Jun
23

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of June 26

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

I-75 northbound over Curiosity Creek (5 miles north of I-275): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Thursday, June 30, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations northbound so please use caution in the area.

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews are currently working on the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park. Marine traffic should be unaffected. Most lane closures will be overnight but temporary daytime lane closures may be necessary. Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

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

 SR 70 over the Myakka River, Bridge #130016 : Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Tuesday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations both east and westbound so please use caution in the area.

SR 64 from 27th Street East to 15th Street: Maintenance: Monday through Thursday, crews will be making overnight pothole repairs along this corridor from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Expect temporary lane closures.

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

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

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

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

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

 US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews are finalizing the bridge improvement project and are in final acceptance. The last testing phase requires the bridge be opened four times a day for 60 days. Inspector’s will utilize already established bridge openings as much as possible to achieve this, minimizing inconvenience.

  • Occasional temporary daytime closures may be needed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for any remaining topside work.

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

Activities Include:

    • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd
    • Grading and installation of concrete for the Ritz Carlton Drive entrance. A split driveway will be utilized, allowing vehicles to enter but not exit. Sunset Drive will not be impacted and should be used for exiting the area.
    • Sod installation on the west side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road where work has been completed
    • Grading of stabilization material in the roundabout area.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 US 41 at approximately the 6600 block of Tamiami Trail: Maintenance: Crews will be installing liners in the storm water drainage pipeline. Work is scheduled to start on Tuesday, June 20, and should be completed in July. This project will be on going through the day and evening until completed.

 SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists can expect tree cutting along the southbound roadway from West Villages Parkway to just north of US 41. There will also be clearing, excavation, embankment and drainage activities on the northbound and southbound roadway between Venice Avenue and Center Road. Trucks will be crossing the road just north of Hazeltine Nurseries using intermittent flagging operations. FPL will continue pulling wire and energizing overhead power lines from south of Center Road to south of Venice Avenue on the northbound side of the road. Overall completion expected in winter 2024.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

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

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction project: Crews will begin milling and paving, shoulder/ditch grading operations, and drainage work on so motorists can expect intermittent lane closures.   Crews are also installing erosion control devices at various locations along the Right-of-Way (ROW) areas along the 6-mile stretch of roadway. Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits. Please use caution throughout the construction zone. Expected completion is early 2023.

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

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

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17

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of June 19

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.

  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.

  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

 Buckeye Road over I-75: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Friday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations both east and westbound so please use caution in the area.

 US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews are currently working on the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park. Marine traffic should be unaffected. Most lane closures will be overnight but temporary daytime lane closures may be necessary. Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

 US 41 from 17th Street in Palmetto: Maintenance: Crews will be milling and resurfacing the roadway as well as making pothole repairs. Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and use caution in the area.

US 41 from I-275 to the Hillsborough County Line: Maintenance: This week crews will be performing median rework so motorists can expect inside lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

 SR 684 over Cortez Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Monday, June 20, through Thursday, June 23, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations both east and westbound so please use caution in the area.

 SR 70 over the Myakka River, Bridge #130016 : Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Tuesday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations both east and westbound so please use caution in the area.

SR 70 East of Lorraine Road to Myakka City: Maintenance project: Crews will be making pothole repairs along this corridor overnight from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Expect temporary lane closures.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

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

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

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

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews are finalizing the bridge improvement project and are in final acceptance. The last testing phase requires the bridge be opened four times a day for 60 days. Inspector’s will utilize already established bridge openings as much as possible to achieve this, minimizing inconvenience.

  • Occasional temporary daytime closures may be needed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for any remaining topside work.

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

Activities Include:

  • Forming and construction roundabout curb pads and installation of roundabout curb.
  • Installation of irrigation conduit sleeves within the roundabout area.
  • Continued installation of dewatering systems for upcoming underground work on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
  • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd
  • Grading and installation of concrete for the Ritz Carlton Drive entrance. A split driveway will be utilized, allowing vehicles to enter but not exit. Sunset Drive will not be impacted and should be used for exiting the area.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 US 41 at approximately the 6600 Tamiami Trail block: Maintenance: Crews will be installing liners in the storm water drainage pipeline. Work is scheduled to start on Tuesday, June 20, and should be completed by Saturday, June 25, 2022. This project will be on going through the day and evening until completed.

 SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists can expect tree cutting along the southbound roadway from Observation Boulevard (Grand Palm) to West Villages Parkway. There will also be clearing, excavation, embankment, and drainage activities on the southbound side of the road between Venice Avenue and Center Road. Trucks will be crossing the road just north of Hazeltine Nurseries using intermittent flagging operations. FPL will continue pulling wire and energizing overhead power lines from south of Center Road to south of Venice Avenue on the northbound side of the road.  Overall completion expected in winter 2024.

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

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

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

 SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is summer 2022.

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

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

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

Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

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

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction project: Crews will begin milling and paving, shoulder/ditch grading operations, and drainage work on Monday, June 20, at 7 a.m. so motorists can expect intermittent lane closures.   Crews are also installing erosion control devices at various locations along the Right-of-Way (ROW) areas of this 6-mile stretch of roadway. Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits. Please use caution throughout the construction zone. Expected completion is early 2023.

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

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

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13

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of June 12

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews are currently working on the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park. Marine traffic should be unaffected. Most lane closures will be overnight but temporary daytime lane closures may be necessary. Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

US 41 from 17th Street in Palmetto: Maintenance: Crews will be milling and resurfacing the roadway as well as making pothole repairs. Motorists should expect lane closures and use caution in the area.

US 41 from I-275 to the Hillsborough County Line: Maintenance: This week crews will be performing median rework so motorists can expect inside lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

SR 684 over Cortez Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Monday, June 20, through Thursday, June 23, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations both east and westbound so please use caution in the area.

SR 70 over the Myakka River, Bridge #130016 : Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Tuesday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations both east and westbound so please use caution in the area.

SR 70 East of Lorraine Road to Myakka City: Maintenance project: Crews will be making pothole repairs along this corridor overnight from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Expect temporary lane closures.

 

Sarasota County

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

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

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

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

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

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews are finalizing the bridge improvement project for its spring 2022 completion date.

  • NOTE: The project has entered the final acceptance testing phase that requires the bridge be opened four times a day for 60 days. Inspector’s will utilize already established bridge openings as much as possible to achieve this, minimizing inconvenience.
  • Occasional temporary daytime closures may be needed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for any remaining topside work.

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

Activities Include:

  • Constructing roundabout curb pads and forming of the roundabout curb.
  • Installation of irrigation conduit sleeves within the roundabout area.
  • Movement of drainage material, and initial clearing of existing concrete and roadway on the east side of US 41 between Fruitville and Palm Avenue.
  • Begin installation of dewatering systems for upcoming underground work on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
  • Installation of sod on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue where recent sidewalk and curb was installed.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

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

US 41 between South Palm Avenue and Hudson Avenue: Permit project:  Starting Monday, June 13,  and going through the end of the year, crews will be extending existing turn lanes, adding right turn lanes, making drainage improvements, adding signalization improvements, landscaping improvements, street lighting improvements and signing and pavement improvements.  Motorists should expect temporary inside and outside lane closures. Please use caution and watch for workers.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists can expect tree cutting along the southbound roadway from Observation Boulevard (Grand Palm) to West Villages Parkway, excavation of the pond area south of Venice Avenue along northbound River Road, as well as clearing, embankment and drainage activities on both sides of the road between Venice Avenue and Center Road and on Venice Avenue, west of River Road. Drainage activities will start on the northbound side of River Road from Center Avenue to Venice Avenue. FPL will continue relocation of their overhead power lines from south of Center Road to south of Venice Avenue on the east side of the road.  Overall completion expected in winter 2024.

SR 758 Siesta Drive North Bridge: Bridge maintenance: On Wednesday, June 15, through Thursday, June 16, the bridge will undergo routine bridge repairs.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures both east and westbound from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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

SR 72 at Stickney Point Bridge: Bridge maintenance: On Sunday, June 12, through Tuesday, June 14, the bridge will undergo routine bridge repairs.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures both east and westbound from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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

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

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is summer 2022.

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

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

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

Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

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

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction project: Crews will have daily lane closures to assist with the shoulder/ditch grading operations, and also begin drainage work the week of June 13, 2022.  Crews are also installing erosion control devices at various locations along the Right-of-Way (ROW) areas of this 6-mile stretch of roadway. Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits. Expected completion is early 2023.

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

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

 

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03

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of June 5

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews are currently working on the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park. Marine traffic should be unaffected. Most lane closures will be overnight but temporary daytime lane closures may be necessary. Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

US 41 from 17th Street in Palmetto: Maintenance: Crews will be milling and resurfacing the roadway as well as making pothole repairs. Motorists should expect lane closures and use caution in the area.

US 41 from I-275 to the Hillsborough County Line: Maintenance: This week crews will be performing median rework so motorists can expect inside lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road:  No lane closures are scheduled between Monday, June 5, to Saturday, June 11, 2022. Construction is scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 6, 2022.  Crews will be performing survey and layout controls and deployment of Work Zone Signs along this 2-mile section of US 301.  Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits as the project gets underway. Scheduled completion is spring 2023.

SR 684 over Cortez Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Monday, June 20, through Thursday, June 23, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations both east and westbound so please use caution in the area.

SR 70 East of Lorraine Road to Myakka City: Maintenance project: Crews will be making pothole repairs along this corridor overnight from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Expect temporary lane closures.

SR 72, SR 70, SR 64, SR 62 rumble strips at various locations: Maintenance project: This week crews will install rumble strips at various locations.  Motorists can expect lane closures during installation with completion expected in mid-June 2022.

