, March 23, 2021, NorthStar Contracting will perform bridge sampling for asbestos & metal-based coatings on bridges 170048 and 170049.  There will be a lane closure with flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please use caution in the area.

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08

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 7, 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 8.00 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

I-75 northbound at the Salt Marsh Bridge: Construction maintenance: DBi Services crews will be working overnight making bridge deck repairs, Monday, March 8, and Tuesday, March 9, 2021, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should expect northbound right lane closures.  Use caution in the area.

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  Crews are also trenching for the conduit. 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/ 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 or an alternate route.
  • Expect noise from back-up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles.
  • Work is expected during daytime and evening/ overnight hours.
  • During the month of March, a right-lane closure is in place on US 301.

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

US 41 from Cortez Road to University Avenue: Construction maintenance: Roadway drainage cleaning and mapping will be performed Sunday through Thursday overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. This is an ongoing project that will continue through March.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Work is in the final stages of completion. Daytime single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. are allowed throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684 Cortez Road from 43rd Street West to 1st Street: Construction maintenance: Roadway stripping will be performed Monday through Thursday overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. This is an ongoing project that will continue through March.

SR 64 at Uihlein Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both east and westbound lanes through March 14, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane, and driveway connection.

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.

  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • The eastbound travel lanes have been reduced to one lane and shifted to the north side of the median.
  • Travel for both westbound and eastbound traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits at the Greyhawk and Pope Road intersection.
  • Signal, lighting and sidewalk work will take place at 117th Street east. 
  • All scheduled work will take place during daytime hours.
  • Tentative lane closures of the outside travel lanes to accommodate sidewalk and lighting construction at the intersection of SR 64 and 117th Street east.  

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project:

  • Landscaping and irrigation adjustments, as needed.
  • General cleanup throughout the project limits.

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.

Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are required to YIELD to traffic already within the roundabout and follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.

Permanent speed limit set to 35 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a six-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED streetlights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is early winter 2021. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

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. 
  • Motorists should still expect potential and temporary lane closures northbound and southbound US 41 between Bay Acres and Bay Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crews are constructing roadway shoulder.
  • There will be evening work Monday, March 15, starting at 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. for paving.
  • Possible and temporary right lane closures northbound between Green Street and Washington Avenue for sidewalk and curb installation.
  • Overnight on Sunday and/or Monday, March 7 or 8, 2021, the southbound left turn lane onto Holy Spirit Lane will be closed overnight 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for new drainage installation.
  • Anticipated approximately March 15, 2021, a traffic shift will occur between Bay Street and Washington Avenue for both north and southbound lanes, moving to the final configuration.
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected overall project 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 March 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.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions along the frontage roads on the northbound and southbound sides of US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard from Monday to Friday the week of March 7, weather permitting. Crews will be milling and paving these frontage roads leading into businesses in the project limits.  
  • 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. 

US 41 from Panama Drive to 15th Street: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent north and southbound lane closures through March 14, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Project includes median utility work and the construction of a left turn lane and several driveway connections along US 41.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from Corradino Boulevard to west Villages Parkway, North Port: Permit special event: during the month of March, there will be alternating east and westbound lane closures for the Atlanta Braves Spring Training game days at the Cool Today Stadium in North Port. Times and dates vary throughout the month of March 2021. Use caution, expect possible delays, or consider an alternate route. 

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 new traffic pattern is in effect, shifting lanes to allow for construction.  Please use caution in the area.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists must 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.   

SR 72 from Big Slough Canal: Construction maintenance: On Tuesday, March 23, 2021, NorthStar Contracting will perform bridge sampling for asbestos & metal-based coatings on bridges 170048 and 170049.  On this two-lane road, there will be a lane closure with flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please use caution in the area.

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01

Safety Performance in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, 2021

20181025_114322 FDOT and MPO conduct Road Safety Assessments

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) and Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act legislation require metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to use outcome-based planning for five safety measures:

  • Number of fatalities
  • Rate of fatalities
  • Number of serious injuries
  • Rate of serious injuries
  • Number of non-motorized fatalities and non-motorized serious injuries

The MPO adopted their first targets for the 2014-2018 five-year rolling average on January 22, 2018. The second targets for 2015-2019 five-year rolling average were adopted on September 24, 2018 where realistic, attainable safety performance targets were set based on historical statistics and projected trends. Additionally, Vision Zero was adopted as a long term goal to be reached by 2045.

The third targets for the 2016-2020 five year rolling average were adopted on January 27, 2020. The actual numbers were higher than originally projected. The MPO Board adopted the same targets as 2015-2019 for number of fatalities and number of serious injuries while using the actual numbers for 2016-2020 for the remaining targets as new numbers.

The unvalidated 2020 data is now available. Based on this data, the actual numbers are once again higher than originally projected and the MPO will not meet some of the adopted 2016-2020 safety targets. The 2020 data will be validated Summer of 2020.

Evaluating how each performance measure has trended, allows the MPO to make a more informed decision in establishing 2017-2021 targets as well as future year targets.

MPOs must set 2017-2021 targets for each of the five Safety Performance Measures by February 27, 2021.

Five-Year Safety Performance Measures Rolling Averages
2017 2021 rolling averages

On Febrary 22, 2021, the MPO Board adopted supporting the Statewide goal of Vision Zero as a long-term goal, each transit agency's respective safety targets, and the 2017-2021 MPO safety targets for the Sarasota/Manatee region.

2017-2021 MPO Safety Targets

2017 2021 Safety Targets

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01

FDOT celebrates Florida Bicycle Month, encourages safety

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Today, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) kicks off its celebration of Florida Bicycle Month, a time to encourage bicycling and recognize its important role in providing transportation and recreation to millions of Florida’s residents and visitors annually. Governor DeSantis signed an official proclamation recognizing March as Florida Bicycle Month.

