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FDOT RoadWatch Report for the week of December 15, 2013

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY

 

I-75 from the Tuckers Grade interchange (exit #158) to south of the North Jones Loop interchange (exit #161): Construction project:Work continues to add permanent striping to the interstate.  During the nighttime/overnight hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. motorists should expect slow moving traffic on the mainline for crews to complete permanent roadway striping.  Crews will also complete roadway striping on the entrance and exit ramps at Tuckers Grade and North Jones Loop interchanges.  Motorists can expect traffic on the ramps to be shifted for this work.  Motorists are asked to use caution as crews work near the roadway. The contractor is AmRoad, LLC.  Project completion is expected early 2014.

 

US 17 Southbound (Marion Avenue) from Marlympia Way to US 41: Maintenance project: Crews are repairing sidewalk on both the east and west side of the roadway, weather permitting.  Motorists should expect southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are advised to use caution and watch for workers and construction vehicles entering/exiting the road.

SR 31 from Little Farm Road to Lee/Charlotte County line: Maintenance project: Crews will be cleaning ditches along the roadway during daytime hours. Motorists are asked to use caution as crews work near the roadway.

 

COLLIER COUNTY

 

I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area at mile marker 63: Construction project: Work continues to build two recreational access areas adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve backcountry trails, replace the existing rest area, build a new public safety center and water treatment plant, and upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant.

 

  • THE ENTIRE REST AREA IS CLOSED UNTIL PROJECT COMPLETION, ESTIMATED FALL 2014. ALL FACILITIES (including the picnic area, parking, restrooms or potable water) are unavailable.  Entrance and exit ramps at mile marker 63 are open for motorists to turn around if needed.  Motorists are cautioned to remain clear of the construction zone and be aware of construction vehicles entering/exiting the roadways around the rest area. Signs are posted to advise motorists of this closure. The rest area at mile marker 34 is open.

 

  • Crews are scheduled to burn cleared vegetation at the rest area, weather permitting.  Motorists are advised that smoke may be present in the area and are reminded to turn headlights on low and reduce speed if smoke approaches the interstate.

Estimated project completion is fall 2014. The design/build contractor is Stantec/Wright Construction Group.

           

US 41 from Rattlesnake Hammock Road to Broward Street: Construction project: Crews are removing asphalt sidewalk and replacing it with concrete sidewalk. Pedestrians may be detoured in some areas. Motorists should expect construction equipment entering/exiting the roadway and possible delays. Estimated project completion is early 2014. Contractor is L-J Construction Company.

 

US 41/Tamiami Trail East from SR 951 to Greenway Road: Construction project: Crews begin work this month to expand two-lane US 41 to six lanes from SR 951 to Joseph Lane and to four lanes from Joseph Lane to Greenway Road. A 30-foot median will separate northbound and southbound travel lanes. The project also includes a 10-foot multi-use pathway along southbound travel lanes and a six-foot sidewalk parallel to northbound lanes. Median openings spaced throughout the project allow for left turns and U-turns. Crews also replace the traffic signal at Manatee Road. Preliminary work includes placing signs and erosion control and clearing vegetation along the roadway.  Project completion is expected in fall 2016. The design/build team is Wantman Group Inc./Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.

 

 

SR 84/Davis Boulevard from west of Radio Road to Santa Barbara Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are expanding the road to six lanes, adding sidewalk, bike lanes, and street lights, and building a noise wall. Crews recently shifted traffic onto new westbound lanes from east of Cedar Hammock Boulevard to west of Naples Heritage Drive for the eastbound roadway to be constructed. This new traffic configuration is expected to be in effect into early 2014.  Crews will continue placing fill dirt, installing drainage structures, sidewalk and sod on the south roadway of the project. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures during these activities. Please use caution when traveling throughout the work zone as well as when entering and exiting the roadway. Estimated project completion date is early 2014, weather permitting.  The contractor is Guymann Construction.

 

SR 84/Davis Boulevard from County Barn Road/Glen Eagle Boulevard to Whitten Drive: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures for westbound traffic for approximately six months, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., weather permitting, as crews continue work to rehabilitate a pump station. The pedestrian/bike pathway westbound between Bald Eagle Drive and Whitten Drive is closed. Temporary crosswalks for alternate pedestrian routes have been provided to cross Davis Boulevard at County Barn Road and West Crown Pointe Boulevard. Detour signs are posted. Electronic message boards, advance warning signs and barricades are in use to assist motorists traveling in the area. Work is expected to be completed by first part of 2014.

 

SR 29 from 7th Street South to 6th Street South:Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect daytime lane closures Monday through Friday for crews to remove and replace the concrete median. Please drive with care.

 

DESOTO COUNTY

 

US 17 from south of SW Collins Street in Fort Ogden to County Road 760A south of Nocatee:Construction project: Work is underway to expand US 17 to four lanes. Work includes clearing land for two new travel lanes to the east of the existing US 17 travel lanes, drainage activities and relocating overhead power transmission and distribution lines. No lane closures will be required for this work. Motorists are advised to be aware of work vehicles entering and exiting the roadway throughout the week. Motorists are reminded to observe the posted speed limit and to drive with caution. Project completion is expected at the end of 2015. The contractor is Ajax Paving, Inc.

