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FDOT RoadWatch Report #31 for the week of August 3, 2014

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ROADWATCH REPORT #31
FOR WEEK OF SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014

District One is 12 counties: Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands,
Lee, Manatee, Okeechobee, Polk and Sarasota

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.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY 

I-75 bridge over Tuckers Grade (exit # 158):  Construction project:  Crews begin painting the bridge over Tuckers Grade.  Crews are painting the bridge and installing signs. 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 summer 2014. The contractor is J. Mori Painting, Inc. 

SR 776 over Myakka River (El Jobean Bridge):  Maintenance project:  Motorists should expect the eastbound inside lane closed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, August 4 through Wednesday, August 6 for crews to repair bridge rail damaged in a vehicle accident.  Drivers are asked to use caution as crews work in the roadway.

US 41 from Gardner Drive to Harbor Boulevard:  Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect shoulder and sidewalk closures for crews to make drainage improvements.  Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway. 

COLLIER COUNTY

CR 846/Immokalee Road at I-75:  Maintenance contract project:  Landscape crews are installing trees in the median.  Motorists should expect the inside turn lanes closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Drivers should use caution while crews work in the roadway.

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 summer 2014. The contractor is Traffic Control Devices, Inc.

US 41 from Rattlesnake Hammock Road to Guilford Road:  Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect the outside northbound lane closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays for crews to install concrete utility poles.  Drivers should use caution and expect slow moving traffic.

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 and driving piles for the bridge over Henderson Creek.  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. 

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 have closed 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 continue 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. Estimated completion is 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 northbound and southbound lane closures on US 17 between SW Wood Road and CR 760A 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 end of 2015. The contractor is Ajax Paving.

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 from Livingston Street to Karson Street: Maintenance contract project: Crews are working on the shoulder of the roadway. No lane closures are anticipated. Motorists should use caution while in the area and be aware of crews working near the roadway. 

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 closed at SR 70 (West Hickory Street).  Use West Walnut Street as a detour.  The closure is necessary while crews install a new water main. 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. Estimated completion is end of 2014. The contractor is Bun Construction Company.

GLADES COUNTY 

US 27 from SR 78 west to Moore Haven:  Maintenance contract project: Crews will be sodding along the west side of the road.  Lane closures not expected.  Motorists should use caution as crews work near the roadway. 

SR 78 from US 27 to Lakeport:  Maintenance project:  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: Expect lane closures with flaggers directing traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., while crews place sod on the shoulders of the road. Use caution and be prepared to stop. 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. 

HENDRY COUNTY 

US 27 from Lewis Boulevard to Airglades Boulevard: Maintenance contract project: Crews will be replacing driveway culverts at several locations.  Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway.

SR 29 from Cowboy Way to G Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews will be replacing light poles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway.

SR 29 from SR 80 to Cowboy Way:Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect the westbound lane closed during daytime hours for crews to trim trees and replace light poles along the roadway.  Motorists should use caution as crews work near the roadway. 

SR 29 north of Felda:  Maintenance project:  Crews will trim trees along the roadway during daytime hours.  Motorists should use caution as crews work near travel lanes.

SR 80 from SR 29 to Captain Hendry Drive: Maintenance permit project: Crews will be replacing light poles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway.

SR 80 from SR 29 to Forrey Drive: Maintenance project:  Motorists should expect the westbound lane closed during daytime hours for crews to trim trees along the roadway.  Motorists 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 expect intermittent lanes closures while crews pave.  Flaggers will direct motorists.  Motorists 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. 

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. Crews are installing pedestrian upgrades and controller cabinets along US 41. Motorists will encounter periodic nighttime/overnight lane closures at various locations from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday, August 3 to Friday, August 8. Drivers should pay attention, stay alert and use caution in the work zone. Estimated project completion is expected early 2015. 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 medians.  Motorists should expect weeknight lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting.  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):  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 entrance ramp (#128) from eastbound Alico Road to northbound I-75 closed during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday, August 3 through Thursday, August 7 for crews to pave the northbound parallel lanes and install underground pipeTo access I-75, eastbound Alico Road vehicles can make a U-turn and enter I-75 from westbound Alico Road.
  • Motorists should expect the ramp (#128) from westbound Alico Road to northbound I-75 closed during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5 for crews to install underground pipeTo access I-75, westbound Alico Road vehicles can make a U-turn and enter I-75 from eastbound Alico Road.
  • Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during the nighttime/overnight hours from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  These closures allow crews to remove the previous ITS signs, widen the roadway, and continue work on roadway signs and 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, installing sign foundations, and installing guardrail throughout the project.  Motorists should be aware of construction vehicles and equipment entering/exiting I-75, Ben Hill Griffin Parkway/Treeline Avenue near the airport entrance, Terminal Access Road, and Alico Road.

