Sep
15

Public Information Meeting: US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street

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Public Information Meeting

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street in Sarasota County 

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is hosting a public information meeting on Tuesday, October 3rd from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bayfront Community Center located at 803 N. Tamiami Trail (US 41) in Sarasota. The public may arrive anytime between 5 p.m. and   7 p.m. Participants can view display boards of the design and speak with FDOT and project staff. An informative video of the project will be available for viewing throughout the meeting. Project staff will be present to answer questions.

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

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley, District One Title VI Coordinator at 800-292-3367 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days prior to the public meeting.

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13

State Road Closure

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Updated State Road Closure List

Below is the latest on State and Federal road closures.

FDOT bridge staff has inspected 536 bridges in SW Florida since the storm passed and have not identified any that need immediate repairs.   Water continues to rise in some inland areas and FDOT road and bridge staff will continue to monitor those areas closely.

FDOT crews continue to evaluate and assess damage to roadways, signals and signage throughout SW Florida.

County

City

Name/Number

Status

Reason

State Road  

Charlotte  

Punta Gorda  

31 

  Closed, Both Directions  

  Flooding  

State Road  

DeSoto  

Arcadia 

72 

  Closed, Both Directions  

  Flooding  

State Road  

DeSoto  

Arcadia 

70 Westbound 

  Closed, One Direction  

  Erosion  

State Road  

DeSoto  

Arcadia 

31 

  Closed, Both Directions  

  Flooding  

State Road  

Sarasota 

Sarasota

780 Eastbound @ Bearded Oaks

  Closed, Inside Lane  

  Depression  

State Road  

Glades  

Moorehaven 

78 

  Closed, Both Directions  

  Flooding  

U.S. Route  

Hardee  

Zolfo Springs 

17 

  Closed, Both Directions 

  Flooding  

State Road  

Hardee  

Ona 

64 

  Closed, Both Directions  

  Flooding  

State Road  

Polk  

Mulberry 

37 

  Closed, Both Directions  

  Flooding  

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13

Register for Disaster Assistance from FEMA

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FLORIDA DISASTER SURVIVORS: REGISTER FOR ASSISTANCE

FLORIDA RESIDENTS WITH LOSSES DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA IN NINE FLORIDA COUNTIES ARE NOW ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE.
IF YOU ARE AN IRMA DISASTER SURVIVOR FROM CHARLOTTE, COLLIER, HILLSBOROUGH, LEE, MANATEE, MIAMI-DADE, MONROE, PINELLAS, AND SARASOTA COUNTIES GO TO DISASTERASSISTANCE.GOV TO REGISTER TODAY.
IF YOU CANNOT REGISTER ONLINE PLEASE CALL 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

Survivors with losses due to Hurricane Irma in Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties may now register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to state and federal officials.
Individuals can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.

Applicants will need the following to apply:

  • Social Security Number;
  • Daytime telephone number;
  • Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property; and
  • Private insurance information, if available.


By registering for federal assistance on www.DisasterAssistance.gov

  • You can look up your address to find out if it is in a disaster area declared for Individual Assistance.
  • Check the status of your application and get updates by SMS or email.
  • Upload documents to support your application.

Another option for individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, is to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.
When an applicant registers, each receives a unique registration number. The registration number is important and should be written down and kept handy. Anyone who does not have a registration number is not yet registered.

 

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

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13

Report Business Damage

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The State of Florida has requested all business damage be reported to the Florida's Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center

If Your Business Has Sustained Damage

Please visit Florida's Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center.  This is the primary portal for private sector preparation, damage assessments and recovery.  Please fill out the damage assessment forms.  This information helps to assess the damage and begin the recovery process. http://www.flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda

Federal Assistance from Irma Damage | SBA loans for businesses

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. The loans can be used for loss and damages not fully covered by insurance.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.

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06

Weekly Traffic Report for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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Week of September 10, 2017

All work is subject to change due to Hurricane Irma.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is suspending work operations in all active construction zones statewide that would impact lanes used by motorists for evacuations. FDOT requires construction project contractors to have a hurricane plan. Safety is the top priority. Some operations that don’t impact motorists or roadway lanes can continue however, emphasis and focus of the contractor will be on securing materials and equipment at the project sites.

As a tropical event approaches, maintaining existing roads is essential. FDOT alerts staff and maintenance contractors; putting them on standby and adjusting schedules if necessary. Drainage structures are readied by removing debris from rights-of-way and along roadways. Fleet vehicles are fueled. Agreements with supply contractors are activated, for materials needed after the storm.

