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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of April 23

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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 US 301 Interchange (Exit 224): Construction project: Project will widen the I-75 from SR 64 to the Manatee River, reconfigure the I-75/US 301 interchange from a partial cloverleaf interchange to a tight diamond configuration, construct new bridges will be constructed over the Manatee River for a northbound exit ramp and a southbound entrance ramp, and US 301 improvements. This week, crews will work on resurfacing I-75, US 301 work, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on US 301 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on Tidewater Preserve Boulevard through the duration of bridge construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and US 301 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 early 2025.

US 41 from 17th to Bayshore Road/ 26th Street,  including the 23rd Street Roundabout, Palmetto: Construction:  Crews have begun work in the area so please use caution in the construction zone and be alert for construction equipment in the area. Construction crews will be working at the intersection of US 41 BUS and 23rd Street to prepare for the traffic shift.

  • Motorists can expect temporary daytime lane closures from north of 17th Street to just past 23rd Street throughout the duration of the project.
  • Be cautious in the construction zone and reduce speed.  Lanes have shifted with areas of uneven payment.
  • This week crews will continue with clearing and grubbing in the area and the pedestrian trail.  Crews will shift to drainage work in the area.

US 41 Green Bridge: Special Event:  On Saturday, April 29, the Green Bridge will be closed for the City of Bradenton and the Hernando DeSoto Historical Society special event from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.  They will be closing SR 64 from 39th Street W to 1st Avenue West.  The detour for the Green Bridge is to use the Hernando DeSoto Bridge on US 301.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will work in the median, placing asphalt in the areas of the road widening along US 301. Nighttime lane closures are expected to begin paving in median areas and break out areas of concrete requiring a lane closure. There will be limited daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to pour concrete curbs, driveways, and sidewalks. Low profile barrier to be partially installed on Sunday, April 16, in the right turn lane of US 301 southbound to Erie Road to protect drainage work in the corner of Erie Road and US 301 (by the CVS). This will reduce the length of the turn lane for the 5-day duration. Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the right-of-way limits. The scheduled completion is in the summer of 2023.

SR 64 East of Lorraine Road to the County Line: Starting Monday, April 24, through Friday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., crews will be shoulder blading and shoulder rework Intermittent flagging operation and shoulder closures.

SR 64 from 39th Street West to 1st Avenue West: Special Event Permit:  The City of Bradenton and the Hernando DeSoto Historical Society will be hosting a special event on Saturday, April 29, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.  They will be closing SR 64 from 39th Street W to 1st Ave West.  They will also be closing the Green Bridge at US 41.  The detour for the Green Bridge is to use the Hernando DeSoto Bridge at US 301.

SR 789 over Greer Island Park: Bridge maintenance: Crews will begin making overnight repairs starting Monday, April 24, through Thursday, April 27, 2023. Motorists can expect flagging operations from 9 p.m.-5 a.m.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 684 Cortez Road from 80th Street to 26th Street: Storm drain maintenance: Crews will be desilting and inspecting the roadway through this corridor until the end of April. Motorists can expect temporary overnight lane closures at various locations from  8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 at SR 72/Clark Road (Exit 205): Construction project: Project improvements include reconstructing the existing interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), adding auxiliary lane on I-75 northbound from SR 72 to Bee Ridge Road, widen I-75 southbound from Proctor Road to SR 72, and improvements on Clark Road. This week, crews will work on the ramps, retaining walls, noise walls, and drainage work.