  • SR 72 from Cow Pen Slough to Mud Slough Creek;
  • SR 70 from CR 675 to DeSoto County Line;
  • SR 64 from east of Lorraine Road to CR 675;
  • SR 64 from CR 675 to Hardee County Line;
  • And SR 62 from east of US 301 to Hardee County Line.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

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

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

  • Temporary lane closures on US 41 throughout the duration.
  • Northbound right lane closures as crews begin to widen the roadway.
  • Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews are finalizing the bridge improvement project for its spring 2022 completion date.

  • On Tuesday, June 7, through Wednesday, June 8, the bridge will undergo routine bridge inspection.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • NOTE: The project has entered the final acceptance testing phase that requires the bridge be opened four times a day for 60 days. Inspector’s will utilize already established bridge openings as much as possible to achieve this, minimizing inconvenience.
  • Occasional temporary daytime closures may be needed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for any remaining topside work.

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

Activities Include:

  • Mixing and grading of stabilized subgrade within the proposed roundabout area.
  • Constructing roundabout curb pads and forming of the roundabout curb.
  • Installation of irrigation conduit sleeves within the roundabout area.
  • Installation and splicing of new fiberoptic cable.
  • Movement of drainage material, and initial clearing of existing concrete and roadway on the east side of US 41 between Fruitville and Palm Avenue.
  • The Ritz Carlton Drive entrance will be reduced to one lane for brick paver work. Flaggers will control the driveway during the daytime hours. Entering and exiting by way of Sunset Drive is recommended to avoid the work area.
  • Installation of sod on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue where recent sidewalk and curb was installed.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

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

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists can expect tree cutting along the southbound roadway from Tempest Harbor Loop to Center Road, excavation of the pond area south of Venice Avenue along northbound River Road, as well as clearing, embankment and drainage activities on both sides of the road between Venice Avenue and Center Road and on Venice Avenue, west of River Road. FPL will continue relocation of their overhead power lines from south of Center Road to south of Venice Avenue on the east side of the road.  Overall completion expected in winter 2024.

SR 758 Siesta Drive North Bridge: Bridge maintenance: On Wednesday, June 15, through Thursday, June 16, the bridge will undergo routine bridge repairs.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures both east and westbound from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

SR 72 at Stickney Point Bridge: Bridge maintenance: On Sunday, June 12, through Tuesday, June 14, the bridge will undergo routine bridge repairs.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures both east and westbound from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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

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

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway.  Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is summer 2022.

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

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

  • In approximately two weeks, a traffic shift will occur, closing Dove Avenue as construction shifts to the alternate side of the circle. Please use alternate crossroads to Hawkins Road via Ibis Street or Hummingbird.

Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

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

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction project: Beginning Monday June 6, crews will have daily lane closures to assist with the shoulder/ditch grading operations, and also begin drainage work the week of June 13, 2022.  Crews are also installing erosion control devices at various locations along the Right-of-Way (ROW) areas of this 6-mile stretch of roadway. Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits. Expected completion is early 2023.

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

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

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of May 29

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, no lane closures will occur between Friday, May 27, to Monday, May 30, 2022.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

I-75 over Buffalo Canal and the I-275 ramp to I-75 SB (800 feet south of I-275): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on June 2, Thursday, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations southbound right lanes and one left lane on the I-275 ramp. Please use caution in the area. 

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews are currently working on the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park. Marine traffic should be unaffected. Most lane closures will be overnight but temporary daytime lane closures may be necessary. Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

US 41 from US 19 to 17th Street in Palmetto: Maintenance: Crews will be milling and resurfacing the roadway. Motorists should expect overnight lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

US 41 from I-275 to the Hillsborough County Line: Maintenance: This week crews will be performing median rework so motorists can expect inside lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

US 41 starting at the 6600 Block in Palmetto: Maintenance: Crews will be installing liners in  the storm water drainage pipeline. Work is scheduled to start on Tuesday, May 31, and should be completed by June 2, Thursday. This project will be on going through the day and night until completed.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Crews will begin performing survey and layout controls and deployment of Work Zone Signs.  Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits as the project gets underway. Scheduled completion is March 2023.

SR 64 over Sarasota Pass, Anna Maria Draw Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance Tuesday, May 31, through June 2, Thursday, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations both east and westbound so please use caution in the area.

SR 72, SR 70, SR 64, SR 62 rumble strips at various locations: Construction project: This week crews will install rumble strips at various locations.  Motorists can expect lane closures during installation with completion expected in mid-June 2022.

  • SR 72 from Cow Pen Slough to Mud Slough Creek;
  • SR 70 from CR 675 to DeSoto County Line;
  • SR 64 from east of Lorraine Road to CR 675;
  • SR 64 from CR 675 to Hardee County Line;
  • And SR 62 from east of US 301 to Hardee County Line.

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

  • In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, no lane closures will occur between Friday, May 27, to Monday, May 30, 2022.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

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

  • Temporary lane closures on US 41 throughout the duration.
  • Northbound right lane closures as crews begin to widen the roadway.
  • Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews are finalizing the bridge improvement project for its spring 2022 completion date.

  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.
  • On Tuesday, June 7, through Wednesday, June 8, the bridge will undergo routine bridge inspection.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  •  NOTE: The project has entered the final acceptance testing phase that requires the bridge be opened four times a day for 60 days. Inspector’s will utilize already established bridge openings to achieve this, minimizing inconvenience.

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

Activities Include:

    • Filling of embankment material within the proposed roundabout area and mixing of stabilized subgrade.
    • Constructing roundabout curb pads and forming of roundabout curb.
    • Installation and splicing of new fiberoptic cable.
    • Movement of drainage material, and initial clearing of existing concrete and roadway on the east side of US 41 between Fruitville Road and Palm Avenue.
    • The Ritz Carlton Drive entrance will be reduced to one lane for brick paver work. Flaggers will control the driveway during the daytime hours. Entering and exiting by way of Sunset Drive is recommended to avoid the work area.
    • Installation of sod on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue where recent sidewalk and curb was installed.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

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

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists can expect excavation of the pond area south of Venice Avenue on the east side of River Road as well as clearing, embankment and drainage activities on both sides of the road between Venice Avenue and Center Road. Embankment activities will start on Venice Avenue, west of River Road. FPL will continue relocation of their overhead power distribution lines from south of Center Road to south of Venice Avenue on the east side of the road.  Overall completion expected in winter 2024.

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

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

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway.  Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is July 2022.

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

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection is underway. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations or temporary lane closures.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Also, be aware that travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road. Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

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

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews will be performing survey and layout controls and deployment of Work Zone Signs along this 2-mile section of US 301. Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the right of way  limits as the project is underway. Beginning Monday, June 6, there will be daily lane closures while crews begin shoulder/ditch grading operations. Scheduled completion is spring 2023.

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

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

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of May 22

Traffic-Watch

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, no lane closures will occur between Friday, May 27, to Monday, May 30, 2022.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is early 2025.

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on the site clean-up and punch list items.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 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 Spring 2022.

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews are currently working on the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.  During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park. Marine traffic should be unaffected. Most lane closures will be overnight but temporary daytime lane closures may be necessary. Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

US 41 from US 19 to 17th Street in Palmetto: Maintenance: Crews will be milling and resurfacing the roadway.  Motorists should expect overnight lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

US 41 from I-275 to the Hillsborough County Line: Maintenance: This week crews will be performing median rework so motorists can expect inside lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Crews will begin performing survey and layout controls and deployment of Work Zone Signs.  Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits as the project gets underway. Scheduled completion is March 2023.

SR 64 over Sarasota Pass, Anna Maria Draw Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance Monday, May 23,  through Thursday, May 26, and then again Tuesday, May 31, through June 2, Thursday, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations both east and westbound so please use caution in the area.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews are completing a median modification project to control motorist speed and improve safety through the corridor by reducing conflict points.  The project also provides enhanced lighting, improved pedestrian and bicycle safety, and the expanded crosswalk capabilities of new HAWK crosswalk systems. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Expected completion is late spring 2022.

SR 72, SR 70, SR 64, SR 62 rumble strips at various locations: Construction project: This week crews will install rumble strips at various locations.  Motorists can expect lane closures during construction.  Expected completion is mid-June 2022.

  • SR 72 from Cow Pen Slough to Mud Slough Creek;
  • SR 70 from CR 675 to DeSoto County Line;
  • SR 64 from east of Lorraine Road to CR 675;
  • SR 64 from CR 675 to Hardee County Line;
  • And SR 62 from east of US 301 to Hardee County Line.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

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

  • Temporary lane closures on US 41 throughout the duration.
  • Northbound right lane closures as crews begin to widen the roadway.
  • Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.
  • Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews are finalizing the bridge improvement project for its spring 2022 completion date.

  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.
  • NOTE: The project has entered the final acceptance testing phase that requires the bridge be briefly opened four times a day for 60 days. Inspector’s will utilize already established bridge openings to achieve this, minimizing inconvenience.

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

Activities Include:

  • Filling of embankment material within the proposed roundabout area and mixing of stabilized subgrade.
  • Installing of temporary asphalt along US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road in the current work zone. Some of the work will require closure of the northbound US 41 inside lane. Closures will occur at times that do not significantly impact traffic flow.
  • US 41 northbound, north of Gulfstream Avenue, will be shifted west against southbound traffic. This shift will occur at night from Tuesday, May 24 through Thursday, May 26. Following this switch Palm Avenue, 1st Street, and 2nd Street will be closed at the US 41 connection in both directions for multiple months to allow for work on the east side of US 41. Exiting the downtown area via Cocoanut Avenue to Fruitville Road is recommended.
  • The Ritz Carlton Drive entrance will be reduced to one lane for brick paver work. Flaggers will control the driveway during the daytime hours. Entering and exiting by way of Sunset Drive is recommended to avoid the work area.
  • Installation of sod on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue where recent sidewalk and curb was installed.
  • Installation of temporary asphalt and traffic separator.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

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

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists can expect to see excavation of the pond area south of Venice Avenue on the east side of River Road as well as clearing, embankment and drainage activities on both sides of road, north of Venice Avenue. Widening is also underway on Venice Avenue, west of River Road. FPL will be on site to relocate overhead power lines from south of Center Road to south of Venice Avenue on the east side of the road.  Overall completion expected in winter 2024.

