Mar
01

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

traffic-watch Traffic Watch in Manatee and Sarasota Counties

FOR WEEK OF MARCH 3, 2019

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion. The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area is closed for renovations. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until spring 2019. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure. Construction is ongoing on the new rest area site and the seawall on the Manatee side, west of I-275.  Expected completion of both rest areas is spring 2020. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is closed for approximately ten (10) months. Traffic is being detoured north on US 41/S Tamiami Trail to SR 674/E College Avenue in Hillsborough County. A temporary traffic signal has been installed on US 41 at the southbound I-275 exit. Periodic nighttime/overnight I-75 northbound/southbound and I-275 southbound lane closures beneath I-275 will occur during construction. There will be nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures on I-75 the week of Sunday, March 3. Motorists should also expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on the I-275 southbound to I-75 southbound ramp from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Expected completion is summer 2019. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on widening the interstate, ramp work, constructing retaining walls, constructing noise walls behind Creekside, clearing vegetation along Tara Preserve and River Place for noise walls, and working on drainage improvements. 

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8.45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8.00 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange (Exit 220): Construction project: This week, crews are currently: reconstructing SR 64, paving and striping, and completing drainage work.

  • Motorists are advised that on Tuesday, March 5th, during the overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., the I-75 northbound off-ramp to SR 64 will be closed, weather permitting.  Motorists are advised to take Exit 217/SR 70 and use local routes; or, continue on I-75 north to Exit 224/US 301 and return onto the interstate southbound; or, to utilize local routes.
  • Motorists are advised that on Friday, March 8th, during the overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., the SR 64 eastbound and westbound ramps to I-75 southbound will be closed, weather permitting.  Motorists are advised to take I-75 north to Exit 224/US 301 and return onto the interstate southbound; or, to utilize local routes.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on SR 64 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. throughout the duration of the project.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on I-75 may occur during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. throughout the duration of the project.

This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

Business US 41 (9th Street W) at the Green Bridge; at 3rd Avenue W, and from 3rd Avenue W to SR 64 (Manatee Avenue): Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path; constructing sidewalk; improving drainage; constructing turn lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on Business US 41 (9th Street W) from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Gosalia Concrete Constructors, Inc.

US 41 at Moccasin Wallow Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing turn lanes, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage on Moccasin Wallow Road at US 41. Expect daytime and nighttime lane closures while construction is ongoing. Estimated completion is spring 2019. Blacktip Services Incorporated is the contractor.

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

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64 (Manatee Avenue) to SR 684 (Cortez Road): Maintenance permit project: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com. 

SR 70 (15th Street E) at 9th Avenue E: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout; installing highway lighting and landscaping; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and resurfacing the roadway. The intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 9th Avenue E is closed during construction. Please use 13th Avenue E and 7th Avenue E as alternate routes during this time. A temporary traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of SR 70 (15th Street E) and 13th Avenue E while the detour is in effect. Watson Civil Construction, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage, and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. A traffic switch will be implemented shifting traffic to the current westbound lanes using temporary crossovers. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits. Rye Road will remain accessible during this time. The speed limit on State Road 64 will be reduced to 45 mph. Expect lane closures and a flagging operation at the SR 64 and Rye Road intersection on Saturday, March 2. Use caution and expect possible delays. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is late 2019.

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at the University Parkway Interchange (Exit 213): Construction project: Crews are installing landscaping and irrigation systems at the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. Lane closures on I-75, if needed, will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lane closures on University Parkway, if needed, will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company, Inc.

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Expect periodic driveway closures along the northbound lanes while crews are installing drainage systems. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

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

  • Crews are expected to work Saturday. Expect construction equipment and noise at 10th Street and 14th Street. The majority of the work is expected to occur at 10th Street and along US 41 from 10th Street to 14th Street on the west side.
  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. if nighttime activities are scheduled.
  • Installation of roadway base is expected on the west side of US 41. Expect noise from heavy machinery, dust and dump trucks moving in and out of traffic. Use extreme caution. Activity might be delayed due to rain.
  • Curb installation is expected on the west side of US 41 from 14th Street to the boat ramp. Expect heavy equipment and concrete trucks going in and out of traffic.
  • Sidewalk installation at 14th Street is expected on the NE and NW corner of the intersection.
  • Work on the permanent driveway for Centennial Park boat ramp off US 41. Driveway will always be accessible, but expect restricted areas while crews are working. Please pay close attention to flaggers and barricades in the area.
  • Installation of water main at the southwest corner of 10th Street and US 41. Expect construction vehicles with material crossing 10th Street throughout the day.
  • Crews are expected to work on the box culvert at 10th Street. Pumps will be running 24/7 bypassing the box culvert into the bay. Use caution at the intersection of 10th Street during a heavy storm event as there is a possibility of some street flooding.
  • Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall will be blocking off the concrete area between 10th Street and boat ramps for semi-trailers parking. This area will not be accessible to general public until the end of March.
  • New temporary entrance to the Municipal Auditorium is in place and open for traffic. New permanent entrance for the auditorium is expected to start. Access will always be maintained. Please exercise caution in the area and watch out for heavy equipment and workers in the area.
  • Drainage structure and pipe installation along the west side of US 41 at the SW corner of 10th Street. Expect heavy equipment and trucks moving in and out of the travel lanes and parking lot for the Municipal Auditorium. Motorists are urged to use caution in the area. Expect equipment crossing 10th Street at the intersection.
  • Preparation for sidewalks and driveways and road base at the north east corner of 14th Street and US 41 intersection. Expect heavy equipment, concrete and dump trucks and power tools. Pedestrian paths may also be rearranged to accommodate work in this area.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • Pedestrian paths have been reconfigured around the work zone, please use designated sidewalks and cross walks. No pedestrian access on the west side of US 41 beyond Centennial Park, pedestrians are advised to use the sidewalk on the east side of US 41. Impacts to pedestrian access south of the Centennial Park on the west side of US 41 is expected while the contractor is performing excavation in the area.
  • The traffic pattern will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.
  • Activities are subject to change due to adverse weather conditions and other schedule unforeseen problems. Other lane closures not yet scheduled may occur which do not appear on this update.