  • On Sunday, April 23, from midnight to Monday, April 24, at 2 a.m., crews will CLOSE SR 72/Clark Road under I-75.
    • East of I-75: I-75 northbound to Clark Road westbound drivers and Clark Road westbound drivers will be detoured to Proctor Road to a left onto Honore Avenue to Clark Road.
    • West of I-75: I-75 southbound drivers to Clark Road eastbound and Clark Road eastbound drivers will detoured to Honore Avenue to a right onto Proctor Road to Clark Road.
    • Drivers should expect delays and use caution in the work zone.
  • On Monday, April 24, from midnight to Tuesday, April 25, at 2 a.m., crews will CLOSE SR 72/Clark Road under I-75.
    • East of I-75: I-75 northbound to Clark Road westbound drivers and Clark Road westbound drivers will detour to Proctor Road to a left onto Honore Avenue to Clark Road.
    • West of I-75: I-75 southbound to Clark Road eastbound drivers and Clark Road eastbound drivers will detour to Honore Avenue to a right onto Proctor Road to Clark Road.
    • Drivers should expect delays and use caution in the work zone.
  • On Tuesday, April 25, from midnight to Wednesday, April 26, at 2 a.m., crews will CLOSE SR 72/Clark Road just east of Queensbury Boulevard.
    • East of Queensbury Boulevard: Clark Road westbound drivers will be detoured to Proctor Road to a left onto Honore Avenue to Clark Road.
    • West of Queensbury Boulevard: I-75 northbound and southbound to Clark Road eastbound drivers and Clark Road eastbound drivers will detoured to Honore Avenue to a right onto Proctor Road to Clark Road.
    • Drivers should expect delays and use caution in the work zone.
  • On Sunday, April 30, from midnight to Monday, May 1, at 2 a.m., crews will CLOSE the I-75 northbound off-ramp to SR 72/Clark Road.  Drivers heading to Clark Road may either continue to I-75 at Bee Ridge Road (Exit 207) and return to I-75 southbound to SR 72/Clark Road (Exit 205); or, use alternate routes.
  • On Monday, May 1, from midnight to Tuesday, May 2, at 2 a.m., crews will CLOSE I-75 northbound just north of Laurel Road (Exit 195). All I-75 northbound drivers will exit at Laurel Road (Exit 195) and continue on Laurel Road to a right onto Honore Avenue to a right onto Clark Road to I-75 northbound.
  • On Monday, May 1, from midnight to Tuesday, May 2, at 2 a.m., crews will CLOSE the SR 681 on-ramp to I-75 northbound. Drivers will detour to a left onto Honore Avenue to a right onto Clark Road to I-75 northbound.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. bound through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 72 during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • Motorists should expect lane shifts on I-75 and SR 72 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 late 2024.

US 41 at the KMI Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance:  Crews will be performing a routine inspection of the bridge Tuesday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists can expect temporary right lane closures.

US 41 South between South Palm Avenue and Hudson Avenue: Permit project:  Through the end of May 2023, crews will be working at the Marie Selby Gardens extending existing turn lanes, adding right turn lanes, making drainage improvements, adding signalization improvements, landscaping improvements, street lighting improvements and signing and pavement improvements.  Motorists should expect temporary inside and outside lane closures as well as overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting April 10-11, 2023.  The contractor will be performing intersection work affecting US 41 and Orange Avenue.   Please use particular caution in the area and watch for pedestrians and workers.

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is making median modifications, widening paved shoulders, adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes and adding sidewalks along the 1.37-mile section of road. Modifications will be made to existing traffic signals and crosswalks to support the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks.

  • Median work should be complete by the end of April. Expect temporary lane closures both north and south inner lanes. Most are temporary lane closures from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless safety requires it be maintained. Consider alternate routes or add additional time.
  • To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance safety, median openings along the corridor will be eliminated. Proceed to the next opening and make a U-turn.

Expected completion is summer 2023.

US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point: Construction: Construction on the next phase along a 1.4-mile area of US 41 from Caribbean Drive to Stickney Point Road has begun. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor, including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, improved drainage, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, and curb and gutter improvements. This week no lane closures are expected.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews will work within the right-of-way, medians, driveways and throughout the project limits. Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles, dump trucks, semi-trucks and heavy equipment entering or exiting the work zone.

Activities Include:

    • Removal of temporary roadway base material on US 41 along the Marina Jacks parking lot.
    • Asphalt paving throughout the project (night work, see details below).
    • Run wire and make connections to recently installed Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) system and pedestrian signals.
    • Installation of new sidewalk at the northwest corner of the Main Street and US 41 intersection.