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

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

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway.  Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is July 2022.

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

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection is underway. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations or temporary lane closures.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Also, be aware that travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road. Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

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

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews are installing erosion control devices at various locations along the Right-of-Way (ROW) areas on this 6-mile stretch of roadway. They  also continue with survey and layout controls. Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits as the project gets underway. Expected completion is early 2023.

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

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

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of May 15

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on the drainage, shoulders, right-of-way fencing, and striping.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 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 spring 2022.

I-75 Southbound over Buffalo Canal and the I-275 ramp to I-75 (800 feet south of I-275): Bridge maintenance:  On Thursday, May 19, crews will be making bridge improvements from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on the two right lanes southbound.

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews are completing the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.  During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park. Marine traffic should be unaffected. Most lane closures will be overnight but temporary daytime lane closures may be necessary. Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

US 41 from US 19 to 17th Street in Palmetto: Maintenance: Starting Tuesday, May 17,  through Thursday, May 19, crews will be milling and resurfacing the roadway.  Motorists should expect overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction project: Crews will begin installation of survey and layout controls and deployment of work zone signs.  Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the right of way limits as the project gets underway. Expected completion is March 2023.

SR 64 over Sarasota Pass, Anna Maria Draw Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance Monday, May 23,  through Thursday, May 26, and then again Tuesday, May 31, through June 2, Thursday, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations both east and westbound so please use caution in the area.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews are completing a median modification project to control motorist speed and improve safety through the corridor by reducing conflict points.  The project also provides enhanced lighting, improved pedestrian and bicycle safety, and the expanded crosswalk capabilities of new HAWK crosswalk systems. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Expected completion is late spring 2022.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

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

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

  • Motorists should expect temporary lane closures on US 41 throughout the duration of the project.
  • Starting this week, motorists should anticipate northbound right lane closures as crews begin to widen the roadway.
  • Please use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed. Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews are finalizing the bridge improvement project for its spring 2022 completion date.

  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.
  • NOTE: The project has entered the final acceptance testing phase that requires the bridge be briefly opened four times a day for 60 days. Inspector’s will utilize already established bridge openings to achieve this, minimizing inconvenience.

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

  • Clearing and material removal within the proposed roundabout area.
  • Removal of old light poles and foundations.
  • Concrete barrier wall removal along US 41 from Fruitville Road to Gulfstream Avenue.
  • Installation of temporary asphalt and traffic separator.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

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

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

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

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists will see excavation of the pond area south of Venice Avenue on the east side of River Road and clearing, embankment and drainage activities on both sides of road, north of Venice Ave. Widening will also be taking place on Venice Ave, west of River Road. FPL will be on site to relocate their overhead power line from south of Center Road to south of Venice Avenue on the east side of the road.  Overall completion of the project is expected in winter 2024.

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

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

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway.  Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is July 2022.

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

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection is underway. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations or temporary lane closures.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Also, be aware that travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road. Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

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

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews are scheduled to install erosion control devices at various locations along the Right-of-Way (ROW) areas of this 6-mile stretch of roadway. They will also continue with survey & layout controls. Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits as the project gets underway. Expected completion is early 2023.

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

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

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of May 8

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on the drainage, shoulders, right-of-way fencing, and striping.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 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 spring 2022.

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews have begun the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.  During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park. Marine traffic should be unaffected. Most lane closures will be overnight but temporary daytime lane closures may be necessary. Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

US 301 from South of 25th Court to South of 13th Avenue East: Design project: On Thursday, May 12, crews will be taking samples for a design project and require temporary lane closures starting at 7 p.m.

SR 64 over Sarasota Pass, Anna Maria Draw Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance Monday, May 23,  through Thursday, May 26, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations both east or west bound, so please use caution in the area.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews are completing a median modification project to control motorist speed and improve safety through the corridor by reducing conflict points.  The project also provides enhanced lighting, improved pedestrian and bicycle safety, and the expanded crosswalk capabilities of new HAWK crosswalk systems. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Expected completion is late spring 2022.

 

Sarasota County

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

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

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

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

  • Motorists should expect temporary lane closures on US 41 throughout the duration of the project.
  • Please use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed. Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews are finalizing the bridge improvement project for its spring 2022 completion date.

  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.
  • NOTE: The project has entered the final acceptance testing phase that requires the bridge be briefly opened four times a day for 60 days. Inspector’s will utilize already established bridge openings to achieve this, minimizing inconvenience.

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

Activities include:

    • Paving, concrete barrier wall removal, and the installation of temporary tubular separator will occur nightly starting the night of Sunday, May 8, and will continue through Thursday night, May 12. The operations will occur on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road. Southbound and northbound US 41 traffic will be impacted with various shifts during the night operation, motorists should be alert for flaggers and altered traffic alignment. Traffic during the day will be restored to normal operation. Vibration due to compaction is expected. Noise from equipment, material deliveries and trucking will occur.
    • Nightly work operations will require South US 41 westbound to be closed south of Fruitville Road. Motorist must follow the Fruitville Road detour to access the barrier islands. Sunset Drive will have ingress and egress at all times for local traffic. US 41 Southbound will be reopened for daytime hours.
    • US 41 northbound will be shifted west against southbound US 41 traffic at the conclusion of barrier wall removal and paving. The traffic switch will maintain two lanes northbound. The switch involves shifting traffic on new asphalt, against southbound US 41. The switch will occur at night. Noise from grinding of existing pavement markings, and the installation of new pavement marking is expected.
    • Final grading and sodding of areas behind new sidewalk and curb on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Sod installation along US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Trucking of excess soil off the project, and relocation of stored material and equipment for work in the next phase.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

Due to the tremendous amount of returning seasonal visitors, new residents and local traffic, motorists are facing increased traffic congestion and delays while traveling through the project and throughout the bay area. During this time, we encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

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

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

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists will see excavation of the pond area south of Venice Avenue on the east side of River Road.  FPL will be on site to relocate their overhead power line from south of Center Road to south of Venice Avenue on the east side of River Road.  Overall completion of the project is expected in winter 2024.

SR 72 at Ibis Street: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, pavement markings, and resurfacing.  Florida Power & Light (FPL) crews will be adjusting their lines as well.  Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures on SR 72 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Expected completion is late summer 2022.

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

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway.  Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is July 2022.

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

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection is underway. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations or temporary lane closures.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Also, be aware that travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road. Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

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

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews will be conducting survey & layout of project controls and installing erosion control devices at various locations along the Right-of-Way (ROW) areas of this 6-mile stretch of roadway. Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits as the project gets underway. Expected completion is early 2023.

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

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

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of May 1

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on the drainage, shoulders, right-of-way fencing, and striping.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 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 spring 2022.

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews have begun the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.  During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park. Marine traffic should be unaffected.  Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

 US 301 from South of 25th Court to South of 13th Avenue East: Construction project: On Thursday, May 12, crews will be taking samples for a design project and require temporary lane closures starting at 7 p.m.

 SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews are completing a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, and including the expanded capabilities of new HAWK crosswalks. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Expected completion is late spring 2022.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

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

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

  • Motorists should anticipate temporary, daily lane closures on northbound US 41 beginning in May.

Please use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed. Completion is expected by end of 2022.

 US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews are finalizing the bridge improvement project for its spring 2022 completion date. Lane closures will be limited predominantly to overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.
  • NOTE: The project has entered the final acceptance testing phase, which requires the bridge be briefly opened four times a day for 60 days. Inspector’s will utilize already established bridge openings to achieve this, minimizing inconvenience.

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

Activities Include:

    • Paving will occur nightly starting the night of Sunday, May 1 and will continue through Thursday night, May 5. The operation will occur on the South US 41 westbound area where roadwork has been occurring. Southbound US 41 traffic will be impacted with various shifts during the night operation, motorists should be alert for flaggers and altered traffic alignment. Traffic during the day will be restored to normal operation. Vibration due to compaction is expected. Noise from equipment, material deliveries and trucking will occur. All other traffic movements aside from South US 41 will not be impacted.
    • Traffic will be switched to Phase 1B at the conclusion of the paving operation. South US 41 going westbound will be the only impacted movement. The switch involves shifting traffic on new asphalt, against new curb. The switch will occur at night. Noise from grinding of existing pavement markings, and the installation of new pavement marking is expected.
    • Final grading and sodding of areas behind new sidewalk and curb on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
    • Sod installation along US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville.
    • Trucking of excess soil off the project, and relocation of stored material and equipment for work in the next phase.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
    • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
    • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area.
    • Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.
    • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.

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

Due to the tremendous amount of returning seasonal visitors, new residents and local traffic, motorists are facing increased traffic congestion and delays while traveling through the project and throughout the bay area. During this time, we encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

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

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

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists will see excavation of the pond area south of Venice Avenue on the east side of River Road.  FPL will be on site to relocate their overhead power line from south of Center Road to south of Venice Avenue on the east side of River Road.  Overall completion of the project is expected in winter 2024.

 SR 72 at Ibis Street: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, pavement markings, and resurfacing.  Florida Power & Light (FPL) crews will be adjusting their lines as well.  Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures on SR 72 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Expected completion is late summer 2022.

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

 SR 72 Clark Road and Lockwood Ridge Road:  Permit construction project: A temporary road closure will be in place through May.  Sarasota County will be constructing a sewer lift station north of Clark Road.  The left turn lane from eastbound SR 72 onto north Lockwood Ridge Road will be closed.  Alternately, the westbound SR 72 outside thru-lane will not allow a right turn onto Lockwood Ridge Road. Please follow the posted detour and use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway.  Motorists should expect new traffic patterns as construction progresses along with intermittent lane closures.  Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is July 2022.