 

US 17 from CR 760A to north of Flanders Street in Nocatee: Maintenance permit project: Crews are trimming/removing trees along the roadway in preparation of the contractor installing new power poles and removing existing power poles and lines. Intermittent daytime lane closures may occur while crews are working.  Motorists are advised to use caution while in the area and expect possible delays.

 

GLADES COUNTY

 

SR 78 at Buckhead Ridge:Maintenance project: Crews will be performing landscape maintenance behind guardrail during daytime hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No lane closures are expected.  Motorists are asked to use caution as crews work near the roadway.

 

SR 78 from Herbert Hoover Dike to Canal Boat Ramp: Construction project: Improvements include removing and replacing the existing asphalt, widening the roadway in several locations, adding shoulders, replacing guardrail, adding or replacing drainage pipe beneath some driveways, replacing mailboxes and signing and pavement markings.   Crews continue replacing drainage pipes beneath driveways and constructing driveway turnouts this week. No lane closures are expected, however watch for trucks entering and exiting the roadway and workers close to the road. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2014. The contractor is Lawrence Lynch Corp.

 

HARDEE COUNTY

 

SR 64 from Pear Street to east of Cracker Trail (Zolfo Springs): Construction project: Traffic on SR 64, just east of US 17 has been shifted south onto temporary pavement, and will remain there through the end of January 2014 while crews raise the north side of the roadway and pave the new lanes. This is a drainage improvement project that includes changing the elevation of the roadway in places, building gravity wall to support the new roadway, installing new curb, gutters and guardrail and paving. This project is expected to be completed in early 2014. The contractor is Empower Construction, Inc.

 

HENDRY COUNTY

 

US 27/SR 80 at Sky Valley Lane: Maintenance permit project: Crews will be installing guardrail, signs and striping to the new turn lanes into the subdivision. Drivers are asked to use caution as crews work near the roadway.

 

US 27 just south of SR 80 Interchange: Maintenance project: Crews will be repairing guardrail on the west side of the road from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures for this work. Drivers are advised to use caution as crews are working near the roadway.

 

SR 80 from CR 833 to east of US 27: Construction project:  Work expands two-miles of SR 80 to four lanes.  Crews are paving asphalt, placing sod, installing light poles and hydro seeding shoulders. Motorists should pay attention to traffic signs and barricades throughout the construction project, stay alert, and use caution in the work zone.  Estimated completion is spring 2014.  The contractor is C.W. Roberts Contracting, Inc.

 

SR 80/US 27 Interchange: Construction project: Work continues to modify the intersection with construction of an overpass for SR 80 traffic eastbound to US 27 northbound and for US 27 traffic northbound to SR 80 westbound. The project also realigns US 27. Crews also will widen approximately 3/4 mile of SR 80 to four lanes approaching the intersection, add a traffic signal at the overpass and install lighting at the interchange. Work currently involves constructing the new overpass and roadways. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures on US 27 this week for paving.  Motorists travelling east and west on SR 80 must use caution at the US 27 intersection and follow the posted speed limit of 25 MPH. Motorists are advised to be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the work zone and to use caution driving in this area. Project completion is estimated at end of 2013. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, Inc.

 

SR 80 from Birchwood Parkway to Dalton Lane: Construction project: Project expands five miles of existing roadway from two lanes to four lanes. Crews construct two new 12-foot lanes to the south of existing roadway, install drainage and build new bridges over the C1 Canal.  Two-lane traffic is shifted to the south on the newly constructed lanes.  Drivers should use caution and expect possible delays.  Motorists also should expect trucks entering and exiting the roadway throughout the project. Estimated completion is summer 2014. The contractor is C.W. Roberts Contracting, Inc.

 

SR 29 from Evans Road to G Road:Maintenance project: Crews will be working on the southbound shoulder replacing driveway pipes between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  No lane closures are expected.  Motorists are asked to use caution as crews work near the roadway.

 

SR 29 from south of South Industrial Loop Road to North Industrial Loop Road: Construction project: Work to resurface the road, add a turn lane, signing and pavement markings, and widen the shoulders on SR 29 nears completion.  Crews are placing sod, installing permanent signs, cleaning and mowing the project and striping the roadway. Motorists should expect lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for this work. Variable message boards and flaggers will assist motorists.  Drivers are advised to use caution and watch for construction workers and equipment in the construction zone. Project completion is expected at the end of 2013. The Contractor is Lawrence-Lynch Corporation.

 

HIGHLANDS COUNTY

 

US 27 from Lake Isis Avenue to the Polk County line: Construction project: Work is underway to expand the roadway from four to six lanes. Crews continue to work on smoothing out the ditches, placing sod, signs, final striping and project cleanup. Motorists should expect temporary lane closures both northbound and southbound from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Project completion is expected in early 2014. The contractor is Better Roads, Inc.

 

US 27 from SR 70 to CR 29: Maintenance project:Crews will be reworking shoulders on the northbound roadway. Use caution and watch for intermittent inside lane closures from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through the end of December.