FDOT is holding teleconferences with districts and agency partners such as the Army Corps of Engineers, Water Management Districts, and Federal Highway Administration to ensure all infrastructure needs are met.

FDOT maintenance contractors have begun lowering high mast interstate lights in some areas.

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

Ellenton Gillette Road at 69th Street East: Construction project: Crews are constructing new left-turn lanes on Ellenton Gillette Road and 69th Street E; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk; signal upgrades, and new signing. Expect daytime lane closures from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and flagging operations when crews begin construction of the turn-lanes. Expected completion is early 2018. Coastal Bridge Company is the contractor.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas counties: Construction Project: The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area will close on Monday, September 18, 2017 ahead of construction beginning. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until fall 2018. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure.

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

Given the high probability that Hurricane Irma will make landfall in Florida, the contractor is anticipated to suspend their work operations until further notice. Crews will be securing the project and focusing on maintenance of traffic (MOT) procedures. Once the suspension is lifted and it is safe for crews to begin construction activities, the following operations are anticipated to resume.

Benderson Development Company, in coordination with Sarasota County, is installing brick pavers at the intersection of University Parkway and Cattlemen Road, pending weather. This work requires temporary intermittent lane closures on University Parkway and Cattlemen Road during daytime and nighttime hours. Expected completion is mid to late September. Expect delays.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 through Friday, September 16 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., pending weather. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m. Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market St. and at the on and off-ramps of I-75 through Friday, September 16 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., pending weather. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m. The contractor is installing final friction course and final striping. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway and uneven pavement. Speeding fines double when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is late fall 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/  

I-75 from Moccasin Wallow Road to the Hillsborough County Line: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing I-75, making drainage improvements, installing guardrail, and adding new signage and pavement markings. The pavement along Moccasin Wallow Road at the I-75 interchange is also being reconstructed. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC, is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2018.

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange: Construction project: This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. This week, crews will work on piers and drainage. 

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

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late of 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

US 301 at the Hernando Desoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews are installing pile jackets, making concrete repairs and repairing the bridge fender system. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. The portion of Riverwalk under the bridge along the seawall is now open. Inland Construction and Engineering, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017.

US 301 from Erie/Old Tampa Road to Moccasin Wallow Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. No lane closures are expected but motorists should be aware of crews working along the roadway through Friday, September 15. Use caution while in the area.

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

SR 684 from 92nd Lane to 82nd Street West: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. Expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures through Friday, September 29. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 from 301 Boulevard to Tara Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway and making signal upgrades. Expect daytime and/or nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Expected completion is late summer 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc.

SR 64 East near the Wauchula Myakka River Bridge: Maintenance contract project: Crews are cleaning ditches along the north side of the road (eastbound direction). No lane closures are expected between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. but motorists should be aware of crews working through mid-September 2017 and use caution.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Utility project: Utility contractors are relocating underground utilities in advance of construction on the new Legacy Trail pedestrian overpass. Traffic is down to a single lane in each direction. Westbound traffic has been shifted into the closed eastbound lane.

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

Given the high probability that Hurricane Irma will make landfall in Florida, the contractor is anticipated to suspend their work operations until further notice. Crews will be securing the project and focusing on maintenance of traffic (MOT) procedures. Once the suspension is lifted and it is safe for crews to begin construction activities, the following operations are anticipated to resume.

Benderson Development Company, in coordination with Sarasota County, is installing brick pavers at the intersection of University Parkway and Cattlemen Road, pending weather. This work requires temporary intermittent lane closures on University Parkway and Cattlemen Road during daytime and nighttime hours. Expected completion is mid to late September. Expect delays.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 through Friday, September 16 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., pending weather. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m. Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market St. and at the on and off-ramps of I-75 through Friday, September 16 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., pending weather. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m. The contractor is installing final friction course and final striping. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway and uneven pavement. Speeding fines double when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is late fall 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/  

 

Business US 41 from Palermo Place to Venice Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing new sidewalk and installing new bus pads. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Estimated completion is late summer 2017. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

Business US 41 at the Circus Drawbridge: Construction project: Crews are improving mechanical equipment; painting structural steel; making spall repairs, and replacing portions of sidewalk. Traffic lanes on both bridges will be open in preparation of Hurricane Irma. Traffic has shifted to the northbound bridge (one lane for each direction) while crews are working on the opposite bridge. The speed limit is reduced to 35 mph during construction. Southern Road and Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017.

US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

US 41/Venice By-Pass from Gulf Coast Boulevard to Bird Bay Drive: Construction project: Crews continue installing utility and storm drain systems and constructing temporary pavement. Expect intermittent nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. throughout the project limits while crews are working. Motorists should be mindful of the construction signs in place and traffic control officers and use caution while traveling through the project area. Bergeron Land Development is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2018.