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

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

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, March 29. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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

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

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

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

US 41 from Waldemere Street to Arlington Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect nighttime/overnight southbound outside lane closures from 8 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning through Friday, March 15. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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Feb
26

SR 64 at Greyhawk Public Hearing

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold a public hearing about an interim safety improvement at the State Road (SR) 64 and Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road intersection in Manatee County, Florida.

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Bayside Community Church located at 15800 SR 64 in Bradenton, Florida, 34212. The meeting will begin with an open house at 5 p.m., followed by a formal public hearing at 6 p.m. This hearing will be regarding the temporary median modification that has recently taken place.

FDOT has constructed an interim improvement at the intersection of SR 64 and Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road with a continued focus on safety. The interim improvement consists of closing the westbound left turn from SR 64 onto Pope Road using temporary devices until construction of the ultimate improvement of a modern roundabout begins. FDOT and Manatee County have advanced the schedule for the roundabout previously set for 2023 to now begin construction in the spring of 2020.

The public hearing will give interested parties the opportunity to view plans, display boards with design overlays, ask questions, and provide comments to FDOT representatives. The formal public hearing begins at 6 p.m. A hearing moderator will offer introductory remarks and a slide presentation will follow, describing the project. People can sign up to make oral comments prior to the presentation, or during the hearing intermission. A court reporter will be available to transcribe comments. Those who do not wish to speak publicly can submit written comments or make a statement directly to the court reporter.

FDOT representatives will be present to answer questions prior to and following the formal portion of the hearing. Interested parties may submit written comments at the hearing or at a later date to David Wheeler, P.E., CPM, FDOT Project Manager, 801 North Broadway Avenue, Bartow, FL 33830, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (863) 519-2378. All exhibits or statements postmarked on or before April 5, 2019 will become part of the public hearing record.

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. People who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Cynthia Sykes, District One Title VI Coordinator, at (863) 519-2287, or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  at least seven days prior to the public meeting.

If you have questions or would like to have more information about this project, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (863) 519-2378. A project flyer with map is attached for your convenience.

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Nov
30

Statewide Coalition Encourages Floridians to be Proactive About Driving Skills and Plan for a Safe Transition from Driving

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National Campaign Starts December 3

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Safe Mobility for Life Program and Coalition invites all Floridians to participate in the national Older Driver Safety Awareness Week beginning Monday, December 3 through Friday, December 7.

The American Occupational Therapy Association established the national Older Driver Safety Awareness Week campaign to promote the importance of knowing how to drive safely longer and how to remain active and independent long after transitioning from driving.

Florida has more residents over the age of 65 than under the age of 18, as estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau. With over 70 percent of Floridians who participated in Florida’s 2017 Aging Road User Survey relaying that driving is central to their independence, it is important to ensure drivers know what resources are available to them to keep them safe and mobile for life. That is why the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition provides information and materials to help Floridians understand the impact that aging has on driving, learn how to be proactive about safe driving skills, and plan for a safe transition from driving.

Throughout the week, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition will be conducting and supporting events across the state to observe this national campaign. This includes the You Hold the Keys workshops, where attendees can learn tips and information on how to stay safe and mobile, CarFit which offers drivers an opportunity to learn how to maintain comfort and safety in their own vehicle, as well AAA’s Mature Driver Improvement Course  and AARP’s Smart Driver Course which can potentially provide an insurance discount once completed. We will also be launching a quarterly e-newsletter that contains news and information to help Floridians learn more about the keys to achieve safe mobility for life.

To sign up for the e-newsletter, or for more information on the community events and available free resources to support Safe Mobility for Life Coalition’s Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, visit SafeMobilityFL.com/ODSAW2018.htm.

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Oct
26

MEDIA RELEASE: PTTF and MPO Board Meetings

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