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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch

FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1, 2020

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

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

MANATEE COUNTY

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

  • During the nighttime/overnight hours on Thursday, October 29, southbound I-75 traffic will shift to the new southbound bridge over SR 70.  Intermittent southbound I-75 on-ramp and off-ramp (Exit 217) closures may be necessary during this work.
  • Beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 30, through 5 a.m. on Monday, November 2 (through the weekend), motorists should expect westbound SR 70 shifted to the southside of the roadway, adjacent to the eastbound travel lanes.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (northbound) or 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (southbound) through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 70 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 70 through the duration of the construction.
  • Drivers should exercise caution and be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the interstate through the duration of the construction.

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

I-75 at US 301 and I-75 at I-275: Landscaping installation: Crews will be relocating royal palms from the interchange at I-75 and US 301 to the interchange at I-75 and I-275. There may be  shoulder closures on the ramps at I-75 and US 301. Motorists can expect trucks entering and leaving the highway at both interchanges throughout the day. Contractor is Superior Lawn and Landscaping. Estimated completion is by November 2020. 

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Expect lane closures intermittently going both north and south on US 301 during day and overnight hours. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2020.

US 301 at 121st Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway and right turn lane. There will be intermittent lane closures to the outside turn lane on both eastbound or westbound lanes through November 8, 2020.  There will also be intermittent closures to the inside median turn lane on both the eastbound and westbound lanes. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. throughout construction. AJAX Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is early 2021.

US 19 north from US 41 south: Construction project: There will be intermittent ramp closures both north and south bound from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Motorists should expect detours.

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 a 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 2020.

  • A new traffic pattern is in place, shifting construction to the north side of Cortez Road.  Thru traffic will use the south side of Cortez Road.
  • Also, with the traffic shift to the north side of Cortez Road, the two outbound lanes of Harbor Landing Drive will be closed.  Traffic into Harbor Landings will be detoured to the west on 127th Street, and the Cortez Road entrance lanes will then become the Harbor Landings exit.
  • Please watch for crews and use caution when traveling through the project corridor.

SR 64 at Uihlein Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both eastbound and westbound lanes starting November 01 through December 20, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane, and driveway connection.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 64 at Rye Road Roundabout: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout, resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is scheduled for fall 2020.  Crews will be working on final road preparation, so motorists should expect intermittent lane closures and/ or flagging operations on SR 64, White Eagle Road and Rye Road. 

SR 64 at Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road: Construction project: Construction of  a roundabout at SR 64 and Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road includes installing pedestrian activated crossings on all legs of the roundabout, adding lighting and landscaping, and installing a new traffic signal and crosswalks at SR 64 and 117th Street East.  The contractor is Watson Civil Construction, Inc. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting.

  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard and Rye Road.
  • The Eastbound travel lanes have been reduced to one lane and shifted to the north side of the median through the project.
  • Travel for both east and westbound traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the project limits at the Greyhawk and Pope Road intersection.
  • Signal work will be taking place at 117th Street East, there will be a locator monitoring directional bore operations across the roadway during conduit installations beneath the roadway.
  • Widening construction will begin for the left turn lanes on SR 64 at 117th Street East.  While the contractor removes the existing median and widens the existing turn lane, there will be daytime closures of the left turn lanes for both the east and westbound lanes.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at Jacaranda Boulevard: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping and no lane closures will be necessary. Estimated completion is late 2020.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-75 at Sumter Boulevard: Landscaping installation: Crews will be installing landscaping and no lane closures will be required. Estimated completion is late 2020.  Contractor is Frankie Valdez Company

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.
  • Sidewalk and curb installation on both side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Intermittent sidewalk closures are expected as crews work in the areas.
  • Curb installation at 14th Street on the north side and south side. Expect lane closures and flaggers directing traffic while crews form and pour concrete. Driveways between 13th Street and 14th Street are expected to be formed and poured next week. Interruptions to driveways access are expected. Crews will be coordinating with the property owners for the installations.
  • Drainage inlets installation is expected at the corner of 13th Street and US 41. Lane closure on 13th Street is expected. Please be cautious as flaggers might be directing traffic in and out of 13th Street.
  • Grading and irrigation installation in the median area and on the west side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, pickup trucks, and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Light pole installation is expected at 10th Street intersection and at the south west corner of 14th Street.
  • Asphalt removal and curb installation expected on the east side between 12th Street and 14th Street. Final grading around The Reserve driveway expected over the next 2 weeks.
  • Asphalt removal expected on the west side of US 41 between the boat ramp and 10th Street. Expect noise from asphalt removal operations and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes.

Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions. Motorist entering the roundabout regardless of direction of travel, are advised to YEILD to traffic already within the roundabout.

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 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. Southbound traffic has been shifted onto the newly completed portion of the Roundabout on the west side of US 41. Northbound traffic on US 41 has been shifted to the newly completed east half of the roundabout. Two lanes of traffic on US 41 will be maintained in each direction during this phase of construction. Due to this traffic shift, the following maintenance of traffic will be in effect:
  • The northbound left turn movement from US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts will not be allowed. The traffic in the left-hand northbound lane of US 41 will need to proceed to 10th Street and make a left turn at the 10th Street signal and turn left onto Van Wezel Way in order to access Boulevard of the Arts  and the amenities west of US 41. All other traffic movements at the US 41-Boulevard of the Arts intersection will continue to be allowed.
  • Fruitville Road will remain closed to westbound traffic between Cocoanut Avenue and US 41 during this phase of construction.  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.
  • Access has been restored from northbound US 41 to Fifth Street, but there will be no access from northbound US 41 to Fourth Street and the alley located between Fourth and Fifth Streets.
  • No left turns are allowed 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.
  • From Sunday, November 1, through Saturday, November 7, 2020, expect possible intermittent day and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for roadway work.

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 sidewalks 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.

US 41 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road 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. 

  • A new traffic pattern is now in effect for the southbound and northbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews and use caution when traveling through the project corridor.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the west side of the roadway and a temporary pedestrian access pathway has been established on the east side.
  • Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, November 1, to Saturday, November 7, 2020, to perform drainage pipe installation.

SR 776 between Stout Street and Stoner Road: Maintenance permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both the inside and outside lanes for the eastbound and westbound lanes through November 30, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane and driveway connection.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758 on Bee Ridge Road between Bond Place and Lalani Boulevard: Permit project: Crews will be trimming trees from the Florida Power & Light powerline on November 04, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on SR 758 from Bond Place to Lalani Boulevard.  There will be intermittent lane closure of the eastbound outside lane.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758 (Higel/ Shell Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive on Siesta Key: Construction project: This project improves drainage, resurfaces the roadway, and improves the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive. 

  • Crews are working on clearing the drainage easement and shoulder work. 
  • Motorists should expect delays due to single lane traffic and flaggers.
  • Expect possible overnight construction.

The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc. Expected completion is fall 2020, weather permitting.

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