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Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK AUGUST 1, 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.

  • This week, motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 ramps during nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Motorists should expect single 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 double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. 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 late 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 over Terra Ceia River (1.2 miles west of US 41): Bridge maintenance: DBi Services crews will be making bridge deck and joint repairs on Monday, August 2, 2021.  Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

  • Motorists should expect a lane closure on I-275 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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.

  • On Wednesday, August 4, at 7 p.m. to Thursday, August 5, at 7 a.m., the US 41 on-ramp to I-275 northbound will be closed.  Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route or use local routes.
  • On Thursday, August 5, at 7 p.m. to Friday, August 6, at 7 a.m., the I-275 southbound off-ramp to US 41 will be closed.  Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route or use local routes.
  • Motorists should expect a lane closure on I-275 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.

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 between Bayshore and Frog Creek Roads: Bridge maintenance: A DBi Services crew will be making routine repairs to the bridge deck and deck joints on Tuesday, August 10, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound.

I-275 between Ellenton Gillette Road and Abel Road: Bridge maintenance: A DBi Services crew will be making repairs to the bridge deck and joints on Wednesday, August 11, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound.

US 41 over the Manatee River (Green Bridge): Bridge maintenance: A DBi Services crew will be making routine repairs to the bridge deck and deck joints on Thursday, August 12, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures both north and southbound

SR 684 Cortez Road at 119th Street: Landscaping project: Crews are installing landscaping on the west corner of the intersection.  Occasional shoulder and lane closures may be required. Estimated completion is October 2021.  The contractor is Superior Lawn and Landscaping.

SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews have begun a median modification project 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. Expected completion is summer 2021, weather permitting. The contractor is Wright Construction.

  • Motorists should expect overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Please use caution in the active construction zone.

SR 70 from Creekwood Boulevard to west of Caruso Road: Construction permit project: Through August 2021, a detour is in place for Caruso Road 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 summer 2021, weather permitting.

**SPEED LIMIT IS 25 MPH THROUGH THE PROJECT**

  • East/ westbound lanes are one lane each direction through the project work zone.
  • The eastbound left turns remain closed at Greyhawk Boulevard and Mill Run.   Utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • The entrance and exit to Greyhawk Boulevard for Westbound traffic has been shifted to the west to accommodate the re-construction of the east side of Greyhawk.
  • Westbound travel lanes are detoured onto the newly constructed travel lanes on the north side of the median just west of Greyhawk.
  • Eastbound thru lane remains the same.
  • Pope Road will remain closed to thru traffic, utilize the roundabout at SR 64 and White Eagle Boulevard/Rye Road.
  • Pedestrian traffic: Sidewalks are open on both side of SR 64.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

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

Activities include:

  • Construction of the temporary roadway along the Marina Jacks parking lot continues. Activity involves compaction and grading of the roadway base material.
  • Pre-work for removal of existing curb and median on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue in preparation for the next traffic phase. These activities will take place during the during nighttime hours.
  • Delivery and compaction of roadway base material for construction of the temporary roadway. Expect vibration from compactors/rollers.
  • Installation of electrical conduit along the east side of Gulfstream Avenue. This work will take place between the ponds and sidewalk.

Detours/Crossings:

  • Pedestrian crossings on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue and 1st Street are closed. Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone are available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.
  • Marina Jacks 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.
  • 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.

Upcoming Activities:

Major traffic shift to the next construction phase is projected mid-August, weather permitting. The transition to the new traffic pattern is expected take several days and will occur throughout the weekend. Crews are expected to work continuously, day and night until the traffic shift is complete. Police officers and roadway flaggers will be onsite to direct motorist onto the new lane conditions and patterns.

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.

Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for construction vehicles and dump trucks entering or exiting the work zone.

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 (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 August 2021. 

  • The newly installed traffic signal at Detwiler’s Farm Market will be fully activated on Monday, August 9, after the 14-day flash period.
  • Motorists should expect intermittent day and nighttime lane closures as crews conduct final paving and striping activities. 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 north and southbound lanes of US 41. Please use caution when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

SR 758 Siesta Drive at Siesta Key Bridge: Bridge maintenance: DBi Services will be performing routine bridge inspections overnight Monday, August 9, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Expect intermittent lane closures with flagging operations to guide motorists.

SR 776 Englewood Road from Artists Avenue to Harvard Street, Englewood: Construction permit: FPL will be upgrading existing pole line and cable through Saturday, August 29, 2021. Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures in both the north and southbound lanes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 780 Fruitville Road at Tree Road: Construction permit: starting Monday, August 2, through Friday, August 13, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., crews will be stringing cables across all lanes of traffic. Expect intermittent traffic stops both east and west bound.  Use caution and watch for work crews.

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 bridge closures are required, they will be done between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. with no detour longer than 30 minutes.

  • Equipment testing at the bridge will be required for the remainder of the project, requiring bridge openings. When possible, inspectors will test in the early morning hours from 6 to 7 a.m. to minimize inconvenience. (If necessary, the contractor is allowed two openings per hour but for no longer than 10 minutes and they must be at least 15 minutes apart.)
  • Temporary lane shifts may be used as the project enters its final stages, but both lanes will remain open.
  • Pedestrians can only use the protected sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.
  • Bicyclists must walk their bikes across the grates as permanent signage directs.

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

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will begin work on the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Completion is expected in fall 2022.  The contractor is E & M Equipment.

  • During Phase I: the contractor will install sidewalk closures, install temporary signals, and construct the north side of the roundabout at SR 72 and the west side of Proctor Road.
  • On Monday, August 2, expect an eastbound lane closure from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on SR 72 Clark Road, approximately 1,000 feet before the intersection with Proctor Road. 
  • The contractor has begun installing the “maintenance of traffic” (MOT) advanced warning signs, erosion control devices, and clearing and grubbing the north side of SR 72. This work will include shoulder closures with short duration flagging operations to unload equipment and materials.
  • Over the next few weeks, the contractor will be constructing temporary lanes on the north side of SR 72.  Flagging operations on SR72 and Proctor Road are possible.
  • Lane closures and traffic shifts will be in place during various phases of the project so use caution in the construction zone.
  • Lane closures are not allowed from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. or during non-work periods.

SR 72 Clark Road at Sawyer Road, Legacy Trail Extension Segment 2: Permit project: Crews will be working on the continued Legacy Trail construction. Please use caution in the area.  Expected completion is late summer. 

Scheduled:

  • Monday, August 2: Shifting to the east side, outside lanes will be closed for the demolition and removal of train tracks and full depth asphalt restoration.
  • Thursday, August 5: Eastbound two inside lanes will be closed for the demolition and removal of train tracks and full depth asphalt restoration.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 8 through August 11: Eastbound outside lane will be closed for the demolition, removal and replacement of curbs and sidewalk.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 16 through August 18:  Both the east and westbound inside lanes will be closed for curb demolition and replacement.
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