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District One RoadWatch Report #32 for Week of August 10, 2014

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DISTRICT ONE ROADWATCH REPORT #32
FOR WEEK OF August 10, 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 

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 11 for crews to repair bridge rail damaged in a vehicle accident.  Drivers should 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 should use caution and watch for construction workers in the construction zone. Expected project completion is fall 2014. The contractor is Traffic Control Devices, Inc.

US 41 at Goodlette Frank Road:  Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect the northbound turn lane closed from 8 p.m. Thursday, August 14 to 6 a.m. Friday, August 15 for crews to install concrete power poles.  Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway. 

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 along the roadway.  Motorists should be aware of construction vehicles and equipment entering and exiting 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 should use caution and expect delays. Motorists should expect construction equipment entering/exiting the roadway. Estimated completion is 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.

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

SR 78 within the town of Buckhead Ridge:  Maintenance project: Workers will be cleaning the roadside ditch.  Motorists should expect the westbound lane closed periodically during the daytime hours, Monday through Thursday.  Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway.

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:  Crews will trim weeds along the roadway during the day.  Motorists should use caution as crews work near the travel lanes.  

SR 78 at the Lakeport Fire Department:  Maintenance project:  Crews will trim weeds at the entrance to the fire department 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 slow moving traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., while crews stripe the roadway. 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. 

HARDEE COUNTY 

SR 636/Main Street at US 17: Maintenance permit/special event: SR 636/Main Street will close between northbound and southbound US 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, August 15 for the City of Wauchula’s  Back to School Tailgate party. Motorists should follow the established detour and use caution. 

SR 64 from Pear Street to east of Cracker Trail (Zolfo Springs): Construction project: Traffic on SR 64, just east of US 17, is shifted north onto the new lanes. Watch for periodic lane closures as crews make repairs to the roadway. This is a drainage improvement project, which includes changing the elevation of the roadway in places. It also includes building a gravity wall to support the new roadway, installing new curb, gutters and guardrail and paving. 

SR 64 from US 17 to the Highlands County Line: Maintenance contract project: Crews are making drainage improvements. There are no anticipated lane closures.  Motorists should use caution while in the area and be aware of crews working along the shoulder of the roadway.

SR 64 from Griffin Road to Bailey Road: Maintenance contract project: Crews are lining pipes along the roadway. Motorists should expect daytime intermittent lane closures while crews are working.

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 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 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. 

HIGHLANDS COUNTY 

US 27 from Lagrow Road to US 98: Maintenance project: Expect intermittent lane closures from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, while crews shape the ditches and shoulders along US 27. Work will continue through the end of August. Use caution and watch for trucks and equipment entering and leaving the highway.

US 27 from Highlands Avenue to Sebring Parkway: Maintenance project: Crews will be shaping the ditches and shoulders from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. No lane closures are scheduled, but use caution and watch for trucks and equipment entering and leaving the highway. 

US 27 from Bramblewood Road to Martin Road:  Maintenance permit project: Expect intermittent northbound lane closures during the day while utility crews replace poles along the east side of US 27 through mid-August 2014. Motorists should use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

Lemon Avenue Railroad Crossing west of Raymond Street: Railroad crossing signal project: Use caution and watch for workers close to the road as crews install new flashing lights, gates, LEDs and signal house at the railroad crossing.  Expected completion is fall 2014. 

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 night/overnight lane closures at various locations between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Monday evening, August 11 to Friday morning, August 15. 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 10 through Thursday, August 14  for crews to pave the northbound parallel lanes and install underground pipe.  To access I-75, eastbound Alico Road vehicles can make a U-turn and enter I-75 from westbound Alico Road.  Traffic on this entrance ramp is shifted toward the inside barrier wall for crews to complete this work.
  • 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 plan to perform drainage, lighting, signing and paving operations. Motorists should expect to encounter overnight lane closures between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. from Sunday August 10 to Saturday August 16.  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 late 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 over Caloosahatchee River:  Maintenance project:  Motorists should expect the southbound outside lane closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 13 for crews to repair bridge rail damaged in a vehicle crash.  Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway.

US 41 from Littleton Road to the Charlotte County line:  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 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 during nighttime/overnight hours from 10:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., weekdays 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 Mariana Avenue to Becker Drive:  Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect the southbound right lane closed during the nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. Thursday, August 14 to 6 a.m. Friday, August 15 for crews to work on underground utilities. Drivers are asked to use caution as crews work in a manhole in 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.  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. 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. On Monday, August 11, a new traffic signal will be activated at the intersection of Burnt Store Road and Pine Island Road. Motorists can expect intermittent nighttime lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. 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. 