US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; installing new drainage; installing highway lighting, curb and gutter; constructing new sidewalk, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on US 41; US 301; Fruitville Road, and Orange Avenue while crews are working. Crews are constructing a new right turn-lane from northbound US 41 to Fruitville Road. Once constructed, the existing right turn-lane will be closed to traffic. Crews will then construct a pedestrian island and improve drainage. Nighttime/overnight northbound outside lane closures are also expected from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning while crews are working. Preferred Materials, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017. 

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect daytime lane closures for barrier wall installation within the medians. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 from SR 789 Gulfstream Boulevard to the Ringling Bridge: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are cleaning storm sewer pipes, curb inlets and manholes. Expect nighttime/overnight intermittent lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. through mid-September. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 776/ N. Indiana Avenue south of Tangerine Woods Boulevard: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect northbound outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, September 15. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road/Osprey Avenue from Siesta Drive to Dunn Drive: Construction project:  Motorists can expect lane closures throughout the project while crews work on storm drainage testing, signage, miscellaneous concrete and other finish work as well as punch list items. Please stay alert for lane shifts within the project and exercise caution in those areas. Pay close attention to the traffic control devices. Driving through the traffic control devices and into the work zone is prohibited.  Be aware of slow moving construction equipment and plan additional travel time throughout the project.                                                                                                                      

The project consists of significant drainage improvements, removing old asphalt and resurfacing the roadway, reconstructing sidewalk, and installing new signalization in some areas.  The project also includes construction of eleven (11) pedestrian refuge islands on Bee Ridge Road between Dunn Drive and US 41. Expected completion of the $17 million project is fall of 2017.

Please call 239-225-1900, if you no longer need to receive RoadWatch.

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28

RoadWatch Advisory Daytime and Nighttime Lane Closures

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RoadWatch Advisory

Daytime and Nighttime Lane Closures

University Parkway and Cattlemen Road Intersection  

 

SARASOTA

University Parkway and Cattlemen Road Intersection, Sarasota County:  Construction Project:

Daytime and Nighttime Lane Closures. Details Below:

Benderson Development Company, in coordination with Sarasota County, is installing brick pavers at the intersection of University Parkway and Cattlemen Road. This work requires temporary intermittent lane closures on University Parkway and Cattlemen Road during daytime and nighttime hours. These activities are anticipated to last several weeks. Expect delays.

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23

Weekly Traffic Watch Report for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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Week of August 27, 2017 

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

Ellenton Gillette Road at 69th Street East: Construction project: Crews are constructing new left-turn lanes on Ellenton Gillette Road and 69th Street E; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk; signal upgrades, and new signing. Expect daytime lane closures from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and flagging operations when crews begin construction of the turn-lanes. Expected completion is early 2018. Coastal Bridge Company is the contractor.

 

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas counties: Construction Project: The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area will close on Monday, September 18, 2017 ahead of construction beginning. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until fall 2018. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure.

 

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

Construction activities are suspended Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day. Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, August 27 through Friday morning, September 1 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market St. and at the on and off-ramps of I-75 Sunday, August 27 through Friday morning, September 1 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

The contractor is installing final friction course and final striping. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway and uneven pavement. Speeding fines double when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is fall 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/  

 

I-75 from Moccasin Wallow Road to the Hillsborough County Line: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing I-75, making drainage improvements, installing guardrail, and adding new signage and pavement markings. The pavement along Moccasin Wallow Road at the I-75 interchange is also being reconstructed. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, LLC, is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2018.

 

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange: Construction project: This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. This week, crews will work on the northbound exit ramp, stormwater pond, and drainage. 

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

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late of 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

 

I-75 over the Little Manatee River: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight north and southbound right lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

US 301 at the Hernando Desoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews are installing pile jackets, making concrete repairs and repairing the bridge fender system. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. The portion of Riverwalk under the bridge along the seawall is now open. Inland Construction and Engineering, Inc., is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017.

 

US 301 from Erie/Old Tampa Road to Moccasin Wallow Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. No lane closures are expected but motorists should be aware of crews working along the roadway through Friday, September 1. Use caution while in the area.

 

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

 

SR 684 from 92nd Lane to 82nd Street West: Maintenance permit project: Crews are working on a force main. Expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures through Monday, August 28. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

SR 70 from 301 Boulevard to Tara Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway and making signal upgrades. Expect daytime and/or nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Expected completion is late summer 2017. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc.

