May
22

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF MAY 24, 2020

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

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

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

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2020.

SR 684 at the Cortez Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight intermittent east and westbound lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Sunday, May 31 through Thursday, June 4. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70A/15th Street north of 301 Boulevard: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are making drainage improvements. Expect daytime single lane closures and flagging operations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day Tuesday, May 26 through Thursday, May 28. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10-foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. Single lane closures on Rye Road with flaggers is expected the week of Sunday, May 10. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2020.

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

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

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project: In observance of Memorial Day, no construction activities are scheduled Saturday, May 23rd through Monday, May 25th.

  • Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.
  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Curb installation and grading in the median area is expected throughout the week. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, pickup trucks and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Drainage pipe installation is expected to continue on 10th Street between US 41 and Cocoanut Avenue. Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes. Impacts to The Jefferson Center driveway are expected during the installation. Ingress and egress to the parking area will be coordinated with the building management.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th St have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 and pedestrian crosswalks at 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access.
  • Sidewalk installation and repairs continue the east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street. Sidewalk on east side of US 41 are closed and considered an active work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.
  • Although the project work zone will be shifted to the middle of US 41, There will be work on the east side while crews work on sidewalks and streetlights. Pay attention to the travel lanes while entering and leaving the businesses or side streets. No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.
  • Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.
  • Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.
  • Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

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

  • Beginning as early as Saturday, May 30, motorists should expect a new traffic pattern to be implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard. Crews will shift traffic slightly to the west towards the existing southbound lanes and median to shift pedestrian traffic onto the newly completed sidewalk on the southbound side and restripe the roadway. Two travel lanes in each direction will be maintained throughout the project limits and the speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, through Saturday, May 30, to perform drainage pipe installation. Lane closures will not be in effect over Memorial Day weekend.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution, and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

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

  • Beginning Saturday, May 23rd through Thursday, May 28th, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for utility work.
  • Motorists should use caution when making a right turn movement traveling eastbound from northbound US 41 onto Fruitville Road. A new temporary turn lane has been shifted slightly south from where the previous turn lane was located. This turn lane will be a much sharper turn.
  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. The travel lanes on US 41from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction during daytime operations.
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to 10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • The traffic signal at the US 41-Fruitville Road intersection has been deactivated and removed.
    • The third left-turn lane from Gulfstream Avenue onto NB US 41 has been reinstated.
    • The left turn movement from northbound US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts has been reinstated.
    • Eastbound traffic on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue will remain open.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.

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

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

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

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May
15

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF MAY 17, 2020

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

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

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

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2020.

SR 684 at the Cortez Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight intermittent east and westbound lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Sunday, May 31 through Thursday, June 4. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10-foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. Single lane closures on Rye Road with flaggers is expected the week of Sunday, May 10. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2020.

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

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

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits, while crews work in the median to remove the old asphalt. Expect trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Paving in the median area is expected throughout the week. Work is expected during daytime with asphalt trucks, pavers and rollers working close to travel lanes.
  • Drainage pipe installation is expected on 10th Street between US 41 and Cocoanut Avenue. Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Work zone will be shifted to the middle of US 41, with north bound traffic shifted to the newly paved roadway.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 and pedestrian crosswalks at 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access.
  • Sidewalk installation and repairs continue on the east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street. Sidewalk on east side of US 41 are closed and considered an active work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.
  • Although the project work zone will be shifted to the middle of US 41, There will be work on the east side while crews work on sidewalks and streetlights. Pay attention to the travel lanes while entering and leaving the businesses or side streets. No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.
  • Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.
  • Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.
  • Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

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

  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 am. to 11 p.m. Monday, May 18th, through Friday, May 22nd, to perform drainage pipe installation.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger direction when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • A traffic switch has been implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard shifting traffic east to the existing southbound lanes and median. Two travel lanes in each direction are maintained throughout the project limits, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the demarcated median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.

