FOR WEEK MARCH 20, 2022
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.
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, clearing and grubbing, and widening I-75.
I-75 at SR 70 Interchange (Exit 217): Construction project: This week, crews will work on the ramps, and median and work on SR 70.
US 41 / US 301 DeSoto Bridge: Construction project: Crews have begun the DeSoto Bridge improvement project on US 41/ US 301 and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. Starting Sunday, April 3, motorists can expect overnight lane closures thru Thursday, April 14, 2021. During Phase 5 and 6, pedestrian detours will be in place by the River Walk Skate Park. Marine traffic should be unaffected. 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 the end of April, there will be alternating north and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews construct a median opening, right turn lane and driveway access for an RV Park along with drainage structures and sidewalk Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.
SR 64 at Lorraine Road: Permit project: Westbound motorists can expect intermittent right lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through mid-April. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.
SR 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street: Construction project: Crews are completing a median modification project to control motorist speed and safety through the corridor, provide enhanced lighting, and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The posted speed limit will be maintained as will pedestrian access to bus stops and side streets. Expected completion is late spring 2022.
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 widening I-75, noise walls, retaining walls, and drainage work.
I-75 southbound over Bee Ridge Road: Bridge maintenance: Crews will be conducting bridge maintenance overnight on Wednesday, March 30, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists can expect right lane closures.
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 stretch 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.
Currently only temporary lane closures are expected in the project boundaries. Please 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 have begun the bridge improvement project that will go through spring 2022. Lane closures will be limited predominantly to overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
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.
Due to the tremendous amount of returning seasonal visitors, new residents and local traffic, motorists are facing increased traffic congestion and delays while traveling through the project and throughout the bay area. During this time, 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 during the 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.
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.
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 780 Fruitville Road at Coburn Road: Construction project: Crews are closing the existing median opening on Fruitville Road at Coburn Road. This week, crews will remove the opening and replace with sod. Motorists are advised that lane closures will occur during construction; however, no lane closures will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Expected completion is early April 2022.
SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project: Motorists will see clearing of trees and embankment activities along the east side of the roadway north and south of Venice Avenue. Completion is expected in winter 2024.
SR 72 at Ibis Street: Construction project: Crews are installing a new traffic signal, pavement markings, and resurfacing. This week, Florida Power & Light crews will be adjusting their lines. 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 the end of April. Crews will be replacing 50 Florida Power & Light (FPL) poles. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.
SR 72 Clark Road and Lockwood Ridge Road: Permit construction project: A temporary road closure will be in place through the end of April. Sarasota County will be constructing a sewer lift station north of Clark Road. The left turn lane from eastbound SR 72 onto north Lockwood Ridge Road will be closed. Alternately, the westbound SR 72 outside thru-lane will not allow a right turn onto Lockwood Ridge Road. Please follow the posted detour and use caution in the area.
SR 72 Clark Road and Lorraine Road Roundabout: Permit construction project: Roundabout construction is underway, and motorists can expect a new traffic pattern by end of April. Please use caution in the area. Motorists should anticipate intermittent lane closures. Expected completion is July 2022.
SR 72 Clark Road at Proctor Road and Dove Avenue Roundabout: Construction project: Crews have begun construction of the new free-flowing roundabout replacing the current signalized intersection. Motorists can expect short duration flagging operations for material delivery. Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway. A Phase II traffic shift will start March 2022. Completion is expected in fall 2022.
SR 62 East of Duette Road to West of Hardee County Line: Permit project: During March 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.