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16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
13

Now Hiring :: Multi Modal Planner I-III

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

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

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

 Essential Functions

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

Minimum Qualifications:

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

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

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

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

 Essential Functions

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

Minimum Qualifications:

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

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

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

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

 Essential Functions

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

Minimum Qualifications:

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

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

HOW TO APPLY

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

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

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

 

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Jun
06

EVENT NOTICE :: SCTPA/CFMPOA Joint Leadership Meeting

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A joint meeting of the Sun Coast Transportation Planning Alliance (SCTPA) and the Central Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Alliance (CFMPOA) will meet at noon at the Lake Eva Event Center, Haines City Florida. The Sarasota/Manatee MPO is a member of the SCTPA, along with Polk TPO, Citrus/Hernando MPO, Pasco MPO, Forward Pinellas, and Plan Hillsborough. The CFMPOA is made up of Lake/Sumter MPO, Metroplan Orlando, Ocala/Marion TPO, Polk TPO, River to Sea TPO, and Space Coast TPO. 

 

A link to the agenda may be found here: https://planhillsborough.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/June-10-2022-Joint-Meeting-Agenda-and-Packet.pdf

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Jun
06

EVENT NOTICE :: SCTPA/TMA Joint Leadership Meeting

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A joint meeting of the Sun Coast Transportation Planning Alliance (SCTPA) and the Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area (TMA) will meet at 9:30am at the Lake Eva Event Center, Haines City Florida. The Sarasota/Manatee MPO is a member of the SCTPA, along with Polk TPO, Citrus/Hernando MPO, Pasco MPO, Forward Pinellas, and Plan Hillsborough.

 

A link to the agenda may be found here: https://planhillsborough.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/SCTPA-Packet-06.10.22.pdf 

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Jun
06

NOW HIRING :: Public Involvement Coordinator

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The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking a qualified individual to perform skilled professional work developing and coordinating a public information program that promotes awareness and understanding of transportation planning, projects, and issues through proactive communication with citizens, news media, and organizations. The Public Involvement Coordinator is responsible for developing, planning, and administering projects which are complex in nature and/or large in scope. They will Administer the ongoing management of the MPO website and other social media. and be responsible for developing, planning, and administering projects which are complex in nature and/or large in scope.

Salary Range: $45,000 - $60,000

How to Apply

For consideration, the MPO requires a completed application, cover letter, and resume.  All documents are to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /941-259-6045 on or before Monday, June 13, 2022.  Please provide complete and accurate information on previous job tasks, levels of responsibility, and references. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon job-related factors, verification of former employment, satisfactory references, and a background investigation. 

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

 Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Click here for the full job description 

Click here to for an MPO Application Form

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May
12

PUBLIC NOTICE :: MPO Board Meeting on May 23, 2022

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 8009 15th Street East, Sarasota, 34243, FL. Meeting Materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Friday, May 13, 2022.

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

  1. In person at the MPO Board Meeting by filling out a comment card.
  2. Written comments will be accepted before, during, and after the meeting. All written comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name, email address, and phone number with your written comment. 
  3. The MPO Board meeting will be live streamed on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742.
  4. The public may call-in by phone and leave voice comments. Telephone Number 1-855-925-2801; Meeting code 8196.
  5. For those wishing to address members of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2022 for your comments to be distributed to MPO Board members prior to the meeting. Please provide the following information in the email:
    1. Subject line (RE): PUBLIC COMMENT FOR MAY 23, 2022 MPO BOARD MEETING
    2. Please include the following information in the body of the email: 1) Name, email, and phone number; 2) The agenda item you wish to address; 3) A summary of your public comment (3000-character limit)
    3. Following the receipt of the email, instructions will be sent on how to join the virtual meeting to speak once the Chair calls on you during the public comment period.

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

It would greatly help MPO staff if questions and comments could be emailed to Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) PRIOR to the beginning of the meetings, and ideally before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2022.

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

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

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

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Apr
25

NOW HIRING :: Public Involvement Coordinator

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The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking a qualified individual to perform skilled professional work developing and coordinating a public information program that promotes awareness and understanding of transportation planning, projects, and issues through proactive communication with citizens, news media, and organizations. The Public Involvement Coordinator is responsible for developing, planning, and administering projects which are complex in nature and/or large in scope. They will Administer the ongoing management of the MPO website and other social media. and be responsible for developing, planning, and administering projects which are complex in nature and/or large in scope.

Salary Range: $45,000 - $60,000

How to Apply

For consideration, the MPO requires a completed application, cover letter, and resume.  All documents are to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /941-259-6045 on or before May 6, 2022.  Please provide complete and accurate information on previous job tasks, levels of responsibility, and references. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon job-related factors, verification of former employment, satisfactory references, and a background investigation. 

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

 Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Click here for the full job description 

Click here to for an MPO Application Form

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18

PUBLIC NOTICE :: MPO Board Meeting on February 28, 2022

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, February 28, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. at the Sarasota/Manatee MPO, 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243. Meeting Materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Friday, February 18, 2022.

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

  1. In person at the MPO Board Meeting by filling out a comment card.
  2. Written comments will be accepted before, during, and after the meeting. All written comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name, email address, and phone number with your written comment. 
  3. The MPO Board meeting will be live streamed on Monday, February 28, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742.
  4. The public may call-in by phone and leave voice comments. Telephone Number 1-855-925-2801; Meeting code 8196.
  5. For those wishing to address members of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2022 for your comments to be distributed to MPO Board members prior to the meeting. Please provide the following information in the email:
    1. Subject line (RE): PUBLIC COMMENT FOR FEBRUARY 28, 2022 MPO BOARD MEETING
    2. Please include the following information in the body of the email: 1) Name, email, and phone number; 2) The agenda item you wish to address; 3) A summary of your public comment (3000-character limit)
    3. Following the receipt of the email, instructions will be sent on how to join the virtual meeting to speak once the Chair calls on you during the public comment period.

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

It would greatly help MPO staff if questions and comments could be emailed to Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) PRIOR to the beginning of the meetings, and ideally before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2022.

