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Traffic Watch Report for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

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FOR WEEK OF MAY 20, 2018

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-275 at the Sunshine Skyway Rest Areas in Manatee and Pinellas Counties: Construction project: Improvements include constructing new rest areas and new parking lots with LED lighting, seawall repairs and extending the seawall at the Manatee County rest area to accommodate a new picnic pavilion. The Pinellas County Skyway Rest Area is closed for renovations. During this time, motorists will be directed to the Manatee County Skyway Rest Area. The closure is expected to last until fall 2018. The fishing piers will remain open during the closure. Construction is on-going on the new rest area site and the seawall on the Manatee side, west of I-275.  Expected completion of both rest areas is fall 2019. David Nelson Construction Company is the contractor. 

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway (Exit 213) Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) Sarasota/Manatee (Bradenton):  Construction project: Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Monday, May 21 through Thursday, May 24 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market Street Monday, May 21 through Thursday, May 24 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is early 2018. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.

I-75 at SR 64/Manatee Avenue Interchange (Exit 220): Construction project: Crews are currently widening northbound and southbound I-75 and performing ramp, grading, and drainage work.

  • New travel patter alert, weather permitting.  Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone.
  • On Sunday, May 20th, eastbound SR 64 travel lanes will shift to new lanes.  The shift will be implemented between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., weather permitting.
  • On Monday, May 21st, Exit 220 will open for all exiting northbound I-75 traffic to reach eastbound and westbound SR 64.  Exit 220 B will be permanently closed. The ramp opening will be implemented between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., weather permitting.
  • Motorists are advised that one lane closure in each direction on I-75 between will occur in the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. throughout the duration of the project.

This project reconstructs the interchange, widens interchange ramps and SR 64, and installs sidewalks and bicycle lanes on SR 64. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is late 2019. The contractor is Prince Contracting LLC.

I-75 over Braden River: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight north and southbound lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 301 from CR 675 to Moccasin Wallow Road: Construction project: Crews are installing new landscaping, irrigation and welcome signs. Superior Landscaping & Lawn Services is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2018.

US 301 at SR 70: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, widening turn lanes, improving drainage, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. while crews are working. Coastal Bridge Company is the contractor. Expected completion is summer 2018.

US 41 from Bayshore Gardens to 60th Avenue: Construction project: Crews are improving drainage, reconstructing pavement and driveways, constructing sidewalk, and installing new striping. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Expect daytime/nighttime northbound outside lane closures north of Bayshore Gardens Parkway for the next few weeks. Rogar Management & Consulting of FL is the contractor. Expected completion is early summer 2018.

US 41 between 37th Avenue W and 36th Avenue W: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. Expect intermittent northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, May 25. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road: Maintenance permit project: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, please visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com. 

SR 70 over the Myakka River: Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight intermittent east and westbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 22. Use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 64 from Martinique Drive to 107th Court W: Construction project: Crews are improving drainage; constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Work occurs off the roadway and does not require lane closures. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018.

SR 64/Bradenton-Arcadia Road at Rye Road: Construction project: This project is to install a temporary traffic signal.  The project also includes pedestrian signals and crosswalk at Rye Road.  This week, crews will work on punch list items and site cleanup. 

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is April 30, 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

SR 64/Bradenton-Arcadia Road at Lorraine Road: Construction project: This project is to install a temporary traffic signal.  The project also includes pedestrian signals and crosswalk at Lorraine Road and 145th Street East.  This week, crews will work on installing traffic signals, signal wiring, and laying sod. 

  • Drivers should anticipate lane closures; however, lane closures will be prohibited during peak hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is June 30, 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

SARASOTA COUNTY

Laurel Road at the Legacy Trail Crossing: Construction project: Crews are constructing a pedestrian bridge along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone. Both northbound and southbound trail traffic are now being detoured to the west along the signed detour route. The Mission Valley Boulevard crosswalk to the east is no longer a trail detour route to cross Laurel Road. Both sidewalks on the north and south side of Laurel Road are now closed. Please follow detour signs provided. Denson Construction, Inc. is the contractor for the bridge. Expected completion is fall 2018.

I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway (Exit 213) Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) Sarasota/Manatee (Bradenton):  Construction project: Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on northbound and southbound I-75 Monday, May 21 through Thursday, May 24 between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 11 p.m.

Temporary intermittent single and double lane closures are in place at night/overnight on eastbound and westbound University Parkway from Cooper Creek Blvd. to Market Street Monday, May 21 through Thursday, May 24 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Double lane closures begin at 10 p.m.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on  I-75 over University Parkway, widening of University Parkway, widening of I-75 bridges over Errie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway, addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is early 2018. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i75/university/.

Business US 41 at the KMI Drawbridge (north of Venice Avenue): Bridge maintenance project: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight intermittent north and southbound lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning Sunday, May 20 through Thursday, May 24. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

US 41 from Browning Street to 11th Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway; installing new drainage; installing highway lighting, curb and gutter; constructing new sidewalk, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures on US 41; US 301; Fruitville Road, and Orange Avenue while crews are working. Crews are constructing a new right turn-lane from northbound US 41 to Fruitville Road. Once constructed, the existing right turn-lane will be closed to traffic. Crews will then construct a pedestrian island and improve drainage. The outside northbound lane of US 41 at Fruitville Road is closed to traffic for approximately two weeks. Motorists wishing to turn right onto Fruitville Road will do so from the middle lane, which will also serve as a northbound thru lane. The inside lane will remain a dedicated thru lane. Nighttime/overnight northbound outside lane closures are also expected from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning while crews are working. Preferred Materials, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2018. 