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

  • Beginning Saturday, May 16th through Saturday, May 23rd, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for utility work.
  • Motorists should use caution when making a right turn movement traveling eastbound from northbound US 41 onto Fruitville Road. A new temporary turn lane has been shifted slightly south from where the previous turn lane was located. This turn lane will be a much sharper turn.
  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. The travel lanes on US 41from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction during daytime operations.
  • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach   US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
  • No left turns from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
  • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
  • The traffic signal at the US 41-Fruitville Road intersection has been deactivated and removed. 
  • The third left-turn lane from Gulfstream Avenue onto NB US 41 has been reinstated.
  • The left turn movement from northbound US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts has been reinstated.
  • Eastbound traffic on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue will remain open.
  • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.

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

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

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

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May
08

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF MAY 10, 2020

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion.  The Manatee County rest area is expected to open on Friday, May 8. The fishing pier will remain open during the closure; however, there will be intermittent flagging operations along the fishing pier access road in Manatee County for moving of equipment and materials. Expected completion is spring 2020. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

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

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

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

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

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

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2020.

SR 684 at the Cortez Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight intermittent east and westbound lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Tuesday, May 26 through Thursday, May 28. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10-foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. Single lane closures on Rye Road with flaggers is expected the week of Sunday, May 10. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2020.

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

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

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected at throughout the project limits, while crews work in the median to remove the old asphalt. Expect trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Drainage pipe installation is expected on 10th Street between US 41 and Cocoanut Avenue. Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Work zone will be shifted to the middle of US 41, with north bound traffic shifted to the newly paved roadway.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 and pedestrian crosswalks at 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access.
  • Sidewalk installation and repairs continue on the east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street. Sidewalk on east side of US 41 are closed and considered an active work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.
  • Although the project work zone will be shifted to the middle of US 41, There will be work on the east side while crews work on sidewalks and streetlights. Pay attention to the travel lanes while entering and leaving the businesses or side streets. No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.
  • Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.
  • Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.
  • Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

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

  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 am. to 11 p.m. Monday, May 11th, through Saturday, May 16th, to perform drainage pipe installation.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger direction when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • A traffic switch has been implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard shifting traffic east to the existing southbound lanes and median. Two travel lanes in each direction are maintained throughout the project limits, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the demarcated median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.

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

  • Beginning Saturday, May 9th through Saturday, May 16th, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for utility work.
  • The eastbound lanes of Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue have been reopened.
  • Motorists should use caution when making a right turn movement traveling eastbound from northbound US 41 onto Fruitville Road. A new temporary turn lane has been shifted slightly south from where the previous turn lane was located. This turn lane will be a much sharper turn.
  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. The travel lanes on US 41from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction during daytime operations.
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • The traffic signal at the US 41-Fruitville Road intersection has been deactivated and removed. 
    • The third left-turn lane from Gulfstream Avenue onto NB US 41 has been reinstated.
    • The left turn movement from northbound US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts has been reinstated.
    • Eastbound traffic on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue will remain open.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.

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

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

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

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01

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF MAY 3, 2020

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is open to traffic. Expect shoulder closures along I-75 the week of Sunday, May 3. Expected completion is spring 2020. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

  • On Monday, May 4, at 10 p.m. through Tuesday, May 5, at 6 a.m., SR 70 eastbound will be closed to allow crews to erect beams on the overpass bridge, weather permitting.  Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour signs or use local routes.
  • On Tuesday, May 5, at 10 p.m. through Wednesday, May 6, at 6 a.m., SR 70 eastbound will be closed to allow crews to erect beams on the overpass bridge, weather permitting.  Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour signs or use local routes.
  • On Wednesday, May 6, at 10 p.m. through Thursday, May 7, at 6 a.m., SR 70 westbound will be closed to allow crews to erect beams on the overpass bridge, weather permitting.  Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour signs or use local routes.
  • On Thursday, May 7, at 10 p.m. through Friday, May 8, at 6 a.m., SR 70 westbound will be closed to allow crews to erect beams on the overpass bridge, weather permitting.  Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour signs or use local routes.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

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

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

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2020.

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

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10-foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. Single lane closures on Rye Road with flaggers is expected the week of Sunday, May 3. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2020.