“Whether you bike to work or school, or for recreation, everyone has a right to arrive at their destination safely,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. “While taking advantage of Florida’s unique scenery and landscape, the department encourages all bicyclists to always be aware of your surroundings, follow the rules of the road, and never ride distracted.”

More people are cycling than ever before, especially in Florida’s beautiful weather. FDOT is committed to reducing crashes, fatalities, and serious injuries involving pedestrians and bicyclists. FDOT has adopted a target of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries in the state. This initiative is in line with the Complete Streets Policy and Program’s Bicycle Friendly State report card. Florida continues to move the needle forward in this category.

Florida was also named the 10th most Bicycle Friendly State in America by the League of American Bicyclists for 2019. Florida ranked first in the Infrastructure and Funding category reflecting a strong statewide commitment to building a safe bicycle infrastructure. This national recognition is in line with Florida’s commitment to spend $100 million on street lighting for people biking and walking to improve safety.

For safety tips and resources for Florida Bicycle Month, visit www.fdot.gov/bicyclesafety. For more information on bicycle and pedestrian safety, visit www.AlertTodayFlorida.com.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK FEBRUARY 28, 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 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-275 at US 19 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will begin trenching for the conduit. 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/ 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 or an alternate route.
  • Expect noise from back-up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles.
  • Work is expected during daytime and evening/ overnight hours.
  • As early as March, a right-lane closure will be needed on US 301 for approximately a month.

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

US 41 from Cortez Road to University Avenue. Construction maintenance: Roadway drainage cleaning and mapping will be performed Sunday through Thursday overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. This is an ongoing project that will continue through March.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Work is in the final stages of completion. Daytime single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. are allowed throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684 Cortez Road from 43rd Street West to 1st Street: Construction maintenance: Roadway stripping will be performed Monday through Thursday overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. This is an ongoing project that will continue through March.

SR 64 at Uihlein Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both east and westbound lanes through March 14, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane, and driveway connection.

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.

  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • The Eastbound travel lanes have been reduced to one lane and shifted to the north side of the median through the project.
  • Travel for both westbound and eastbound traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits at the Greyhawk and Pope Road intersection.
  • Signal, lighting and sidewalk work will be taking place at 117th Street east. 
  • All scheduled work will take place during daytime hours.
  • 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 left lane closure from Upper Manatee River Road onto SR 64 and right- lane closure from SR 64 onto Upper Manatee River Road for location verification of subsurface utilities.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 north at the eastbound Fruitville Road on ramp: Construction maintenance: Crews will be working overnight Sunday, February 28 and possibly March 1, 2021, on the northbound on ramp to I-75 from east Fruitville Road.  Expect overnight lane closure from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.  A message board will be in place to alert drivers to the detour, routing drivers to make a U-turn at Paramount Drive and access the west Fruitville Road on ramp. 

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project:

  • Landscaping and irrigation adjustments, as needed.
  • General cleanup throughout the project limits.

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.

Motorists entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are required to YIELD to traffic already within the roundabout and follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.

Permanent speed limit set to 35 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a six-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED streetlights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is early winter 2021. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

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. 
  • For the next three weeks, expect temporary lane closures northbound between Bay Acres and Bay Street.
  • Expect temporary lane closures on the northbound side between Green Street and Washington Avenue for approximately two weeks.
  • The southbound left turn lane onto Holy Spirit Lane will be briefly closed for new drainage installation.
  • As early as March 1, 2021, a traffic shift will occur between Bay Street and Washington Avenue for both north and southbound lanes, moving to the final configuration.
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected overall project 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 so that the contractor can begin work in the median.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions of the median crossings into shopping centers and side streets throughout the month of March 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. 

US 41 from Panama Drive to 15th Street: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent north and southbound lane closures through March 14, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Project includes median utility work and the construction of a left turn lane and several driveway connections along US 41.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from Corradino Boulevard to west Villages Parkway, North Port: Permit special event: during the month of March, there will be alternating east and westbound lane closures for the Atlanta Braves Spring Training game days at the Cool Today Stadium in North Port. Times and dates vary throughout the month of March 2021. Use caution, expect possible delays, or consider an alternate route. 

SR789 on the Ringling Bridge: Bridge maintenance: DBi Services crew will be making bridge deck repairs overnight on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. There will be intermittent lane closures on both the east and westbound lanes from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

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 new traffic pattern is in effect, shifting lanes to allow for construction.  Please use caution in the area.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists must 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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24

Florida Strategic Highway Safety Plan Posted for Public Comment

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We are excited to announce the public comment period for the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is now open. The draft SHSP is posted and available for public comment through March 10, 2021. 

Public comments may be submitted by reading the draft SHSP at https://www.fdot.gov/safety and completing the comment form or emailing comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please share the public comment information with your peers, constituents, and members to ensure this data-driven plan for eliminating fatalities and serious injuries in Florida reflects the Department’s top priority of creating a safe, efficient transportation system. 

Thank you for your support.

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19

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 21, 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 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-275 at US 19 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will begin trenching for the conduit. 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 leading up to the southbound Williams Bayou Overpass (MM 4.5):  Maintenance project: Maintenance crew will be repairing a multi-post sign in the southbound right lane on I-275 before the Williams Bayou overpass.  Expect an overnight lane closure on Thursday, February 25, 2021, starting at 11:30 p.m.

US 41/ 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 or an alternate route.
  • Expect noise from back-up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles.
  • Work is expected during daytime and evening/ overnight hours.
  • As early as March, a temporary right lane closure will be needed on US 301.