 

SR 70 near Ruck’s Dairy Road west to CR 721: Maintenance contract: Crews will be cleaning the ditches.  Lane closures may be necessary, but are not expected.  Motorists are advised to use caution when approaching the work zone and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

 

SR 70 from Greenbrier Lane to CR 721: Maintenance project:Crews will be weeding and performing miscellaneous road work. Motorists should use caution, and expect lane closures with flaggers directing traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through mid-December.

 

LEE COUNTY

 

Lee County Traffic Management System (TMS): Construction project: Work includes installing fiber optics communications cable and transmission equipment, closed-circuit television cameras, and roadside sensors at 61 intersections.  Crews are testing and revising data communications between existing ITS components and the Lee County traffic operations center. Crews are installing underground conduit and service boxes along shoulders of US 41 from Corkscrew Road to Briarcliff Road. No lane closures are anticipated. Project completion is expected in fall 2014. The contractor is Traffic Control Devices, Inc.

 

State Roadways (SR 80, SR 865, SR 867, SR 884 and US 41): Maintenance project:  Crews will be restriping the lines along the state roadways. This will be a nighttime/overnight slow moving operation from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting, continuing through January 2014. Motorists should expect slow moving traffic and possible delays.

 

I-75 from SR 78 to the Charlotte County line: I-75 is being expanded to six lanes. Roadway crews are scheduled to place base materials in the median and begin constructing outside shoulders. Crews are placing sod. Drivers should pay attention to traffic signs and barricades throughout the construction project, maintain a safe speed, stay alert, and use caution in the work zone.  Estimated completion is fall 2014.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries.

 

I-75 from north of SR 80 to south of SR 78: Construction project:  This project expands I-75 adding new travel lanes, transition lanes and shoulders.  Bridge crews are driving pile and building concrete structures. Drivers should pay attention to traffic signs and barricades throughout the construction project, stay alert, and use caution in the work zone. Workers are removing right-of-way fencing, trimming vegetation and adding dirt in preparation of constructing noise walls. A reduced 60 MPH speed limit is posted throughout the project limits. Speeding fines are doubled when workers are present. Estimated completion is fall 2015.  The contractor is The de Moya Group/Leware Construction Company joint venture.

I-75 from Luckett Road to SR 80 and SR 80 interchange: Construction project:  This project expands I-75 to six lanes from Luckett Road to SR 80 and makes improvements at the SR 80 interchange.

 

·            Roadway crews are placing and grading material in the median near the I-75 bridges over SR 80/Palm Beach Boulevard.

 

·            Crews are paving asphalt on SR 80/Palm Beach Boulevard and constructing multi-use paths from Orange River Boulevard to Lexington Avenue. Motorists should expect periodic nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 15 to 6 a.m. Sunday, December 22, weather permitting.

 

A reduced 60 MPH speed limit on I-75 is posted throughout the project limits. Speeding fines are doubled when workers are present. Drivers should pay attention to traffic signs and barricades throughout the construction project, stay alert, and use caution in the work zone.  Estimated completion is early 2014.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries.

 

I-75 Airport Direct Connect from south of the Alico Road interchange (#128) to south of the Daniels Parkway interchange (#131): Construction project:Work continues to build a direct connection from I-75 to the Southwest Florida International Airport. The job adds new lanes parallel to I-75 from south of the Alico Road interchange to Daniels Parkway interchange. The contractor will construct a bridge over I-75 and Treeline Avenue/Ben Hill Griffin Parkway connecting the interstate to the airport. 

 

  • During daytime hours crews are constructing the bridge over I-75 and constructing new lanes parallel to the interstate.  Motorists need to use caution while crews and vehicles work near the interstate.  Drivers are asked to be aware of slow moving traffic as construction vehicles enter/exit the interstate.

 

  • Crews continue digging ponds and placing fill to build new lanes and roadways. Motorists should be aware of construction vehicles and equipment entering/exiting Ben Hill Griffin Parkway/Treeline Avenue near the airport entrance and Terminal Access Road. Construction vehicles are also using Three Oaks Parkway, Alico Road and Corkscrew Road.

 

PLEASE DRIVE WITH CARE. Estimated project completion is spring 2015. The design/build contractor is Stantec/Prince.

 

US 41 from Corkscrew Road to San Carlos Boulevard: Construction project: Crews work to finalize construction.  Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures on US 41. Drivers should use caution and expect possible delays.  Project completion is estimated at the end of 2013. Russell Engineering, Inc. is the contractor.

 

US 41/Tamiami Trail from Business 41 to Del Prado Boulevard: Maintenance project: Crews will be repairing drainage pipe near the roadway during daytime hours, Monday through Friday.  Motorists are advised to use caution as construction vehicles enter/exit the roadway.  Drivers should use caution while crews are working near the roadway.