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

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

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected at throughout the project limits, while crews work in the median to remove the old asphalt. Expect noise from grinding asphalt and excavators removing asphalt and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Nighttime lane closures for implementation of the roundabout at 14th Street is expected Monday, May 5th, weather permitting.
  • Traffic shift on US 41 at 14th Street – begins at 6 p.m., Monday, May 4th and ends at 6 a.m., Tuesday, May 5th, weather permitting.
  • Nighttime lane closures will start at 6 p.m. and end by 6 a.m.
  • Traffic shift on US 41 at 14th Street will change the travel lanes to a two-lane roundabout configuration.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 14th Street will be removed, and motorists will follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Motorist are asked to seek alternate routes if possible.
  • Drainage pipe installation is expected on 10th Street between US 41 and Cocoanut Avenue. Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Work zone will be shifted to the middle of US 41, with north bound traffic shifted to the newly paved roadway.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 and pedestrian crosswalks at 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access.
  • Sidewalk installation and repairs continue on the east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street. Sidewalk on east side of US 41 are closed and considered an active work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.
  • Although the project work zone will be shifted to the middle of US 41, There will be work on the east side while crews work on sidewalks and streetlights. Pay attention to the travel lanes while entering and leaving the businesses or side streets. No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.
  • Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.
  • Expect noise from excavators, vibration from rollers, back up alarms, trucks, and construction vehicles throughout the project corridor.
  • Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

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

  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 am. to 11 p.m. Monday, May 4th, through Saturday, May 9th, to perform drainage pipe installation.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger direction when turning into businesses and shopping plazas.
  • A traffic switch has been implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard shifting traffic east to the existing southbound lanes and median. Two travel lanes in each direction are maintained throughout the project limits, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the demarcated median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.

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

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

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

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

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

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10

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF April 12, 2020

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is open to traffic. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound intermittent lane closures on I-75 from 7 p.m. each night to 7 a.m. each morning Sunday, April 12 through Saturday, April 18. Expected completion is spring 2020. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Daytime lane closures from east of 119th Street W to 86th Street W within the four-lane section of SR 684/Cortez Road are expected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2020.

SR 684 at the Cortez Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are inspecting the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound intermittent lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Monday, April 13 and Tuesday, April 14. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10-foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. A traffic shift is planned for the week of April 13th on Rye Road at westbound SR 64. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2020.

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

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

  • Traffic shifts will occur overnight and are scheduled as follows:
    • US 41 at 10th Street – begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 16th and ends at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 17th.
    • US 41 at 14th Street – begins at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 18th and ends at 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 19th.
  • Travel lanes will change to a two-lane roundabout configuration. Nighttime lane closures will be required, starting at 6 p.m. and will be finished by 6 a.m. Eastbound and westbound traffic at each roundabout will be detoured prior to 6 p.m. Motorist are asked to seek alternate routes.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street will be removed, and motorists will follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Roadway base is expected to be graded and compacted. Expect vibration due to compaction efforts along the east side of US 41 from 10th Street to 15th Street. Vibration monitors are installed to ensure vibrations are within specified limits and readings will be monitored in real time.
  • Asphalt paving is expected on the east side of US 41 from 10th Street to 14th Street, starting Monday, April 13th through Wednesday, April 15th. Use caution while the paving crews cross the side streets and driveways causing temporary closures.
  • Eastbound and westbound traffic on Imperial Drive/14th Street will be impacted while crews pave the intersection on Wednesday, April 15th. Paving operations are scheduled to occur daytime and nighttime.
  • Lane closures and temporary road closures are expected on the east and west side of US 41 at 10th Street, Wednesday, April 15th and Thursday, April 16th, while crews paint the new roadway striping.
  • Temporary side street closures and impacts to driveways on the east side of US 41 are expected, while crews construct roadway base. Impacted businesses/homeowners will be notified and provided with an alternate route. Local traffic can access side streets via Cocoanut Avenue and detour signs will be posted.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 and pedestrian crosswalks at 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Sidewalks on east side of US 41 are closed and considered an active work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue.
  • The project work zone is shifted to the east side of US 41, pay attention to the travel lanes while entering and leaving the businesses or side streets. No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.
  • Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone.
  • Expect noise from equipment, back up alarms and dust throughout the project corridor.
  • Work is expected during daytime hours, but some activities will require weekend and nighttime work.