Work at Southwest Florida International Airport entrance:

  • Motorists should expect periodic nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Treeline Avenue/Ben Hill Griffin Parkway and entering/exiting the airport along Terminal Access Road for crews to work in the roadway and build the retaining wall for the new bridge from I-75.  Variable message boards notify motorists of closures. 
  • 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.

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 working on SR 80 installing under deck lighting and bridge signs on the SR 80/Palm Beach Boulevard bridges. Motorists may encounter periodic lane closures. 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 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. Motorists should expect periodic night/overnight lane closures for drilled shaft installation and concrete deck pour. 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 will be performing final paving operations. Motorists should expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday, August 3 through Saturday, August 9.  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 Collier County line to Business 41:  Maintenance project: Crews are replacing roadway striping on both sides of the roadway during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., weekdays only.  No lane closures are expected.  Motorists should use caution as crews work near the roadway.

US 41 from Pine Road to Estero Parkway:  Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect the southbound outside lane closed daily from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for crews to construct a turn lane.  Drivers should use caution in this area. 

US 41 from Alico Road to Daniels Parkway:  Maintenance project:  Motorists should expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for crews to clean storm drains.  Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway. 

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 should use caution as crews work near the roadway.

US 41 from Littleton Road to the Charlotte County line:  Construction project:  The job resurfaces the roadway from Business 41 to the Charlotte County line, builds drainage improvements, installs street lighting at intersections, and adds bicycle lanes.  Project also constructs sidewalk on the west side of US 41 from Littleton Road to south of Del Prado Parkway.  Crews are paving shoulders and turn lanes.  Motorists should expect lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Friday, for this work.  Work also includes resurfacing driveways, building sidewalk, and working in the intersections of US 41 at Business 41, Del Prado Parkway, Gran Via/Trail Dairy Circle and Lake Fairways/Tara Boulevard.  Drivers should use caution as crews work in this area.  Estimated project completion is end of 2014.  The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.

SR 884/Colonial Boulevard from Fowler Street to Ortiz Avenue:  Maintenance project:  Crews are replacing sod along the roadway.  Motorists should use caution.

SR 884/Colonial Boulevard from Challenger Boulevard to Winkler Avenue:  Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect eastbound lane closures on weekdays during the nighttime/overnight hours from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. and on weekends from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for crews to build a new turn lane and sidewalk.  Drivers should expect delays and expect slow moving traffic in the area.

SR 867/McGregor Boulevard from Keenan Avenue to Val Mar Drive: Construction project: Motorists should expect lanes closures from 10:30 p.m., Monday, July 28 to 5:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 29 while crews construct a driveway connection. Drivers should use caution and expect slow moving traffic.

SR 865/San Carlos Boulevard from the Matanzas Pass Bridge to Gladiolus Drive:  Maintenance project:  Crews are replacing roadway striping on both sides of the roadway during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., weekdays only.  No lane closures are expected.  Motorists should use caution as crews work near the roadway.

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 fall 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.  Traffic is shifted to the new pavement from Laurel Drive to south of US 41.  Motorists exiting driveways and side streets in this area should use caution as traffic is now closer to the east side of the corridor.  Business 41 bus stops are available across from Island Vista Drive and near Circle K/Shell Factory.  The bus stop across from Arrowhead Boulevard is temporarily out of service to allow the contractor to build the new roadway.  Current work includes installing drainage structures, placing embankment 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 and detours 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/Palm Beach Boulevard from Manatee Park entrance to Joppa Lane:  Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect the eastbound lane closed from 9a.m. to 4p.m. Monday through Friday for crews to install a new bus shelter.  Drivers should expect slow moving traffic in the area. 

SR 78/Pine Island Road from Business 41 to US 41:  Maintenance contract project:  Crews are repairing concrete sidewalk and driveways.  Motorists should expect the outside lanes closed during nighttime/overnight hours from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting.  Drivers should use caution while crews work 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 travel lanes. A new traffic pattern is in place, motorists are using one eastbound lane and one westbound lane on each side of the road. The inside lane near the median on each side of the road remains closed while crews complete median work. 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. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.

CONTACT: JoAnn May, 239-225-1900

 

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