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FDOT RoadWatch Report for the Week of June 1, 2014

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*** ROADWATCH REPORT #22***
FOR WEEK OF SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014 

Fort Myers — This weekly report is prepared by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to inform the public about upcoming road work in Southwest Florida. Below are the work schedule and lane closure locations for major state road projects.

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.

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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.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY 

I-75 bridge over Tuckers Grade (exit # 158):  Construction project:  Crews begin painting the bridge over Tuckers Grade.  Crews are placing construction signs and equipment in the area. Motorists should expect lane closures on Tuckers Grade during daytime hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Drivers should use caution and expect delays.  Project completion is spring 2014.  The contractor is J. Mori Painting, Inc.

US 41/SR 45 from Harborview Road to Sherry Street:  Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect the northbound shoulder closed for crews to install pipe and construct a driveway.  Drivers should use caution.

SR 776 over Myakka River (El Jobean Bridge):  Motorists should expect the inside eastbound lane closed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 30 through Tuesday, June 3 (excluding Sunday, June 2) for crews to repair the bridge rail and post due to an accident, weather permitting.  Motorists should also expect intermittent lane closures of the outside lanes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3 and Wednesday, June 4 for crews to perform routine maintenance.  Drivers should use caution as crews work in the roadway.

SR 776 from CR 771 to Coliseum Boulevard:  Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect westbound lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for crews to replace a driveway connection.  Drivers should expect slow moving traffic.

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.  Crews continue paving throughout the project.

  • 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.  FDOT cautions motorists 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.

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

US 41 at Pelican Marsh Boulevard:  Construction project: Work on this project includes installing pedestrian features and upgrades to meet current ADA standards, connecting existing sidewalks to ramps, installing signal back plates, and pavement markings. The contractor is completing punch list items. Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for construction workers in the construction zone. Project completion is expected in spring 2014.The contractor is Traffic Control Devices, Inc.

US 41 (Tamiami Trail East) from SR 951 to Greenway Road: Construction project: Crews continue work 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. Crews are currently relocating utilities, hauling embankment, and driving piles for the bridge over Henderson Creek.  This week workers continue building retaining wall on the job.  Motorists should be aware of construction vehicles and equipment enter and exit the roadway.  The contractor expects to complete work by fall 2016. The design/build team is Wantman Group Inc. /Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.

SR 84 (Davis Boulevard) from Florida Club Circle to Falling Waters Boulevard:  Construction project: Crews will be installing light pole bases, pull boxes and underground conduits along both sides of Davis Boulevard.  Motorist should expect lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for this work.  Drivers are asked to use caution and expect delays. Motorists should expect construction equipment entering/exiting the roadway. The contractor expects work to be completed by summer 2014. Contractor is American Lighting and Signalization, Inc.

SR 84 (Davis Boulevard) from County Barn Road/Glen Eagle Boulevard to Whitten Drive: Maintenance permit project:  Crews are finishing work to rehabilitate a pump station.  Travel lanes and sidewalk are open. Expected completion is summer 2014.

 

DESOTO COUNTY 

East Oak Street from Brevard Avenue (US 17) to Volusia Avenue and Volusia Avenue from East Oak Street to East Magnolia Street (SR 70 eastbound): Construction project: Crews will close the on-street parking on the south side of East Oak Street and the west side of Volusia Avenue up to the Chamber of Commerce. The closures are necessary as crews begin installing a new drainage system. This project includes resurfacing, reconstructing curb at the intersection of Volusia Avenue and Magnolia Street, repairing sidewalk and making them ADA compliant. Expected completion by the end of 2014. The contractor is Bun Construction Company.

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 and drainage activities. Expect intermittent lane closures on SW Beard Street east of US 17 while crews are working. Motorists should be aware of work vehicles entering and exiting the roadway during the week. Motorists should also observe the posted speed limit and drive with caution. Expected project completion is the end of 2015. The contractor is Ajax Paving.