 

SR 739/Business 41 from Littleton Road to US 41: Construction project: Work continues to expand Business 41 to four lanes from Littleton Road to US 41.  Crews will build two new 11-foot lanes in each direction separated by a 44-foot grass median.  The project also adds highway lighting, sidewalk, and bike lanes and builds a new drainage system to manage water running off the roadway.  Crews also will replace the traffic signal at Laurel Drive.  This week the contractor is excavating and installing drainage structures at various locations along the project. During the nighttime/overnight hours of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. motorists should expect one lane closed on Laurel Drive. Flaggers will direct motorists.  The sidewalk along the east side of the roadway south of Laurel Drive is temporarily closed.  The contractor is also burning vegetation in the limits of the offsite pond during daylight hours. Motorists are advised to look out for pedestrians and bicyclists along Business 41, obey flagging operations, observe posted speed limits and drive with caution in the construction zones.  Project completion is expected spring 2015.  The contractor is Wright Construction Group.

 

SR 739/Metro Parkway from Winkler Avenue to Hanson Street: Construction project: Work is underway to expand Metro Parkway to six lanes, expand one-half mile of Evans Avenue to three lanes northbound just south of Hanson Street, and build a new six-lane Metro Parkway bridge that crosses over the railroad tracks, Ten Mile Canal, and Palm Avenue. The roadway connects directly to Evans Avenue and Fowler Street (with a connection for southbound Fowler Street drivers who may choose to use Metro Parkway southbound).  Work currently includes roadway and bridge construction, drainage and relocating utilities.

 

Moreno Avenue will be closed mid-block and only accessible to local traffic for crews to install a new sewer system.  Businesses on Evans Avenue south of Hanson Street may be accessed using Hanson Street.

 

Expect intermittent lane closures during nighttime/overnight on Metro Parkway between Warehouse Road and Winkler Avenue. Motorists are to use caution and expect trucks to be entering and leaving the roadway. Estimated project completion is summer 2015.  The contractor is Conalvias USA.

 

SR 739/Michael G. Rippe Parkway: Construction project: Crews are installing a traffic signal at the Briarcliff Road intersection, adding bike railing to the bridge/overpass near Alico Road, installing drainage in areas and adding bicycle pavement markings to the roadway.

 

  • Motorists are advised that the traffic signal at Briarcliff Road is in flash mode while final inspections are underway.

 

The signal is expected to be operational this fall, weather permitting.  Total project completion is expected end of 2013. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors, Inc.

 

SR 82/Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard at Ortiz Avenue:  Maintenance permit project:  Crews are placing overhead utilities across SR 82/Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard at Ortiz Avenue.Motorists can expect SR 82/Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard traffic to be stopped for approximately five minutes at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, December 17 for this work.  Law enforcement will be onsite to assist with this closure.  Motorists should expect delays and slow moving traffic.

 

SR 82/Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard from Jackson Street to Lee Street:  Maintenance permit project:  Crews are repairing underground utilities in the roadway.  Motorists can expect westbound SR 82/Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to be closed during the overnight hours of 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday, December 17 through Friday, December 20 for this work.  Drivers must use Lee Street to Second Street to Jackson Street during this closure. The center turn lane will remain closed from 7 a.m. on Tuesday, December 17 until work is complete on Friday, December 20. The eastbound travel lane will remain open. Drivers should expect delays and be aware of crews working near the roadway.

 

SR 78/Pine Island Road from west of Burnt Store Road to west of Chiquita Boulevard: Construction project: Work is underway to expand the roadway to four lanes with outside four-foot paved bike lanes and roadside swales. Work also includes building two stormwater ponds and construction of new eastbound travel lanes.

 

SW 20th Avenue/Nott Road is closed between Pine Island Road and Wade Drive. The closure is expected to last for approximately four weeks. Crews are installing stormwater pipes across SW 20thAvenue/Nott Road and building the new eastbound roadway along Pine Island Road. Through traffic will be detoured via Chiquita Boulevard, Trafalgar Parkway and back to SW 20th Avenue/Nott Road. Signs are in place to assist drivers through this area.  Drivers are advised to plan extra time when driving in the area.

 

PLEASE SLOW DOWN and USE CAUTION. Project completion is expected in fall of 2014, weather permitting. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.

 

SR 78 from Del Prado Parkway to Nicholas Parkway: Maintenance project:Crews are grading and sodding shoulders during daytime hours, weekdays only. No lane closures are expected with this work. Motorists should be aware of slow moving traffic and be aware of trucks entering/exiting the roadway.

 

MANATEE COUNTY

 

12th Street West from 24th Avenue West to 14th Avenue West: Construction project: Crews are constructing new sidewalk, making improvements to curb, gutter and drainage and installing new signing and pavement markings. Daytime lane closures will occur throughout the duration of the project but are not permitted between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Project completion is expected in early 2014. Transportation Structures, Inc. is the contractor.

 

I-75 Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and Satellite Traffic Management Center: Construction project: Work continues to install fiber optics communications cable and transmission equipment, closed-circuit television cameras, and roadside sensors along 56 miles of I-75 from the Sarasota/Manatee County line (University Parkway) to the I-275 interchange in Manatee County (near mile marker 228). During the week of Sunday, December 15, 2013 crews will continue to install fiber optic cable, electrical wire, pull boxes, concrete poles, cabinets and ITS devices on northbound and southbound I-75 between mile markers 213 and 228. Motorists should anticipate shoulder closures for this work. In addition, there will be a nighttime lane closure of the outside lane from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. at northbound mile marker 224 for installation of concrete poles. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through construction zones. This project is scheduled for completion in summer 2014. The contractor is World Fiber Technologies, Inc.