 

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

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

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

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Dec
29

Now Hiring :: Principal Planner / Fiscal Coordinator

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The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking a qualified individual to perform advanced level managerial, professional, and administrative work associated with transportation planning activities of a metropolitan planning organization, with primary responsibility for development, administration, and coordination of the financial and human resources functions of the organization. 

Salary Range: $56,400 - $84,000

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in urban or transportation planning, public administration, Personnel Management, Business, Public Administration, Social Sciences, Finance, Accounting, or closely related field or a related field with five (5) years progressively responsible experience, including a minimum of one (1) year supervisory experience preferred. A Master’s degree in a relevant field with professional experience is a plus. Minimum of three years’ work experience in the planning/financial/accounting/human resources field; MPO and/or local or state government experience is highly desirable.

How to Apply:

For consideration, the MPO requires a completed application, cover letter, and resume.  All documents are to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /941-259-6045 on or before January 14, 2022.  Please provide complete and accurate information on previous job tasks, levels of responsibility, and references. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon job-related factors, verification of former employment, satisfactory references, and a background investigation. 

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

 Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Nov
10

Now Hiring :: Planner I to Senior Planner - Planner III

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

General Information

PLANNER I
Salary Range: $42,744 - $60,216

PLANNER II
Salary Range: $46,800 - $66,456

SENIOR PLANNER
Salary Range: $50,107 - $75,400

MULTIPLE POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE - PLEASE READ JOB DESCRIPTIONS BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications for Planner I
BA/BS degree Transportation Planning, Urban/Regional Planning, Political Science, Sociology, Geography, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field.
A minimum of 2 yrs. related professional planning experience or closely related experience.

Minimum Qualifications for Planner II
BA/BS degree urban/regional planning, transportation planning or a closely related field; such as Public Administration and Economic Development.
A minimum of 4 yrs. related professional planning experience or closely related experience.

Minimum Qualifications for Planner III Senior Planner
BA/BS degree urban/regional planning, transportation planning or a closely related field; such as Public Administration and Economic Development.
A minimum 5 yrs. related professional planning experience or field closely related to area of assignment.

For consideration, the MPO requires a completed application, cover letter, and resume.  All documents are to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /941-259-6045 on or before October 22, 2021.  Please provide complete and accurate information on previous job tasks, levels of responsibility, and references. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon job-related factors, verification of former employment, satisfactory references, and a background investigation. 

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

 Applications will be accepted until November 29, 2021.

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17

MPO PUBLIC NOTICE :: Sarasota/Manatee MPO Board Meeting on May 24, 2021

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NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. in the Holiday Inn Sarasota-Airport, 8009 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243. Meeting Materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Friday, May 14, 2021.

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

  1. In person at the MPO Board Meeting by filling out a comment card.
  2. Written comments will be accepted before, during, and after the meeting. All written comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name, email address, and phone number with your written comment. 
  3. The MPO Board meeting will be live streamed on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742.
  4. The public may call-in by phone and leave voice comments. Telephone Number 1-855-925-2801; Meeting code 8196.
  5. For those wishing to address members of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021, for your comments to be distributed to MPO Board members prior to the meeting. Please provide the following information in the email:
    1. Subject line (RE): PUBLIC COMMENT FOR MAY 24, 2021 MPO BOARD MEETING
    2. Please include the following information in the body of the email: 1) Name, email, and phone number; 2) The agenda item you wish to address; 3) A summary of your public comment (3000-character limit)
    3. Following the receipt of the email, instructions will be sent on how to join the virtual meeting to speak once the Chair calls on you during the public comment period.

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

It would greatly help MPO staff if questions and comments could be emailed to Nanette Eubanks, Clerk to the Board (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) PRIOR to the beginning of the meetings, and ideally before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021.

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

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

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

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24

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF APRIL 26, 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

51st Street W at 53rd Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing turn lanes, constructing sidewalk, and installing new lighting, signalization, and pavement markings. Expect daytime lane closures between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion.  The Manatee County rest area is closed for renovations. Motorists should use the Pinellas County rest area during this time. Expect nighttime/overnight single lane closures on north and southbound I-275 the week of Sunday, April 26. The fishing pier will remain open during the closure; however, there will be intermittent flagging operations along the fishing pier access road in Manatee County for moving of equipment and materials. Expected completion is spring 2020. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is open to traffic. Expect shoulder closures along I-75 the week of Sunday, April 26. Expected completion is spring 2020. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

  • On Sunday, April 26, at 10 p.m. through Monday, April 27, at 6 a.m. the SR 70 on-ramp to I-75 southbound will be closed, weather permitting.  Motorists are advised to take I-75 northbound to Exit 220/SR 64 and return to the interstate southbound; or use local routes.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 301 at Rutland Road: Construction project: Crews are installing intersection improvements including a new traffic signal.  This week, crews will be working on the final road striping and miscellaneous concrete work.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is early May 2020; weather permitting.

US 301 at Erie Road/Old Tampa Highway: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the intersection. Motorists should expect daytime and nighttime lane closures on westbound US 301 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., and eastbound on US 301 from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. while crews are working. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

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 realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2020.

SR 684 at the Cortez Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight intermittent east and westbound lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Sunday, May 3 through Thursday, May 7 and from Monday, May 11 through Thursday, May 14. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10-foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. A traffic shift is planned for the week of April 26th on Rye Road at westbound SR 64. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2020.

SR 64 eastbound at 11th Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving lighting and signalization, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight single lane closures on westbound SR 64 from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expect single lane closures on eastbound SR 64 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting and Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 64 over Perico Bayou and Palma Sola Bay: Construction project: Crews are working on the bridges. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are not expected during construction. Olympus Painting Contractor, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at Laurel Road: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight southbound dual lane closures from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, April 30. Use caution and expect possible delays.

I-75 at SR 681, SR 758/Bee Ridge Road, and SR 780/Fruitville Road: Maintenance project: Crews are installing new components on the high mast light poles. This week, crews will be preparing the site for the upgrades.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late May 2020; weather permitting.