Nighttime/Lane Closures:

Anticipated schedule, weather permitting:

    • Nighttime paving operations are scheduled Sunday, April 23, 2023, and continue nightly through Thursday, April 27, 2023.
    • Paving operations will occur throughout the project. Pavement marking crews will be restoring traffic pattern on new asphalt.
    • Motorists traveling through the project during the night operation should expect to encounter lane closures between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
    • Traffic during the day will be restored to normal operation.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Phase 2B configuration is in place. Motorists on approach yield to motorists within the roundabout. Vehicles within the roundabout have priority and right of way.
    • Palm Avenue and 2nd Street are closed at the US 41 connection in both directions. Entering and exiting the downtown area via Cocoanut Avenue to Fruitville Road is recommended.
    • Sidewalk at the northwest corner of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue is closed. Pedestrian paths are available via US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) along Ritz Carlton Drive.
    • The east pedestrian crosswalk at Sunset Drive and Gulfstream Avenue is closed. The west pedestrian crosswalk is available to cross Gulfstream Avenue. Signage and pedestrian barricades are in place for guidance.
    • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue is 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. Motorist may not exit the Marina Jacks parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. The south exit at Ringling Boulevard must be used to exit Marina Jacks.

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.

We encourage motorists to allow extra time to travel, follow the roadway signage and messaging and avoid making unauthorized U-turns or changing lanes across solid lines between the lanes when traveling through the construction work zone.

Construction activities will take place weekdays and weekends, daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours. Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

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 Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) 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 spring 2023.

US 41 at Wellen Park Village Roundabout: Permit projectA traffic shift is in place so please pay close attention through the construction zone. The lane shift will be in place for approximately six (6) months. Consider alternate routes or add additional travel time during peak hours.

US 41 South of Bayview Parkway at Dona Bay Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Starting Monday, April 24, crews will begin making bridge repairs. Motorists can expect temporary daytime single lane closures of the outside lane from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Please use caution in the area, allow additional time for temporary delays, or consider alternate routes.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project: Motorists can expect pond excavation near Venice Avenue on the northbound roadway. Embankment activities continue on the southbound roadway from US 41 to Venice Avenue and northbound roadway from Venice Avenue to the north. Lighting installation will continue on northbound and southbound roadway, near Venice Avenue; trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.  Drainage and curb installation will also continue at various project locations. Overall completion expected mid-2025.

SR 758 Midnight Pass from Stickney Point to Shadow Lawn Way: Construction project: Crews have begun a 1.6-mile roadway and safety improvement project on Midnight Pass Road (SR 758) from Stickney Point Road (SR 72)to Shadow Lawn Way in Sarasota County. Work will consist of milling and resurfacing, shoulder/turn lane widening, sidewalk replacement, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signal and lighting improvements. Expected completion is fall 2023.

  • On Midnight Pass, both traffic lanes will remain open during construction. Expect lane shifts however as lanes are adjusted so crews can work in a specific area.
  • Starting Monday night, April 17th, overnight milling and resurfacing will begin on Midnight Pass Road by the Saint Michael Archangel Catholic Church.
  • Work will start approximately 8 p.m. depending on traffic levels and go until approximately 5 a.m. Traffic will be reduced to one lane with flagging operations.  Allow extra time.
  • Expect noise or lights from construction equipment through the duration.
  • Temporary lane closures or flagging operations could be necessary throughout the duration of the project.

SR 72 between Beneva Road to Honore Avenue: Permit project: There will be an intermittent outside eastbound lane closure on SR 72 between Beneva Road and Honore Avenue starting Tuesday, April 25, to Tuesday, May 2, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Crews will be performing soil testing.  Please watch for lane closures and allow extra travel time.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Crews are finalizing the roundabout so continue to use caution in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Traffic is now in the roundabout configuration and the speed through the roundabout has been reduced to 25 MPH.

  • Motorists can expect shoulder work and short duration flagging operations for the next two weeks performing final clean-up.
  • Thermoplastic road marking will begin in approximately two weeks.
  • Expect noise from back-up alarms, trucks, and construction equipment both day and night for the remainder of the project. 

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews are working the final punch list items as the project is completed.  Expect intermittent lane closures within the project boundaries with flaggers on both ends. The expected completion is April 2023.

SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews are installing traffic signals, yet no lane closures are currently expected.

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