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

 SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews have begun construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations for material delivery.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Also, be aware that travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road. Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

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

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews have delineated gopher-tortoise areas recently identified by Environmental staff and will be establishing staging locations along the Right-of-Way areas on this 6-mile stretch of roadway. Motorists can expect to see crews installing erosion control devices as the project gets underway. Expected completion is early 2023.

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

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

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of April 24, 2022

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on the drainage, shoulders, right-of-way fencing, and median work on SR 70.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 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 spring 2022.

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews have begun the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.  During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park. Marine traffic should be unaffected.  Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

US 41 or 14th Street at 69th Avenue: Permit projects: A Manatee County contractor will be conducting watermain repairs starting Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 2022.  Please use caution and watch for lane shifts and intermittent southbound lane closures.

  • Crews will also be conducting utility work overnight on Monday, April 25, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews are completing a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. Starting mid-April the new HAWK crosswalk will begin testing. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Expected completion is late spring 2022.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

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

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

  • Motorists should anticipate lane closures on northbound US 41 beginning the end of April/ first of May.

Please use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed. Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews are finalizing the bridge improvement project for its spring 2022 completion date. Lane closures will be limited predominantly to overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.

NOTE: The project has entered the final acceptance testing phase, which requires the bridge be briefly opened four times a day for 60 days. Inspector’s will utilize already established bridge openings to achieve this, minimizing inconvenience.

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

Activities Include:

  • Paving of recently completed earthwork on Gulfstream Avenue and on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road will occur at night starting Sunday, April 24 through Thursday night, April 28. Please be aware of trucks entering and leaving the work zone. Expect vibration from compaction, and noise from equipment and vehicles.
  • Traffic shift on US 41 southbound between Fruitville Road and Gulfstream Avenue. Travel lanes will shift west against the new curb. The shift will occur at night with limited impact to other traffic movements. Expect noise from grinding trucks and pavement marking equipment. This shift will occur at the conclusion of the paving operation, during night hours.
  • Concrete sidewalk installation on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Ritz Carlton Drive.
  • Final grading and sodding of areas behind new sidewalk and curb on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
  • Sod installation along US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

Due to the tremendous amount of returning seasonal visitors, new residents and local traffic, motorists are facing increased traffic congestion and delays while traveling through the project and throughout the bay area. During this time, we encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

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

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

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists will see excavation of the pond area south of Venice Avenue on the east side of River Road and drainage activities along the northbound roadway, north of Venice Avenue.  FPL will be on site to relocate their overhead power line from south of Center Road to south of Venice Avenue on the east side of River Road.  Overall completion of the project is expected in winter 2024.

SR 72 at Ibis Street: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, pavement markings, and resurfacing.  Florida Power & Light (FPL) crews will be adjusting their lines as well.  Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures on SR 72 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Expected completion is late summer 2022.

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

SR 72 Clark Road and Lockwood Ridge Road:  Permit construction project: A temporary road closure will be in place through the end of April.  Sarasota County will be constructing a sewer lift station north of Clark Road.  The left turn lane from eastbound SR 72 onto north Lockwood Ridge Road will be closed.  Alternately, the westbound SR 72 outside thru-lane will not allow a right turn onto Lockwood Ridge Road. Please follow the posted detour and use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway, and motorists can expect a new traffic pattern by end of April.  Motorists should anticipate intermittent lane closures and use caution in the area. Expected completion is July 2022.

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

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews have begun construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations for material delivery.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Also, be aware that travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road. Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

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

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews will be delineating gopher-tortoise areas recently identified by Environmental and staging locations along the Right-of-Way areas of this 6-mile stretch of roadway. Motorists can expect to see crews installing erosion control devices as well as the project gets underway. Expected completion is early 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be installing a concrete median and milling and resurfacing existing pavement for a traffic signal.  Motorists can expect nighttime flagging operations with intermittent lane closures from Monday, April 25, through the end of August, between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of April 17, 2022

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FOR WEEK APRIL 17, 2022

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 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 spring 2022.

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews have begun the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.  During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park. Marine traffic should be unaffected.  Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

US 301 just west of 91st Street: Permit project: From Monday, April 18, to Wednesday, April 20, between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be an intermittent westbound outside lane closure. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews are completing a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. Starting mid-April the new HAWK crosswalk will begin testing. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Expected completion is late spring 2022.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

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

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

  • Motorists should anticipate lane closures on northbound US 41 beginning the end of April/ first of May.

Please use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed. Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews have begun the bridge improvement project that will go through spring 2022. Lane closures will be limited predominantly to overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.
  • NOTE: The project has entered the final acceptance testing phase, which requires the bridge be briefly opened four times a day for 60 days. Inspector’s will utilize already established bridge openings to achieve this, minimizing inconvenience.

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

Activities Include:

  • Continue grading of roadway base along US 41 between Fruitville Road and Gulfstream Avenue on the west side. Please be aware of trucks delivering base material entering and leaving the work zones, expect vibration from compaction along US 41 from Fruitville Road to Gulfstream Avenue and along Gulfstream Avenue from US 41 to Sunset Point. Some roadwork will cross driveways, causing access widths to be reduced. Please use caution at slow speeds as configurations to accesses may have changed.
  • Curb, sidewalk, and driveway installation on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Ritz Carlton Drive.
  • Final grading and sodding of areas behind new sidewalk and curb on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
  • Installation of trench drains on Gulfstream Avenue at the connection to US 41.
  • Installation of storm drainage pipe at Ritz Carlton Drive during a night operation. Expect noise from equipment and vehicles. Traffic along US 41 will be maintained while the work is occurring.
  • Paving of recently completed earthwork on Gulfstream Avenue and on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road will occur at night starting Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22. Please be aware of trucks entering and leaving the work zone. Expect vibration from compaction, and noise from equipment and vehicles.
  • Traffic will be shifted for US 41 South going westbound. Traffic will be shifted west, against the new curb. The shift will occur at night with limited impact to other traffic movements. Expect noise from grinding trucks and pavement marking equipment. This shift will occur at the conclusion of the paving operation, during night hours.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

Due to the tremendous amount of returning seasonal visitors, new residents and local traffic, motorists are facing increased traffic congestion and delays while traveling through the project and throughout the bay area. During this time, we encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

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

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

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists will see excavation of pond area south of Venice Avenue on the east side of River Road and drainage activities along the northbound roadway, north of Venice Avenue.  FPL will be on site to relocate their overhead power line from south of Center Road to south of Venice Avenue on the east side of River Road.  Overall completion of the project is expected in winter 2024.

SR 72 at Ibis Street: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, pavement markings, and resurfacing.  Florida Power & Light (FPL) crews will be adjusting their lines as well.  Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures on SR 72 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Expected completion is late summer 2022.

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

SR 72 Clark Road and Lockwood Ridge Road:  Permit construction project: A temporary road closure will be in place through the end of April.  Sarasota County will be constructing a sewer lift station north of Clark Road.  The left turn lane from eastbound SR 72 onto north Lockwood Ridge Road will be closed.  Alternately, the westbound SR 72 outside thru-lane will not allow a right turn onto Lockwood Ridge Road. Please follow the posted detour and use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway, and motorists can expect a new traffic pattern by end of April.  Motorists should anticipate intermittent lane closures and use caution in the area. Expected completion is July 2022.

SR 72 at Saddle Oaks Trail: Permit Project: FPL crews will be installing poles along the south side of SR72.  This overnight work is east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail and starts Monday, April 18, and goes through to the end of August.  Motorists can expect intermittent flagging operations between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews have begun construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations for material delivery.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Also, be aware that travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road. Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

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

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews have begun shoulder improvement, milling and resurfacing on the 6-mile stretch of roadway. Motorists can expect to see crews installing construction signs and erosion control devices as the project gets underway. Expected completion is early 2023.

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

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of April 10, 2022

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FOR WEEK APRIL 10, 2022

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is early 2025.

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 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 spring 2022.

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews have begun the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. 

  • Motorists can expect overnight lane closures thru Thursday, April 14, 2022.
  • During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park.
  • Marine traffic should be unaffected.  Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

 US 301 between 15th Street East on 44th Avenue East: Maintenance: On Monday, April 11, and Tuesday, April 12, crews will have daytime lane closures and flagging operations from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 US 301 in Parrish:  Maintenance: Monday, April 11, through Thursday, April 14,  crews will be patching potholes overnight from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

 US 301 just west of 91st Street: Permit project: From Monday, April 18, to Wednesday, April 20, between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be an intermittent westbound outside lane closure. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

 SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews are completing a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Expected completion is late spring 2022.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

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

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is underway, adding sidewalks, widening paved shoulders, and adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes along the 1.37-mile stretch of road. Modifications to existing traffic signals and crosswalks will accommodate the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks. To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be modified eliminating select turns across traffic. On US 41 temporary lane closures are expected in the project boundaries. 

Please use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed. Completion is expected by end of 2022.

 US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews have begun the bridge improvement project that will go through spring 2022. Lane closures will be limited predominantly to overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.
  • Day work will typically be limited to under the bridge or for the bridge tender house. 
  • Marine Traffic – The KMI Bridge will be closed to marine traffic from Monday, April 4, from 7 a.m. through Sunday, April 10, at 6 p.m. so that repair work can be made.
  • NOTE:  During final acceptance testing, the bridge will be briefly opened four times a day for 60 days.