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

  • Roadway paving is expected at SE corner of 14th Street early in the week. 11th Street, 12th Street and 13th Street along with driveway connections are also expected to be paved.
  • Daytime lane closures are expected at 14th Street, while crews prepare the intersection for paving.
  • Nighttime lane closures for paving operations are expected early to mid-week, weather permitting.
  • US 41 at 14th Street – begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 30th and ends at 6 a.m., Friday, May 1st, weather permitting. The traffic switch was postponed due to weather impacts.
  • Nighttime lane closures will start at 6 p.m. and end by 6 a.m.
  • Traffic shift on US 41 at 14th Street will change the travel lanes to a two-lane roundabout configuration
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 14th Street will be removed, and motorists will follow roundabout signage and driving conditions
  • Motorist are asked to seek alternate routes if possible.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Work zone will be shifted to the middle of US 41, with north bound traffic shifted to the newly paved roadway.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 and pedestrian crosswalks at 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access.
  • Sidewalk installation and repairs continue on the east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street. Sidewalk on east side of US 41 are closed and considered an active work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue.
  • Temporary side street closures and impacts to driveways on the east side of US 41 are expected, while crews construct roadway base. Impacted businesses/homeowners will be notified and provided with an alternate route. Local traffic can access side streets via Cocoanut Avenue and detour signs will be posted.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.
  • Although the project work zone will be shifted to the middle of US 41, There will be work on the east side while crews work on sidewalks and streetlights. Pay attention to the travel lanes while entering and leaving the businesses or side streets. No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.
  • 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 fall 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

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

  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 am. to 11 p.m. Monday, April 27 through Saturday, May 2nd to perform drainage pipe installation.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution, and follow flagger direction when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • A traffic switch has been implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard shifting traffic east to the existing southbound lanes and median. Two travel lanes in each direction are maintained throughout the project limits, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the demarcated median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • Beginning Sunday night, April 26, through Monday morning, April 27, all lanes of US 41 may be reduced to a single lane with flagger direction between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. from North Palm Avenue to Boulevard of the Arts.  The lane reductions may be necessary to install new stormwater drainage across US 41 near Fruitville Road.
  • Beginning Sunday night, April 26, as early as 6 p.m. through Friday morning, May 1, all lanes of traffic on Fruitville Road from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 will be closed.
  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. The travel lanes on US 41from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction during daytime operations.
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • The traffic signal at the US 41-Fruitville Road intersection has been deactivated and removed. 
    • The third left-turn lane from Gulfstream Avenue onto NB US 41 has been reinstated.
    • The left turn movement from northbound US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts has been reinstated.
    • Eastbound traffic on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue will remain open.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.

US 41 from River Road to Woodmere Park Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bus shelter pads; installing guardrail and lighting and improving drainage. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Portions of Blackburn Point Road at US 41 will be closed from 8 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30 while crews are working. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

SR 789/John Ringling Boulevard at Coon Key: Maintenance permit project: Crews for the City of Sarasota are installing a water main. Motorists should expect westbound single lane closures through early June while crews are working. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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27

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK OF MARCH 29, 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

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

51st Street W at 53rd Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing turn lanes, constructing sidewalk, and installing new lighting, signalization and pavement markings. Expect daytime lane closures between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

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

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is open to traffic. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound intermittent lane closures on I-75 from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, March 29 through Saturday, April 4. Expected completion is spring 2020. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 301 at Rutland Road: Construction project: Crews are installing intersection improvements including a new traffic signal.  This week, crews will be installing underground conduit, wiring, and the signal poles mast arms.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is April 2020; weather permitting.

US 301 at Erie Road/Old Tampa Highway: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the intersection. Motorists should expect daytime and nighttime lane closures on westbound US 301 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., and eastbound on US 301 from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. while crews are working. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

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 realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2020.

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. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10-foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. Traffic on Rye Road has been shifted slightly to allow space for crews to complete drainage work. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2020.

SR 64 eastbound at 11th Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving lighting and signalization, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight single lane closures on westbound SR 64 from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expect single lane closures on eastbound SR 64 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting and Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

  • A temporary road closure on 10th Street from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue is scheduled to begin on Sunday, March 29th at 6 a.m. through Monday, March 30th at 6 a.m., during which no through traffic will be permitted on 10th Street. Residents from The Jefferson Center will be able to access their driveway and pedestrian crossings will be maintained. Detour signs will be posted to guide motorists.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street will be removed, and motorists will follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Roadway base is expected to be graded and compacted. Expect vibration due to compaction efforts along the east side of US 41 from 10th Street to 15th Street. Vibration monitors are installed to ensure vibrations are within specified limits and readings will be monitored in real time.
  • Asphalt paving is expected on the east side of US 41 from 10th Street to 14th Street. Use caution while the paving crews cross the side streets and driveways causing temporary closures.
  • Temporary side street closures and impacts to driveways on the east side of US 41 are expected, while crews construct roadway base. Impacted businesses/homeowners will be notified and provided with an alternate route. Local traffic can access side streets via Cocoanut Avenue and detour signs will be posted.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 and pedestrian crosswalks at 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Sidewalks on east side of US 41 are closed and considered an active work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue.
  • The project work zone is shifted to the east side of US 41, pay attention to the travel lanes while entering and leaving the businesses or side streets. No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.
  • 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 equipment, back up alarms and dust 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 fall 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

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

  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger direction when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • A traffic switch has been implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard shifting traffic east to the existing southbound lanes and median. Two travel lanes in each direction are maintained throughout the project limits, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the demarcated median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue:  Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. The westbound lanes of Fruitville Road from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 are closed, and the travel lanes on US 41from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction.
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • The traffic signal at the US 41-Fruitville Road intersection has been deactivated and removed. 
    • The third left-turn lane from Gulfstream Avenue onto NB US 41 has been reinstated.
    • The left turn movement from northbound US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts has been reinstated.
    • Eastbound traffic on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue will remain open.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.
  • Beginning Sunday night, March 29, through Friday morning, April 3, US 41 may be reduced to a single lane in both directions each night between 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. from North Palm Avenue to Boulevard of the Arts.  The lane reductions may be necessary to install new stormwater drainage across US 41 near Fruitville Road.