US 17 from Magnolia Street to Hickory Street: Maintenance project: Crews are cleaning storm drains. No lane closures are expected. Motorists should use caution and expect possible delays.

US 17 between Flanders Street and Joshua Creek: Maintenance contract project:  Crews are working on driveways along the roadway. No lane closures are anticipated but motorists should be aware of trucks entering and exiting the highway.

US 17 at SR 70: Construction project: Crews are making foundation improvements to the corner of US 17 and SR 70. Lane closures are not anticipated. Pedestrians should be aware of temporary sidewalk installation at the eastbound corner of SR 70 and the northbound corner of US 17. Project completion is expected in summer 2014. Traffic Control Devices, Inc. is the contractor. 

SR 70 Westbound (West Hickory Street) from North Lee Avenue to North Orange Avenue:  Construction project: SR 70 (West Hickory Street) has been reduced from two westbound lanes to one westbound lane between North Manatee Avenue and North Lee Avenue. North Lee Avenue, North Dade Avenue and North Manatee Avenue are now closed at SR 70 (West Hickory Street).  Use West Walnut Street as a detour.  Motorists should use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. This project includes installing underground utilities beneath the roadway, removing and replacing asphalt and curbs, replacing driveway entrances, repairing sidewalk and adding detectable warning surfaces at the side streets. Expected completion by the end of 2014. The contractor is Bun Construction Company.

GLADES COUNTY 

SR 78 from the Indian Prairie Canal to Lakeport:  Maintenance project:  Crews will work on weed cutting along the roadway during the day.  Motorists should use caution as crews work near the travel lanes. 

SR 78 from Herbert Hoover Dike to Canal Boat Ramp: Construction project: There are no scheduled lane closures as crews finish placing sod in preparation of paving beginning Monday, June 9. Improvements on this project 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. Expected completion is fall 2014. The contractor is Lawrence Lynch Corp.

SR 29 from Marshallfield Road to Pollywog Crossover: Maintenance contract project: Crews will be replacing driveway culverts at several locations.  Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway.

 

HENDRY COUNTY

US 27 from north of the City of Clewiston to Flaghole Road:  Maintenance project:  Crews will be cleaning ditches during the day.  Motorists should be aware of trucks entering/exiting the road. 

SR 80 from Cowboy Way to Huggetts Rd: Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for crews to replace light poles.  Drivers should use caution as crews work in the roadway.

SR 80 from Willington Road to Everhigh Acres Road:  Maintenance contract project: Crews will be replacing driveway culverts at several locations.  Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway. 

SR 80 from Park Lane to Huggetts Road: Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect periodic westbound lane closures during daytime hours for crews to build a driveway.  Motorists should use caution while workers are near the roadway. 

SR 80 from Park Lane to Lashley Street: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect the westbound lane closed periodically from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for crews to replace light poles.  Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway. 

SR 80 from Birchwood Parkway to Dalton Lane: Construction project: Crews expand five miles of existing roadway from two lanes to four lanes. The contractor has shifted two-way traffic to the two new 12-foot lanes to the south of the existing roadway.  Reconstruction of the two north lanes continues.  Workers are building the new bridge over the C-1 canal. Drivers should use caution, expect possible delays, and watch for trucks entering and exiting the roadway throughout the project. Expected completion is summer 2014. The contractor is C.W. Roberts Contracting, Inc. 

SR 29 from G Road to SR 80: Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect the westbound lane closed periodically from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for crews to replace light poles.  Drivers should use caution as crews work in the roadway.

SR 29 from G Road to the City of LaBelle:  Maintenance project:  Crews will trim weeds along the roadway from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Motorists should use caution as crews work near the travel lanes.

 

LEE COUNTY 

Lee County Traffic Management System (TMS): Construction project: Work continues to install 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. Workers will continue installing cameras and vehicle detection system components, Monday through Friday, June 2 through June 6. Estimated project completion is fall 2014. The contractor is Traffic Control Devices, Inc. 