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

Activities Include:

  • Construction of roadway and driveway immediately in front of the Ritz Carlton maintenance driveway. The driveway will be closed overnight and will be reopened in the morning. Heavy equipment is anticipated for the work, expect noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting.
  • Pull conductor and energize recently installed light poles throughout the project.
  • Continue grading of roadway base along US 41 between Fruitville Road and Gulfstream Avenue on the west side. Please be aware of trucks delivering base material entering and leaving the work zones, expect vibration from compaction along US 41 from Fruitville Road to Gulfstream Avenue and along Gulfstream Avenue from US 41 to Sunset Point. Some roadwork will cross driveways, causing access widths to be reduced. Please use caution at slow speeds as configurations to accesses may have changed.
  • Roadway base grading on Gulfstream Avenue. Please be aware of trucks delivering base material entering and leaving the work zones, expect vibration from compaction.
  • Curb, sidewalk, and driveway installation on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Ritz Carlton Drive.
  • Final grading and sodding of areas behind new sidewalk and curb on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
  • Installation of trench drains on Gulfstream Avenue at the connection to US 41.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

Due to the tremendous amount of returning seasonal visitors, new residents and local traffic, motorists are facing increased traffic congestion and delays while traveling through the project and throughout the bay area. During this time, we encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

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

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

 SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists will see clearing of trees along the east side of the road and embankment and drainage activities along NB roadway, north of Venice Avenue. There may be short duration, intermittent flagging operations on the NB roadway to cut tree limbs close to traffic. Completion is expected in winter 2024.

 SR 72 at Ibis Street: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, pavement markings, and resurfacing.  Florida Power & Light (FPL) crews will be adjusting their lines as well.  Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures on SR 72 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Expected completion is late summer 2022.

 SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of April.  Crews will be replacing 50 Florida Power & Light (FPL) poles. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

 SR 72 Clark Road and Lockwood Ridge Road:  Permit construction project: A temporary road closure will be in place through the end of April.  Sarasota County will be constructing a sewer lift station north of Clark Road.  The left turn lane from eastbound SR 72 onto north Lockwood Ridge Road will be closed.  Alternately, the westbound SR 72 outside thru-lane will not allow a right turn onto Lockwood Ridge Road. Please follow the posted detour and use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway, and motorists can expect a new traffic pattern by end of April.  Motorists should anticipate intermittent lane closures and use caution in the area. Expected completion is July 2022.

 SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews have begun construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations for material delivery.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  A Phase II traffic shift will start in April 2022, shifting work to the alternate side of the road.  Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

SR 72 Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles starting Monday, April 11, through Friday, April 29, so motorists can expect intermittent eastbound outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

 SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Starting Monday, April 11, crews will begin shoulder improvement, milling and resurfacing on the 6-mile stretch of roadway. Motorists can expect to see crews installing construction signs and erosion control devices as the project gets underway. Expected completion is early 2023.

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

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of April 3, 2022

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK APRIL 3, 2022

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is early 2025.

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 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 spring 2022.

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews have begun the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. 

  • Starting Sunday, April 3, motorists can expect overnight lane closures thru Thursday, April 14, 2022.
  • During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park.
  • Marine traffic should be unaffected. Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews are completing a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Expected completion is late spring 2022.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

I-75 southbound over Bee Ridge Road: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance overnight on Wednesday, March 30, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists can expect right lane closures.

I-75 northbound over Eric Creek (1.5 miles south of the Manatee County Line): Bridge maintenance:   Crews will be making overnight repairs Monday, April 4, through Thursday, April 7, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Please use caution in the area.

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

  • Currently, on US 41 only temporary lane closures are expected in the project boundaries.  
  • Pinehurst Road will be closed overnight Sunday, April 3, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Use Doud Street / Dale Avenue for access.
  • Please use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed. Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews have begun the bridge improvement project that will go through spring 2022. Lane closures will be limited predominantly to overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  

  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.
  • Day work will typically be limited to under the bridge or for the bridge tender house.
  • Marine Traffic – The KMI Bridge will be closed to marine traffic from Monday, April 4, through Sunday, April 10, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. so that repair work can be made.
  • NOTE: During final acceptance testing, the bridge will be briefly opened four times a day for 60 days.

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

Activities Include:

  • Night work is scheduled Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7 for the construction of roadway and driveway immediately in front of the Ritz Carlton maintenance driveway. The driveway will be closed overnight and will be reopened each morning. Motorists may use Sunset Drive to access Ritz Carlton Drive while the work is occurring. Heavy equipment is anticipated for the work, expect noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting.
  • Tie-in of recently installed watermain line at Palm Avenue is scheduled Wednesday, April 6. Palm Avenue will be closed at US 41, please use Cocoanut Avenue. There will be no disruptions to water services due to this work. No driveways will be impeded.
  • Pull conductor and energize recently installed light poles throughout the project.
  • Continue grading of roadway base along US 41 between Fruitville Road and Gulfstream Avenue on the west side. Please be aware of trucks delivering base material entering and leaving the work zones, expect vibration from compaction along US 41 from Fruitville Road to Gulfstream Avenue and along Gulfstream Avenue from US 41 to Sunset Point. Some roadwork will cross driveways, causing access widths to be reduced. Please use caution at slow speeds as configurations to accesses may have changed.
  • Roadway base grading on Gulfstream Avenue.
  • Curb, sidewalk, and driveway installation on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Ritz Carlton Drive.
  • Installation of trench drains on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Ritz Carlton Drive.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

Due to the tremendous amount of returning seasonal visitors, new residents and local traffic, motorists are facing increased traffic congestion and delays while traveling through the project and throughout the bay area. During this time, we encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

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

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

SR 780/Fruitville Road at Coburn Road: Construction project: Crews are closing the existing median opening on Fruitville Road at Coburn Road. This week, crews will perform site cleanup.  Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Expected completion is early April 2022.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists will see clearing of trees along the east side of the road and embankment activities along NB roadway, north of Venice Avenue. There may be short duration, intermittent flagging operations on the NB roadway to cut tree limbs close to traffic. Completion is expected in winter 2024.

SR 72 at Ibis Street: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, pavement markings, and resurfacing.  Florida Power & Light (FPL) crews will be adjusting their lines as well.  Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures on SR 72 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Expected completion is late summer 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of April.  Crews will be replacing 50 Florida Power & Light (FPL) poles. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lockwood Ridge Road:  Permit construction project: A temporary road closure will be in place through the end of April.  Sarasota County will be constructing a sewer lift station north of Clark Road.  The left turn lane from eastbound SR 72 onto north Lockwood Ridge Road will be closed.  Alternately, the westbound SR 72 outside thru-lane will not allow a right turn onto Lockwood Ridge Road. Please follow the posted detour and use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway, and motorists can expect a new traffic pattern by end of April.  Motorists should anticipate intermittent lane closures and use caution in the area. Expected completion is July 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews have begun construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations for material delivery.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  A Phase II traffic shift will now start April 2022, shifting work to the alternate side of the road.  Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

SR 72 Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles starting Monday, April 11, through Friday, April 29, so motorists can expect intermittent eastbound outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of March 27, 2022

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK MARCH 20, 2022

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is early 2025.

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 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 spring 2022.

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews have begun the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.  Starting Sunday, April 3, motorists can expect overnight lane closures thru Thursday, April 14, 2021. During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park.  Marine traffic should be unaffected.  Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

SR 64 at Lorraine Road: Permit project: Westbound motorists can expect intermittent right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through mid-April.  Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews are completing a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Expected completion is late spring 2022.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

I-75 southbound over Bee Ridge Road: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance overnight on Wednesday, March 30, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists can expect right lane closures.

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

Currently only temporary lane closures are expected in the project boundaries.  Please use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed. Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews have begun the bridge improvement project that will go through spring 2022. Lane closures will be limited predominantly to overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  

  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.
  • Day work will typically be limited to under the bridge or for the bridge tender house.
  • Marine traffic should be mostly unaffected. If a boat requires dual bridge spans opened, it will require a 6-hour advance reservation.
  • During final acceptance testing, the bridge will be briefly opened four times a day for 60 days.

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

Due to the tremendous amount of returning seasonal visitors, new residents and local traffic, motorists are facing increased traffic congestion and delays while traveling through the project and throughout the bay area. During this time, we encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

Activities Include:

  • Tie-in of recently installed watermain line at Palm Avenue and 1st Street. Work will occur over a three-day period during daytime hours. Palm Avenue, 1st Street and 2nd Street will be closed at US 41 starting Thursday, March 31. Motorists will not be allowed to enter or exit from US 41 onto these streets, please use Cocoanut Avenue. No driveways will be impeded by the work.
  • Pull conductor and energize recently installed light poles throughout the project.
  • Continue grading of roadway base along US 41 between Fruitville Road and Gulfstream Avenue on the west side. Please be aware of trucks delivering base material entering and leaving the work zones, expect vibration from compaction along US 41 from Fruitville Road to Gulfstream Avenue and along Gulfstream Avenue from US 41 to Sunset Point.
  • Curb, sidewalk, and driveway installation on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
  • Installation of trench drains on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Ritz Carlton Drive.
  • Installation of yard drainage pipe and structure on US 41 by Fruitville Road.

Detours/Crossings:

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

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

Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

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

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

SR 780 Fruitville Road at Coburn Road: Construction project: Crews are closing the existing median opening on Fruitville Road at Coburn Road. This week, crews will remove the opening and replace with sod.  Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Expected completion is early April 2022.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists will see clearing of trees and embankment activities along the east side of the roadway north and south of Venice Avenue. Completion is expected in winter 2024. 

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

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of April.  Crews will be replacing 50 Florida Power & Light (FPL) poles. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lockwood Ridge Road:  Permit construction project: A temporary road closure will be in place through the end of April.  Sarasota County will be constructing a sewer lift station north of Clark Road.  The left turn lane from eastbound SR 72 onto north Lockwood Ridge Road will be closed.  Alternately, the westbound SR 72 outside thru-lane will not allow a right turn onto Lockwood Ridge Road. Please follow the posted detour and use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway, and motorists can expect a new traffic pattern by end of April.  Please use caution in the area.  Motorists should anticipate intermittent lane closures. Expected completion is July 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews have begun construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations for material delivery.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  A Phase II traffic shift will start March 2022.  Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

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

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of March 20, 2022

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK MARCH 20, 2022

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is early 2025.