US 41 from River Road to Woodmere Park Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bus shelter pads; installing guardrail and lighting and improving drainage. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Portions of Blackburn Point Road at US 41 will be closed from 8 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30 while crews are working. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

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20

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

traffic-watch Traffic watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

FOR WEEK OF MARCH 22, 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

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

51st Street W at 53rd Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing turn lanes, constructing sidewalk, and installing new lighting, signalization and pavement markings. Expect daytime lane closures between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

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

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is open to traffic. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound intermittent lane closures on I-75 from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, March 22 through Saturday, March 28. Expected completion is spring 2020. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

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

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

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 301 at Rutland Road: Construction project: Crews are installing intersection improvements including a new traffic signal.  This week, crews will be installing underground conduit and wiring and performing sidewalk improvements.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is April 2020; weather permitting.

US 301 at Erie Road/Old Tampa Highway: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the intersection. Motorists should expect daytime and nighttime lane closures on westbound US 301 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., and eastbound on US 301 from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. while crews are working. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

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 realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2020.

SR 70A/15th Street E between US 301 and 301 Boulevard: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are working on ditches along the roadway. The outside southbound lane will be closed and controlled by flaggers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day Monday, March 23 through Thursday, March 26. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10 foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. Traffic on Rye Road has been shifted slightly to allow space for crews to complete drainage work. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2020.

SR 64 eastbound at 11th Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving lighting and signalization, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight single lane closures on westbound SR 64 from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expect single lane closures on eastbound SR 64 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting and Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 from Exit 182/N. Sumter Boulevard to Exit 191/N. River Road: Construction project: This project replaces sections of guardrail along the interstate. The contractor is Acme Barricades, L.C.  Expected completion is early 2020.  

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 during daytime hours.
  • Roadway base is expected to be graded and compacted. Expect vibration due to compaction efforts along the east side of US 41 from 10th Street to 15th Street. Motorists are urged to use caution as trucks will be entering and leaving the work zones within the project limits.
  • Asphalt paving is expected from 10th Street to 14th Street on the east side towards the end of next week or early following week, this schedule has been moved to include more areas. Use caution while the paving crews cross the side streets and driveways causing temporary closures. Watch out for asphalt trucks and other paving equipment in the area.
  • 13th Street is closed at US 41 while crews continue to construct roadway base. Local traffic can access 13th Street via Cocoanut Avenue. Detour signs will be posted.
  • While crews work on the roadway base, impacts to driveways on the east side of US 41 are expected. Project team will be coordinating with individual business owners to come up with a plan to minimize the impacts.
  • While the contractor is compacting the roadway base, expect vibrations from the construction equipment (rollers). Vibration monitors are installed to ensure vibrations are within specified limits and readings will be monitored in real time. However, even at low vibrations objects may move, so please secure loose objects and any wall hangings that might come loose.
  • Signal conduit and signal pole installation is expected on 10th Street on the east side of US 41. Expect trucks and equipment working next to the roadway. Be cautious of bucket trucks and crews in the area.
  • Streetlight power conduits will be installed on the west side of US 41. Crews will be digging trenches on the east edge to install the power conduits. Crews will also be preparing for light pole foundations along the east side.
  • Curbs and concrete light pole foundations are expected to be installed. Expect concrete trucks entering and leaving the work zone.
  • Curb, sidewalk and asphalt removal expected on the east side of US 41 from 12th Street to 14th Street. Expect backup alarms and dump trucks loading debris.
  • Grading of the roadway base and installation of conduits for street lighting is expected at the corner SE corner of 14th Street and US 41. Noise expected from back up alarms and construction vehicles. Also expect dump trucks unloading and loading material in the SE corner of 14th Street.
  • Temporary short-term lane closures on US 41 are expected both south bound and north bound for the cleaning and inspecting the stormwater pipes and structures. Activities will be scheduled to ensure least impacts to traffic.
  • Crews will be working on the road shoulders of 10th Street and Imperial Drive, installing signalization cabinets and wire. Lane closures are not anticipated but use caution in these areas.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 is now open for public access. Pedestrian crosswalks are only open at 10th Street and 14th Street. Sidewalks on east side of US 41 are closed for pedestrians and is an active work zone. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • 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.
  • The project work zone is shifted to the east side of US 41, pay attention to the travel lanes while entering and leaving the businesses or side streets. No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.

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 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 fall 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

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

  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger direction when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • A traffic switch has been implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard shifting traffic east to the existing southbound lanes and median. Two travel lanes in each direction are maintained throughout the project limits, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the demarcated median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue:  Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. The westbound lanes of Fruitville Road from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 are closed, and the travel lanes on US 41from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction.
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • The traffic signal at the US 41-Fruitville Road intersection has been deactivated and removed. 
    • The third left-turn lane from Gulfstream Avenue onto NB US 41 has been reinstated.
    • The left turn movement from northbound US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts has been reinstated.
    • Eastbound traffic on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue will remain open.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.
  • Beginning Sunday night, March 22, through Friday morning, March 27, US 41 may be reduced to a single lane in both directions each night between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. from North Palm Avenue to Boulevard of the Arts.  The lane reductions may be necessary to install new stormwater drainage across US 41 near Fruitville Road.

US 41 from River Road to Woodmere Park Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bus shelter pads; installing guardrail and lighting and improving drainage. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Work schedules and lane closure locations for major state road projects.

FOR WEEK OF MARCH 15, 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

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

51st Street W at 53rd Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing turn lanes, constructing sidewalk, and installing new lighting, signalization and pavement markings. Expect daytime lane closures between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

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

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is open to traffic. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound intermittent lane closures on I-75 from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, March 15 through Saturday, March 21. Expected completion is spring 2020. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

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

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

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 301 at Rutland Road: Construction project: Crews are installing intersection improvements including a new traffic signal.  This week, crews will be drilling foundations for new traffic signal poles and wiring.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is April 2020; weather permitting.

US 301 at Erie Road/Old Tampa Highway: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the intersection. Motorists should expect daytime and nighttime lane closures on westbound US 301 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., and eastbound on US 301 from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. while crews are working. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

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 realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2020.

SR 70A/15th Street E between US 301 and 301 Boulevard: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are working on ditches along the roadway. The outside southbound lane will be closed and controlled by flaggers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10-foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. Traffic on Rye Road has been shifted slightly to allow space for crews to complete drainage work. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2020.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 from Exit 182/N. Sumter Boulevard to Exit 191/N. River Road: Construction project: This project replaces sections of guardrail along the interstate. The contractor is Acme Barricades, L.C.  Expected completion is early 2020.  

