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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of February 11, 2024

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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 between Exit 217 (SR 70) and Exit 220 (SR 64): Construction: Crews will be working in the roadway and mobilizing equipment. Temporary overnight lane closures are needed from 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. on the following evenings:

Sunday, February 11, and Monday, February 12: Southbound inside single lane closure for crane mobilization to the median.

Tuesday, February 13, Wednesday, February 14, and Thursday February 15: Temporary lane closures are needed to widen the existing inside shoulders, embankment, and asphalt, and set the barrier wall.

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 I-75 paving; drainage, utility, and sidewalk work on US 301; and, beam installation, and decking for the construction of the new bridges over the Manatee River.

  • Motorists should expect double lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hoursfrom 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 hoursfrom 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 mid-2025.

US 41 BUS and the Green Bridge Closure: Special Event Permit Project: The City of Bradenton in coordination with The City of Palmetto will be holding the 2024 Boat Regatta on February 17, 2024, which will require a road closure of the Green Bridge from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Please follow posted detours or consider alternate routes.

US 41 BUS from 17th to Bayshore Road/ 26th Street, including the 23rd Street Roundabout, Palmetto: Construction:  Work is underway so please use caution in the construction zone and be alert for construction equipment in the area.

  • Crews will begin paving and lane shifts are necessary as crews work in different areas.

  • Motorists should use caution in the area and consider alternate routes.

US 301 from 25th Court East to 13th Avenue East: Construction project: Crews have begun a 7.6-mile improvements project consisting of milling and resurfacing the roadway, widening in areas, base work, curb and gutter, sidewalk, guardrail, drainage improvements, bridge expansion joints, signalization, lighting, and signing and pavement marking.  

  • Motorists should expect shoulder closures including pedestrian access restrictions along the US 301 corridor between Tallevast Road and 30th Avenue East. Alternate pedestrian routes will be clearly posted. To maintain safety, pedestrians should follow the posted detour signage.
  • Motorists can expect right-turn lane closures at the intersections of US 301 and Tallevast Road, Whitfield Avenue and 63rd Avenue East from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The project’s expected completion is late 2024.

US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road Roundabout: Permit project: Crews have begun construction of a Manatee County roundabout at the intersection of US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road. A lane shift is in place. Plan for additional travel time or consider an alternate route. Please use caution in the area. Completion is expected by late spring 2024.

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard, Bradenton: Construction project: This project includes widening SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard from a four-lane undivided roadway to a four-lane or six-lane divided roadway, depending on the location, construction of roundabouts on SR 70 at Uihlein Road, Del Webb Boulevard, and Bourneside Boulevard, intersection improvements at the existing signalized intersection of Greenbrook Boulevard and Lorraine Road, construction of four bridges over Braden River crossings, new drainage system, construction 10-foot shared use paths, Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS), street lighting, and landscaping.

This week, crews will be working on excavation and clearing the future pond area at the staging area located at the pond site on the southeast corner of SR 70 and Bourneside Boulevard. Clearing and hauling will continue on the south side of SR 70 between Bourneside Boulevard and Del Webb Boulevard. All work will be off the roadway with no planned lane closures. Please use caution and watch for trucks and construction vehicles entering or exiting the work zone by way of the eastbound SR 70 shoulder. Work will occur Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please use caution and be aware of workers and flaggers in the area.

SR 64 from 43rd Street West to 15th Street East and from 10th Street West to 10th Street East: Construction project: Construction is underway for the 1.7-mile resurfacing project through the City of Bradenton. Completion is slated for spring 2024.

  • Temporary daytime right lane closures are necessary for isolated concrete work.
    • From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., work will start from 15th Street East and move west to 43rd Street.
  • Motorists should consider additional travel time or an alternate route.
  • Expect noise and light from construction equipment.