US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are widening US 41 from Salford Boulevard to Sumter Boulevard to a six-lane highway; resurfacing the roadway; improving drainage; constructing sidewalk, and installing highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. when crews are resurfacing the roadway. Expect periodic driveway closures along the northbound lanes while crews are installing drainage systems. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2019.

US 41 Roundabouts at 10th Street and 14th Street, Sarasota:  Construction project: Crews continue work within the right-of-way, medians and driveways.

  • Temporary single lane closures may occur between 9th Street and 15th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. if nighttime activities are scheduled.
  • Nighttime work is expected May 20th and May 21st at 10th Street to modify the traffic pattern and adjust signal heads. Expect noise from heavy equipment, backup alarms and pavement grinding while old striping is removed. The timing and/or duration for these activities may change depending on weather or unexpected impacts to the schedule.
  • Crews will be installing/driving steel piles/poles at the box culvert during the daytime this week. Expect noise from pile driving equipment, steel cutting, welding equipment, vibratory hammers, and compressors. Traffic lanes on 10th Street on the west side may be reduced with flaggers while crews work on installation of the piles/poles.
  • Installation of waterline across US 41 at 11th Street is expected to start the week of May 21st. 11th Street at US 41 will be closed to all traffic. Access to 11th Street will be provided from Cocoanut Avenue. Motorist are advised to follow posted detour signs. Expect heavy equipment and noise from compressors, generators and heavy equipment including back up alarms in the area. This work is expected to take place during the daytime hours.
  • Centennial Park Boat Ramp driveway on 10th Street will be closed. Motorists can access the boat ramp via the US 41 entrance. Northbound left turn lane from US 41 into the boat ramp is available.
  • Pedestrian paths have been reconfigured around the work zone, please use designated sidewalks and cross walks. No pedestrian access on the west side of US 41 beyond Centennial Park, pedestrians are advised to use the sidewalk on the east side of US 41. Impacts to pedestrian access south of the Centennial Park on the west side of US 41 is expected while the contractor is performing excavation in the area.
  • Stormwater piping systems will continue to be installed from 10th Street to 11th Street west of US 41. Dewatering pumps will be running 24/7. Expect to hear diesel pumps running 24/7, workers driving to the pumps to refuel and maintain them.
  • Stormwater pipe installation and box culvert extension activities will take place at Hog Creek/11th Street. Expect to see dust and several large pieces of equipment to dig, move dirt about and install pipe. Expect to hear construction noise associated with the machinery, such as back up alarms and engine noises.
  • Box culvert demolition may start beginning of next week. Expect equipment noise, backup alarms and dust during the operation.
  • Demolition of box culvert and removal of old signal poles and foundation on west side of project will occur during daytime hours. Expect noises like banging and clanging and jackhammering during demolition of box culvert.
  • Trenching and installation of drainage pipe/water lines between 13th Street and at 11th Street, during daytime hours. Expect equipment noise and backup alarms during the operation at these locations in addition to the contractor’s storage yard at 14th Street while equipment and trucks load and offload material. Please be aware of heavy equipment and construction vehicles when travelling in the area.
  • Grading in preparation for placement of asphalt and sidewalk at the northeast corner of 14th Street. Expect equipment noise, backup alarms and dust during the operation.
  • The traffic pattern access will be limited to right turn in/out for 11th, 12th and 13th Street. Traveling southbound and northbound direction left turns are not permitted at 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Streets. Motorists are advised to follow the posted signs.
  • Temporary detour route in effect. Use Cocoanut Avenue as alternate route to access 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Street. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route and seek an alternate route while traveling in this area.
  • Speed limit is reduced to 30 mph. Speeding fines are doubled in the construction area when workers are present.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of reconstructing the signalized intersections and replacing them with roundabouts, enhancing connectivity, circulation and safety. US 41 will be widened between the two intersections and will include bike lanes as well as dedicated turn lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk along the west side, and a 6-foot sidewalk along the east side. Other improvements include raised islands for pedestrian refuge at the intersections of US 41 at 10th Street and 14th Street, pedestrian signals, LED street lights, landscaping, and City of Sarasota utility and underground drainage structure replacements. Expected completion is spring 2020. The contractor is IBT Construction LLC.

US 41 from Hospital Road to River Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing new turn-lanes, driveway connections, and working in the medians. Expect intermittent north and southbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, May 25. Use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41/Tamiami Trail at Clematis Street: Construction project: This project is to repair drainage pipe under US 41.  This week, crews will work on repairing the drainage pipe. 

  • Drivers should note that Clematis Street will be closed on the west side of US 41/Tamiami Trail during the overnight hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Motorists may use Wisteria Street of Datura Street to access Clematis Street from S. Osprey Avenue.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is June 30, 2018, weather permitting. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC is the contractor.

SR 758/Bee Ridge Road from Bond Place to Cattleman Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, constructing sidewalk, improving drainage, and upgrading traffic signals and highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight single-lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are working. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor. Expected completion is late fall 2018.

 

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