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 during daytime hours.
  • Roadway base is expected to be graded and compacted. Expect vibration due to compaction efforts along the east side of US 41 from 10th Street to 15th Street. Motorists are urged to use caution as trucks will be entering and leaving the work zones within the project limits.
  • Asphalt paving is expected from 10th Street to 14th Street on the east side towards the end of next week or early following week. Use caution while the paving crews cross the side streets and driveways causing temporary closures. Watch out for asphalt trucks and other paving equipment in the area.
  • 13th Street will be closed at US 41 while crews construct roadway base. Local traffic can access 13th Street via Cocoanut Avenue. Detour signs will be posted.
  • While crews work on the roadway base, impacts to driveways on the east side of    US 41 are expected. Project team will be coordinating with individual business owners to come up with a plan to minimize the impacts.
  • While the contractor is compacting the roadway base, expect vibrations from the construction equipment (rollers). Vibration monitors are installed to ensure vibrations are within specified limits and readings will be monitored in real time. However, even at low vibrations objects may move, so please secure loose objects and any wall hangings that might come loose.
  • Signal conduit and signal pole installation is expected on 10th Street on the east side of US 41. Expect trucks and equipment working next to the roadway. Be cautious of bucket trucks and crews in the area.
  • Streetlight power conduits will be installed on the west side of US 41. Crews will be digging trenches on the east edge to install the power conduits. Crews will also be preparing for light pole foundations along the east side.
  • Curbs and concrete light pole foundations are expected to be installed. Expect concrete trucks entering and leaving the work zone.
  • Curb, sidewalk and asphalt removal expected on the east side of US 41 from         12th Street to 14th Street. Expect backup alarms and dump trucks loading debris.
  • Grading of the roadway base and installation of conduits for street lighting is expected at the corner SE corner of 14th Street and US 41. Noise expected from back up alarms and construction vehicles. Also expect dump trucks unloading and loading material in the SE corner of 14th Street.
  • Temporary short-term lane closures on US 41 are expected both south bound and north bound for the cleaning and inspecting the stormwater pipes and structures. Activities will be scheduled to ensure least impacts to traffic.
  • Crews will be working on the road shoulders of 10th Street and Imperial Drive, installing signalization cabinets and wire. Lane closures are not anticipated but use caution in these areas.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 is now open for public access. Pedestrian crosswalks are only open at 10th Street and 14th Street. Sidewalks on east side of   US 41 are closed for pedestrians and is an active work zone. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • 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.
  • The project work zone is shifted to the east side of US 41, pay attention to the travel lanes while entering and leaving the businesses or side streets. No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.

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 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 spring 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

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

  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger direction when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • A traffic switch has been implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard shifting traffic east to the existing southbound lanes and median. Two travel lanes in each direction are maintained throughout the project limits, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the demarcated median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue:  Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. The westbound lanes of Fruitville Road from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 are closed, and the travel lanes on US 41from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction.
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • The traffic signal at the US 41-Fruitville Road intersection has been deactivated and removed. 
    • The third left-turn lane from Gulfstream Avenue onto NB US 41 has been reinstated.
    • The left turn movement from northbound US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts has been reinstated.
    • Eastbound traffic on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue will remain open.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.
  • Beginning Sunday night, March 15, through Friday morning, March 20, US 41 may be reduced to a single lane in both directions each night between 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. from North Palm Avenue to Boulevard of the Arts.  The lane reductions may be necessary to install new stormwater drainage across US 41 near Fruitville Road.

US 41 from River Road to Woodmere Park Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bus shelter pads; installing guardrail and lighting and improving drainage. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. The traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK OF MARCH 8, 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

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

51st Street W at 53rd Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing turn lanes, constructing sidewalk, and installing new lighting, signalization and pavement markings. Expect daytime lane closures between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

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

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is open to traffic. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound intermittent lane closures on I-75 from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, March 8 through Saturday, March 14. Expected completion is spring 2020. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8.45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8.00 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.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 301 at Rutland Road: Construction project: Crews are installing intersection improvements including a new traffic signal.  This week, crews will be drilling foundations for new traffic signal poles and wiring.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is April 2020; weather permitting.

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 realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2020.

SR 70A/15th Street E between US 301 and 301 Boulevard: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are working on ditches along the roadway. The outside southbound lane will be closed and controlled by flaggers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day Monday, March 9 through Thursday, March 12. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10 foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. Traffic on Rye Road has been shifted slightly to allow space for crews to complete drainage work. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2020.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 from Exit 182/N. Sumter Boulevard to Exit 191/N. River Road: Construction project: This project replaces sections of guardrail along the interstate. The contractor is Acme Barricades, L.C.  Expected completion is early 2020.  

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 during daytime hours.
  • Roadway base is expected to be graded and compacted. Expect vibration due to compaction efforts along the east side of US 41 from 10th Street to 14th Street. Motorists are urged to use caution as trucks will be entering and leaving the work zones within the project limits.
  • 11th and 13th Street will remain closed at US 41 while crews construct roadway base. Local traffic can access 11th and 13th Street via Cocoanut Avenue. Detour signs will be posted. 12th Street closure will follow 11th and 13th Street are open for traffic.
  • While crews work on the roadway base, impacts to driveways on the east side of          US 41 are expected. Project team will be coordinating with individual business owners to come up with a plan to minimize the impacts.
  • While the contractor is compacting the roadway base, expect vibrations from the construction equipment (rollers). Vibration monitors are installed to ensure vibrations are within specified limits and readings will be monitored in real time. However, even at low vibrations objects may move, so please secure loose objects and any wall hangings that might come loose.
  • Signal conduit and signal pole installation is expected on 10th Street on the east side of US 41. Expect trucks and equipment working next to the roadway. Be cautious of bucket trucks and crews in the area.
  • Streetlight power conduits will be installed on the west side of US 41. Crews will be digging trenches on the east edge to install the power conduits. Crews will also be preparing for light pole foundations along the east side.
  • Curbs and concrete light pole foundations are expected to be installed. Expect concrete trucks entering and leaving the work zone.
  • Curb, sidewalk and asphalt removal expected on the east side of US 41 from 12th Street to 14th Street. Expect backup alarms and dump trucks loading debris.
  • Grading of the roadway base and installation of conduits for street lighting is expected at the corner SE corner of 14th Street and US 41. Noise expected from back up alarms and construction vehicles. Also expect dump trucks unloading and loading material in the SE corner of 14th Street.
  • Temporary short-term lane closures on US 41 are expected both south bound and north bound for the cleaning and inspecting the stormwater pipes and structures. Activities will be scheduled to ensure least impacts to traffic.
  • Crews will be working on the road shoulders of 10th Street and Imperial Drive, installing signalization cabinets and wire. Lane closures are not anticipated but use caution in these areas.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 is now open for public access. Pedestrian crosswalks are only open at 10th Street and 14th Street. Sidewalks on east side of   US 41 are closed for pedestrians and is an active work zone. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • 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.
  • The project work zone is shifted to the east side of US 41, pay attention to the travel lanes while entering and leaving the businesses or side streets. No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.