SR 684/Cortez Road between Highland Avenue and Gulf Drive North: Permit project: On Monday, February 19, FPL will be replacing existing equipment in the corridor. Motorists should expect temporary outside westbound lane closures from 9 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please use caution and watch for detours.

 

 

 

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, drainage, retaining walls, and paving.

  • 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 mid-2024.

US 41 from North of Port Commons from north of Port Commons to State College of Florida: Construction project: Project improvements include milling and resurfacing, guardrail, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, and signalization improvements. Expected completion is fall 2024.

Daytime Activities:

  • Install barrier walls for upcoming lane shifts and close median openings at Blackburn Boulevard and Ortega Place, Palm Harbor Drive, Riverwalk Drive and De Miranda Avenue, Boardwalk and Myakka Drive., as roadway crossover reconstruction.
  • Daytime lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nighttime Activities:

  • Curb removal and turn lane reconstruction between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

  • Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  • Motorists should use caution when making U-turns and be aware of workers in the area.

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 is actively underway. Work consists of implementing safety improvements along the corridor including resurfacing, lighting and signalization, median improvements, shoulder reconstruction, improved sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, as well as needed infrastructure improvements to drainage, curb and gutter.

  • At the left turn from US 41 North turning onto SR 72 at Stickney Point towards Siesta Key, the lane width will be reduced. Please use caution as drivers acclimate.

  • Medians: crews are shifting work to the median throughout the project limits. Motorists can expect limited access.

  • From Caribbean Drive to Gulf Gate Road: Temporary lane closures will be necessary to maintain safety while work in the median is completed.

US 41 at Wellen Park Villages D&E Roundabouts: Permit projectConstruction of two roundabouts is underway on US 41. Lane closures are required. Consider alternate routes or add additional travel time during peak hours.

  • Village E at US 41 and Brimstone northbound recently implemented a traffic shift. This will move both lanes of traffic to the new pavement and partial roundabout.

  • Please use caution in the area as motorists adapt.

SR 72 from Tamiami Trail to Honore Avenue: Permit project: From Monday night, February 26, through Thursday, February 29, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., crews will be performing pavement testing along this corridor. Motorists can expect alternating and intermittent east and westbound lane closures. Please use caution and watch for workers in the area.

SR 72 Clark Road and the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.  Occasional nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures during construction to install beams will also be needed. Expected completion is winter 2024/2025. Occasional flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 758 Bee Ridge Road at the Legacy Trail: Construction Project: Crews have begun constructing two new pedestrian bridges and intersection improvements along the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County. Expect noise from construction equipment, large trucks, and back-up alarms.

  • Occasional daytime flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large construction vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • Nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures to install beams will also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 777 River Road from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: Motorists can expect pond excavation near Venice Avenue and just north of Rambler’s Rest RV Park on the northbound roadway. Embankment activities continue on the southbound roadway from US 41 to Stoney Creek Boulevard. Drainage structures, pipe, curb and gutter, and gravity wall installations will also continue throughout the project. Signal, ITS and lighting work is also on-going throughout the project.  Mowing will be taking place at various areas throughout the project and trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.

SR 789 John Ringling Causeway Bridge: Construction project: Work is near complete and only temporary flagging operations are possible if required.

SR 789 from Longboat Club Road to SR 64: Construction project: Crews will be placing concrete sidewalks through the corridor. Temporary lane closures will be needed so motorists should use caution.

  • Crews have begun overnight paving. Please use caution in the area.

SR 681 from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: The ongoing resurfacing project will improve drainage, provide a cross-slope correction for leveling and comfort, new guardrail, updated signing and marking, install intelligent transportation equipment and signalization. Paving on the project has started so motorists should expect temporary lane closures for the duration of the project.

  • Crews will have intermittent lane closures from SR 681 at I-75, from Honore Avenue up to US 41 while they place sod.

  • Motorists should anticipate slower moving traffic or consider an alternate route.
  • Noise from construction equipment should be anticipated for the duration.
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