Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties


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 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.


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

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 over the Manatee River Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be working overnight Sunday, January 17, 2021, through Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. with intermittent left and right lane closures. Please use caution in the area.

I-275 and SR 93 southbound rest area off-ramp:  Maintenance:  Crews will be repairing a light pole on the right shoulder of I-275 on the south rest area overpass.  There will be overnight right lane closures from January 10 to January 17, 2021, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Please use caution in the area.

US 301 from 60th Avenue east up to US 301 (Old Tampa Road): Construction mainttenance: Crews will be repaving sections of the roadway overnight from Sunday, January 10, through Thursday, January 14, 2021, and then Sunday, January 17th, through Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound. Contractor is Midwestern Construction.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing a sidewalk. Expect daytime single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 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.

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 currently realigning the intersection of SR 684/Cortez Road and 119th Street W, while also resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing a sidewalk and installing new highway lighting.

AJAX Paving Industries is the contractor. Expected completion is first quarter 2021.

SR 64 at Uihlein Road: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent lane closures on both eastbound and westbound lanes through February 7, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the construction of a left turn lane, right turn lane, and driveway connection. 

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.



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

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project:

Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for workers, construction vehicles, pickup trucks and other construction equipment within the work zone and entering or exiting 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.

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 early winter 2021. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Gulf Gate Drive to McIntosh Road: Construction maintenance: crews will be reshaping and reworking ditches from Monday, January 11th, through Friday, January 15th, and then Monday, January 18th through Friday, January 22, 2021, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The contractor will utilize a shoulder closure; however, in some areas with limited shoulder, outside lane closures may be required.  Contractor is Midwestern Construction. 

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Work includes resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, constructing sidewalks, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, and installing new highway lighting along the three-mile work.  For a less than one mile stretch by North Creek Bridge, traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction. Once the bridge is complete, a traffic shift is expected in mid to late January. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected overall project 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. 

US 41 from Panama Drive to 15th Street: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent, alternating northbound and southbound lane closures thru February 29, 2021, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Project includes median utility work and the construction of a left turn lane and several driveway connections along US 41.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from Shamrock Boulevard to Sunset Beach Drive: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent right lane closures on both the north and southbound lanes starting Monday, January 11, 2021, to January 29, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews will be constructing a driveway and completing utility work. Please use caution.

SR 681 over the Legacy Trail: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing bridge repair on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, and motorists should expect a southbound left lane closure from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contractor is DBi Services.

SR 758 (Higel/ Shell Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive on Siesta Key: Construction project: This project will improve drainage, resurface the roadway, and improve the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset.  Motorists should expect delays due to single lane traffic and flaggers, including evening and overnight work. The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc. Completion is expected January 2021.

SR 789 John Ringling Parkway from Bird Key Drive to Washington Drive North: Construction permit project: the City of Sarasota contractors will be installing landscaping Tuesday, January 19th, to January 29, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be intermittent lane closures on the westbound right lane. Use caution in the area.