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 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 spring 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

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

  • Seaboard Avenue at US 41 has been reopened.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger direction when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • A traffic switch has been implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard shifting traffic east to the existing southbound lanes and median. Two travel lanes in each direction are maintained throughout the project limits, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the demarcated median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue:  Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. The westbound lanes of Fruitville Road from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 are closed, and the travel lanes on US 41from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction.
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • The traffic signal at the US 41-Fruitville Road intersection has been deactivated and removed. 
    • The third left-turn lane from Gulfstream Avenue onto NB US 41 has been reinstated.
    • The left turn movement from northbound US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts has been reinstated.
    • Eastbound traffic on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue will remain open.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.
  • Beginning Sunday night, March 8, through Friday morning, March 13, US 41 may be reduced to a single lane in both directions each night between 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. from North Palm Avenue to Boulevard of the Arts.  The lane reductions may be necessary to install  new utility lines and stormwater drainage along US 41.

US 41 from River Road to Woodmere Park Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bus shelter pads; installing guardrail and lighting and improving drainage. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. A traffic shift will be implemented on Monday, March 2. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. Once implemented, the traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

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28

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

FOR WEEK OF MARCH 1, 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

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

51st Street W at 53rd Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing turn lanes, constructing sidewalk, and installing new lighting, signalization and pavement markings. Expect daytime lane closures between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

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

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is open to traffic. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound intermittent lane closures on I-75 from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, March 1 through Saturday, March 7. Expected completion is spring 2020. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

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

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

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2020.

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. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10 foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. Traffic on Rye Road has been shifted slightly to allow space for crews to complete drainage work. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2020.

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 from Exit 182/N. Sumter Boulevard to Exit 191/N. River Road: Construction project: This project replaces sections of guardrail along the interstate. The contractor is Acme Barricades, L.C.  Expected completion is early 2020.  

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 during daytime hours.
  • Roadway base is expected to be graded and compacted. Expect vibration due to compaction efforts along the east side of US 41 from 10th Street to 14th Street. Motorists are urged to use caution as trucks will be entering and leaving the work zones within the project limits.
  • 11th and 13th Street will remain closed at US 41 while crews construct roadway base. Local traffic can access 11th and 13th Street via Cocoanut Avenue. Detour signs will be posted. Closure is expected to last for about a week. 12th Street closure will follow 11th and 13th Street are open for traffic.
  • While crews work on the roadway base, impacts to driveways on the east side of US 41 are expected. Project team will be coordinating with individual business owners to come up with a plan to minimize the impacts.
  • While the contractor is compacting the roadway base, expect vibrations from the construction equipment (rollers). Vibration monitors are installed to ensure vibrations are within specified limits and readings will be monitored in real time. However, even at low vibrations objects may move, so please secure loose objects and any wall hangings that might come loose.
  • Drainage structures and pipe installation is expected on 10th Street, east side of the intersection. Expect equipment and excavation from the intersection to the Jefferson Center entrance. Pedestrians will be re-routed around the construction. Use caution when travelling in the area. Jefferson center driveway will be impacted by this construction. Project team will coordinate with property owners to minimize the impacts.
  • Concrete barrier wall installation continues at Hog Creek (11th Street). Expect deliveries and noise from power tools and equipment.
  • Street light power conduits will be installed on the west side of US 41. Crews will be digging trenches on the east edge to install the power conduits. Crews will also be preparing for light pole foundations along the east side.
  • Curbs and concrete light pole foundations are expected to be installed. Expect concrete trucks entering and leaving the work zone.
  • Curb, sidewalk and asphalt removal expected on the east side of US 41 from 12th Street to 14th Street. Expect backup alarms and dump trucks loading debris.
  • Grading of the roadway base and installation of conduits for street lighting is expected at the corner SE corner of 14th Street and US 41. Noise expected from back up alarms and construction vehicles. Also expect dump trucks unloading and loading material in the SE corner of 14th Street.
  • Temporary short-term lane closures on US 41 are expected both south bound and north bound for the cleaning and inspecting the stormwater pipes and structures. Activities will be scheduled to ensure least impacts to traffic.
  • Crews will be working on the road shoulders of 10th Street and Imperial Drive, installing signalization cabinets and wire. Lane closures are not anticipated but use caution in these areas.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 is now open for public access. Pedestrian crosswalks are only open at 10th Street and 14th Street. Sidewalks on east side of US 41 are closed for pedestrians and is an active work zone. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • 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.
  • The project work zone is shifted to the east side of US 41, pay attention to the travel lanes while entering and leaving the businesses or side streets. No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.

