Traffic-Watch Traffic Watch

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.