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

  • On Sunday, March 20, at 10 p.m. to Monday, March 21, at 5 a.m., the I-75 northbound off-ramp to SR 70 will be closed.  Motorists are urged to follow posted detour signs; or, use local routes.
  • On Monday, March 21, at 10 p.m. to Tuesday, March 22, at 2 a.m., the SR 70 westbound on-ramp to I-75 southbound will be closed.  Motorists are urged to continue to Tara Boulevard, make a U-turn, and take SR 70 eastbound to I-75 southbound.
  • On Tuesday, March 22, at 2 a.m. to 5 a.m., crews will close the SR 70 eastbound on-ramp to I-75 southbound. Motorists are urged to continue to 87th Street east, make a U-turn, and take SR 70 westbound to I-75 southbound.
  • On Tuesday, March 22, at 10 p.m. to Wednesday, March 23, at 5 a.m., the I-75 southbound off-ramp to SR 70 will be closed.  Motorists are urged to follow posted detour signs or use local routes.
  • On Wednesday, March 23, at 10 p.m. to Thursday, March 24, at 5 a.m., the SR 64 on-ramp to I-75 southbound (Exit 220) will be closed.  Motorists are urged to follow posted detour signs or use local routes.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 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 spring 2022.

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews have begun the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.  Lane closures are predominantly limited to overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. so inconvenience to motorists should be limited.  During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park.  Marine traffic should be unaffected.  Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

US 41 between 53rd and University Parkway: Maintenance: This week crews will be making concrete sidewalk improvements.  Motorists should expect southbound right lane closures from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SR 64 at Lorraine Road: Permit project: Westbound motorists can expect intermittent right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of March.  Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 70 East of Lorraine Road to the Desoto County Line: Maintenance: This week crews will be making pothole repairs and placing thermo and raised pavement markers overnight from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews are completing a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Expected completion is late spring 2022.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

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

Currently only temporary lane closures are expected in the project boundaries.  Please use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed. Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews have begun the bridge improvement project that will go through spring 2022. Lane closures will be limited predominantly to overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  

  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.
  • Day work will typically be limited to under the bridge or for the bridge tender house.
  • Marine traffic should be mostly unaffected. If a boat requires dual bridge spans opened, it will require a 6-hour advance reservation.
  • During final acceptance testing, the bridge will be briefly opened four times a day for 60 days.

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

Phase 1A configuration in place (island traffic only on US 41 south of Fruitville Road and north of Main Street). Watch for new traffic patterns, traffic signals, and pavement markings. Motorists are urged to use alternate detour route, if possible.

Activities Include:

  • Tie-in of recently installed watermain line at Palm Avenue and 1st Street. Work will occur over a three-day period during daytime hours. Palm Avenue, 1st Street and 2nd Street will be closed at US 41. Motorists will not be allowed to enter or exit from US 41 onto these streets, please use Cocoanut Avenue. No driveways will be impeded by the work.
  • Pull conductor and energize recently installed light poles throughout the project.
  • Continue grading of roadway base along US 41 between Fruitville Road and Gulfstream Avenue on the west side. Please be aware of trucks delivering base material entering and leaving the work zones, expect vibration from compaction along US 41 from Fruitville Road to Gulfstream Avenue and along Gulfstream Avenue from US 41 to Sunset Point.
  • Curb, sidewalk, and driveway installation on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
  • Install storm drainage structure tops on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.

Detours/Crossings:

  • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
  • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
  • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area.
  • Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours.
Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.
Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

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

US 41 and Circus Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing bridge maintenance from Monday, March 21, through Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Motorists can expect north and southbound temporary right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SR 780/Fruitville Road: Construction project: Crews are closing the existing median opening on Fruitville Road at Coburn Road. This week, crews will start remove the opening. Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Expected completion is early April 2022.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists will see clearing and embankment activities along the outside of the existing roadway starting near I-75 moving south. Completion is expected in winter 2024. 

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of April.  Crews will be replacing 50 Florida Power & Light (FPL) poles. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lockwood Ridge Road:  Permit construction project: A temporary road closure will be in place through the end of March.  Sarasota County will be constructing a sewer lift station north of Clark Road.  The left turn lane from eastbound SR 72 onto north Lockwood Ridge Road will be closed.  Alternately, the westbound SR 72 outside thru-lane will not allow a right turn onto Lockwood Ridge Road. Please follow the posted detour and use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway so please use caution in the area.  Motorists should anticipate intermittent lane closures. Expected completion is July 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews have begun construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations for material delivery.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  A Phase II traffic shift will start March 2022.  Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

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

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of March 13, 2022

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK MARCH 13, 2022

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is early 2025.

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 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 spring 2022.

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews have begun the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.  Lane closures are predominantly limited to overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. so inconvenience to motorists should be limited.  During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park.  Marine traffic should be unaffected.  Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

SR 64 at Lorraine Road: Permit project: Westbound motorists can expect intermittent right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of March.  Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews are completing a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Expected completion is late spring 2022.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is underway, adding sidewalks, widening paved shoulders, and adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes along the 1.37-mile stretch of road. Modifications to existing traffic signals and crosswalks will accommodate the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks. To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be modified eliminating select turns across traffic. Lane closures are expected in the project boundaries so please use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed. Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews have begun the bridge improvement project that will go through spring 2022. Lane closures will be limited predominantly to overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  

  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.
  • Day work will typically be limited to under the bridge or for the bridge tender house.
  • Marine traffic should be mostly unaffected. If a boat requires dual bridge spans opened, it will require a 6-hour advance reservation.
  • During final acceptance testing, the bridge will be briefly opened four times a day for 60 days.

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

Phase 1A configuration in place (island traffic only on US 41 south of Fruitville Road and north of Main Street). Watch for new traffic patterns, traffic signals, and pavement markings. Motorists are urged to use alternate detour route, if possible.

Activities Include:

  • Tie-in of recently installed watermain line at Palm Avenue and 1st Street. Work is scheduled on Wednesday, March 16 through Friday, March 18. Palm Avenue, 1st Street and 2nd Street will be closed at US 41. Motorists will not be allowed to enter or exit from US 41 onto these streets, please use Cocoanut Avenue. No driveways will be impeded by the work.
  • Pull conductor and energize recently installed light poles throughout the project.
  • Continue grading of roadway base along US 41 between Fruitville Road and Gulfstream Avenue on the west side. Please be aware of trucks delivering base material entering and leaving the work zones, expect vibration from compaction along US 41 from Fruitville Road to Gulfstream Avenue and along Gulfstream Avenue from US 41 to Sunset Point.
  • Excavation, roadway earthwork and curb installation on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
  • Install storm drainage structure tops on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.

Detours/Crossings:

  • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
  • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
  • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area.
  • Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours.
Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.
Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

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

US 41 and Circus Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing bridge maintenance from Monday, March 21, through Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Motorists can expect north and southbound temporary right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SR 789 over Longboat Pass Bridge (connects Longboat Key to Coquina Beach): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing overnight maintenance Wednesday, March 16, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Motorists should expect temporary east or westbound lane closures.

SR 780/Fruitville Road: Construction project: Crews are closing the existing median opening on Fruitville Road at Coburn Road. Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Expected completion is early April 2022.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists will see clearing and embankment activities along the outside of the existing roadway starting near I-75 moving south. Completion is expected in winter 2024. 

SR 72 Stickney Point at US 41: Permit project: Crews will be constructing curb and gutter, turn lanes and installing a signal through March 2022. Expect temporary lane closures on Clark Road going out to Siesta Key. Please use caution and watch for workers in the construction zone.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of April.  Crews will be replacing 50 Florida Power & Light (FPL) poles. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lockwood Ridge Road:  Permit construction project: A temporary road closure will be in place through the end of March.  Sarasota County will be constructing a sewer lift station north of Clark Road.  The left turn lane from eastbound SR 72 onto north Lockwood Ridge Road will be closed.  Alternately, the westbound SR 72 outside thru-lane will not allow a right turn onto Lockwood Ridge Road. Please follow the posted detour and use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway so please use caution in the area.  Motorists should anticipate intermittent lane closures. Expected completion is July 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews have begun construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations for material delivery.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  A Phase II traffic shift will start March 15, 2022.  Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

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

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of March 6, 2022

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK MARCH 6, 2022

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is early 2025.

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

  • On Monday, March 7, at 11 p.m. to Tuesday, March 8, at 2 a.m., the SR 70 westbound on-ramp to I-75 southbound will be closed.  Motorists are urged to continue to Tara Boulevard, make a U-turn, and take SR 70 eastbound to I-75 southbound.
  • On Tuesday, March 8, at 2 a.m. to 5 a.m., crews will close the SR 70 eastbound on-ramp to I-75 southbound. Motorists are urged to continue to 87th St E, make a U-turn, and take SR 70 westbound to I-75 southbound.
  • On Wednesday, March 9, at 11 p.m. to Thursday, March 10, at 5 a.m., crews will close the I-75 northbound off-ramp to SR 70.  Motorists are urged to follow posted detours or use local routes.
  • On Thursday, March 10, at 11 p.m. to Friday, March 11, at 5 a.m., crews will close the SR 64 on-ramp to I-75 southbound.  Motorists are urged to follow posted detours or use local routes.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 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 spring 2022.