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

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

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

  • Seaboard Avenue at US 41 has been reopened.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger direction when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • A traffic switch has been implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard shifting traffic east to the existing southbound lanes and median. Two travel lanes in each direction are maintained throughout the project limits, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the demarcated median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • Beginning Sunday night, February 23, through Friday morning, February 28, US 41 may be reduced to a single lane in both directions each night between 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. from North Palm Avenue to 4th Street.  During this same time period the westbound left turn lane along Fruitville Road approaching US 41 may be reduced from two lanes to a single left turn lane.  The lane reductions are necessary to install new utility lines and stormwater drainage along US 41.
  • A new traffic pattern is in effect.  While this traffic shift is in place there will be four lanes along US 41, with two lanes of traffic in each direction and no left turn movements allowed along US 41 in the construction zone. Impacts to lane usage affecting motorists will be as follows:
    • No left turns from northbound US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts (in effect through late February/early March 2020) 
      • The traffic in the left-hand northbound lane of US 41 will need to proceed to 10th Street, make a left turn at the 10th Street signal, in order to access Van Wezel, Symphony, Municipal Auditorium, Hyatt, etc. Detour signage is in place. All other movements of traffic at the US 41-Boulevard of the Arts intersection are allowed.
    • No left turns from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020)
      • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place. All other movements at the US 41 – Fruitville Road intersection are allowed. 
    • The left turn eastbound movement from Gulfstream Avenue to northbound  US 41 is reduced to two lanes instead of three lanes (in effect through late February/early March 2020). 
  • UPCOMING TRAFFIC SWITCH: Beginning as early as Monday, March 2, a new traffic pattern may go into effect. The westbound lanes of Fruitville Road from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 will be closed, and the travel lanes on US 41 from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street will be shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction.

US 41 from River Road to Woodmere Park Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bus shelter pads; installing guardrail and lighting and improving drainage. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. A traffic shift will be implemented on Monday, March 2. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. Once implemented, the traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

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31

MPO Board Advances Transportation Decisions for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Public-transportation-task-force-1 MPO Governing Board

     MPO Board meeting January 27, 2020

     Joint MPO Board meeting with Charlotte County-Punta Gorda MPO January 27, 2020

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31

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 2, 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

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

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

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is open to traffic. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound intermittent lane closures on I-75 from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, February 2 through Saturday, February 8. Expected completion is spring 2020. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

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

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

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 301 (State Road 43) from Moccasin Wallow Road to the Hillsborough County Line: Construction project: Use caution and watch for northbound lane closures and crews work on testing and asphalt corrections. The improvements under this contract consist of milling and resurfacing, super elevation correction, shoulder reconstruction, turnout construction, drainage improvements, shoulder treatment, signing and pavement markings.

SR 789/Gulf of Mexico Drive at 5th Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews for Manatee County will be performing utility work. The northbound lane will be closed during the day on Friday, February 7. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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 realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2020.

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. Nighttime/overnight lane closures on Rye Road will occur from 8 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Monday, February 3 through Friday, February 7. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10 foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. Traffic on Rye Road has been shifted slightly to allow space for crews to complete drainage work.IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2020.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 from Exit 182/N. Sumter Boulevard to Exit 191/N. River Road: Construction project:This project replaces sections of guardrail along the interstate. The contractor is Acme Barricades, L.C.  Expected completion is early 2020.  

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

  • Light pole installation is expected along the east side of US 41.
  • Curb, sidewalk and asphalt removal expected on the east side of US 41 from 9thth Street to 12th Street.
  • Roadway base is expected to be graded and compacted. Expect vibration due to compaction efforts along the east side of US 41 from 10th Street to 11th Street. Motorists are urged to use caution as trucks will be entering and leaving the work zones within the project limits.
  • While the contractor is compacting the roadway base, expect vibrations from the construction equipment (rollers). Vibration monitors will be installed to ensure vibrations are within specified limits and readings will be monitored in real time. However, even at low vibrations objects may move, so please secure loose objects and any wall hangings that might come loose.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 is now open for public access. Crosswalks are only open at 14th Street and 10th Street. Sidewalks on east side of US 41 are closed for pedestrians and is an active work zone. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue.
  • Temporary short-term lane closures on US 41 are expected both south bound and north bound for the cleaning and inspecting the stormwater pipes and structures. Activities will be scheduled to ensure least impacts to traffic.
  • Crews will be working on the road shoulders of 10th Street and Imperial Drive, installing signalization cabinets and wire. Lane closures are not anticipated but use caution in these areas.
  • Pedestrian crossings on 14th Street/Imperial Drive at US 41 have been reconfigured around the work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and cross walks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • 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.
  • South bound traffic will be using the new roadway and north bound traffic is shifted to the west. Be cautious while driving through the transition zones at the south and north ends of the project.
  • The project work zone is shifted to the east side of US 41, pay attention to the travel lanes while entering and leaving the businesses or side streets. No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.
  • Pedestrian pathways are detoured mostly via Cocoanut Avenue while the west side new sidewalk is being installed. Pedestrians are urged to stay away from construction zones where there is no designated pedestrian access.

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

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

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

  • Expect intermittent northbound and southbound nighttime lane closures for installation of water line on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 3, through Friday, February 7.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger direction when turning into businesses and shopping plazas.
  • A traffic switch has been implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard shifting traffic east to the existing southbound lanes and median. Two travel lanes in each direction are maintained throughout the project limits, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the demarcated median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • Beginning Sunday night, February 2, through Friday morning, February 7, US 41 may be reduced to a single lane in both directions each night between 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. from North Palm Avenue to Boulevard of the Arts.  During this same time period the westbound left turn lane along Fruitville Road approaching US 41 may be reduced from 2 lanes to a single left turn lane.  The lane reductions are necessary to install new utility lines and stormwater drainage across US 41.
  • Please note that a new traffic pattern is in effect.  While this traffic shift is in place there will be four lanes along US 41, with two lanes of traffic in each direction and no left turn movements allowed along US 41 in the construction zone. Impacts to lane usage affecting motorists will be as follows:
    • No left turns from northbound US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts (in effect through late January 2020) 
      • The traffic in the left-hand northbound lane of US 41 will need to proceed to 10th Street, make a left turn at the 10th Street signal, in order to access Van Wezel, Symphony, Municipal Auditorium, Hyatt, etc. Detour signage is in place. All other movements of traffic at the US 41-Boulevard of the Arts intersection are allowed.
    • No left turns from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020)
      • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place. All other movements at the US 41 – Fruitville Road intersection are allowed. 
    • The left turn eastbound movement from Gulfstream Avenue to northbound US 41 is reduced to two lanes instead of three lanes (in effect through early March 2020). 

