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Traffic Watch for Manatee and Sarasota Counties - Week of September 11

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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 embankment and widening on I-75, and pile driving for the construction of the new southbound on-ramp bridge over the Manatee River and Salt Marsh Bridge.

  • Motorists should expect single lane closures on I-75 northbound during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction; double closures on I-75 southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the duration of the construction.
  • 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 through the duration of the 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 early 2025.

US 41 between Palm View Road to North of Lakeside Boulevard: Permit project: 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 301 from 60th Avenue East to Erie Road / Old Tampa Road: Construction:  Crews will continue preparations for two drilled shaft installations at the intersection of Erie Road / Old Tampa Road, four strain pole installations at Amsterdam Avenue as well as removing concrete curb in the median along US 301. Motorists can expect construction vehicles in and out of the Right of Way limits and temporary lane closures if needed. Right turn lanes at the intersection of Erie Road / Old Tampa Road may be temporarily closed to facilitate the drilled shaft installation. Scheduled completion is summer 2023.

US 301 and Fort Hamer Road Extension: Permit project: Going through September, Manatee County crews will be installing sewer main and constructing a right turn lane. Motorists can expect lane closures on the north side of US 301 and the outside westbound lane on US 301 and Fort Hamer Road.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

US 301 from 660 feet west of Lexington Drive: Permit project: Construction crews will be performing vacuum excavation for a utility force main.  Motorists can expect an outside westbound lane closure on US 301 approximately 660 feet west of Lexington Drive on Friday, September 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers

US 19 Onramp Near The Overpass Approaching I-275 and the Skyway Bridge: Maintenance: Starting Monday, September 12,  through Thursday,  September 15, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crews will be making slope repairs. The inside lane (left) will be closed , and vehicles will merge into the outside lane (right). Please use caution in the area and anticipate flagging operations.

SR 684 from 86th to Cape Vista: Construction: Crews have begun the 2.4-mile resurfacing project. The intersection at Cape Vista will incorporate a new signal and may require temporary lane closures to install the equipment. For motorist convenience, most lane closures will be overnight unless special circumstances require. Please use caution in the area. Project completion is expected for fall 2022.

SR 70 from Curtis Road to Countyline Road: Construction: crews will begin work on resurfacing the nearly two-mile stretch of roadway.  Crews will be shifting into 24-hour work plans with single-lane traffic.  Use caution in the construction zone and expect flagging operations. 

SR 64 from Cypress Wind Boulevard to Cordova Drive: Permit project: There will be an outside westbound lane closure on SR 64 from Cypress Wind Boulevard to Cordova Drive through September  2022.  FPL will be replacing and installing new poles.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

SR 64 between Timber Oak Lane and River Heritage Boulevard: Permit project: FPL will be installing power line poles and require temporary outside eastbound lane closures starting September 21 from  9 a.m. to 5 a.m.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers.

SR 64 westbound between 10th Street east to 12th Street east: Permit project: Crews will be painting the front side of the apartment complex facing SR 64.  There will be temporary outside westbound lane/sidewalk closures from September 14-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers 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, 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 between Bayview Lane and Blackburn Point Road: Permit project: Starting in September and going through November, FPL crews will begin overnight work from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to install power poles. There will be outside north\south bound lane closures. Please allow extra travel time and watch for workers

US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive: Construction project:  Construction on US 41 from Beneva Road to Caribbean Drive is making median modifications, widening paved shoulders, adding turn lanes to accommodate six-foot wide bicycle lanes and adding sidewalks along the 1.37-mile section of road. Also modifications will be made to existing traffic signals and crosswalks to support 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, single lane closures expected north and southbound starting this week.

Use caution in the area or consider alternate routes if needed.

Completion is expected by end of 2022.

US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue Roundabout, Sarasota: 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:

    • Installation of storm drainage pipe and structures on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
    • Removal of existing out of service waterline pipe on US 41 between 1st Street and 2nd Street.
    • Removal of existing pavement on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue for future roadway reconstruction. Trucks will be entering and leaving the work zone with removed material. Drive with caution and be alert for flaggers and entering/exiting trucks.
    • Beginning excavation efforts for future roadway on US 41 between Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.

Detours/Crossings:

    • Phase 2A configuration is in place. Motorists going eastbound from the Island will use new asphalt in the future roundabout area. Watch for new traffic patterns, signage, and pavement markings. Traffic patterns for westbound motorists will not be altered under the new configuration.
    • 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.
    • Sidewalk on the east side of US 41 between Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road is closed for reconstruction work. Pedestrians should use Cocoanut Avenue for access to downtown and to the Main Street.
    • 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 is 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.

US 41 South between South Palm Avenue and Hudson Avenue: Permit project:  Through the end of the year, crews will be working at the Marie Selby Gardens extending existing turn lanes, adding right turn lanes, making drainage improvements, adding signalization improvements, landscaping improvements, street lighting improvements and signing and pavement improvements.  Motorists should expect temporary inside and outside lane closures. Please use caution and watch for workers.

SR 789 New Pass Drawbridge between Lido Key and Longboat Key: Bridge maintenance:  Crews will be performing routine maintenance and will shift traffic from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Monday, September 19, 2022.  No lane closures expected but use caution in the area.

SR 777 River Road from US 41 to I-75: Construction project:  Pond excavation and embankment activities on the southbound roadway from Center Road to US 41. Mulching trees, clearing and grubbing is taking place along southbound roadway, south of Center Road. Drainage installation is underway on both sides of River Road and trucks are crossing the road at various locations using intermittent flagging operations.  FPL will be removing old poles as well as installing underground facilities and TECO Gas will also be installing gas line adjacent to the northbound roadway. Overall completion expected in early 2025.

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.  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: Construction crews continue  work with installation of curb and gutter for the outer part of the RAB, headwall on the north side of RAB, installing signing and marking, installing street lighting, installing sidewalk, and installing landscaping through November 4, 2022.   Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and new traffic patterns as construction progresses.  Please use caution in the area. Expected completion is fall 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 will go through September.  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.  Travel lanes on this section of SR 72 have been reduced to 11 feet wide and to 10 feet wide on Proctor Road.

Please use caution in the work zone and be aware of bicyclists sharing the roadway. 

Please consider alternate crossroads to access Hawkins Road via Ibis Street or Hummingbird.

Completion is expected in late 2022.

SR 72 Clark Road Eastbound from Shangri La Road to Fielding Avenue: Permit project: FPL will be replacing power poles, so motorists can expect eastbound, intermittent outside lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September. Please use caution and watch for lane shifts.

SR 72 Clark Road from Big Slough Canal to Desoto County Line:  Construction: Crews will continue shoulder/ditch grading and continue side drain installation for this week, expect intermittent lanes closures both east and westbound. 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 traffic signals and motorists can expect nighttime flagging operations with intermittent lane closures through November, 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. 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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