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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

FOR WEEK OF April 12, 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

Various locations along SR 684 and US 301: Construction project: Crews are installing new highway lighting at various locations along SR 684 from Gulf Drive to 9th Street W and on US 301 from Tallevast Road to 9th Street E. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Expected completion is spring 2020. PowerCore, Inc. is the contractor.

51st Street W at 53rd Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing turn lanes, constructing sidewalk, and installing new lighting, signalization and pavement markings. Expect daytime lane closures between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

I-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion.  The Manatee County rest area is closed for renovations. Motorists should use the Pinellas County rest area during this time. The fishing pier will remain open during the closure; however, there will be intermittent flagging operations along the fishing pier access road in Manatee County for moving of equipment and materials. Expected completion is spring 2020. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-275 Southbound Ramp to I-75 Northbound (Exit 228): Construction project: Crews are replacing the concrete bridge deck on the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75. The I-275 southbound ramp to northbound I-75 is open to traffic. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound and southbound intermittent lane closures on I-75 from 7 p.m. each night to 7 a.m. each morning Sunday, April 12 through Saturday, April 18. Expected completion is spring 2020. Cone & Graham, Inc. is the contractor.

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

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and double lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 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 that work is underway. Estimated completion is mid-2021. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

US 301 (State Road 43) from 2nd Avenue to 51st Avenue: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; installing guardrail and highway lighting and improving the railroad crossing. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and possible daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during construction. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

US 301 at Rutland Road: Construction project: Crews are installing intersection improvements including a new traffic signal.  This week, crews will be installing underground wiring and traffic signal heads.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is April 2020; weather permitting.

US 301 at Erie Road/Old Tampa Highway: Construction project: Crews are making improvements to the intersection. Motorists should expect daytime and nighttime lane closures on westbound US 301 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., and eastbound on US 301 from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. while crews are working. Superior Asphalt, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

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 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 summer 2020.

SR 684 at the Cortez Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are inspecting the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound intermittent lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning Monday, April 13 and Tuesday, April 14. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 64 at Rye Road: Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-lane roundabout; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage and installing new highway lighting and landscaping. Traffic has been shifted to the southside of SR 64 with one 10-foot lane in each direction. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. A traffic shift is planned for the week of April 13th on Rye Road at westbound SR 64. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2020.

SR 64 eastbound at 11th Street W: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving lighting and signalization, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight single lane closures on westbound SR 64 from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expect single lane closures on eastbound SR 64 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. American Lighting and Signalization, LLC is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project: Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.

  • Traffic shifts will occur overnight and are scheduled as follows:
    • US 41 at 10th Street – begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 16th and ends at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 17th.
    • US 41 at 14th Street – begins at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 18th and ends at 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 19th.
  • Travel lanes will change to a two-lane roundabout configuration. Nighttime lane closures will be required, starting at 6 p.m. and will be finished by 6 a.m. Eastbound and westbound traffic at each roundabout will be detoured prior to 6 p.m. Motorist are asked to seek alternate routes.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street will be removed, and motorists will follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Roadway base is expected to be graded and compacted. Expect vibration due to compaction efforts along the east side of US 41 from 10th Street to 15th Street. Vibration monitors are installed to ensure vibrations are within specified limits and readings will be monitored in real time.
  • Asphalt paving is expected on the east side of US 41 from 10th Street to 14th Street, starting Monday, April 13th through Wednesday, April 15th. Use caution while the paving crews cross the side streets and driveways causing temporary closures.
  • Eastbound and westbound traffic on Imperial Drive/14th Street will be impacted while crews pave the intersection on Wednesday, April 15th. Paving operations are scheduled to occur daytime and nighttime.
  • Lane closures and temporary road closures are expected on the east and west side of US 41 at 10th Street, Wednesday, April 15th and Thursday, April 16th, while crews paint the new roadway striping.
  • Temporary side street closures and impacts to driveways on the east side of US 41 are expected, while crews construct roadway base. Impacted businesses/homeowners will be notified and provided with an alternate route. Local traffic can access side streets via Cocoanut Avenue and detour signs will be posted.
  • Installation of conduit, poles, signalization cabinets and streetlighting throughout the project corridor. Be cautious of equipment, bucket trucks and crews working next to the roadway.
  • Sidewalk on the west side of US 41 and pedestrian crosswalks at 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Sidewalks on east side of US 41 are closed and considered an active work zone. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Detours are setup to follow sidewalks on Cocoanut Avenue.
  • The project work zone is shifted to the east side of US 41, pay attention to the travel lanes while entering and leaving the businesses or side streets. 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 equipment, back up alarms and dust 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 (Venice Bypass) from Center Road from 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, sidewalks; improving new drainage, and installing new highway lighting. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

Crews are working within business driveways and in the right-of-way along the southbound lanes of US 41. Please watch for crews, use caution and follow flagger direction when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 

  • A traffic switch has been implemented on US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard shifting traffic east to the existing southbound lanes and median. Two travel lanes in each direction are maintained throughout the project limits, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph. Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the demarcated median has narrowed. Vehicles no longer have median access throughout the project limits.
  • Motorists should expect northbound and southbound nighttime lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, April 20 through Saturday, April 25 to perform drainage pipe installation.

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.

  • Beginning Sunday night, April 12, through Friday morning, April 17, US 41 may be reduced to a single lane in both directions each night between 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. from North Palm Avenue to Boulevard of the Arts.  The lane reductions may be necessary to install new stormwater drainage across US 41 near Fruitville Road.
  • A new traffic pattern is in effect. The westbound lanes of Fruitville Road from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 are closed, and the travel lanes on US 41from Boulevard of the Arts to First Street have been shifted to the west side of the roadway onto a new diversion road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction.
    • Westbound Fruitville Road is closed to all traffic from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41 (in effect through summer 2020). Motorists desiring to reach US 41 from westbound Fruitville Road will need to turn right onto Lemon Avenue, follow Lemon Avenue to10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns 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.
    • The traffic signal at the US 41-Fruitville Road intersection has been deactivated and removed. 
    • The third left-turn lane from Gulfstream Avenue onto NB US 41 has been reinstated.
    • The left turn movement from northbound US 41 to westbound Boulevard of the Arts has been reinstated.
    • Eastbound traffic on Fruitville Road from US 41 to Cocoanut Avenue will remain open.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.

US 41 from River Road to Woodmere Park Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are constructing sidewalk and bus shelter pads; installing guardrail and lighting and improving drainage. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and nighttime lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

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 sidewalk 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. Portions of Blackburn Point Road at US 41 will be closed from 8 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30 while crews are working. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.

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