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

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Work is in the final stages of completion. Daytime single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. are allowed throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684 / Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: work includes realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street west, while also resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing a sidewalk and installing new highway lighting.  The project is in the final stages of completion with only intermittent lane closures if needed. AJAX Paving Industries is the contractor. Expected completion is first quarter 2021.

SR 64 at Uihlein Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both east and westbound lanes through February 21, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane, and driveway connection. 

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

  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • The Eastbound travel lanes have been reduced to one lane and shifted to the north side of the median through the project.
  • Travel for both westbound and eastbound traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits at the Greyhawk and Pope Road intersection.
  • Signal, lighting and sidewalk work will be taking place at 117th Street East. 
  • All scheduled work will take place during daytime hours.
  • Tentative right lane closure at SR 64 and 117th Street east to accommodate sidewalk and lighting construction.
  • Possible left lane closure from Upper Manatee River Road onto SR 64 and right- lane closure from SR 64 onto Upper Manatee River Road for location verification of subsurface utilities.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street:  Construction project:

  • Work on curb, sidewalk, brick pavers and final items throughout the project limits.
  • HAWK pedestrian signal repairs and adjustments at 10th Street and 14th Street.
  • Landscaping and irrigation adjustments, as needed.
  • Final signage installation and adjustments throughout the project limits.

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.

Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are required to YIELD to traffic already within the roundabout and follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.

Permanent speed limit set to 35 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a six-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED streetlights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is early winter 2021. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

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 any time between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and southbound from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • For the next three weeks, expect temporary lane closures northbound between Bay Acres and Bay Street.
  • Expect temporary lane closures on the northbound side between Green Street and Washington Avenue for approximately two weeks.
  • The southbound left turn lane onto Holy Spirit Lane will be briefly closed for new drainage installation.
  • As early as March 1, 2021, a traffic shift will occur between Bay Street and Washington Avenue for both north and southbound lanes, moving to the final configuration.
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected overall project 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 will go into effect on Tuesday morning, February 23, 2021. The northbound lanes will be shifted east onto the newly paved road so that the contractor can begin work in the median.
  • 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 west side of the roadway and a temporary pedestrian access pathway has been established on the east side.
  • 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. 

US 41 from Panama Drive to 15th Street: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent north and southbound lane closures thru February 29, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Project includes median utility work and the construction of a left turn lane and several driveway connections along US 41.  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.

  • A new traffic pattern is in effect, shifting lanes to allow for construction.  Please use caution in the area.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists must 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

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 14, 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 SR 70.

  • The median openings on SR 70 eastbound and westbound between Tara Boulevard/Creekwood Boulevard and I-75 are closed until June 2021.
  • 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-275 northbound prior to the toll plaza (between MM 5.5 and 5.9): Maintenance project:  Crews will be repairing an over-lane sign before the Skyway Bridge toll plaza.  Expect a left lane closure from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. The contractor is DBi Services.

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  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 at the Hernando Desoto Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be making repairs from Tuesday, February 16, through Thursday, February 18, 2021.  Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. The contractor is DBi Services.

US 41/ 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 or an alternate route. The contractor is MSB Services LLC. Expected completion is late spring 2021.

US 301 from 61st Street east to Old Tampa Road: Construction maintenance: Crews will be making asphalt repairs Monday, February 15, through Thursday, February 18, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Lane closures will be intermittent both east and west bound.  The contractor is Midwestern Construction. 

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Work is in the final stages of completion. Daytime single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. are allowed throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684 / Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: work includes realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street west, while also resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing a sidewalk and installing new highway lighting.  The project is in the final stages of completion with only intermittent lane closures if needed. AJAX Paving Industries is the contractor. Expected completion is first quarter 2021.

SR 64 at Uihlein Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both east and westbound lanes through February 21, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane, and driveway connection. 

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

  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • The Eastbound travel lanes have been reduced to one lane and shifted to the north side of the median through the project.
  • Travel for both westbound and eastbound traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits at the Greyhawk and Pope Road intersection.
  • Signal, lighting and sidewalk work will be taking place at 117th Street east. 
  • All scheduled work will take place during daytime hours.
  • Tentative lane closures of the outside travel lanes to accommodate sidewalk and lighting construction at the intersection of SR 64 and 117th Street east.  
  • On Monday, February 15th, expect lane closures on the left turn lane from Upper Manatee River Road onto SR 64 and the right-turn lane on SR 64 onto Upper Manatee River Road for subsurface exploration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street:  Construction project:

  • Work on curb, sidewalk, brick pavers and final items throughout the project limits.
  • HAWK pedestrian signal repairs and adjustments at 10th Street and 14th Street.
  • Landscaping and irrigation adjustments, as needed.
  • Final signage installation and adjustments throughout the project limits.

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.

Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are required to YIELD to traffic already within the roundabout and follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.

Permanent speed limit set to 35 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a six-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED streetlights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is early winter 2021. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

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.  North and south bound US 41 lanes have returned to two lanes in both directions. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected overall project completion is spring 2021.

US 41 Business at Venice Bypass: Construction permit project: crews will be constructing a driveway connection on the northbound right lane through February 21, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures.  Please use caution and expect possible 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 spring 2021. 

  • A new traffic switch will go into effect the week of February14, 2021. The northbound lanes will be shifted east onto the newly paved road so that the contractor can begin work in the median.
  • 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 west side of the roadway and a temporary pedestrian access pathway has been established on the east side.
  • 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. 

US 41 between north of Tuscola Drive to north of Venice east and Woodmere Street: Construction maintenance: crews will be reshaping and reworking ditches Monday, February 15, through Friday, February 19, 2021, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The contractor will utilize a shoulder closure.  In some areas with limited shoulder, outside lane closures may be required.  Contractor is Midwestern Construction.