 

I-75 over the Manatee River: Construction project: Crews are replacing the bridge fender system and navigational lighting under the bridge. There will be no impacts to the traffic on the bridge as all work is being performed beneath the bridge. The project is scheduled for completion in spring 2014. Inland Construction and Equipment, Inc. is the contractor.

 

I-75 at University Parkway: Construction project: Crews are constructing new sidewalk, installing pedestrian signals and making improvements to the northbound I-75 on-ramp and southbound I-75 off-ramp. There will be nighttime lane closures from 8 p.m. to         6 a.m. while crews are working at the I-75 northbound on ramp. Project completion is expected in spring 2014. Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is the contractor.

 

I-75: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should be aware of crews working near the shoulder for the next several weeks. No lane closures will be in place but motorists should use caution.

 

BUS US 41 between 8th Avenue West and Cortez Road: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect an intermittent southbound outside lane closure from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through December 20. Contractor crews will be replacing poles and doing maintenance to electric lines. Motorists are advised to use caution and expect possible delays.

 

US 41 from south of 301 Boulevard to south of 23rd Avenue: Construction project: Crews resurface the roadway. Nighttime/overnight paving operations will occur from 7 p.m. to

6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.  Existing signals on US 41 are replaced with new signals at the 301 Boulevard, 30th Avenue, and 26th Avenue intersections. Motorists are advised to use caution while in the area and to expect possible delays. Project completion is expected in early 2014. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc.

 

US 41 at SR 684 (Cortez Road): Construction project: Crews reconstruct the intersection to enhance pedestrian access by reducing walking distance across the intersection. Crews reconstruct corners of the intersection with new curb, handicap crosswalk ramps, and striping for new crosswalks. The contractor replaces existing traffic and pedestrian signals. To reduce delays to motorists, intersection reconstruction occurs Sunday through Thursday during nighttime/overnight hours. At least one travel lane will remain open to traffic in each direction. Expect lane closures during these hours:

 

  • Single lane closures

8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. on US 41

7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on SR 684 (Cortez Road)

 

  • Double lane closures:

9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. along US 41

9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. along SR 684 (Cortez Road)

 

The north/south crosswalks at US 41 (on the east and west side of the intersection) are closed to pedestrian traffic.  Pedestrians must use the crosswalks at the signalized intersections at 9thStreet West or 20th Street West to cross Cortez Road. 

 

Motorists are advised to use caution while in the area and to expect possible delays. Project completion is expected in early 2014. The contractor is Superior Asphalt, Inc.

 

US 41 (Tamiami Trail) from the Sarasota/Manatee county line to Tallevast Road: Maintenance contract project: Crews are inspecting and repairing drainage pipes. Motorists should expect intermittent northbound and southbound outside lane closures through December 19, weather permitting.  Motorists are also advised to use caution while in the area and expect possible delays.

 

SR 70 from Peridia Boulevard to Caruso Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are replacing power poles in the area. There will be an intermittent eastbound outside lane closure from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. through December 20.  Also, the next five Saturdays may have intermittent lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution while in the area and to expect possible delays.

 

SR 64 from west of Carlton Arms Boulevard to west of Interstate 75:  Construction project: Work continues to resurface the existing roadway and expand the roadway from four to six lanes. Work also includes adding five-foot paved bike lanes, building curb and gutter with drainage swales, constructing sidewalk, planting landscaping, and replacing existing traffic signals with mast arms and concrete poles. The contractor is working at night/overnight from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Sunday, December 15 through Thursday, December 19 at various locations along SR 64 for paving operations. Motorists may experience temporary intermittent lane closures in these areas. Flaggers will be present as needed. Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for construction workers in the construction zone. Project completion is expected in early 2014. The contractor is Better Roads, Inc.

 

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY

 

US 98 south of CR 68 near Dixie Ranch: Maintenance contract project: This two lane roadway may be reduced to one lane periodically with flaggers directing traffic while crews repair shoulders on either side of the road. Shoulder repairs are expected to continue through the end of December.

 

US 441 North from Northwest 179th Street to County Road 68 East: Maintenance project: This two lane roadway will be reduced to one lane with flaggers directing traffic while crews repair shoulders on either side of the road.  Use caution when traveling in the work area.

 

US 441 North from Southwest 9th Street to Southwest 16th Street: Maintenance project: Crews are repairing the sidewalk on both sides of the roadway. No lane closures are expected, however, motorists are advised to use caution.

 

US 441 Southeast from SR 78 to the Martin County line: Maintenance project: Crews will be trimming low hanging tree branches as needed. No lane closures are expected however, motorists should drive with caution.

 

SR 78 from Okeechobee County line to Lemkin Creek Bridge: Construction project:Project improvements include removing and replacing the existing asphalt, adding shoulders, replacing guardrail, and signing and pavement markings. Crews will begin placing signs and installing silt fence for the purpose of erosion control. No lane closures are expected. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2014. The contractor is Lawrence Lynch Corp.

