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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of July 31

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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.

  • On Wednesday, August 3, at 9 p.m. to Thursday, August 4, at 5 a.m., crews will close two lanes on I-75 northbound on the Manatee River Bridge.
  • 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 northbound over Manatee River (3.5 miles north of SR 64): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Wednesday, August 3, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect northbound lane closures so please use caution in the area.

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: 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 41 and 113th Street East Moving South to 85th Street East: Maintenance: Crews will be working on the roadway shoulder from Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures, so use caution in the area or choose an alternate route.

US 41 and 10th Street (US 301) in Palmetto: Maintenance: Crews will be working on the roadway shoulder from Wednesday, July 20, through Friday, July 22, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures so use caution in the area or choose an alternate route.

US 41 over the CSX Railroad (1.0 miles north of the US 19 junction): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Tuesday, August 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Motorists can expect northbound lane closures so please use caution in the area.

US 301 between 15th Street and University Parkway: Maintenance: Crews will be performing debris and vegetation removal operations, so motorists can anticipate temporary lane closures on both north and southbound.

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 and temporary lane closures if needed as the project gets underway on August 4, 2022. Scheduled completion is summer 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.

US 301 from 15th Street to University Drive: Maintenance: This week crews will be performing shoulder blading, shoulder rework, both north and southbound.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

US 301 from 350’ East of 91st Avenue East: Permit project: Starting Monday, July 25, through Thursday, July 28, Manatee County will be realigning sewer main. Please allow extra travel time and use caution in the area.

SR 684 from 86th to Cape Vista: Construction: Construction crews have begun the 2.4-mile resurfacing project. For motorist convenience, most lane closures will be overnight.  Please  use caution in the area. Project completion is expected for fall 2022.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will begin work on resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway. The first two weeks will be focused on preparing the work zone, then crews will shift into 24-hour work plans with single lane traffic.  Use caution in the construction zone and expect flagging operations. 

SR 64 Bridge #130142 in Myakka City: Bridge maintenance:  Crews will be performing overnight testing on Tuesday, August 9, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Please use caution in the area and 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.

  • 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 this bridge improvement project and occasional temporary lane closures may be needed for remaining work. If bridge openings are required to test equipment, they will work with regularly scheduled bridge openings.

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:

  • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
  • Final grading of base material in the roundabout area and on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.
  • Final graded base material in the roundabout will be primed in preparation of future paving.
  • Installation of curb and sidewalk in the roundabout area.
  • Removal of existing curb and sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road.
  • Final grading of base material on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.
  • Installation of the Ritz Carlton Drive concrete driveway.
  • Removal of existing out of service waterline pipe on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.

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.
  • Sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road is closed for reconstruction work. Pedestrians should use Cocoanut Avenue for access to downtown and to the Main Street.
  • 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.

SR 789 at the Ringling Causeway Bridge #170176: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing overnight testing on Thursday, August 25, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Motorists should anticipate temporary lane closures and use caution in the area.

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. Embankment activities on the southbound roadway from north of Venice Avenue to Center Road. Various drainage activities are taking place on both sides of the road. Trucks are crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.  FPL will be working on pulling overhead wire on the east side of the road. Overall completion expected in winter 2024.

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.  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.  Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road.

Motorists should expect a traffic shift moving lanes to the newly completed pavement on the north side of SR72. Proctor and Dove will remain open after the shift is completed and the intersection will remain signalized. Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway. 

Please consider alternate crossroads to access Hawkins Road via Ibis Street or Hummingbird.

Completion is expected in late fall 2022. 

SR 72 Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles, 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 for this week so expect intermittent lanes closures both eastbound and westbound. 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 72 at Stickney Point Drawbridge (0.6 miles west of US 41): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing overnight maintenance on Tuesday, August 2, and Wednesday, August 3, both east and westbound from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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. 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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