US 41 from Panama Drive to 15th Street: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent north and southbound lane closures thru February 29, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Project includes median utility work and the construction of a left turn lane and several driveway connections along US 41.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758 (Higel/ Shell Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive on Siesta Key: Construction project: This project will improve drainage, resurface the roadway, and improve the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset.  The contractor is in final stages of completion and project acceptance. Motorists should expect only intermittent lane closures if needed. The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc.

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 new traffic pattern is in effect, shifting lanes to allow for construction.  Please use caution in the area.
  • 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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04

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 7, 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 SR 70.

  • The median openings on SR 70 eastbound and westbound between Tara Boulevard/Creekwood Boulevard and I-75 are closed until June 2021.
  • 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 at SR 64: Construction maintenance:  crews will be making repairs to the northbound off ramp at Exit 220 right-turn-only lane.  Motorists can expect overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and use caution in the area.

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will begin trenching for the conduit. 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 bridge over CSX railroad tracks: Bridge maintenance: crews will be making overnight repairs to the bridge deck joints from Sunday, February 7, to Tuesday, February 9, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Expect north and southbound lane closures. Please use caution in the area. Contractor is DBi Services.

US 41 at the Hernando Desoto Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be making repairs from Sunday, February 7, through Thursday, February 11, 2021, and Tuesday, February 16, through Thursday, February 18, 2021.  Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures both northbound and southbound from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Contractor is DBi Services.

US 41/ 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 or an alternate route. The contractor is MSB Services LLC. Expected completion is late spring 2021.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Work is in the final stages of completion. Daytime single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. are allowed throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684 / Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: work includes realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street west, while also resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing a sidewalk and installing new highway lighting.  The project is in the final stages of completion with only intermittent lane closures if needed. AJAX Paving Industries is the contractor. Expected completion is first quarter 2021.

SR 64 at Uihlein Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both eastbound and westbound lanes through February 14, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane, and driveway connection. 

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

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

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project:

  • Work on curb, sidewalk, brick pavers and final items throughout the project limits.
  • HAWK pedestrian signal repairs and adjustments at 10th Street and 14th
  • Landscaping and irrigation adjustments, as needed.
  • Final signage installation and adjustments throughout the project limits.

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.

Motorists entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are required to YIELD to traffic already within the roundabout and follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.

Permanent speed limit set to 35 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a six-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED streetlights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is early winter 2021. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

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.  Northbound US 41 lanes have returned to two lanes and the southbound is in process. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected overall project completion is spring 2021.

US 41 from north of Tuscola Drive to north of Venice East Street and Woodmere Street: Construction maintenance: crews will be reshaping and reworking ditches on Friday, February 13, 2021, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The contractor will utilize a shoulder closure.  In some areas with limited shoulder, outside lane closures may be required.  Contractor is Midwestern Construction. 

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

  • A new traffic pattern will go into effect the week of February 8th. The northbound lanes will be shifted east onto the newly paved road so that the contractor can begin work in the median. Please use caution when traveling in the project corridor.
  • 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 west side of the roadway and a temporary pedestrian access pathway has been established on the east side.
  • 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. 

US 41 from Panama Drive to 15th Street: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent northbound and southbound lane closures thru February 29, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Project includes median utility work and the construction of a left turn lane and several driveway connections along US 41.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758 (Higel/ Shell Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive on Siesta Key: Construction project: This project will improve drainage, resurface the roadway, and improve the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset.  The contractor is in final stages of completion and project acceptance. Motorists should expect only intermittent lane closures if needed. The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc.

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.

  • On Sunday evening, February 8, 2021, crews will be working in the area overnight setting up a new traffic pattern. Please use caution in the area.
  • A new traffic pattern starts Monday, February 9, 2021, for both north and southbound lanes.  Please use caution and follow directional signs.
  • For boaters, the bridge will require a 6-hour advance notice for opening through July 31, 2021.

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

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 31, 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 SR 70.

  • During the overnight hours on Sunday, January 24, 2021, crews will CLOSE the median openings on SR 70 eastbound and westbound between Tara Boulevard/Creekwood Boulevard and I-75. The median closures will be in place until June 2021.
  • 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 at CSX railroad bridge (two miles north of US 301): Bridge maintenance: crews will be making overnight repairs to the bridge deck on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Expect northbound right lane closures. Please use caution in the area. Contractor is DBi Services.

US 41/ 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 cross walk will be installed prior to the intersection or use the alternate side of the street or alternate route. The contractor is MSB Services LLC. Expected completion is late spring 2021.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Work is in the final stages of completion. Daytime single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. are allowed throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684 / Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: work includes realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street west, while also resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing a sidewalk and installing new highway lighting.  The project is in the final stages of completion with only intermittent lane closures if needed. AJAX Paving Industries is the contractor. Expected completion is first quarter 2021.

SR 64 at Uihlein Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both eastbound and westbound lanes through February 7, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane, and driveway connection. 

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

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

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project:

  • Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.
  • Curb, sidewalk and brick paver and concrete installation throughout the project limits.
  • HAWK pedestrian signal repairs and adjustments at 10th Street and 14th
  • Landscaping and irrigation installation in the median area and on the west side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th
  • Final signage installation throughout the project limits.

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.

Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are advised to YIELD to traffic already within the roundabout and follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a six-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED streetlights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is early winter 2021. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 to Spanish Point: Construction maintenance: crews will be reshaping and reworking ditches through Friday, February 5, 2021, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The contractor will utilize a shoulder closure.  In some areas with limited shoulder, outside lane closures may be required.  Contractor is Midwestern Construction. 

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 work.  North bound US 41 lanes have returned to two lanes and the south bound will follow. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected overall project completion is spring 2021.

