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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of March 3, 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 bridges over 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 hours from 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.

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

  • Extended daytime lane closures are necessary.
  • In late March, crews will continue paving.

  • Motorists should use caution in the area and consider alternate routes.

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 Whitfield Avenue. Alternate pedestrian routes will be clearly posted. To maintain safety, pedestrians should follow the posted detour signage.
  • Beginning on Sunday, March 10, motorists can expect single-lane closures on the northbound and southbound lanes of US 301 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Nighttime work will continue from Sunday nights through Friday mornings for the next several weeks.
  • 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. 

The project’s expected completion is late 2024.

US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road Roundabout: Permit project: Crews have are constructing the Manatee County roundabout at the intersection of US 301 and Moccasin Wallow Road. A lane shift is in place. Plan for additional travel time or consider an alternate route. Please use caution in the area. Completion is expected by late spring 2024.

SR 70 from Lorraine Road to Bourneside Boulevard, Bradenton: 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 Braden River crossings, new drainage system, construction 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 be clearing existing vegetation between Uihlein Road and Bourneside Boulevard on the south side of SR 70 and 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 east of Bourneside Boulevard and placed as roadway fill. All work will be off the roadway with no planned lane closures. Please use caution and watch for trucks and construction vehicles entering or exiting the work zone by way of the eastbound SR 70 shoulder. 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 70 and Lockwood Ridge Road: Permit project: Through the end of May, motorists can expect an intermittent westbound left turn lane closure, within the duel left turn lanes.  Manatee County is constructing right turn lanes on Lockwood Ridge Road. Please use caution in the area.

SR 70 (53rd Avenue Between US 301 and US 41): Maintenance: Crews will be performing pipe cleaning and mapping located on SR 70 (53rd Avenue) between US 41 and US 301. Motorists can expect alternating lane closures both east and westbound. Work starts March 3, and runs through March 29, 2024, from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m.

SR 70 (Between CR 675 and 41000 SR 70): Maintenance Contractor will be performing asphalt repairs located on SR 70 between CR 675 and 41000 SR 70. Motorists can expect alternating lane closures east and westbound starting March 5through March 8, 2024, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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. Completion is slated for spring 2024.

  • Overnight paving starts March14, from 10th to 10th, and requires intermittent lane closures.
  • Crews will be working on curb removal in the corridor.
  • Expect noise and light from construction equipment.
  • Motorists should consider additional travel time or an alternate route.

 

 

 

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, drainage, retaining walls, and paving.

  • On Thursday, March 7, at 12 a.m. to Friday, March 8, at 2 a.m., crews will CLOSE I-75 southbound between Bee Ridge Road (Exit 207) and Clark Road (Exit 205).  All I-75 southbound drivers will exit at Bee Ridge Road (Exit 207) and continue on Bee Ridge Road to a left onto Honore Avenue to a left onto Clark Road to I-75 southbound.

  • 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 mid-2024.

US 41 and Laurel Road: Permit project: FPL will be installing new power poles on the outside northbound / southbound lanes through Friday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution and watch for workers and traffic changes.

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, Palm Harbor Drive, Boardwalk, Blackburn Boulevard, 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.
  • Daytime lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nighttime Activities:

  • Curb removal and turn lane reconstruction between Tuscola Boulevard and Ortiz Boulevard.
  • Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

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.

  • At the left turn from US 41 North turning onto SR 72 at Stickney Point towards Siesta Key, the lane width will be reduced. Please use caution as drivers acclimate.

  • Crews continue to work on drainage and sidewalk.

  • Medians: crews are working in the median throughout the project limits. Motorists can expect limited access.

  • From Caribbean Drive to Gulf Gate Road: Temporary lane closures will be necessary to maintain safety while work in the median is completed.

US 41 at Wellen Park Villages D&E Roundabouts: Permit projectConstruction of two roundabouts is underway on US 41. Lane closures are required. Consider alternate routes or add additional travel time during peak hours.

  • Village E at US 41 and Brimstone northbound recently implemented a traffic shift. This will move both lanes of traffic to the new pavement and partial roundabout.

  • Please use caution in the area as motorists adapt.

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.  Occasional nighttime shoulder and/or lane closures during construction to install beams will also be needed. Expected completion is winter 2024/2025. Occasional flagging operations will be needed. Use caution in the area as large vehicles enter/ exit the roadway.

  • 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 also be needed.

  • 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.

  • 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 also be needed.

  • Expected completion is winter 2024/2025.

SR 776 at the Northeast Corner of Manasota Beach Road: Permit project: Starting Monday, February 26, and going through the end of May, Sarasota County will be constructing intersection improvements, including a right turn lane and signalization.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., motorists can expect an intermittent outside northbound lane closure on SR 776.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: Motorists can expect pond excavation near Venice Avenue and just north of Rambler’s Rest RV Park on the northbound roadway. Embankment activities continue on the southbound roadway from US 41 to Stoney Creek Boulevard. 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 development will be constructing right and left turn lanes and constructing driveways, sidewalk, and drainage.  Motorists can expect alternating intermittent northbound / southbound lane closures through March from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please use caution in the area.

SR 789 from Longboat Club Road to SR 64: Construction project: Crews will be placing safety enhancements through the corridor. Temporary lane shifts or closures will be needed so motorists should use caution.

SR 681 from I-75 to US 41: Construction project: The ongoing resurfacing project will improve drainage, provide a cross-slope correction for leveling and comfort, new guardrail, updated signing and marking, install intelligent transportation equipment and signalization. Paving on the project has started so motorists should expect temporary lane closures for the duration of the project.

  • Crews will have intermittent lane closures from SR 681 at I-75, from Honore Avenue up to US 41.

  • On March 4 and 5, the southbound SR 681 ramp will have temporary overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while wrong way driver detection systems are installed. Consider alternate access points. Detour to Laurel Road.

  • Crews will continue to pave the roadway throughout the project limits:

  • Monday: paving crossover and patching in guardrail post holes
  • Tuesday: southbound, outside lane to Legacy Trail Bridge
  • Wednesday: from Legacy Trail Bridge to 681 Ramp B Bridge
  • Thursday: from 681 Ramp B Bridge to end and begin Ramp A Northbound.
  • Friday: continue northbound and/or inside SB lane.

  • Motorists should anticipate slower moving traffic or consider an alternate route.
  • Noise from construction equipment should be anticipated for the duration.
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