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

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

Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger direction when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

  • A traffic switch has been implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard shifting traffic east to the existing southbound lanes and median. Two travel lanes in each direction are maintained throughout the project limits, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the demarcated median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.
  • Motorists should expect northbound and southbound nighttime lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, April 20 through Saturday, April 25 to perform drainage pipe installation.

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

  • Beginning Sunday night, April 12, through Friday morning, April 17, US 41 may be reduced to a single lane in both directions each night between 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. from North Palm Avenue to Boulevard of the Arts.  The lane reductions may be necessary to install new stormwater drainage across US 41 near Fruitville Road.
  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. The westbound lanes of Fruitville Road from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 are closed, and the travel lanes on US 41from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction.
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • The traffic signal at the US 41-Fruitville Road intersection has been deactivated and removed. 
    • The third left-turn lane from Gulfstream Avenue onto NB US 41 has been reinstated.
    • The left turn movement from northbound US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts has been reinstated.
    • Eastbound traffic on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue will remain open.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.

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

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

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03

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch Weekly Update

FOR WEEK OF APRIL 5, 2020

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is open to traffic. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound intermittent lane closures on I-75 from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, April 5 through Saturday, April 11. Expected completion is spring 2020. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

  • On Friday, April 3, at 10 p.m. through Saturday, April 4 at 6 a.m., the SR 70 on-ramp to I-75 southbound will be closed.  Motorists are advised to take I-75 northbound to Exit 220/SR 64 and return to the interstate southbound; or, use local routes.
  • On Sunday, April 5, at 10 p.m., through Monday, April 6, at 6 a.m. the SR 70 on-ramp to I-75 southbound will be closed.  Motorists are advised to take I-75 northbound to Exit 220/SR 64 and return to the interstate southbound; or, use local routes.
  • On Monday, April 6, at 6 a.m. crews will shift traffic to the new SR 70 to I-75 southbound on-ramp.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

I-75 at State Road 64: Construction project: Crews are adjusting the traffic signal heads to increase visibility on SR 64 eastbound at the I-75 on and off-ramps.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is early April 2020; weather permitting.

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

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

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

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

SR 684 at the Cortez Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are inspecting the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound intermittent lane closures from    9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Monday, April 13 and Tuesday, April 14. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage, and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10 foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. Traffic on Rye Road has been shifted slightly to allow space for crews to complete drainage work. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2020.

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

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

  • Traffic shifts will occur overnight and are scheduled as follows:
    • US 41 at 10th Street – Saturday, April 11th
    • US 41 at 14th Street – Monday, April 13th
  • Travel lanes will change to a two-lane roundabout configuration. Expect multiple lane closures and use caution as trucks will be entering and leaving the work zone within the project limits.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street will be removed, and motorists will follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Roadway base is expected to be graded and compacted. Expect vibration due to compaction efforts along the east side of US 41 from 10th Street to 15th Street. Vibration monitors are installed to ensure vibrations are within specified limits and readings will be monitored in real time.
  • Asphalt paving is expected on the east side of US 41 from 10th Street to 14th Street. Use caution while the paving crews cross the side streets and driveways causing temporary closures.
  • Temporary side street closures and impacts to driveways on the east side of US 41 are expected, while crews construct roadway base. Impacted businesses/homeowners will be notified and provided with an alternate route. Local traffic can access side streets via Cocoanut Avenue and detour signs will be posted.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 and pedestrian crosswalks at 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Sidewalks on east side of US 41 are closed and considered an active work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue.
  • The project work zone is shifted to the east side of US 41, pay attention to the travel lanes while entering and leaving the businesses or side streets. No left turns permitted within the project limits, except at the boat ramp, which has an exclusive left turn lane for north bound traffic.

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

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

Expect noise from equipment, back up alarms and dust throughout the project corridor.

