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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of June 5

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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 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. 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 / 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 June, 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 from 17th Street in Palmetto: Maintenance: Crews will be milling and resurfacing the roadway as well as making pothole repairs. Motorists should expect lane closures and use caution in the area.

US 41 from I-275 to the Hillsborough County Line: Maintenance: This week crews will be performing median rework so motorists can expect inside lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

US 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road:  No lane closures are scheduled between Monday, June 5, to Saturday, June 11, 2022. Construction is scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 6, 2022.  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. Scheduled completion is spring 2023.

SR 684 over Cortez Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance on Monday, June 20, through Thursday, June 23, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists can expect flagging operations both east and westbound so please use caution in the area.

SR 70 East of Lorraine Road to Myakka City: Maintenance project: Crews will be making pothole repairs along this corridor overnight from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Expect temporary lane closures.

SR 72, SR 70, SR 64, SR 62 rumble strips at various locations: Maintenance project: This week crews will install rumble strips at various locations.  Motorists can expect lane closures during installation with completion expected in mid-June 2022.

  • SR 72 from Cow Pen Slough to Mud Slough Creek;
  • SR 70 from CR 675 to DeSoto County Line;
  • SR 64 from east of Lorraine Road to CR 675;
  • SR 64 from CR 675 to Hardee County Line;
  • And SR 62 from east of US 301 to Hardee County Line.

 

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 underway, adding sidewalks, widening paved shoulders, and adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes along the 1.37-mile section of road. Modifications to existing traffic signals and crosswalks will accommodate 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.
  • Northbound right lane closures as crews begin to widen the roadway.
  • 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 for its spring 2022 completion date.

  • On Tuesday, June 7, through Wednesday, June 8, the bridge will undergo routine bridge inspection.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • NOTE: The project has entered the final acceptance testing phase that requires the bridge be opened four times a day for 60 days. Inspector’s will utilize already established bridge openings as much as possible to achieve this, minimizing inconvenience.
  • Occasional temporary daytime closures may be needed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for any remaining topside 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:

  • Mixing and grading of stabilized subgrade within the proposed roundabout area.
  • Constructing roundabout curb pads and forming of the roundabout curb.
  • Installation of irrigation conduit sleeves within the roundabout area.
  • Installation and splicing of new fiberoptic cable.
  • Movement of drainage material, and initial clearing of existing concrete and roadway on the east side of US 41 between Fruitville and Palm Avenue.
  • The Ritz Carlton Drive entrance will be reduced to one lane for brick paver work. Flaggers will control the driveway during the daytime hours. Entering and exiting by way of Sunset Drive is recommended to avoid the work area.
  • Installation of sod on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue where recent sidewalk and curb was installed.

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.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Motorists can expect tree cutting along the southbound roadway from Tempest Harbor Loop to Center Road, excavation of the pond area south of Venice Avenue along northbound River Road, as well as clearing, embankment and drainage activities on both sides of the road between Venice Avenue and Center Road and on Venice Avenue, west of River Road. FPL will continue relocation of their overhead power lines from south of Center Road to south of Venice Avenue on the east side of the road.  Overall completion expected in winter 2024.

SR 758 Siesta Drive North Bridge: Bridge maintenance: On Wednesday, June 15, through Thursday, June 16, the bridge will undergo routine bridge repairs.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures both east and westbound from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

SR 72 at Stickney Point Bridge: Bridge maintenance: On Sunday, June 12, through Tuesday, June 14, the bridge will undergo routine bridge repairs.  Motorists can expect temporary lane closures both east and westbound from 9 p.m. to 5 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 June.  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: Roundabout construction is underway.  Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is summer 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.

  • In approximately two weeks, a traffic shift will occur, closing Dove Avenue as construction shifts to the alternate side of the circle. Please use alternate crossroads to 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 June, 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: Beginning Monday June 6, crews will have daily lane closures to assist with the shoulder/ditch grading operations, and also begin drainage work the week of June 13, 2022.  Crews are also installing erosion control devices at various locations along the Right-of-Way (ROW) areas of this 6-mile stretch of roadway. Motorists can expect to see construction vehicles in and out of the ROW limits. 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 the end of August, 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 June 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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