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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of June 9, 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 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 bridgesover the Manatee River.

  • 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 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.

I-75 between Exit 217 (SR 70) and Exit 220 (SR 64): Construction: Crews will be working in the roadway and mobilizing equipment. 

June 2-6, 2024 - Temporary overnight lane closures are needed from 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. This affects inside lanes on both north and southbound I-75 as crews work in the median.

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

  • Motorists should expect the roundabout to be in final configuration.  Please use caution as motorists adapt and remaining work is completed.

  • Following construction, landscaping teams will begin work in the area.

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 northbound and southbound between 25th Court East and 9th 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 to 9th Avenue East from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Nighttime work begins at Whitfield Road and US 301 on June 6, 2024, at 10 p.m. Traffic will be directed by law enforcement as the new signals are installed. Hold times of 15 minutes are expected as the new structures are secured. All approaches will be affected.

The project’s expected completion is late 2024.

US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road Roundabout: Permit project: Crews are constructing the Manatee County roundabout at the intersection of US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road. Plan for additional travel time or consider an alternate route.

SR 70 /15th Street East: Construction project:  Pedestrian detours are in place.  Please use caution.

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard: Construction project: This project includes widening SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard from a two-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 two Braden River crossing locations, new drainage system, construction of 10-foot shared use paths, street lighting, and landscaping, and installation of new fiber optic cable connecting the two signalized intersections to Manatee County’s regional Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS).

This week, crews will continue excavating the Pond area on the southeast corner of Bourneside Boulevard and SR 70. Material will be hauled to the south side of SR 70 between Bourneside Boulevard and Greenbrook Boulevard and placed as roadway fill. Drainage work will continue on SR 70 at Bourneside Boulevard.

Work will continue with construction of two eastbound bridges, this will involve pouring reinforced concrete beams and grading the river channel. This work will occur during daytime hours. Bridge work is expected to continue into summer.

All work will be off the roadway with no planned long term lane closures. However, it is expected that eastbound traffic will be interrupted for short periods of time throughout the day with flaggers as the dump trucks cross from east to west at the bridge locations. Please use caution and watch for trucks and construction vehicles entering or exiting the work zone throughout the construction limits. 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 62 and Duette Road Intersection: Maintenance:  Crews will be performing asphalt repairs located on SR 62 and Duette intersection. There will be alternating east and westbound overnight lane closures including the right turn lane to Duette Road and Duette Road turnout. Work is scheduled for June 9 through June 14, 2024, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

SR 64 at Lorraine Road South and 145th Street North: Construction: Crews have begun work on the conversion of the traffic signal to a free-flowing roundabout.

  • SR 64 is a single lane in each direction.

  • From June 10 thru July 17, work phasing will be accelerated due to limited Lorraine Road closure permit. Access to Lorraine Road from SR 64 will be closed, and Lorraine Road will be open to through traffic via 44th or SR 70.
    • The traffic signal at Lorraine Road will be deactivated.
  • Phases II through IV will continue to allow single lanes in each direction on SR 64.

SR 64 at Bourneside Boulevard to Rangeland Parkway: Permit project: Manatee County has closed this section of Bourneside Boulevard through October. Please choose an alternate route.

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. Please use caution in the area.

 

 

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, guardrails, 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 Summer 2024.

I-75 and Toledo Blade: Landscaping project: Through the end of June, FDOT will be installing landscaping and associated irrigation within the interchange. Motorists can expect occasional shoulder closures on Toledo Blade and I-75 ramps. Please use caution in the area.

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 for roadway crossover reconstruction.
  • Median openings at Myakka Drive, Riverwalk Drive, Boardwalk, Ortega Place, De Miranda Avenue, Eager Street and Hoffman Street will be closed for reconstruction work. Hoffman Street crossover will be removed and remain permanently closed.
  • Motorists will be able to turn right only onto US 41 at these locations.
  • Build concrete curb between Tuscola Boulevard and Espanola Drive.
  • Curb removal and turn lane reconstruction between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

Daytime Lane Closures:

  • Daytime lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Northbound inside lane closures between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

Nighttime Activities:

  • Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Northbound inside lane closures between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.

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.

  • Lane Closures: Periodic single lane closures will be needed both north and southbound.  Motorists should expect slower moving traffic after Stickney Point and US 41 intersection to Caribbean Drive with a travel time from 2 to 6 minutes and consider alternate routes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Crews continue to work on drainage and median work in the project corridor.

  • From Caribbean Drive to Gulf Gate Road: Temporary lane closures are necessary to maintain crew safety.

US 41 at Wellen Park Villages Roundabout: Permit project:  Construction of the remaining roundabout at Wellen Park continues on US 41. Lane closures are required. Consider alternate routes or add additional travel time during peak hours. Use caution in the area.

US 41 from Palm Avenue to the Gulfstream Roundabout: Special event permit: To celebrate the Fourth of July, the City of Sarasota will host a parade that will cause temporary road closures in downtown Sarasota on July 4th from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Please use posted detours or consider an alternate route.

SR 72 Stickney Point Bridge: Bridge maintenance: Starting in June, crews will begin work on the bridge improvement project to extend the bridge's service life and operational reliability, while mitigating the effects of the harsh coastal environment, severe weather, and wear from the volume of vehicle and marine traffic. The project duration is expected to be 200 days.

  • To minimize the impact on the Sarasota County community, much of the work will be performed underneath the bridge. 
  • Residents, businesses, marinas and mariners should expect construction equipment, barges and noise.
  • Marine traffic should be mostly unaffected, although barges will be in the water so crews can work underneath the bridge. 
  • Residents near the bridge can expect noise from equipment. 
  • Boat traffic will be maintained during the project and bridge openings remain on a by request basis. If a vessel requires both panels be raised to navigate through, a reservation is required.
  • When temporary lane closures are needed or work is required on alternating bridge spans, advance notice will be provided so motorists can use the alternate north bridge route or add additional travel time. 

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.

  • Pile driving has begun and noise from construction equipment should be expected.

  • Currently, there are no expected temporary lane closures (Anticipated in August 2024).

  • 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 be needed later in the project.

  • 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.

  • Pile driving has begun and noise from construction equipment should be expected.

  • Currently, motorists can expect temporary lane closures for unloading MSE wall materials. Expected time is 30 – 60 minutes for unloading each truck.

  • 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 be needed later in the project.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 777 River Road from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: Embankment activities continue on southbound roadway from US 41 to West Villages Parkway. 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. Trucks will be crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.

SR 789 between Longboat Key Club Drive to Harbourside Drive: Permit project: Town of Longboat Key is relocating existing underground utilities and installing sewer line while a new St. Regis development will be constructing right and left turn lanes and constructing driveways, sidewalk, and drainage.  Motorists can expect alternating intermittent northbound / southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution in the area.

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