 

SR 64 East near the Wauchula Myakka River Bridge: Maintenance contract project: Crews are cleaning ditches along the north side of the road (eastbound direction). No lane closures are expected between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. but motorists should be aware of crews working through mid-September 2017 and use caution. 

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

 

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Utility project: Utility contractors are relocating underground utilities in advance of construction on the new Legacy Trail pedestrian overpass. Traffic is down to a single lane in each direction. Westbound traffic has been shifted into the closed eastbound lane.

 

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Sarasota/Bradenton:  Construction Project:

Construction activities are suspended Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day. Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Sunday, August 27 through Friday morning, September 1 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market St. and at the on and off-ramps of I-75 Sunday, August 27 through Friday morning, September 1 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m. Watch for shifts in traffic.

The contractor is installing final friction course and final striping. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway and uneven pavement. Speeding fines double when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is fall 2017. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/  

 

I-75 over Eric Creek: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday, August 29. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

Business US 41 from Palermo Place to Venice Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing new sidewalk and installing new bus pads. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures while crews are working. Estimated completion is late summer 2017. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

 

Business US 41 at the Circus Drawbridge: Construction project: Crews are improving mechanical equipment; painting structural steel; making spall repairs, and replacing portions of sidewalk. Traffic will shift to the northbound bridge (one lane for each direction) the week of Sunday, August 27 while crews are working on the opposite bridge. The speed limit is reduced to 35 mph during construction. Southern Road and Bridge, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017.

 

US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

 

US 41/Venice By-Pass from Gulf Coast Boulevard to Bird Bay Drive: Construction project: Crews continue installing utility and storm drain systems and constructing temporary pavement. Expect intermittent nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. throughout the project limits while crews are working. Motorists should be mindful of the construction signs in place and traffic control officers and use caution while traveling through the project area. Bergeron Land Development is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2018.

 

US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; installing new drainage; installing highway lighting, curb and gutter; constructing new sidewalk, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on US 41; US 301; Fruitville Road, and Orange Avenue while crews are working. Crews are constructing a new right turn-lane from northbound US 41 to Fruitville Road. Once constructed, the existing right turn-lane will be closed to traffic. Crews will then construct a pedestrian island and improve drainage. Nighttime/overnight northbound outside lane closures are also expected from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning while crews are working. Preferred Materials, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2017. 

 

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect daytime lane closures for barrier wall installation within the medians. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

 

US 41 from SR 789 Gulfstream Boulevard to the Ringling Bridge: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are cleaning storm sewer pipes, curb inlets and manholes. Expect nighttime/overnight intermittent lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. through mid-September. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

SR 776/ N. Indiana Avenue south of Tangerine Woods Boulevard: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect northbound outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, September 1. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road/Osprey Avenue from Siesta Drive to Dunn Drive: Construction project:  Motorists can expect lane closures throughout the project as the pedestrian islands are completed and roadway striping adjusted.  Additionally, crews are working on storm drainage testing, signage, miscellaneous concrete and other finish work as well as punch list items. Please stay alert for lane shifts within the project and exercise caution in those areas. Pay close attention to the traffic control devices and barrels. Driving through the traffic control devices and into the work zone is prohibited.  Be aware of slow moving construction equipment and plan additional travel time throughout the project.                                                                                                       

The project consists of significant drainage improvements, removing old asphalt and resurfacing the roadway, reconstructing sidewalk, and installing new signalization in some areas.  The project also includes construction of eleven (11) pedestrian refuge islands on Bee Ridge Road between Dunn Drive and US 41. Expected completion of the $17 million project is fall of 2017.

 

SR 72 at the Stickney Point Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight westbound outside lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Monday, August 28 and Thursday, August 31. Use caution and expect possible delays.

 


 

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Aug
18

US 41 Intersection Improvements PD&E Study

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One has initiated a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to evaluate improvements at the intersections of US 41 at Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Way and Myrtle Street and develop context based bicycle/pedestrian facilities along US 41 from Dr. MLK Jr. Way to Myrtle Street in the City of Sarasota. This study will improve multi-modal accessibility along the corridor, provide a safe, convenient and attractive crossing for pedestrian and bicyclists and improve connectivity and circulation between the greater Downtown Sarasota area and the Bayfront area.

As part of this PD&E study, FDOT has implemented a Public Involvement Program.  The goal of this plan is to inform citizens of project and provide interested persons an opportunity to be involved in project development.  FDOT will hold public meetings and a formal public hearing to provide project information and to solicit public comment.  We will mail newsletters and flyers to elected and appointed officials, property owners, interested persons, and the news media in advance of the public workshop and hearing.  FDOT encourages all interested people to attend, ask questions, and express their views regarding the project and the information presented.  FDOT expects to complete this study by early 2019.

