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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of July 3

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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 embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River.

  • In observance of Independence Day, no lane closures will occur between Sunday, July 3rd at midnight through Monday, July 4th.
  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 8 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 through the duration of the 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.

I-75 over Foley Creek (3.5 miles south of SR-70): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Thursday, July 28, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations in the northbound right lane so please use caution in the area.

 Mendoza Road over I-75: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Wednesday, July 27, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations in the northbound right lane so please use caution in the area.

 US 19 over Terra Ceia Bay: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Monday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations in the northbound right lane so please use caution in the area.

 US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews are currently working on the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park. Marine traffic should be unaffected. Most lane closures will be overnight but temporary daytime lane closures may be necessary. Expect noise from construction equipment, backup alarms, and lighting. Completion is summer 2022.

 US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: Through July, motorists can expect alternating north and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane, driveway access, drainage structures and sidewalk for an RV Park. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

 US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will be performing survey and layout controls and deployment of Work Zone Signs along this 2-mile section of US 301.  Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits as the project gets underway and temporary lane closures if needed. Scheduled completion is spring 2023.

 US 301 and Fort Hamer Road Extension: Permit project: Starting mid-July and going through September, Manatee County crews will be installing sewer main and constructing a right turn lane. Motorists can expect lane closures on the north side of US 301 and the outside westbound lane on US 301 and Fort Hamer Road.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

 SR 684 from 86th to Cape Vista: Construction: Beginning the first week in July, crews will begin utility adjustments and installing two drilled shafts at the intersection of Cortez Road and Cape Vista Drive. Temporary daytime lane closures will be needed on July 6th and July 7th to install traffic signal mast arm foundations.  July 6th will be the eastbound outside lane. July 7th will be the westbound outside lane. The closures will begin at 7:30 a.m. both days and lanes will reopen in the afternoon. Project completion is expected for Fall 2022.

 SR 64 from 27th Street East to 15th Street: Maintenance: Monday through Thursday, crews will be making overnight pothole repairs along this corridor from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Expect temporary lane closures.

 SR 37 in Manatee County: Maintenance: Wednesday through Friday, July 6 through the 8, crews will  be fixing potholes along with milling and resurfacing areas in the corridor.  Expect temporary lane closures.

 

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.

  • In observance of Independence Day, no lane closures will occur between Sunday, July 3rd at midnight through Monday, July 4th.
  • 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 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. Also modifications will be made to existing traffic signals and crosswalks to support the bicycle lanes and new sidewalks. To reduce the number of vehicle conflict points and enhance roadway safety in the high-traffic area, median openings along the corridor will be modified, eliminating select turns across traffic.

  • Temporary lane closures on US 41 throughout the duration.
  •  Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

 US 41 at the KMI Bridge across Hatchett Creek, Venice: Bridge construction: Crews are finalizing the bridge improvement project. Occasional temporary lane closures may be needed for any remaining work.

 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:

    • In observance of Independence Day, construction activities are suspended Monday, July 4th.
    • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd
    • Sod installation on the west side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road where work has been completed
    • Installation of the concrete truck apron.
    • Grading of stabilization material in the roundabout area.
    • Delivery and grading of roadway base material in the roundabout area.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Phase 1B 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.
    • Palm Avenue, 1st Street, 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 will be 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.
    • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed. Use alternate routes via Ringling Boulevard or Fruitville Road.

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 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.

US 41 South between South Palm Avenue and Hudson Avenue: Permit project:  Through the end of the year, 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. Please use caution and watch for workers.

 US 41 at approximately the 6600 block of Tamiami Trail: Maintenance: Crews will be installing liners in the storm water drainage pipeline. Work is scheduled to start on Tuesday, June 20, and should be completed in July. This project will be on going through the day and evening until completed.

 SR 789 just north of the Sarasota County line, Longboat Key: Maintenance: Crews will make milling and resurfacing repairs Tuesday night, July 5,  from 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

 SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists can expect tree cutting along the southbound roadway from West Villages Parkway to just north of US 41 and on northbound roadway from US 41 to Center Road. Clearing and embankment activities on the southbound roadway between Venice Avenue and Center Road. Culvert pipes will be installed under Tempest Harbor Loop (entrance to Stoneybrook community), July 5 – July 9; gate will be closed into Stoneybrook 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Vehicles to and from Stoneywood Cove Townhomes will be able to access under flagging operation during this time. Trucks will be crossing the road just north of Hazeltine Nurseries using intermittent flagging operations. Overall completion expected in winter 2024.

SR 72 from Gantt and Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Maintenance: Going through Wednesday, July 13, crews will be making storm drainage improvements.  Expect temporary lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 SR 72 at Ibis Street: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, pavement markings, and resurfacing.  This week, crews will work on signal components.  Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures on SR 72 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Expected completion is late summer 2022.

 SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Sawyer Road to Palmer Plaza Boulevard: Permit project: Motorists can expect intermittent eastbound right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through July.  FPL crews will be replacing 50 poles in the area. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

 SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Due to a plans change, expected completion is fall 2022.

 SR 72 from east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail: Permit Project: FPL crews will be installing poles along the south side of SR72.  This overnight work is east of I-75 to Saddle Oaks Trail and goes through to the end of August.  Motorists can expect intermittent flagging operations between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

 SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Motorists should expect flagging operations or temporary lane closures as construction of the free-flowing roundabout continues.  Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway.  Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road.

  • A traffic shift will occur as the project progresses closing Dove Avenue as construction shifts to the other side of the circle. Please use alternate crossroads to access Hawkins Road via Ibis Street or Hummingbird.

Completion is expected in fall 2022. 

SR 72 Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles through July, so motorists can expect eastbound, intermittent outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction project: Crews will continue with shoulder/ditch grading operations for this week so expect intermittent lanes closures both eastbound and westbound. Milling and paving operations will be suspended for this week and resume the following week. Expected completion is early 2023.

 SR 72 Clark Road at Stickney Point from west of US 41 to Glencoe Avenue: Permit project: Crews will be installing a concrete median and milling and resurfacing existing pavement for a traffic signal. Motorists can expect nighttime flagging operations with intermittent lane closures through September, between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

 SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: Motorists can expect temporary flagging operations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of July as FPL performs powerline maintenance on SR 62 east of Duette Road to west of Hardee County Line. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

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