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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties


FOR WEEK JUNE 13, 2021

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.


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

  • 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 work is underway. Estimated completion is fall 2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

I-75 and Moccasin Wallow Road: Landscape installation: Crews will be installing landscaping so occasional shoulder closures may be required. Estimated completion is August 2021.  The contractor is Frankie Valdez Company. 

I-275 at US 19 (Exit 5): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

I-275 at US 41 (Exit 2): Construction project: Crews will remove the existing high mast lighting systems and replace with conventional lighting systems.  This week, crews will install the electrical pull boxes. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices.

SR 684 at the Cortez Road draw bridge: Bridge maintenance: DBi Services crews will be making bridge structure repairs overnight on Monday, June 14, through Thursday, June 17, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Expect intermittent lane closures with flagging operations to guide motorists. Please use caution and be alert for crews working in the construction zone.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews will begin a median modification in June 2021 to improve vehicle throughput, improve access to retail, provide enhanced lighting, and improved safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Lane closures are limited to evening and overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Please use caution in the active construction zone. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting. The contractor is Wright Construction Group.

SR 70 west of White Eagle Boulevard: Construction permit project: There will be intermittent east and westbound right lane closures on SR 70, west of White Eagle Boulevard, thru July 24, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Crews will be constructing right and left turn lanes, a median opening, driveway and drainage.  Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road: Construction permit project: Starting in June and going through August 2021, there will be a detour set up for the Caruso Road closure on SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road.  This is part of the continued 44th Avenue east improvements project, constructing utility, drainage, and roadway improvements. Please plan additional travel time and use caution in the area.

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 fall 2021, weather permitting.

  • TRAFFIC PATTERN– Traffic lanes are detoured onto the south side of the roundabout.
  • East and westbound is one lane in each direction through the project.
  • The eastbound left turns are temporarily closed at Peace Presbyterian Church, Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run.  Utilize SR 64 and Rye Road Roundabout to circle back.
  • Pope Road is closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and Rye Road.
  • Pedestrian traffic: Sidewalks are open on both sides of SR 64.  There is an alternate pathway on the north side of SR 64, detoured around construction areas at Greyhawk. 
  • Signals at 117th Street east and SR 64 are fully activated.  Right lane closures may be needed to complete miscellaneous construction items.



US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Activities include:

  • Crews expected to begin building the temporary roadway along the Marina Jacks parking lot. Activity involves moving material from the pond site on the east side of US 41 to the west side of US 41. Dump trucks will be hauling material utilizing Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street towards Marina Jacks. Expect noise and vibration from construction equipment and watch for trucks entering and leaving the roadway.
  • Sanitary sewer main installation along the eastern side of the retention pond continues. Night work is expected for the tie in of the sanitary sewer. Due to unexpected issues, this work is canceled from last week and is expected to be scheduled within 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Underground pipe installation on the west side of US 41 is expected.  Expect noise from pumps and construction equipment.
  • Night work is scheduled for Thursday, June 17, for the installation of drainage structures near the southbound US 41 travel lanes. Lane closures are expected for southbound traffic north of the Main Street intersection. Activity is expected from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expect noise from equipment and lights.
  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the Pre-Phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.
  • Marina Jack north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area.
  • Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone have been implemented. Pedestrian crossings will be available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. Initial pre-phase work involves building temporary roadway for use during subsequent phases. This work will not impact existing travel lane configuration.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from backup alarms, construction equipment, pumps, and power tools during daytime and nighttime operations.

During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue. 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.

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

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 project. 

  • During final stages of project completion and clean up, motorists can expect temporary lane closures throughout the project limits. 
  • The contract allows northbound lane closures between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and southbound from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • All work is weather permitting and may cause schedule and contractor adjustments.

Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is July 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 July 2021. 

  • Motorists should expect intermittent interruptions of the median crossings into shopping centers and side streets throughout the month of May while crews perform work in the medians.  Motorists who are not able to turn at the desired median crossing can travel further down the roadway to make a U-turn where available.
  • Intermittent daytime lane closures will be in effect on northbound US 41 Bypass from Center Roadto Venice Avenue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please watch for crews in the roadway.
  • Pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the east and west sides of the roadway. Sidewalk construction continues along some segments on the east side of the roadway. Pedestrians should use caution and use the temporary pedestrian access pathway in those areas.   
  • Crews are working within the driveways and the right-of-way along the northbound and southbound lanes of US 41. Please use caution when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

SR 681 from en Theos Lane, Venice: Construction permit project: Construction will begin for a housing development entrance, left and right turn lanes, a median opening, and drainage. Motorists should expect east and westbound lane closures through June 30, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789 at New Pass Bridge, Longboat Key: Bridge construction: The improvement project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs to the bridge. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the construction but please use caution in the area as lane patterns will be adjusted. If nighttime bridge closures are required, they will be done between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. with no detour longer than 30 minutes.

  • Motorists can expect temporary lane shifts as needed for the remainder of the project.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.  Bicyclists must walk their bikes across the grates as permanent signage has always directed.
  • The bridge will require a 6-hour advance reservation for openings thru July 31, 2021.
  • Equipment testing will be required for the remainder of the project.  Expect possible bridge openings during off peak hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two openings per hour are allowed but for no longer than 10 minutes and must be at least 15 minutes apart.

The contractor is Quinn Construction. Completion is expected by summer 2021.   

Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties
Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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