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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of December 26, 2021

Traffic-Watch

FOR WEEK DECEMBER 26, 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, and median and drainage work on SR 70.

  • In observance of the Christmas holiday, no work will occur between Thursday, December 23, 2021, and Monday, January 3, 2022.
  • 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 7 p.m. to 6 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 early 2022. The contractor is Sacyr Construction USA, LLC.

I-75 at SR 64: Landscape installation: Crews will begin installing landscaping that requires periodic shoulder closures. No roadway lane closures are anticipated. Estimated completion is winter 2022.  

SR 789 Gulf Drive north from Avenue C to 9th Street, Bradenton Beach: Construction project: Crews will be replacing the east sidewalk with permeable pavers to improve drainage, provide natural water absorption, and relieve pressure on the current island drainage network. Expect lane closures throughout the project. Variable message signs and flagging operations will guide motorists through the construction zone. Expect noise from construction equipment. Project is expected to be completed by end of 2021.

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. Expected completion is winter 2022.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

I-75 over Main A Canal: Bridge maintenance: Bridge maintenance: On Tuesday, January 11, crews will be making bridge repairs on the north bound right lanes with intermittent lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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 widening I-75, noise walls, drainage work, and clearing and grubbing.

  • In observance of the Christmas holiday, no work will occur between Thursday, December 23, 2021, and Monday, January 3, 2022.
  • 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 2023.

US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews have begun the bridge improvement project that will go through spring 2022. Lane closures will be limited predominantly to overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  

  • No lane closures are expected through the remainder of the year. Normal bridge openings will continue as usual.
  • Expect occasional temporary daytime closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if needed to complete topside work.
  • Day work will typically be limited to under the bridge or for the bridge tender house.
  • Marine traffic should be mostly unaffected. If a boat requires dual bridge spans opened, it will require a 6-hour advance reservation.
  • During final acceptance testing, the bridge will be briefly opened four times a day for 60 days.

US 41 over Dona Bay: Bridge maintenance: On Monday, January 10, crews will be making bridge repairs on both the north and southbound lanes with intermittent lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: In observance of the holidays, construction activities are suspended Friday, December 24, thru Sunday, January 2, 2022. Crews will resume normal operation starting January 3, 2022. Project personnel will monitor the project during the holiday observance and adjust traffic control devices and cleanup, as necessary.

  • Traffic shift to construction Phase 1A configuration in place (island traffic only on US 41 south of Fruitville Road and north of Main Street). Watch for new traffic patterns, traffic signals, and pavement markings. Motorists are urged to use alternate detour route, if possible.
  • 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 fall 2022.

SR 758 Bee Ridge Road from US 41 to Macintosh Road: Construction project:  Crews will be replacing lighting luminaire structures along the corridor during overnight hours through February 2022.  Please use caution and anticipate lane closures.

SR 681 Bridges from US 41 to I-75: Bridge testing: Crews will be conducting materials testing along SR 681. Motorists can expect single-lane closures along SR 681 at bridge numbers 170098, 170099, 170100 and 170113 from approximately 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Tuesday,  January 4, and Wednesday, January 5, 2021.

SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Construction has begun but no lane closures are expected through the end of the year. Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is June 2022.

SR 72 Stickney Point at US 41: Permit project: Crews will be constructing drainage structures through January 2022. No lane closures are expected through the end of the year; however, please use caution and watch for workers in the construction zone.

SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews have begun construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  No lane closures are expected during the remainder of the year. Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

 

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