FOR WEEK MARCH 6, 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. Lane closures are predominantly limited to overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. so inconvenience to motorists should be limited. 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 the end of March. 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.
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. Lane closures are expected in the project boundaries so 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.
Phase 1A 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.
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 789 Westbound over the Little Ringling Bridge (1.4 miles west of US 41): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing overnight maintenance Wednesday, March 9, through Friday, March 11, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should expect westbound lane closures.
SR 789 over Longboat Pass Bridge (connects Longboat Key to Coquina Beach): Bridge maintenance: Crews will be performing overnight maintenance Wednesday, March 16, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Motorists should expect temporary east or westbound lane closures.
SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project: Motorists will see clearing and embankment activities along the outside of the existing roadway starting near I-75 moving south. The contractor will also be constructing a portion of temporary pavement in the median at the south end of the project, north of US 41, and a traffic shift so please use caution in the area. Completion is expected in winter 2024.
SR 72 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 and Lockwood Ridge Road: Permit construction project: A temporary road closure will be in place through the end of March. 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 so please use caution in the area. Motorists should anticipate intermittent lane closures. Expected completion is July 2022.
SR 72 Stickney Point at US 41: Permit project: Crews will be constructing curb and gutter, turn lanes and installing a signal through March 2022. Expect temporary lane closures on Clark Road going out to Siesta Key. Please use caution and watch for workers in the construction zone.
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 is expected the week of March 21, 2022. Completion is expected in fall 2022.