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FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 2, 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

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 the retaining walls, excavating interchange and SR 70 stormwater ponds and drainage, and working on the bridges over SR 70 and the Braden River.

  • On Tuesday, August 4, at 10 p.m. through Wednesday, August 5, at 6 a.m., the I-75 southbound off-ramp to SR 70 will be closed, weather permitting.  Motorists wishing to access SR 70 should continue to Exit 213/University Parkway and return to the interstate northbound and use Exit 217/SR 70.
  • 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 121st Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway and right turn lane. The outside westbound lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Friday, September 4. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 19 from US 41 to Terra Ceia Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage and constructing sidewalk. Expect daytime single lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. and 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 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 2020.

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. The speed limit on State Road 64 has been reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone. This week, crews will be working on the median and roundabout center island on drainage, curbs, and the truck apron around the center island.  On Saturday, August 1, 2020, Manatee County will open the White Eagle Boulevard connection to the roundabout.  Motorists should use caution and pay close attention to the change in traffic patterns. IBT Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2020.

SR 64 at Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road: Construction project: This project builds a roundabout at SR 64 and Greyhawk Boulevard/Pope Road, installs pedestrian activated crossings on all legs of the roundabout, adds lighting and landscaping, and installs a new traffic signal and crosswalks at SR 64 and 117th Street E.  This week, crews are installing maintenance of traffic and erosion control devices.

  • During construction, Pope Road at SR 64 will close starting Monday, August 3, 2020, and SR 64 will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
  • Manatee County will open the White Eagle Boulevard connection to SR 64 at Rye Road on Saturday, August 1, 2020.  Motorists wishing to use Pope Road from SR 64 may use White Eagle Boulevard as an alternative. 
  • The speed limit through the construction zone on SR 64 will be reduced to 45 mph throughout construction.  FDOT reminds motorists to use caution and be aware of construction workers in the construction zone.

The contractor is Watson Civil Construction, Inc. Expected completion is Summer 2021; weather permitting.


SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 681, SR 758/Bee Ridge Road, and SR 780/Fruitville Road: Maintenance project: Crews are installing new components on the high mast light poles. This week, crews will be preparing the site for the upgrades and start pole replacement.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is late July 2020; weather permitting.

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

  • Daytime lane closures are expected throughout the project limits.
  • Curb installation in the median area, 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts is expected throughout the week. In addition to daytime work, nighttime work is also expected at 14th Street and 15th Street to safely perform the work. Current northbound left turns into Hampton Road may be impacted while crews prepare the area for a permanent left turn lane. Please be cautious of construction vehicles, concrete trucks, pickup trucks, and crews working close to travel lanes and entering and leaving the travel lanes.
  • Truck aprons are scheduled to be installed at 10th Street and 14th Street roundabouts over the next 2 weeks. Work is scheduled during the daytime. Traffic going through the roundabouts will be impacted, with some of the movements being restricted.
  • Drainage structure and pipe installation in the median and US 41 at 11th Street is expected. South bound lane closure will be in effect during this work.
  • Crews will be removing or grouting the old sewer main line in the median area of US 41 at the boat ramp. Lane closures will be implemented for this activity.
  • Planting soil installation is expected in the medians. Expect dump trucks unloading material in the median.
  • Drainage pipe installation is expected to continue on 10th Street between US 41 and Cocoanut Avenue. Also, the driveway for Jefferson center will be graded in preparation for a new driveway. Expect noise from construction equipment and trucks entering and leaving the travel lanes. Impacts to The Jefferson Center driveway are expected during the installation. Ingress and egress to the parking area will be coordinated with the building management.
  • Traffic signals on US 41 at 10th Street and 14th St have been removed, and motorists shall follow roundabout signage and driving conditions.
  • Sidewalk on the west side and east side of US 41 between 10th Street and 14th Street are open for public access. Pedestrians are advised to use the designated sidewalks and crosswalks. Intermittent sidewalk closures are expected as crews work in the areas.
  • 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.

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 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 fall 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

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. 

  • Beginning as early as mid-August, crews will shift traffic from the existing southbound lanes of US 41 from Center Road to Gulf Coast Boulevard to the west onto the newly paved roadway.
  • Most pedestrian traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed sidewalk on the west side of the roadway. Please use caution when walking in the project limits as some areas still have  designated temporary pedestrian paths around active construction zones.
  • 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 directions when turning into businesses and shopping plazas. 
  • Please use caution when traveling through the project corridor as the median has narrowed.
  • Motorists should expect temporary northbound and southbound lane closures on US 41 between Center Road and Gulf Coast Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, August 2, to Saturday, August 8, 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.

  • The slip lane from northbound US 41 to turn onto eastbound Fruitville Road will be closed beginning Wednesday, August 5, until Wednesday, August 12, for necessary construction activities.
  • Beginning Wednesday, August 12, northbound US 41 traffic will be shifted to the newly completed east half of the roundabout while leaving southbound traffic in its existing location. Two lanes of traffic on US 41 will be maintained in each direction during this phase of construction. Access will be restored from northbound US 41 to Fourth Street, Fifth Street and the alley located between them.
  • From Sunday, August 2, through Saturday, August 8, expect possible intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on US 41 between First Street and Boulevard of the Arts for roadway work.
  • The travel lanes on US 41 from 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 have been maintained in each direction during daytime operations. Due to this traffic shift, the following maintenance of traffic is in effect:
    • 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 to 10th Street, then follow 10th Street to reach US 41. Detour signage is in place.
    • No left turns are allowed 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.
    • There is no access from US 41 to Fourth Street or the alleys located between First Street to Fifth Street.

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

SR 789 at the Ringling Bridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews will be working on the bridge. Expect intermittent daytime east and westbound left lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 4. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789 at the Little Ringling Bridge: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect daytime westbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, August 6. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 758 (Higel Avenue) from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive: Construction project: This project improves drainage, resurface the roadway, and improve the sidewalk and shoulder on Higel Avenue from Little Pond Lane to Somerset Drive.  Crews are installing maintenance of traffic and erosion control devices and start the drainage improvements.  The contractor is Heavy Civil, Inc. Expected completion is Fall 2020; weather permitting.

SR 578 (Siesta Drive) over the Intercoastal Waterway (1.2 miles west of US 41): Bridge maintenance: Watch for nighttime/overnight lane closures with flaggers directing traffic from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, as crews perform routine bridge maintenance. Use caution and be prepared to stop.

SR 72 at Deer Prairie Slough: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect daytime east and westbound intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, August 3. Use caution and expect possible delays.

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

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