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews have begun the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.  Lane closures are predominantly limited to overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. so inconvenience to motorists should be limited.  During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park.  Marine traffic should be unaffected.  Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

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

SR 64 at Lorraine Road: Permit project: Westbound motorists can expect intermittent right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of March.  Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews are completing a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Expected completion is late spring 2022.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is underway, adding sidewalks, widening paved shoulders, and adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes along the 1.37 mile stretch of road. Modifications to existing traffic signals and crosswalks will accommodate the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks. To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be modified eliminating select turns across traffic. Lane closures are expected in the project boundaries so please use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed. Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews have begun the bridge improvement project that will go through spring 2022. Lane closures will be limited predominantly to overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  

  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.
  • Day work will typically be limited to under the bridge or for the bridge tender house.
  • Marine traffic should be mostly unaffected. If a boat requires dual bridge spans opened, it will require a 6-hour advance reservation.
  • During final acceptance testing, the bridge will be briefly opened four times a day for 60 days.

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

Phase 1A configuration in place (island traffic only on US 41 south of Fruitville Road and north of Main Street). Watch for new traffic patterns, traffic signals, and pavement markings. Motorists are urged to use alternate detour route, if possible.

Activities Include:

  • Tie-in of recently installed watermain line at Palm Avenue and 1st Street. Work is scheduled on Wednesday, March 9 through Friday, March 11. Palm Avenue, 1st Street and 2nd Street will be closed at US 41. Motorists will not be allowed to enter or exit from US 41 onto these streets, please use Cocoanut Avenue. No driveways will be impeded by the work.
  • Electrical connection of recently installed light poles throughout the project.
  • Continue grading of roadway base along US 41 between Fruitville Road and Gulfstream Avenue on the west side.
  • Excavation, roadway earthwork and curb installation on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
  • Continue installation of underground storm drainage on US 41 north or Gulfstream Avenue by the Ritz Carlton Drive, and on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.
  • Install storm drainage structure tops on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.

Detours/Crossings:

  • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
  • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
  • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area.
  • Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.

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

Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

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

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

SR 789 Westbound over the Little Ringling Bridge (1.4 miles west of US 41): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing overnight maintenance Wednesday, March 9, through Friday, March 11, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should expect westbound lane closures.

SR 789 over Longboat Pass Bridge (connects Longboat Key to Coquina Beach): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing overnight maintenance Wednesday, March 16, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Motorists should expect temporary east or westbound lane closures.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists will see clearing and embankment activities along the outside of the existing roadway starting near I-75 moving south. The contractor will also be constructing a portion of temporary pavement in the median at the south end of the project, north of US 41, and a traffic shift so please use caution in the area. Completion is expected in winter 2024. 

SR 72 Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of April.  Crews will be replacing 50 Florida Power & Light (FPL) poles. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 and Lockwood Ridge Road:  Permit construction project: A temporary road closure will be in place through the end of March.  Sarasota County will be constructing a sewer lift station north of Clark Road.  The left turn lane from eastbound SR 72 onto north Lockwood Ridge Road will be closed.  Alternately, the westbound SR 72 outside thru-lane will not allow a right turn onto Lockwood Ridge Road. Please follow the posted detour and use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway so please use caution in the area.  Motorists should anticipate intermittent lane closures. Expected completion is July 2022.

SR 72 Stickney Point at US 41: Permit project: Crews will be constructing curb and gutter, turn lanes and installing a signal through March 2022. Expect temporary lane closures on Clark Road going out to Siesta Key. Please use caution and watch for workers in the construction zone.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews have begun construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations for material delivery.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  A Phase II traffic shift is expected the week of March 21, 2022.  Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of February 20, 2022

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK FEBRUARY 20, 2022

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 at US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is early 2025.

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 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 spring 2022.

I-75 northbound over the Salt Marsh (2.5 miles south of US 301): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be making bridge repairs on Wednesday, February 23, and Thursday, February 24, from 9 p.m. until  5 a.m.  Motorists can expect lane closures in the northbound right lanes.

I-75 southbound over the Braden River (2.5 miles south of SR 70): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be making bridge repairs on Monday, February 21, and Tuesday, February 22, from 9 p.m. until  5 a.m.  Motorists can expect southbound lane closures.

I-75 at SR 64: Landscape installation: Crews are installing landscaping that may require periodic shoulder closures. No roadway lane closures are anticipated. Estimated completion is winter 2022.  

US 41  at 1st Street from Manatee Memorial Hospital to 13th Avenue:  Maintenance construction: Starting February 21 through February 22, crews will be making overnight pothole repairs from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews have begun the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.  Lane closures will be predominantly limited to overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. so inconvenience to motorists should be limited.  During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park.  Marine traffic should be unaffected.  Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and overnight lighting. Completion is anticipated summer 2022.

SR 64 from 22nd Street East to 27th Street East:  Maintenance construction: Starting February 23 through February 24, crews will be making overnight pothole repairs from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

SR 64 at School House Drive: Construction project: Crews are installing drainage improvements.  This week, crews will be working on punch list items and final site cleanup.  Motorists are advised to expect one lane closed on SR 64 during construction. Expected completion is February 2022.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews are completing a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Expected completion is winter 2022.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is underway, adding sidewalks, widening paved shoulders, and adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes along the 1.37 mile stretch of road. Modifications to existing traffic signals and crosswalks will accommodate the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks. To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be modified eliminating select turns across traffic. Lane closures are expected in the project boundaries so please use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed. Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews have begun the bridge improvement project that will go through spring 2022. Lane closures will be limited predominantly to overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  

  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.
  • Day work will typically be limited to under the bridge or for the bridge tender house.
  • Marine traffic should be mostly unaffected. If a boat requires dual bridge spans opened, it will require a 6-hour advance reservation.
  • During final acceptance testing, the bridge will be briefly opened four times a day for 60 days.

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

Phase 1A configuration in place (island traffic only on US 41 south of Fruitville Road and north of Main Street). Watch for new traffic patterns, traffic signals, and pavement markings. Motorists are urged to use alternate detour route, if possible.

Activities Include:

  • Install light pole lighting assemblies on US 41 south of Gulfstream Avenue and on Gulfstream Avenue where bases were previously set.
  • Installation of lighting conduit and pull-boxes throughout the project.
  • Continue grading of roadway base along Gulfstream Avenue and US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue on the east side.
  • Excavation and roadway earthwork on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
  • Removal and disposal of existing watermain that was placed out of service on US 41 by the Ritz Carlton Drive.

Detours/Crossings:

  • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue will be temporarily closed for the installation of drainage pipe. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
  • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
  • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area.
  • Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours.
Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.
Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

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

US 41 between the Red Barn and University Parkway: Maintenance construction: Monday February 21, through Friday, February 25, crews will be replacing pavement markings (both long line and markings at intersections) overnight from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

SR 789 Eastbound over the Little Ringling Bridge (1.4 miles west of US 41): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing overnight maintenance Sunday, February 27, and Monday, February 28, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should expect eastbound lane closures.

SR 789 Westbound over the Little Ringling Bridge (1.4 miles west of US 41): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing overnight maintenance Wednesday, March 9, through Friday, March 11, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should expect westbound lane closures.

SR 780 Fruitville Road at Lime Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be making watermain, sidewalk and roadway repairs through the end of February.  Motorists can expect lane closures and a brief detour in the eastbound outside lane on Fruitville Road at Lime Avenue and in the westbound left turn lane onto southbound Lime Avenue.   Please use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists will see tree removal and clearing activities along the outside of the existing roadway starting near I-75 moving south. The contractor will also be constructing a portion of temporary pavement in front of the 7-11/Mobil at the north end of the project in order to shift traffic the week of February 21, 2022. Completion is expected in winter 2024. 

SR 72 and Lockwood Ridge Road:  Permit construction project: A temporary road closure will be in place through the end of February.  Sarasota County will be constructing a sewer lift station north of Clark Road.  The left turn lane from eastbound SR 72 onto north Lockwood Ridge Road will be closed.  Alternately, the westbound SR 72 outside thru-lane will not allow a right turn onto Lockwood Ridge Road. Please follow the posted detour and use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway so please use caution in the area.  Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures. Expected completion is June 2022.

SR 72 Stickney Point at US 41: Permit project: Crews will be constructing curb and gutter, turn lanes and installing a signal through February 2022. Please use caution and watch for workers in the construction zone.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews have begun construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations for material delivery.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of February 13, 2022

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK FEBRUARY 13, 2022

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

I-75 Southbound at the Manatee River Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing overnight maintenance Monday, February 14, and Tuesday, February 15, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should expect southbound right lane closures.

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

  • On Wednesday, February 16 at 10 p.m. to Thursday, February 17, at 5 a.m., crews will close the SR 70 eastbound to I-75 southbound on-ramp.  Motorists are urged to continue to 87th Street east and make a U-turn to access I-75 southbound.
  • On Wednesday, February 16, at 10 p.m. to Thursday, February 17, at 5 a.m., crews will close the I-75 northbound off-ramp to SR 70.  Motorists are urged to follow posted detour routes or use local routes.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 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 spring 2022.

I-75 at SR 64: Landscape installation: Crews are installing landscaping that may require periodic shoulder closures. No roadway lane closures are anticipated. Estimated completion is winter 2022.  

US 41 / 14th Street from 63rd Avenue to Bay Drive:  Maintenance construction: On Wednesday, February 14, crews will be making overnight pothole repairs from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

US 41  at 1st Street from Manatee Memorial Hospital to 13th Avenue:  Maintenance construction: Starting February 21 through February 22, crews will be making overnight pothole repairs from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews have begun the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.  Lane closures will be predominantly limited to overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. so inconvenience to motorists should be limited.  During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park.  Marine traffic should be unaffected.  Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and overnight lighting. Completion is anticipated summer 2022.

SR 64 from 22nd Street East to 27th Street East:  Maintenance construction: Starting February 23 through February 24, crews will be making overnight pothole repairs from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

SR 64 at School House Drive: Construction project: Crews are installing drainage improvements.  This week, crews will be working on installing pavement markings.  Motorists are advised to expect one lane closed on SR 64 during construction. Expected completion is early February 2022.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews are completing a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Expected completion is winter 2022.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

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

I-75 northbound over Main A Canal (0.5 miles north of Bee Ridge Road): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be making overnight repairs Sunday, February 13, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  North bound motorists can expect intermittent lane closures.