State Roadways (SR 31, SR 78, SR 80, SR 82, SR 865, SR 867, SR 884 and US 41): Maintenance project: Crews are sweeping curb and gutter on state roadways and bridges, and painting curb markings. Motorists should expect weeknight lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., weather permitting. Crews are also restriping lines along state roadways.  This will be a nighttime/overnight slow moving operation from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting, continuing thru June 2014. Motorists should expect slow moving traffic and possible delays.

I-75 — Airport Direct Connect from south of the Alico Road interchange (#128) to south of the Daniels Parkway interchange (#131): 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 is building two bridges, over I-75 and Treeline Avenue/Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, connecting the interstate to the airport.

Work along I-75

  • Motorists should expect the eastbound to northbound I-75 entrance (loop) ramp at Alico Road (#128) closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, June 2 for crews to pave the shoulder and place barrier wall.  Ramp traffic will shift to allow crews to widen the ramp, weather permitting.  Drivers can make a U-turn just east of the interstate to enter northbound I-75 from westbound Alico Road.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during the nighttime/overnight hours from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and expect the outside southbound exit only lane at Alico Road (exit #128) closed during daytime and nighttime hours.  These closures allow crews to widen the roadway and continue work on the bridge over I-75.  Motorists should be aware of slow moving traffic and possible delays.
  • During daytime hours crews are constructing the bridge over I-75, constructing new lanes parallel to the interstate and installing guardrail throughout the project.  Motorists should 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.

Work at Southwest Florida International Airport entrance: 

  • Traffic on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway/Treeline Avenue northbound to the airport now uses the new northbound to eastbound ramp in to the airport.  Traffic exiting the airport to northbound Ben Hill Griffin Parkway/Treeline Avenue now uses the new westbound to northbound ramp.  Traffic entering from the south and exiting to the north must yield when turning right.  Motorists should slow down and use caution at this intersection as crews continue building retaining walls and the bridge over Treeline Avenue/Ben Hill Griffin Parkway.

PLEASE DRIVE WITH CARE. Variable message boards notify motorists of lane/roadway closures.  Estimated project completion is spring 2015. The design/build contractor is Stantec/Prince.

I-75 from Luckett Road to SR 80 and SR 80 interchange: Construction project:  This project expands I-75 to six lanes, adds transition lanes and makes improvements at the SR 80 interchange. The contractor is completing final items on I-75 and SR 80/Palm Beach Boulevard. Motorists may encounter periodic lane closures. 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 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 continue to drive pile and build concrete structures. Nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. may be necessary to repair traffic barrier walls. Drivers should pay attention to traffic signs and barricades throughout the construction project, stay alert, and use caution in the work zone. 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 SR 78 to Charlotte County line:  Construction project:  This project expands I-75 to six lanes. Crews plan to work on outside shoulder reconstruction, pond drainage and bridge joints during the daytime.  During the nighttime/overnight hours from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Monday, June 2 and Tuesday, June 3, motorists exiting I-75 southbound to eastbound SR 78 should expect a lane closure while crews install pipe across the ramp. Signs will guide drivers around the work. 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 summer 2014. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries.

US 41 from Constitution Boulevard to Sanibel Boulevard:  Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect weekday nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for crews to construct a driveway and turn lane.  Drivers should use caution in this area. 

US 41 from College Parkway to Crystal Drive:  Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays for crews to complete a driveway connection and sidewalk.  The contractor expects to complete work by June 2014.  FDOT asks drivers to use caution as crews work near the roadway.

US 41 from Fowler Street to Colonial Boulevard:  Maintenance project:  Crews will remove and replace sod in the median.  Motorists can expect the inside lanes closed during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Drivers should use caution when construction vehicles are in the roadway. 

US 41 at Colonial Boulevard (SR 884):  Construction project:  Crews are installing new pedestrian signals and ramps, constructing new curb and gutter, and resurfacing the intersection.  Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures on US 41 during the nighttime/overnight hours of 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. and on Colonial Boulevard during the nighttime/overnight hours of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Crews are resurfacing the intersection.  Drivers should use caution when traveling throughout the work zone. The contractor expects to complete work by fall 2015. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors, Inc.