US 41 from River Road to Woodmere Park Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bus shelter pads; installing guardrail and lighting and improving drainage. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 72 at various locations: Construction project: Crews are installing highway lighting and constructing sidewalk along SR 72 at Frontage Road; Gantt Road; Honore Avenue; McIntosh Road; Sawyer Road; Beneva Road; Lockwood Ridge Road; Swift Road, Gateway Avenue, and at the Sarasota Pavilion entrance. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected completion is early 2020. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors, Inc.

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 26, 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

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

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

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is open to traffic. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound intermittent lane closures on I-75 from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, January 26 through Saturday, February 1. Expected completion is spring 2020. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

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

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

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting, and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 301 (State Road 43) from Moccasin Wallow Road to the Hillsborough County Line: Construction project: Use caution and watch for shoulder closures and crews close to the road as they work on drainage and touch up driveway connections. The improvements under this contract consist of milling and resurfacing, super elevation correction, shoulder reconstruction, turnout construction, drainage improvements, shoulder treatment, signing and pavement markings.

US 301 at State Road 70 and at 51st Avenue E: Maintenance permits project: Expect nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Sunday, January 19 through Saturday, January 25 while crews remove and replace sensors in the roadway at two different intersections. Use caution and be prepared to merge.

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 realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2020.

SR 70 at Greenbrook Boulevard: Maintenance permits project: Expect nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning through Saturday, January 25 while crews remove and replace sensors in the roadway at two different intersections. Use caution and be prepared to merge.

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. Nighttime/overnight lane closures on Rye Road will occur from 8 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Monday, January 27 through Saturday, February 1. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10 foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. Traffic on Rye Road has been shifted slightly to allow space for crews to complete drainage work. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2020.

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 from Exit 182/N. Sumter Boulevard to Exit 191/N. River Road: Construction project: This project replaces sections of guardrail along the interstate. The contractor is Acme Barricades, L.C. Expected completion is early 2020.

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

  • Light pole installation is expected along the east side of US 41.
  • Curb, sidewalk and asphalt removal expected on the east side of US 41 from 10th Street to 14th Street.
  • Roadway base is expected to be graded and compacted. Expect vibration due to compaction efforts along the east side of US 41. Motorists are urged to use caution as trucks will be entering and leaving the work zones within the project limits.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 is now open for public access. Crosswalks are only open at 14th Street and 10th Street. Sidewalks on east side of US 41 are closed for pedestrians and is an active work zone. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue.
  • Sunoco and Publix driveways will be closed either partially or fully for 3 to 4 days to build the roadway. Respective management for the businesses will be contacted to coordinate.
  • Temporary short-term lane closures on US 41 are expected both south bound and north bound for the cleaning and inspecting the stormwater pipes and structures. Activities will be scheduled to ensure least impacts to traffic.
  • Crews will be working on the road shoulders of 10th Street and Imperial Drive, installing signalization cabinets and wire. Lane closures are not anticipated but use caution in these areas.
  • Pedestrian crossings on 14th Street/Imperial Drive at US 41 have been reconfigured around the work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and cross walks.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks and stop bar on the south bound lanes at 14th Street are marked. For the safety of pedestrians, motorists are urged to stop at the designated stop bar.
  • 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.
  • South bound traffic will be using the new roadway and north bound traffic is shifted to the west. Be cautious while driving through the transition zones at the south and north ends of the project.
  • The project work zone is shifted to the east side of US 41, pay attention to the travel lanes while entering and leaving the businesses or side streets. No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.
  • Pedestrian pathways are detoured mostly via Cocoanut Avenue while the west side new sidewalk is being installed. Pedestrians are urged to stay away from construction zones where there is no designated pedestrian access.

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

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

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

  • Seaboard Avenue has been reopened to traffic.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger direction when turning into businesses and shopping plazas.
  • A traffic switch has been implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard shifting traffic east to the existing southbound lanes and median. Two travel lanes in each direction are maintained throughout the project limits, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the demarcated median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.

US 41 from First Street to Boulevard of the Arts, and on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue: Construction project: Crews are constructing a roundabout at US 41 and Fruitville Road, a 12-foot multi-use trail on the west side of US 41 and a variable-width sidewalk on the east side of US 41; replacing existing underground drainage and utility structures, and installing new LED streetlights and landscaping. Other improvements include raised pedestrian refuge islands and a HAWK pedestrian signalization system. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Wright Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

  • Beginning Tuesday evening, January 21, through Friday morning, January 24, US 41 may be reduced to a single lane in both directions each night between 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. from North Palm Avenue to Boulevard of the Arts. During this same time period the westbound left turn lane along Fruitville Road approaching US 41 may be reduced from two lanes to a single left turn lane. The lane reductions are necessary to install new utility lines and stormwater drainage across US 41.
  • Please note that a new traffic pattern is in effect. While this traffic shift is in place there will be four lanes along US 41, with two lanes of traffic in each direction and no left turn movements allowed along US 41 in the construction zone. Impacts to lane usage affecting motorists will be as follows:
    • No left turns from northbound US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts (in effect through late January 2020)
      • The traffic in the left-hand northbound lane of US 41 will need to proceed to 10th Street, make a left turn at the 10th Street signal, in order to access Van Wezel, Symphony, Municipal Auditorium, Hyatt, etc. Detour signage is in place. All other movements of traffic at the US 41-Boulevard of the Arts intersection are allowed.
    • No left turns from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020)
      • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place. All other movements at the US 41 – Fruitville Road intersection are allowed.
    • The left turn eastbound movement from Gulfstream Avenue to northbound US 41 is reduced to two lanes instead of three lanes (in effect through early March 2020).

US 41 from River Road to Woodmere Park Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bus shelter pads; installing guardrail and lighting and improving drainage. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 72 at various locations: Construction project: Crews are installing highway lighting and constructing sidewalk along SR 72 at Frontage Road; Gantt Road; Honore Avenue; McIntosh Road; Sawyer Road; Beneva Road; Lockwood Ridge Road; Swift Road, Gateway Avenue, and at the Sarasota Pavilion entrance. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expected completion is early 2020. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors, Inc.

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