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is underway, adding sidewalks, widening paved shoulders, and adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes along the 1.37 mile stretch of road. Modifications to existing traffic signals and crosswalks will accommodate the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks. To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be modified eliminating select turns across traffic. Lane closures are expected in the project boundaries so please use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed. Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews have begun the bridge improvement project that will go through spring 2022. Lane closures will be limited predominantly to overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  

  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.
  • Day work will typically be limited to under the bridge or for the bridge tender house.
  • Marine traffic should be mostly unaffected. If a boat requires dual bridge spans opened, it will require a 6-hour advance reservation.
  • During final acceptance testing, the bridge will be briefly opened four times a day for 60 days.

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

Phase 1A configuration in place (island traffic only on US 41 south of Fruitville Road and north of Main Street). Watch for new traffic patterns, traffic signals, and pavement markings. Motorists are urged to use alternate detour route, if possible.

Activities Include:

  • Install light pole lighting assemblies on US 41 south of Gulfstream Avenue and on Gulfstream Avenue where bases were previously set.
  • Continue grading of roadway base along Gulfstream Avenue and US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue on the east side.
  • Excavation and roadway earthwork on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
  • Continue installation and testing of watermain between Palm Avenue and Ritz Carlton.
  • Continue installing underground storm drainage on US 41 north or Gulfstream Avenue by the Ritz Carlton Drive, and on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.

Detours/Crossings:

  • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue will be temporarily closed for the installation of drainage pipe. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
  • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
  • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area.
  • Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours.
Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.
Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

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

US 41 Tamiami Trail over Phillipi Creek: Bridge maintenance:  Crews will be making overnight repairs Thursday, February 17, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.  Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound.

US 41 / Between University Boulevard and Myrtle Street:  Maintenance construction: Starting February 16 through February 17, crews will be making overnight pothole repairs from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

US 41 between the Red Barn and University Parkway: Maintenance construction: Starting February 14 through February 25, crews will be replacing pavement markings (both long line and markings at intersections) overnight from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

SR 789 on New Pass Bridge: Bridge maintenance:  On Monday, February 14, crews will be performing maintenance from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Motorists should expect a lane shift so use caution in the area.

SR 780 Fruitville Road at Lime Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be making watermain, sidewalk and roadway repairs through the end of February.  Motorists can expect lane closures and a brief detour in the eastbound outside lane on Fruitville Road at Lime Avenue and in the westbound left turn lane onto southbound Lime Avenue.   Please use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Construction recently started February 7, 2022, and motorists will see tree removal and clearing activities along the outside of the existing roadway starting near I-75 moving south. Existing traffic patterns will not be affected. Completion is expected in winter 2024. 

SR 758 Bee Ridge Road from US 41 to Macintosh Road: Construction project:  Crews will be replacing lighting luminaire structures along the corridor during overnight hours through February 2022.  Please use caution and anticipate lane closures.

SR 72 and Lockwood Ridge Road:  Permit construction project: A temporary road closure will be in place through the end of February.  Sarasota County will be constructing a sewer lift station north of Clark Road.  The left turn lane from eastbound SR 72 onto north Lockwood Ridge Road will be closed.  Alternately, the westbound SR 72 outside thru-lane will not allow a right turn onto Lockwood Ridge Road. Please follow the posted detour and use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway so please use caution in the area.  Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures. Expected completion is June 2022.

SR 72 Stickney Point at US 41: Permit project: Crews will be constructing drainage structures and installing a signal through February 2022. Please use caution and watch for workers in the construction zone.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews have begun construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations for material delivery.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Completion is expected in fall 2022.

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Feb
03

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of February 6, 2022

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK FEBRUARY 6, 2022

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

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

 

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.
  • Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.  Estimated completion is early 2025.

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

  • On Tuesday, February 8 at 10 p.m. to Wednesday, February 9, at 5 a.m., crews will close the SR 70 eastbound to I-75 southbound on-ramp.  Motorists are urged to continue to 8ebruary 8, at 10 p.m. to Wednesday, February 9, at 5 a.m., crews will close the I-75 northbound off-ramp to SR 70.  Motorists are urged to follow posted detour routes; or use local routes.
  • On Wednesday, February 9, at 10 p.m. to Thursday, February 10, at 5 a.m., crews will close the I-75 southbound off-ramp to SR 70.  Motorists are urged to follow posted detour routes; or use local routes.
  • On Wednesday, February 9, at 10 p.m. to Thursday, February 10, at 5 a.m., crews will close the SR 70 on-ramp to I-75 northbound.  Motorists are urged to follow posted detour routes; or use local routes.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 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 spring 2022.

I-75 at SR 64: Landscape installation: Crews are installing landscaping that may require periodic shoulder closures. No roadway lane closures are anticipated. Estimated completion is winter 2022.  

US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews have begun the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.  Lane closures will be predominantly limited to overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. so inconvenience to motorists should be limited.  During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park.  Marine traffic should be unaffected.  Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and overnight lighting. Completion is anticipated summer 2022.

US 41 and 1st Street: Maintenance construction: Starting Monday, February 7, through  Tuesday, February 8, crews will be making overnight pothole repairs from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

US 301 between 13th Avenue West to 17th Avenue West: Permit project: Crews will be performing pavement core tests along the roadway so motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures on February 9 and 10th from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 64 Both East and Westbound near 24th Street West: Maintenance construction: Starting Wednesday , February 9, through Thursday, February 10, crews will be making overnight pothole repairs from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

SR 64 at School House Drive: Construction project: Crews are installing drainage improvements.  This week, crews will be working on resurfacing the project area.  Motorists are advised to expect one lane closed on SR 64 during construction. Expected completion is early February 2022.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews are completing a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Expected completion is winter 2022.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

I-75 northbound over Main A Canal (0.5 miles north of Bee Ridge Road): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be making overnight repairs Sunday, February 13, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  North bound motorists can expect intermittent lane closures.

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is underway, adding sidewalks, widening paved shoulders, and adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes along the 1.37 mile stretch of road. Modifications to existing traffic signals and crosswalks will accommodate the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks. To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be modified eliminating select turns across traffic. Lane closures are expected in the project boundaries so please use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed. Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews have begun the bridge improvement project that will go through spring 2022. Lane closures will be limited predominantly to overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  

  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.
  • Day work will typically be limited to under the bridge or for the bridge tender house.
  • Marine traffic should be mostly unaffected. If a boat requires dual bridge spans opened, it will require a 6-hour advance reservation.
  • During final acceptance testing, the bridge will be briefly opened four times a day for 60 days.

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

Phase 1A configuration in place (island traffic only on US 41 south of Fruitville Road and north of Main Street). Watch for new traffic patterns, traffic signals, and pavement markings. Motorists are urged to use alternate detour route, if possible.

Night work scheduled Sunday, February 6, 2022, for the installation of watermain across Palm Avenue. This work will require lane closures for northbound and southbound travel lanes on US 41. Lane closures will shift and vary throughout the night as the work progresses. Palm Avenue will be closed both directions for the entire night. The work will involve excavation and backfill of material and shifting of concrete barrier wall. Work is expected to start at 8 p.m. and continue overnight until 6 a.m. Expect noise from backfilling, saws, construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting.

Activities Include:

  • Install light pole uprights on US 41 south of Gulfstream Avenue and on Gulfstream Avenue where bases were previously set.
  • Continue grading of roadway base along Gulfstream Avenue and US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue on the east side.
  • Continue installation of watermain on US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Ritz Carlton Drive, Palm Avenue and other locations throughout project.
  • Continue installing underground storm drainage on US 41 north or Gulfstream Avenue by the Ritz Carlton Drive, and on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.

Detours/Crossings:

  • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue will be temporarily closed for the installation of drainage pipe. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
  • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
  • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area.
  • Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.

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

Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

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

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

US 41 Tamiami Trail and Mecca Drive: Permit project:  Crews will be milling and repaving the existing roadway on Sunday, February 6, 2022.  Motorists can expect a southbound outside lane closure on US 41 and Mecca Drive overnight from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

US 41 Tamiami Trail over Phillipi Creek: Bridge maintenance:  Crews will be making overnight repairs Thursday, February 17, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.  Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound.

US 41 Tamiami Trail over Alligator Creek in Venice: Bridge maintenance:  Crews will be making bridge repairs Wednesday, February 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound.

SR 780 Fruitville Road at Lime Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be making watermain, sidewalk and roadway repairs through the end of the February 11, 2022.  Motorists can expect lane closures and a brief detour in the eastbound outside lane on Fruitville Road at Lime Avenue and in the westbound left turn lane onto southbound Lime Avenue.   Please use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Construction is expected to begin February 2022.  Motorists will see various clearing activities along the outside of the existing roadway starting at Center Road going north toward I-75.  Existing traffic patterns will not be affected. Completion is expected in winter 2024. 

SR 758 Bee Ridge Road from US 41 to Macintosh Road: Construction project:  Crews will be replacing lighting luminaire structures along the corridor during overnight hours through February 2022.  Please use caution and anticipate lane closures.

SR 72 and Lockwood Ridge Road:  Permit construction project: A temporary road closure will be in place through the end of February.  Sarasota County will be constructing a sewer lift station north of Clark Road.  The left turn lane from eastbound SR 72 onto north Lockwood Ridge Road will be closed.  Alternately, the westbound SR 72 outside thru-lane will not allow a right turn onto Lockwood Ridge Road. Please follow the posted detour and use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway so please use caution in the area.  Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures. Expected completion is June 2022.

SR 72 Stickney Point at US 41: Permit project: Crews will be constructing drainage structures and installing a signal through February 2022. Please use caution and watch for workers in the construction zone.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews have begun construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations for material delivery.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Completion is expected in fall 2022.

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