Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK JUNE 20, 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.

MANATEE COUNTY

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.

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 at Braden River (2.5 miles south of SR 70): Bridge maintenance:  DBi Services will be making repairs to the bridge deck joints on Monday, June 21, through Tuesday, June 22, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Expect right lane closures.  Proceed with caution thru the work zone.

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 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews will begin a median modification in June 2021 to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle 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.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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:

Traffic on Gulfstream Avenue may be interrupted. Police officers or flaggers will be present during these times to control traffic. 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.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, lighting, vacuum trucks, and pumps.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

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. 

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.

US 301 and Fruitville Road: Maintenance construction: The right turn lane from Fruitville Road onto US 301 will be closed for inlet repairs from Monday morning, June 21, at 8 a.m. through Wednesday, June 23, after 5 p.m. Right turns will still be permitted from the middle lane, and Traffic Operations will monitor and adjust signal timing to insure optimum traffic flow.

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 John Ringling Causeway Bridge: Maintenance permit project: starting Monday, June 21, and Tuesday, June 22, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., motorists can expect intermittent westbound inside lane closures from the beginning of the ramp to the end ramp.  Landscape contractors will be removing damaged palm trees and replacing with the same variety.  Use caution and expect 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.

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