US 41 at Circus Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting overnight bridge maintenance on the Circus Bridge over the Intercoastal Waterway on US 41 Business in Venice. Expect intermittent north and south bound right lane closures on Wednesday and Thursday, February 3rd and 4th from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please 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 pattern is in effect on northbound US 41. Advanced warning signs will be in place to alert drivers to the shift in traffic. Both northbound travel lanes will remain open. Please use caution when traveling the project corridor.
  • 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 west side of the roadway and a temporary pedestrian access pathway has been established on the east side.
  • 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. 

US 41 from Panama Drive to 15th Street: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent northbound and southbound lane closures thru February 29, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Project includes median utility work and the construction of a left turn lane and several driveway connections along US 41.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758 (Higel/ Shell Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive on Siesta Key: Construction project: This project will improve drainage, resurface the roadway, and improve the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset.  The contractor is in final stages of completion and project acceptance. Motorists should expect only intermittent lane closures if needed. The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: Crews will begin construction starting February 1, 2021, and workers are already present in the area so use caution. The bridge improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs. 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. For boaters, the bridge will require a 6-hour advance notice for opening through July 31, 2021. The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

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21

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 24, 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 SR 70.

  • During the overnight hours on Sunday, January 24, 2021, crews will CLOSE the median openings on SR 70 eastbound and westbound between Tara Boulevard/Creekwood Boulevard and I-75. The median closures will be in place until June 2021.
  • 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 over the Manatee River Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be working overnight through Thursday, January 26, 2021, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. with intermittent left and right lane closures. Please use caution in the area.

US 41/ US 301 and 13th Avenue West: Construction project: starting January 29th, crews will be adding a right turn lane, milling and resurfacing, base work, drainage improvements, curbs and gutters, traffic signals, lighting, highway signing, pavement marking, sidewalks, and 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 cross walk will be installed prior to the intersection or use the alternate side of the street or alternate route. The contractor is MSB Services LLC. Expected completion is late spring 2021.

US 301 from 60th Avenue east up to US 301 (Old Tampa Road): Construction maintenance: Crews will be repaving sections of the roadway overnight from Sunday, January 24, through Thursday, January 28, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound. Contractor is Midwestern Construction.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Work is in the final stages of completion. Daytime single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. are allowed throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684 / Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: work includes realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street west, while also resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing a sidewalk and installing new highway lighting.  The project is in the final stages of completion with only intermittent lane closures. AJAX Paving Industries is the contractor. Expected completion is first quarter 2021.

SR 64 at Uihlein Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both eastbound and westbound lanes through February 7, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane, and driveway connection. 

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

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

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project:

  • Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.
  • Curb, sidewalk and brick paver and concrete installation throughout the project limits.
  • Roadway striping installation between 13th Street and 14th Street. This work may occur mid-week and will be a nighttime operation.
  • Landscaping and irrigation installation in the median area and on the west side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street. Use caution as semi-trucks unload material within the work zone.
  • Final signage installation throughout the project limits.

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.

Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions. Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are advised to YIELD to traffic already within the roundabout.

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a six-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED streetlights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is early winter 2021. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Gulf Gate Drive to McIntosh Road: Construction maintenance: crews will be reshaping and reworking ditches through Friday, January 29, 2021, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The contractor will utilize a shoulder closure.  In some areas with limited shoulder, outside lane closures may be required.  Contractor is Midwestern Construction. 

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 work.  North bound US 41 lanes have returned to two lanes and the south bound will follow. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected overall project completion is spring 2021.

US 41 at Circus Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting overnight bridge maintenance on the Circus Bridge over the Intercoastal Waterway on US 41 Business in Venice. Expect intermittent north and south bound right lane closures on Wednesday and Thursday, February 3rd and 4th from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please 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 pattern is in effect on northbound US 41. Advanced warning signs will be in place to alert drivers to the shift in traffic. Both northbound travel lanes will remain open. Please use caution when traveling the project corridor.
  • 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 west side of the roadway and a temporary pedestrian access pathway has been established on the east side.
  • 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. 

US 41 from Panama Drive to 15th Street: Construction permit project: There will be

intermittent northbound and southbound lane closures thru February 29, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Project includes median utility work and the construction of a left turn lane and several driveway connections along US 41.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from Shamrock Boulevard to Sunset Beach Drive: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent right lane closures on both the north and southbound lanes through January 29, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews will be constructing a driveway and completing utility work. Please use caution.

SR 758 (Higel/ Shell Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive on Siesta Key: Construction project: This project will improve drainage, resurface the roadway, and improve the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset.  Crews are in the final stages of completion. Motorists should expect only intermittent lane closures. The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc. Completion is expected January 2021.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Long Boat Key: Bridge construction: Crews will begin construction starting February 1, 2021, yet workers are already present in the area so use caution. The bridge improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs. 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. For boaters, the bridge will require a 6-hour advance notice for opening, starting 6 a.m. on January 25, 2021, through July 31, 2021. The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

SR 789 John Ringling Parkway from Bird Key Drive to Washington Drive North: Construction permit project: The City of Sarasota contractors will be installing landscaping through January 29, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be intermittent lane closures on the westbound right lane. Use caution in the area.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 17, 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 SR 70. Crews are also working on excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

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

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

I-75 over the Manatee River Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be working overnight Sunday, January 17, 2021, through Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. with intermittent left and right lane closures. Please use caution in the area.

I-275 and SR 93 southbound rest area off-ramp:  Maintenance:  Crews will be repairing a light pole on the right shoulder of I-275 on the south rest area overpass.  There will be overnight right lane closures through Sunday, January 17, 2021, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Please use caution in the area.