 

SR 70 (NE Park Avenue) from SE 10th Avenue to SE 13th Avenue: Maintenance permit project: The inside westbound lane will be closed intermittently during the nighttime/overnight hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews work in the median. Motorists should use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Work on this project includes reshaping the raised median to lengthen the left turn lanes between SE 10th and SE 13th avenues, removing and replacing the asphalt and restriping the roadway. This project is expected to be completed by the end of the year 2013.

 

POLK COUNTY

 

Interstate 4 eastbound exit ramp at County Line Road and South Frontage Road: Construction project: Travelers should anticipate nighttime lane closures on the exit ramp during the nighttime/overnight hours of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for widening and signalization. Daytime lane closures are scheduled for County Line Road and South Frontage Road. Work on this project includes adding two right turn lanes to the east bound exit ramp, adding two left turn lanes on County Line Road turning onto South Frontage Road, adding signals at both intersections, placing signs and removing and replacing the asphalt. Weather permitting, the project is estimated for completion in the spring 2014. The contractor is Cone and Graham.

 

Interstate 4 from the Hillsborough County line to the Osceola County line: Maintenance project: The contractor is repairing cable barrier and guardrail on I-4. No lane closures are expected, but motorists are advised to be aware of work vehicles entering and exiting the roadway. Please use caution driving in this area.

 

Rock Ridge Road at Gator Creek (north Lakeland): Construction project: Rock Ridge Road has been reduced to one lane and is controlled by temporary traffic signals at Creekwood Run and the adjacent Gator Creek Bridge. The temporary signals will be in place for approximately three months. The speed limit has also been reduced to 25 mph for safety. On Thursday, December 19, crews are scheduled to install bridge panels on the new bridge. This process will require that Rock Ridge Road be closed completely for up to 10 minutes at a time while the new panels are lifted off the truck and installed. Motorists should expect delays and add extra time in their travel schedule. This project includes repalcing the existing Gator Creek Bridge with a new bridge that will have two 12-foot travel lanes, five-foot paved shoulder and barrier wall. In addition to replacing the bridge, new pavement markings will be placed on Rock Ridge Road from US 98 to Deen Still Road. Weather permitting, this project will be completed in spring 2014. Wright Construction Group, Inc. is the contractor.

 

US 98 from CR 540A to SR 540 (Winter Lake Road): Construction project: Work continues to expand the roadway from four to six lanes. Motorists should expect northbound and/or southbound lane closuresduring the nighttime/overnight hours of 6:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for several months, as crews install roadway drainage pipe, add drainage pipe beneath driveways and widen the roadway at Banana Creek Bridge. Traffic remains shifted onto newly constructed travel lanes from CR 540A to Clubhouse Road and from SR 540 (Winter Lake Road) to Autumnwood Grove Boulevard. Motorists should use caution when driving through these areas. Weather permitting the project should be completed in the summer 2015. The contractor is The Lane Construction Corporation. For more information, visit thewww.idriveUS98.com.

 

US 98 at Farm Road: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures on thenorthbound lane from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews install sidewalk and begin paving.  Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

 

US 98/North Florida Avenue between East Peachtree Street and East Oak Street: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk on the east side of North Florida Avenue between East Peachtree and East Oak streets is closed as a safety precaution while crews work on the expansion of the McKeel Elementary Academy. Pedestrians will be detoured around the closure. Crews will re-open the sidewalk during the Christmas/New Year holidays.

 

US 98 from North Socrum Loop Road to US 92: Maintenance contract project: Work on this project includes replacing cracked sidewalk and adding wheelchair accessible ramps, constructing curb, and replacing ditch pavement and deteriorated concrete. Crews are working in the area of North Socrum Loop Road. No lane closures are scheduled, however, motorists should use caution and watch for workers near the roadway. Weather permitting this project is anticipated to be completed in the summer 2014. The contractor is Environmental Innovations.

 

US 98 North just south of West Daughtery Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews will be extending the existing southbound left turn lane. The inside southbound lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews begin placing signs and clearing for construction. Motorists should use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

 

US 27 from Ritchie Road to south of Barry Road:Construction project: Work on this project includes expanding US 27 from four lanes to six lanes, resurfacing the existing roadway, adding five-foot paved bike lanes, building curb and gutter with drainage swales, constructing sidewalk, upgrading existing traffic signals at Waverly Barn Road/Dunson Road and Deen Still Road/Ronald Reagan Parkway, installing new highway lighting at Deen Still Road/Ronald Reagan Parkway, and installing sound barrier walls. A traffic shift remains in place at the intersection of US 27/Waverly Barn Road.Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for workers in the construction zone. Southland Construction is the contractor on this project. Work is expected to be finished in the fall of 2014.