US 41 (Cleveland Avenue) from Colonial Boulevard (SR 884) to Edison Mall entrance (at Firestone Auto Care): Maintenance permit project:  Crews are repairing shoulder and replacing curb on the east side of the roadway.  Motorists should expect shoulder closures during daytime hours.  Drivers are asked to use caution as crews work near the roadway.

US 41 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 should be aware of construction vehicles enter/exit the roadway.  Drivers should use caution while crews are working near the roadway.

US 41 from Littleton Road to the Charlotte County line:  Construction project:  Crews are resurfacing the roadway from Business 41 to the Charlotte County line.  The job includes building drainage improvements, installing street lighting at intersections, and adding bicycle lanes.  The project also builds a sidewalk on the west side of US 41 from Littleton Road to south of Del Prado Parkway.  Work activities include installing erosion control, surveying, and building sidewalk and turn lanes on the outside of the roadway.  Motorists should expect daytime turn lane closures for this work.  Crews are also working on signals at the intersections of US 41 at Business 41, Del Prado Parkway, Gran Via/Trail Dairy Circle and Lake Fairways/Tara Boulevard.  FDOT advises drivers to use caution as crews begin work in this area.  Estimated project completion is end of 2014.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.

SR 82 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) at Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevard:  Construction project:  Crews are widening the roadway, resurfacing the intersection, and installing drainage improvements. Motorists should expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  FDOT advises drivers to use caution and watch for construction workers and equipment in the construction zone. Estimated project completion is summer 2014.  The contractor is Community Asphalt Corporation.

SR 80/First Street from Hough Street to Bay Street:  Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect westbound SR 80/First Street closed at Hough Street and at Bay Street during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for crews to complete underground utility work.  Drivers should plan for delays. 

SR 739/Metro Parkway from Daniels Parkway to Crystal Drive:  Maintenance project:   Crews will be digging ditches along the roadway.  Motorists can expect lane closures during daytime hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway.

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.

          Motorists should 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. The contractor expects to complete work in summer 2015.  The contractor is Conalvias USA.

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.

  • During the overnight hours on Thursday, June 5, crews are shifting traffic to the new roadway from Laurel Drive to just south of US 41.  Motorists should expect a new traffic pattern beginning early morning on Friday, June 6, weather permitting.  The bus stop just south of US 41 is closed and other stops are shifted to allow the contractor to build the new roadway.
  • Crews are working at the Laurel Drive intersection and various locations adjacent to the roadway.  Flaggers will assist with traffic at this intersection while crews prepare the intersection for the traffic shift.

The contractor is also installing drainage structures, placing embankment, excavating a pond and installing street lighting and sidewalk at various locations along the project during daytime hours.  Drivers are also are advised that the contractor is placing curb in some driveways during daylight hours.  Businesses and residences will have access throughout the project.  FDOT advises pedestrians that sidewalk closures are possible in some areas.  Motorists should look out for pedestrians and bicyclists along Business 41, obey flagging operations, observe posted speed limits and drive with caution in the construction zones.  Expected completion is spring 2015.  The contractor is Wright Construction Group.

SR 80 from East Riverside Drive to Oasis Way:  Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect the westbound outside lane closed for crews to complete drainage work.  Drivers should be aware of crews working in the roadway and expect slow moving traffic.

SR 78 from McDowell Road to I-75:  Maintenance permit project:  Motorist should expect lane closures weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for crews to build a turn lane, install drainage and curb, and resurface the roadway, weather permitting.  Motorists should expect delays.

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.  Crews have constructed the permanent eastbound traffic lanes allowing for the westbound roadway to be built. Motorists should expect delays as crews continue nighttime paving operations on the north roadway of the project. Please use caution when traveling throughout the work zone as well as when entering and exiting the roadway. Project completion is expected in fall of 2014, weather permitting. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.

CONTACT: JoAnn May, 239-225-1900

 

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