US 301 from 60th Avenue east up to US 301 (Old Tampa Road): Construction maintenance: Crews will be repaving sections of the roadway overnight from Sunday, January 17th, through Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound. Contractor is Midwestern Construction.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Work is in the final stages of completion. Daytime single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. are allowed throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

SR 684 / Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: work includes realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street west, while also resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing a sidewalk and installing new highway lighting.  The project is in the final stages of completion with only intermittent lane closures. AJAX Paving Industries is the contractor. Expected completion is first quarter 2021.

SR 64 at Uihlein Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both eastbound and westbound lanes through February 7, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane, and driveway connection. 

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

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

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at Sumter Boulevard: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping and no lane closures will be required. Contractor is Frankie Valdez Company.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project:

  • Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.
  • Curb, sidewalk and brick paver installation throughout the project limits.
  • Minor asphalt surface work on US 41 between 12th Street and 14th Lane closures will be required for this operation.
  • Landscaping and irrigation installation in the median area and on the west side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Use caution as semi-trucks unload material within the work zone.
  • Final signage installation throughout the project limits.

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.

Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions. Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are advised to YEILD to traffic already within the roundabout.

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

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a six-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED streetlights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is early winter 2021. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Gulf Gate Drive to McIntosh Road: Construction maintenance: crews will be reshaping and reworking ditches from Monday, January 18th, through Friday, January 22, 2021, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The contractor will utilize a shoulder closure; however, in some areas with limited shoulder, outside lane closures may be required.  Contractor is Midwestern Construction. 

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 work.  For a less than one mile stretch by North Creek Bridge, traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction. Once the bridge is complete, a traffic shift is expected in mid to late January. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected overall project completion is spring 2021.

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

  • A new traffic pattern is in effect on northbound US 41. Advanced warning signs will be in place to alert drivers to the shift in traffic. Both northbound travel lanes will remain open. Please use caution when traveling the project corridor.
  • 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 west side of the roadway and a temporary pedestrian access pathway has been established on the east side.
  • 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. 

US 41 from Panama Drive to 15th Street: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent, alternating northbound and southbound lane closures thru February 29, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Project includes median utility work and the construction of a left turn lane and several driveway connections along US 41.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from Shamrock Boulevard to Sunset Beach Drive: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent right lane closures on both the north and southbound lanes starting through January 29, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews will be constructing a driveway and completing utility work. Please use caution.

SR 758 (Higel/ Shell Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive on Siesta Key: Construction project: This project will improve drainage, resurface the roadway, and improve the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset.  Crews are in the final stages of completion. Motorists should expect only intermittent lane closures. The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc. Completion is expected January 2021.

SR 789 John Ringling Parkway from Bird Key Drive to Washington Drive North: Construction permit project: The City of Sarasota contractors will be installing landscaping Tuesday, January 19th, to January 29, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be intermittent lane closures on the westbound right lane. Use caution in the area.

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07

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 10, 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 SR 70. Crews are also working on excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

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

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

I-75 over the Manatee River Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be working overnight Sunday, January 17, 2021, through Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. with intermittent left and right lane closures. Please use caution in the area.

I-275 and SR 93 southbound rest area off-ramp:  Maintenance:  Crews will be repairing a light pole on the right shoulder of I-275 on the south rest area overpass.  There will be overnight right lane closures from January 10 to January 17, 2021, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Please use caution in the area.

US 301 from 60th Avenue east up to US 301 (Old Tampa Road): Construction mainttenance: Crews will be repaving sections of the roadway overnight from Sunday, January 10, through Thursday, January 14, 2021, and then Sunday, January 17th, through Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound. Contractor is Midwestern Construction.

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

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are currently realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, while also resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing a sidewalk and installing new highway lighting.

  • Use caution in the area and reduce speed in the construction zone.
  • During construction, the two outbound lanes of Harbor Landing Drive will be closed.  Traffic into Harbor Landings is detoured to the west entrance on 127th Street, and the previous Cortez Road entrance lanes will be used as the Harbor Landings exit.

AJAX Paving Industries is the contractor. Expected completion is first quarter 2021.

SR 64 at Uihlein Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both eastbound and westbound lanes through February 7, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane, and driveway connection. 

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

  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • The Eastbound travel lanes have been reduced to one lane and shifted to the north side of the median through the project.
  • Travel for both westbound and eastbound traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits at the Greyhawk and Pope Road intersection.
  • Signal, lighting and sidewalk work will be taking place at 117th Street East. 
  • All scheduled work will take place during daytime hours.
  • Lane closures scheduled for Monday, January 11, and Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 117th Street intersection of the outside travel lanes to facilitate installation of new light poles.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at Sumter Boulevard: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping and no lane closures will be required. Contractor is Frankie Valdez Company.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project:

  • Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.
  • Final striping installation throughout the project limits. This work will be nighttime operation to cause less impacts to traffic and will last the entire week. Expect backup alarms and lights from construction equipment.
  • Curb, sidewalk and brick paver installation throughout the project limits.
  • Landscaping and irrigation installation in the median area and on the west side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Use caution as semi-trucks unload material within the work zone.
  • Signal and fiber optic cable installation throughout the project limits.

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.

Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions. Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are advised to YEILD to traffic already within the roundabout.

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

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a six-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED streetlights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is early winter 2021. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Gulf Gate Drive to McIntosh Road: Construction maintenance: crews will be reshaping and reworking ditches from Monday, January 11th, through Friday, January 15th, and then Monday, January 18th through Friday, January 22, 2021, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The contractor will utilize a shoulder closure; however, in some areas with limited shoulder, outside lane closures may be required.  Contractor is Midwestern Construction. 

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 work.  For a less than one mile stretch by North Creek Bridge, traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction. Once the bridge is complete, a traffic shift is expected in mid to late January. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected overall project 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. 