The FDOT looks forward to keeping you informed as we progress through this important study.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Mr. David C. Turley, PE at (863) 519-2255 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For more information about the US 41 Intersection Improvements PD&E Study, please visit the project website http://www.swflroads.com/us41/atmyrtlestreet&mlkjrway

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) pursuant to 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and FDOT.

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27

Draft 5 Year Transportation Improvement Program for 2016/17--2020/21 Available for Public Review and Comment

Draft 5 Year Transportation Improvement Program for 2016/17--2020/21 Available for Public Review and Comment

It's that time of year again! Every year the Sarasota/Manatee MPO updates the 5 Year Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, and the new draft TIP covering fiscal years 2016/17--2020/21 is now avilable for public review and comment.

To view the draft FY 2016/17--2020/21 TIP, please click here. This is a large file and might take a little while to load.

If you would like to download the file, please click here and select "Transportation Improvement Program," then "Draft 2016-17 TIP."

Background: The process to develop the 2016/17--2020/21 TIP started in March 2015 when the MPO Board adopted its 2015 Project Priority List.  That list was forwarded to FDOT to prepare its Draft Tentative Five Year Work Program which includes roadway improvements, transportation alternatives, bridge, safety and public transportation projects (i.e. transit, aviation, port, intermodal and transportation disadvantaged program projects).

At the December 2015 MPO Board meeting, FDOT presented the Draft Tentative Five Year Work Program that addressed the priorities that were set by the MPO Board in March 2015.  The 2016/17-2020/21 Draft Tentative Five Year Work Program is incorporated into the FY 2016/17-2020/21 Transportation Improvement Program. The TIP will go before the MPO Boad for adoption at their next MPO Board meeting on June 27, 2016. The TIP must be submitted to FDOT by July 15, 2016.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the draft FY 2016/17--2020/21 TIP, please contact Colleen McGue via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (941) 359-5772.

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12

MPO Engages Community in Strategic Mobility Plan

MPO Engages Community in Strategic Mobility Plan

The creation of the Strategic Mobility Plan, referenced in this previous post from October 2014, includes a substantial community engagement effort to gather ideas from residents of Sarasota and Manatee Counties on how to improve the region’s transportation system. One of the ways we have been reaching out to the public is by going out into the community and listening to the perspectives of residents in small focus group discussions. We have hosted 21 focus groups throughout the region, from northern Manatee County to southern Sarasota County, and on a variety of topics relating to transportation. See below for the entire list of focus groups. Click here to see the map in more detail.

In order to get the conversation started, focus group attendees responded to a four question survey that included questions similar to those presented on the Strategic Mobility Plan Website. The comments we heard during the focus group discussions centered on a desire for more transportation options such as more frequent transit, safer bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and other modes like water taxis. Participants also recommended developing a holistic vision for the region, studying proposed developments for their long-term impacts on traffic congestion, improving coordination among the many jurisdictions in the region, and improving traffic through technology.

When participants were asked what one transportation project they would fund in the next five years if they had the money to do so, we heard a range of answers from residents such as improving public transit with more frequent service and better amenities (covered bus shelters and bus schedules at bus stops), a fully-integrated multimodal network, walkable cities, roundabouts, an expressway east of I-75, better technology to manage traffic congestion, and making developers pay for all necessary road improvements.

We have documented all of the comments we received during the focus groups, in addition to any other public comments received during the update, and we are currently working on incorporating these ideas and suggestions into the Strategic Mobility Plan.

The focus groups held included:

City of Palmetto - Community Redevelopment Agency

City of Bradenton – Central Community Redevelopment Agency

Manatee County - Lakewood Ranch Business Association

Manatee County – Federation of Homeowner Associations

Manatee County – Parrish Civic Association

Manatee County – Lakewood Ranch District Directors

Manatee County – Local Coordinating Board for Transportation Disadvantaged

Manatee County - Manatee Chamber of Commerce

City of Sarasota - North Sarasota and Newtown

City of Sarasota - City Council of Neighborhood Associations

City of Sarasota - Condominiums on the Bay Association

City of Sarasota - Downtown Condominium Association

Sarasota County - Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Sarasota County – Local Coordinating Board for Transportation Disadvantaged

Sarasota County – Englewood Community Redevelopment Agency

Sarasota County – Council of Neighborhood Associations

City of Venice - Chamber of Commerce

City of North Port - Chamber of Commerce

Focus Group for Local and Regional Environmental Interests

Focus Group for Local and Regional Freight Interests

Sarasota/Manatee MPO’s Bicycle Pedestrian Trails Advisory Committee

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