 

US 27 from Barry Road to US 192 (Davenport/Clermont):Construction project: Improvements include expanding US 27 and the bridge at US 192 from four lanes to six lanes, resurfacing the existing roadway, adding five-foot paved bike lanes, building curb and gutter with drainage swales, constructing sidewalk, installing new concrete pole traffic signals at the intersections of US 27/California Boulevard and US 27/Student Drive, and installing sound barrier walls. Crews are installing silt fence for the purpose of erosion control, mobilizing construction equipment and materials, laying temporary asphalt on the ramps at US 27/US 192 and installing piles (concrete poles) at the bridge over US 27. Crews will shift traffic on the US 192 eastbound entrance ramp from southbound US 27 during the nighttime/overnight hours of 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., on Tuesday, December 17.  The shift will remain in place for several months while crews expand the bridge. Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Prince Construction is the contractor on this project. Work is expected to be finished in summer 2016.

 

US 27 from US 98 to Presidents Drive (Frostproof/Lake Wales): Maintenance project: Crews continue cleaning ditches along both sides of this four lane roadway through the end of December. No lane closures are expected, however, motorists are advised to use caution when traveling in this area.

 

US 27 from Silver Crest Drive to Bates Road (Haines City): Maintenance permit project: Crews continue relocating light poles and bases at the intersection of Bates Road and US 27, installing storm water pipe in the median and along the west side of the roadway and constructing turn lanes on the western side of US 27. Motorists should expect nighttime southbound lane closures and daytime southbound shoulder. Work on this permit includes constructing two right turn lanes, one left turn lane, three driveway entrances and sidewalk. Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for workers in the construction zone.

 

US 17/92 from Hinson Avenue north to south of McKeown Avenue: Construction project: Work on this project includes resurfacing the existing two lane roadway and center turn lane, removing silt from drainage pipes to improve drainage, upgrading traffic and pedestrian signals, constructing sidewalk at the Johnson Avenue intersection, and placing signs and pavement markings throughout the project.Crews will continue work on the existing traffic signals, grading and placing sod throughout the project. Motorists should expect intermittent daytime lane closures with flaggers directing traffic after 9 a.m. and nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Friday. Use caution when driving through this area. Weather permitting, this work is anticipated to be in effect for several weeks.This project is anticipated for completion in spring 2014. The contractor is APAC Southeast, Inc.

 

SR 659 (Combee Road) at North Crystal Lake Drive (Lakeland): Maintenance permit project: Expect intermittent southbound lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews widen Combee Road and install drainage pipe. Work also includes adding a northbound left turn lane on Combee Road north of the intersection, and adding sidewalk and installing driveways on the west side of Combee Road and north side of North Crystal Lake Drive. Motorists should use caution and be prepared to stop.

 

SR 544 (Avenue T NW) Pedestrian Bridge (Winter Haven): Construction project: The City of Winter Haven’s contractor is setting bridge deck on the pedestrian bridge crossing SR 544 (Avenue T Northwest) between US Hwy 17 and First Street N. Traffic in both directions under the bridge will be shifted as needed from beneath the work area during the nighttime/overnight hours of10:30 p.m. through 5:30 a.m., Sunday, December 15 through Thursday, December 19. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Southland Construction is the contractor. Work is scheduled to be completed by spring 2014.

 

SR 540 east of State Farm Entrance: Maintenance permit project: Crews will be removing pipe from the ditch area and placing limerock for the new turn lane. Expect intermittent lane closures on the eastbound lanes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Work on this project includes constructing a right turn lane, driveway entrance and sidewalk on the south side of the roadway. Use caution while traveling in the area.

 

SR 60 West at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (MLK) and Walker Street intersection (Lake Wales): Construction project: There are no planned lane closures as crews continue cleanup activities and perform miscellaneous work. Work on this project includes removing and reconstructing concrete traffic separators in the median of SR 60 from Gibson Avenue to just east of Walker Street/MLK Boulevard, adding a traffic separator to allow left turns only from the median of SR 60 onto MLK Boulevard and Walker Street and right turns only from MLK Boulevard and Walker Street onto SR 60, extending the left turn lanes from SR 60 onto MLK Boulevard and Walker Street, resurfacing the entire intersection and installing pipe, reconstructing curb and gutter and repairing sidewalk at the intersection with Walker Street. Weather permitting; the project should be completed by end of year 2013. MAER Construction is the contractor on this project.

 

SR 60 at Pollard Road Extension: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect the inside lanes in both directions will be closed during the day on Friday, December 13 for crews to repair the median crossover.  Work is expected to be complete by end of the day on Friday.  Expect delays and use caution as crews work near the roadway.

 

SR 37 (South Florida Avenue) at West Pipkin Road/Lake Miriam Drive intersection: Construction project: Lane closures are scheduled on West Pipkin Road and Lake Miriam Drive during the nighttime/overnight hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. to construct new sidewalks and stripe the road. Use caution while everyone get used to the new traffic pattern. Work on this project includes replacing the pedestrian islands, restriping the crossings, installing no-turn-on-red signs, installing new signal poles, repairing sidewalk and repaving the intersection. Additionally, the pedestrian island at West Lake Pipkin Road and Old Highway 37 will be replaced with a larger island to further define right turns only at the intersection. Weather permitting, the project will be complete by the end of the year. The contractor is Empower Construction, Inc.