  • Beginning Wednesday, January 13, crews will shift northbound traffic on US 41 Bypass from Seaboard Avenue to Pineland Avenue approximately 5 feet to the west, in order to complete necessary construction activities. Advanced warning signs will be in place to alert drivers to the shift in traffic. Both northbound travel lanes will remain open. Please use caution when traveling the project corridor.
  • 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. on weekdays from Monday, January 11, to Friday, January 22, and a nighttime lane closure will be in effect on Wednesday, January 13, 2020. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the west side of the roadway and a temporary pedestrian access pathway has been established on the east side.
  • Crews are working within 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. 

US 41 from Panama Drive to 15th Street: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent, alternating northbound and southbound lane closures thru February 29, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Project includes median utility work and the construction of a left turn lane and several driveway connections along US 41.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from Shamrock Boulevard to Sunset Beach Drive: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent right lane closures on both the north and southbound lanes starting Monday, January 11, 2021, to January 29, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews will be constructing a driveway and completing utility work. Please use caution.

SR 681 over the Legacy Trail: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing bridge repair on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, and motorists should expect a southbound left lane closure from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contractor is DBi Services.

SR 758 (Higel/ Shell Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive on Siesta Key: Construction project: This project will improve drainage, resurface the roadway, and improve the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset.  Motorists should expect delays due to single lane traffic and flaggers, including evening and overnight work. The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc. Completion is expected January 2021.

SR 789 John Ringling Parkway from Bird Key Drive to Washington Drive North: Construction permit project: the City of Sarasota contractors will be installing landscaping Tuesday, January 19th, to January 29, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be intermittent lane closures on the westbound right lane. Use caution in the area.

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06

FDOT District One to Host Public Hearings for the Tentative Five-Year Work Program

FDOT

FDOT District One to Host Public Hearings for the
Tentative Five-Year Work Program
Fiscal Years 2021/2022 – 2025/2026

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One will host two in-person public hearings with a virtual component, to accept public comment on its Draft Tentative Five-Year Work Program for fiscal year 2021/2022 through 2025/2026. District One includes Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Manatee, Lee, Okeechobee, Polk and Sarasota counties. At the public hearings, information will be available on projects programmed to improve transportation infrastructure over the next five years.

The in-person public hearings will be held simultaneously at the District One headquarters in Bartow and at the SWIFT SunGuide Center in Fort Myers on Tuesday, January 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The public hearings will provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions or make comments about the Work Program and about specific projects included in the Work Program plan. The sessions will comply with all current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, and social distancing will be followed.

In-Person Public Hearings
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
FDOT District One Headquarters
801 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, FL 33830
Limited availability, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP by January 7, for planning purposes.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
FDOT SWIFT Regional Transportation Management Center
10041 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Limited availability, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP by January 7, for planning purposes.

Online Public Hearing

Staff will also be available online to answer questions and accept comment on Tuesday, January 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. To attend the District One Tentative Work Program 2022-2026 Online Public Hearing from your computer, tablet or smartphone please register using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7056467027085747983.

In-person attendees may review Work Program information with staff, ask questions, and share comments for the public record. Online attendees may review Work Program information on the www.SWFLroads.com website and share comments via GoToWebinar for inclusion in the public record.

Additional Opportunities to Participate

Interested individuals may schedule an in-person appointment to review materials and discuss the Work Program with FDOT staff. During the week of January 11 through January 15, FDOT representatives will be available for appointments at the District One Headquarters in Bartow (call (863) 519-2662 to schedule) and the SWIFT Regional Transportation Center in Fort Myers (call (239) 225-1900 to schedule).

Work Program materials will also be available for review online via the www.SWFLroads.com website.

Persons wishing to submit written statements, in place of or in addition to oral statements at the public hearing, may email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail them to:

L.K. Nandam, P.E., FDOT District Secretary
Attn: Wayne Gaither, Southwest Area Office Director
10041 Daniels Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33913

All comments received by January 15, 2021 will become part of the Public Hearing record, regardless of how they were submitted.

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 Cynthia Sykes, FDOT District One Title VI Coordinator at (863) 519-2287 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days prior to the public hearing.

Comuníquese con nosotros: Nos importa mucho la opinión del público sobre el proyecto. Si tiene preguntas o comentarios, o simplemente desea más información, por favor comuníquese con nosotros. Nuestra representante en español es: Yvonne McClellan, (239) 285-7552.

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04

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 3, 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 SR 70. Crews are also working on excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

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

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

US 301 at 121st Avenue: Construction permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway and right turn lane. There will be intermittent lane closures to the outside turn lane on both eastbound and westbound lanes through January 10, 2021.  There will also be intermittent closures to the inside median turn lane on both the eastbound and westbound lanes. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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

SR 684 / Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are currently realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, while also resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing a sidewalk and installing new highway lighting.

  • During construction, the two outbound lanes of Harbor Landing Drive will be closed.  Traffic into Harbor Landings is detoured to the west entrance on 127th Street, and the previous Cortez Road entrance lanes will be used as the Harbor Landings exit.

AJAX Paving Industries is the contractor. Expected completion is first quarter 2021.

SR 64 at Uihlein Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both eastbound and westbound lanes through January 10, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane, and driveway connection. 

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

  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • The Eastbound travel lanes have been reduced to one lane and shifted to the north side of the median through the project.
  • Travel for both westbound and eastbound traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits at the Greyhawk and Pope Road intersection.
  • Signal, lighting and sidewalk work will be taking place at 117th Street East. 
  • All scheduled work will take place during daytime hours.
  • No lane closures scheduled at this time.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at Sumter Boulevard: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping and no lane closures will be required. Contractor is Frankie Valdez Company.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project: Construction activities will resume normal operation starting Monday, January 4, 2021.