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

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

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

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

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

  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. The westbound lanes of Fruitville Road from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 are closed, and the travel lanes on US 41from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction.
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020).
    • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place.
    • The traffic signal at the US 41-Fruitville Road intersection has been deactivated and removed. 
    • The third left-turn lane from Gulfstream Avenue onto NB US 41 has been reinstated.
    • The left turn movement from northbound US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts has been reinstated.
    • Eastbound traffic on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue will remain open.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.
  • Beginning Sunday night, April 5, through Friday morning, April 10, US 41 may be reduced to a single lane in both directions each night between 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. from North Palm Avenue to Boulevard of the Arts.  The lane reductions may be necessary to install new stormwater drainage across US 41 near Fruitville Road.

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

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

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14

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 16, 2020

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

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

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

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is open to traffic. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound intermittent lane closures on I-75 from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, February 16 through Saturday, February 22. Expected completion is spring 2020. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

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

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

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

US 301 (State Road 43) from Moccasin Wallow Road to the Hillsborough County Line: Construction project: Use caution and watch for periodic lane closures with flaggers directing traffic as crews complete final punch list items. The improvements under this contract consist of milling and resurfacing, super elevation correction, shoulder reconstruction, turnout construction, drainage improvements, shoulder treatment, signing and pavement markings.

SR 684/Cortez Road from 123rd Street W to 119th Street W and from 123rd Street W to 86th Street W: Construction project: Crews are realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (both north and southside). Construction activities will be suspended for SR 684/Cortez Road and on 119th Street W (southside) during the Cortez Seafood Festival. Construction activities are expected to resume Tuesday, February 18. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is late summer 2020.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage, and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. A traffic shift will be implemented on Rye Road beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday, February 16. Motorists should use caution and pay close attention to the changes in traffic pattern. Nighttime/overnight lane closures on Rye Road will occur from 8 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 21. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10 foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. Traffic on Rye Road has been shifted slightly to allow space for crews to complete drainage work. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2020.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Expect intermittent northbound and southbound nighttime lane closures for installation of water line on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, through Thursday, February 20.
  • Seaboard Avenue at US 41 may be closed to thru traffic while workers complete drainage improvements. Motorists should use Spur Street as a detour route if needed. Seaboard Avenue is anticipated to reopen on Saturday, February 15.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger direction when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • A traffic switch has been implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard shifting traffic east to the existing southbound lanes and median. Two travel lanes in each direction are maintained throughout the project limits, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the demarcated median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.

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

  • Beginning Sunday night, February 16, through Friday morning, February 21, US 41 may be reduced to a single lane in both directions each night between 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. from North Palm Avenue to 4th Street.  During this same time period the westbound left turn lane along Fruitville Road approaching US 41 may be reduced from 2 lanes to a single left turn lane.  The lane reductions are necessary to install new utility lines and stormwater drainage along US 41.
  • A new traffic pattern is in effect.  While this traffic shift is in place there will be four lanes along US 41, with two lanes of traffic in each direction and no left turn movements allowed along US 41 in the construction zone. Impacts to lane usage affecting motorists will be as follows:
    • No left turns from northbound US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts (in effect through late February/early March 2020) 
      • The traffic in the left-hand northbound lane of US 41 will need to proceed to 10th Street, make a left turn at the 10th Street signal, in order to access Van Wezel, Symphony, Municipal Auditorium, Hyatt, etc. Detour signage is in place. All other movements of traffic at the US 41-Boulevard of the Arts intersection are allowed.
    • No left turns from southbound US 41 to eastbound Fruitville Road (in effect through fall 2020)
      • Southbound motorists, if desiring to go east from US 41, will need to turn left at 10th Street, follow 10th Street to Lemon Avenue, turn right at Lemon Avenue and then follow Lemon Avenue to Fruitville Road. Detour signage is in place. All other movements at the US 41 – Fruitville Road intersection are allowed. 
    • The left turn eastbound movement from Gulfstream Avenue to northbound US 41 is reduced to 2 lanes instead of 3 lanes (in effect through late February/early March 2020). 
  • UPCOMING TRAFFIC SWITCH: Beginning in late February to early March, a new traffic pattern will go into effect. The westbound lanes of Fruitville Road from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 will be closed, and the travel lanes on US 41 from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street will be shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction.

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

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. A traffic shift is tentatively scheduled to be implemented on Friday, February 21. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. Once implemented, the traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

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26

SR 64 at Greyhawk Public Hearing

public-notice Public Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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