 

SR 37 at the Mulberry Bridge from South of SR 60 over the Alafia River:Construction project: No lane closures will be necessary this week as crews continue working on roadway drainage and constructing the retention pond through Friday, December 20. Work on this project includes widening the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway separated with a median from Dean Street north to SW 4th Street. The existing four-lane roadway, from  SW  4th  Street  to  SE  3rd  Street,  will  be resurfaced, and the existing two-lane bridge over the north fork of the Alafia River is being replaced with twin bridges to accommodate four 12-foot travel lanes, bike lanes, and sidewalks. Leware Construction Company of Florida, Inc. is the contractor on this project. The project is estimated to be complete in spring 2014.

 

SR 37 from Cozart Road to Bethlehem Road: Maintenance permit project:Crews continue installing water lines on both sides of SR 37. Motorists should expect intermittent daytime lane closures with flaggers directing traffic, and be prepared to stop. Project completion is estimated for end of year 2013.

 

SR 17 (S. 10th Street) from SR 544/CR 544 to US 17/92 (Hinson Ave) in Haines City: Construction project: Northbound SR 17 (S. 10th Street) is closed to all traffic between SR 544/CR 544 and Wood Avenue. Signs direct northbound traffic east on CR 544 then north on 30th Street and west on US 17/92 (Hinson Avenue) to SR 17 (S. 10th Street). A southbound lane will be kept open for the duration of the project with access to driveways and side streets maintained for southbound traffic only. The detour will be active for approximately one year. Crews will continue clearing the right of way from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Motorists are advised to observe posted speed limits, look out for pedestrians and bicyclists, and drive with caution in the construction zone. During this project, crews will replace the roadway base and pavement, widen travel lanes, rework the center turn lane to include raised medians and median crossovers, replace existing drainage and add sidewalk and decorative street lighting. Completion is estimated in summer 2015. The contractor is Prince Construction, LLC.

 

SR 17 from Egg Farm Road to Mt. Lake Estates entrance: Maintenance permit project:Motorists should expect periodic lane closures with flaggers directing traffic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews trim trees along this two lane section of State Road 17. Motorists should use caution and be prepared to stop.

 

SR 17 at Palm Street (Frostproof): Maintenance permit project: Expect intermittent southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. while crews continue building a driveway entrance and sidewalk along the southbound lanes. Motorists should use caution and be prepared to stop.

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

Sarasota County Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) Phase III: Construction project:Directional borings will be taking place with work on the shoulders of the roadway within the next week. Pull boxes and fiber optic pull boxes will be installed in close proximity to pedestrian pathways. Expect sidewalk closures Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for placement and installation of CCTV cameras on concrete poles. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to use caution.

                    

I-75: From Sumter Boulevard to River Road: Construction project: This project expands I-75 in this area to six lanes.  Crews are performing survey work and placing erosion control throughout the project. No lane closures are planned. Drivers should pay attention to traffic signs and barricades throughout the construction project, stay alert, and use caution in the work zone.  Estimated completion is summer 2016. The contractor is Conalvias USA.

 

I-75 Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and Satellite Traffic Management Center: Construction Project: Work continues to install fiber optics communications cable and transmission equipment, closed-circuit television cameras, and roadside sensors along I-75 from the Charlotte/Sarasota County line (near mile marker 172) to the Sarasota/Manatee County line(University Parkway/near mile marker 213). During the week of Sunday, December 15, 2013crews will continue to install electrical wire, fiber optic cable, pull boxes, concrete poles, cabinets and ITS devices along northbound and southbound I-75 between mile markers 182 and 213. Motorists should anticipate shoulder closures for this work. On December 17 and 18, there will be nighttime outside lane closures 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. at mile markers 197 southbound and 206 northbound, respectively, for installation of concrete poles. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through construction zones. This project is scheduled for completion in summer 2014. The contractor is World Fiber Technologies, Inc.

 

US 41 (Tamiami Trail) at Gulf Gate Drive and Bay Acres Avenue; SR 789 (John Ringling Causeway/North Gulfstream Avenue) at Sunset Drive and Golden Gate Drive; SR 72 (Clark Road) at Beneva Road and Sawyer Road; SR 758 (Bee Ridge Road) at Murdock Avenue and Honore Avenue: Construction project: Crews are repairing and replacing mast arm traffic signals at these intersections. Motorists should expect work occurring during the day and at night. Lane closures may occur from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for workers in these areas. Completion is expected in early 2014. The contractor is Traffic Control Devices, Inc.

 

SR 780 (Fruitville Road) from Lime Avenue to McIntosh Road: Maintenance contract project: Crews continue to inspect and repair the drainage pipes. Motorists should expect intermittent eastbound and westbound outside lane closures from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. through December 20, weather permitting.  Motorists are also advised to use caution while in the area and expect possible delays.

 

SR 758 (Bee Ridge Road) from Beneva Road to US 41: Maintenance contract project: Crews will be making sidewalk repairs through December 20. Motorists should expect intermittent eastbound and westbound lane closures throughout the day and pedestrians should be aware of sidewalk closures. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to use caution and to expect possible delays.

 

 

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