  • Final striping installation throughout the project limits. This work will be a nighttime operation to cause less impact to traffic and will last the entire week. Expect backup alarms and lights from construction equipment.
  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Curb and sidewalk installation and finalizing throughout the project limits.
  • Grading and irrigation installation in the median area and on the west side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Please be cautious of construction vehicles, pickup trucks, and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Landscaping installation in the median areas. Use caution as semi-trucks unload material within the work zone.
  • Signal and installation and fiber optic cable installation throughout the project limits.
  • Brick paver installation at 10th Street and 14th Street along with medians on US 41.

Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.

Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street have been removed, and motorists will follow roundabout signage and driving conditions. Motorists entering the roundabout, regardless of direction of travel, are advised to YEILD to traffic already within the roundabout.

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

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

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a six-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED streetlights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is early winter 2021. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

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 work.  For a less than one mile stretch by North Creek Bridge, traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction. Once the bridge is complete, a traffic shift is expected in mid to late January. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected overall project 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 drainage; and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc. Expected completion is spring 2021. 

  • A new traffic pattern is now in effect for the southbound and northbound lanes of US 41. Please use caution when traveling the project corridor.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the west side of the roadway and a temporary pedestrian access pathway has been established on the east side.
  • Crews are working within the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews and use caution when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

US 41 from Panama Drive to 15th Street: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent, alternating northbound and southbound lane closures thru January 10, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Project includes median utility work and the construction of a left turn lane and several driveway connections along US 41.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 776 between Stout Street and Stoner Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both the eastbound and westbound lanes through January 10, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane and driveway connection.  Please use caution.

SR 758 (Higel/ Shell Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive on Siesta Key: Construction project: This project will improve drainage, resurface the roadway, and improve the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset.  Motorists should expect delays due to single lane traffic and flaggers, including evening and overnight work. The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 27, 2020

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

Due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, no work will occur from Thursday, December 24 through Sunday, January 3, 2021.  Work will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.

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

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

US 41 from 17th Street east up to SR 684 (Cortez Road): Construction: crews will be repaving sections of the road overnight from Sunday, December 27, through Wednesday, December 30, 2020, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound. Contractor is Midwestern Construction.

US 301 at 121st Avenue: Construction permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway and right turn lane. There will be intermittent lane closures to the outside turn lane on both eastbound and westbound lanes through January 10, 2021.  There will also be intermittent closures to the inside median turn lane on both the eastbound and westbound lanes. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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

SR 684 / Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are currently realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, while also resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing a sidewalk and installing new highway lighting.

  • During construction, the two outbound lanes of Harbor Landing Drive will be closed.  Traffic into Harbor Landings is detoured to the west entrance on 127th Street, and the previous Cortez Road entrance lanes will be used as the Harbor Landings exit.

AJAX Paving Industries is the contractor. Expected completion is first quarter 2021.

SR 684 / Cortez Road from 43rd Street to SR 789: Construction: crews will be repaving sections of the roadway overnight from Sunday, December 20, through Wednesday, December 23, 2020, and then Sunday, December 27, through Wednesday, December 30, 2020, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  There will be intermittent lane closures on both sides of the road. Contractor is Midwestern Construction.

SR 64 at Uihlein Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both eastbound and westbound lanes through January 10, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane, and driveway connection. 

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.

In observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays, no work will occur from Thursday, December 24, to Sunday, January 3, 2021.

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

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 and Fruitville Road overpass both north and southbound: Maintenance contract: crews will be repairing a guardrail on the right shoulder of I-75 southbound before the Porter Road overpass.  They will also be repairing a pothole on the northbound side at mile post 39.18.  Work is scheduled overnight from 11 p.m. on Sunday, December 27, 2020, and will be completed by 5 a.m. on December 28, 2020.  Motorists should expect brief lane closures and use caution. Contractor is DBi Services.

I-75 at Sumter Boulevard: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping and no lane closures will be required. Contractor is Frankie Valdez Company.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project: After observance of the holidays, construction activities resume normal operations starting Monday, December 28, 2020. Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Curb and sidewalk installation and finalizing throughout the project limits
  • Grading and irrigation installation in the median area and on the west side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, pickup trucks, and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Landscaping installation in the median areas. Use caution as semi-trucks unload material within the work zone.
  • Signal and installation and fiber optic cable installation throughout the project limits.
  • Brick paver installation at 10th Street and 14th Street along with medians on US 41.

Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions. Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are advised to YEILD to traffic already within the roundabout.

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

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

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

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

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

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a six-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED streetlights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is early winter 2021. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

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 work.  For a less than one mile stretch by North Creek Bridge, traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction. Once the bridge is complete, a traffic shift is expected in mid to late January. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected overall project 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. 

  • Crews will be working in the project limits Monday, December 28, through Thursday, December 31.  Due to the holiday, no work is scheduled for Sunday, December 27, and Friday, January 1, through Sunday, January 4.  
  • A new traffic pattern is now in effect for the southbound and northbound lanes of US 41. Please use caution when traveling the project corridor.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the west side of the roadway and a temporary pedestrian access pathway has been established on the east side.
  • Crews are working within the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews and use caution when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

US 41 from Panama Drive to 15th Street: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent, alternating southbound and northbound, lane closures thru January 10, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Project includes median utility work and the construction of a left turn lane and several driveway connections along US 41.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 776 between Stout Street and Stoner Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both the eastbound and westbound lanes through January 10, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane and driveway connection.  Please use caution.

SR 758 (Higel/ Shell Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive on Siesta Key: Construction project: This project will improve drainage, resurface the roadway, and improve the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset.  Motorists should expect delays due to single lane traffic and flaggers, including evening and overnight work. The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc. Expected completion is late 2020, weather permitting.

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