MANATEE COUNTY

I-75 Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and Satellite Traffic Management Center: Construction project: Currently in 30 Day Operational Testing phase for 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, August 10, 2014, the contractor will continue operational testing of ITS devices on northbound and southbound I-75 between mile markers 213 and 228. The contractor will also be installing concrete aprons around pull boxes. Motorists should anticipate shoulder closures for this work. Use caution while traveling through construction zones. Scheduled completion is summer 2014. The contractor is World Fiber Technologies, Inc.

US 301 at 51st Avenue East: Maintenance permit project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway. The northbound and southbound lanes will close intermittently from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning Sunday, August 10 through Friday, August 15. Motorists should use caution and expect possible delays.

US 41/BUS 41 from 19th Avenue to 18th Avenue and 19th Avenue at 16th Street Court West: Construction project: Crews are making drainage repairs on US 41/BUS 41 and on 19th Avenue West. Estimated completion is summer 2014. Southern Road and Bridge, LLC is the contractor.

US 41 (Tamiami Trail) from the Sarasota/Manatee County Line north to 13th Avenue West: Maintenance contract project: Crews are working within the utility strips. Motorists should expect nighttime/overnight intermittent northbound and southbound outside lane closures from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through the end of August, weather permitting. Pedestrians should expect sidewalk closures/detours throughout the duration of the work. Motorists should use caution while in the area and expect possible delays.

US 41 (Tamiami Trail) from Mecca Drive North to Bowlees Creek: Maintenance contract project: Crews are inspecting and repairing drainage pipes. Motorists should expect intermittent northbound and southbound outside lane closures through the end of August, weather permitting. Motorists should use caution while in the area and expect possible delays.

US 41 at Moccasin Wallow Road:  Construction project: Crews continue stabilizing the turn lanes in preparation of paving and installing signalization equipment at US 41/Moccasin Wallow Road. Lane closures are in place during the day beginning Monday, August 11 through Friday, August 15. The right turn lanes on northbound and southbound US 41 will close from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and alternating through lanes will close from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anticipated lane closures will be in place through September 30. Work on this project includes new signals and signal back plates, extended turn lanes, new pedestrian features and upgrades to meet current ADA standards, addition of bike lanes at the right turn lanes, roadway lighting at the intersection, and pavement markings. Motorists should to use caution and watch for construction workers in the construction zone. Project completion is expected late 2014. The contractor is Traffic Control Devices, Inc.

US 41 between 30th Avenue and 28th Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a driveway. The right northbound lane will close intermittently from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, August 15. Motorists should use caution and expect possible delays.

SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 684 to 28th Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews are replacing a power pole. Motorists should expect northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, August 15.

SR 684/Cortez Road at the Cortez Bridge from east of Gulf Drive to west of 127th Street West: Construction project: Crews will work on the bridge surface and repair the eastbound sidewalk.  Crews will continue nighttime lane closures of the eastbound lanes (towards Cortez) from Sunday through Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Additionally, the eastbound sidewalk will remain closed for several weeks and pedestrians and bicyclists will use the westbound sidewalk.  Motorists should exercise caution during work and lane closures.  Work on this project includes general maintenance and repairs to the bridge span, beams, piling, seawall, and bridge tender house. Quinn Construction, Inc. is the contractor on this project. Expected completion is winter 2014/early 2015.

SR 684 from 103rd Street to 119th Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews are replacing power poles. The outside eastbound lane will close from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, August 15. Motorists should use caution while in the area and expect possible delays.

SR 684 at 106th Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews are repairing power poles. The eastbound right lane will close intermittently from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, August 15. Motorists should use caution and expect possible delays. 

SR 70 from CR 675 east to 245th Street: Maintenance contract project: Crews are cleaning ditches along the roadway. Intermittent eastbound and westbound daytime lane closures are expected. Motorists should use caution while in the area and expect possible delays.

SR 64 at Bayside Church: Maintenance permit project: Eastbound and westbound lane closures occur from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, August 22 while crews are working. Motorists should use caution and expect possible delays.

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY

US 441 (North Parrot Avenue) from 290th Trail to NW 344th Street: Maintenance project: Crews will repair concrete mitered end sections. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road.

US 98 from SR 70 to CR 68 (NW 160th Street): Maintenance project:  Crews will be repairing roadway shoulders. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road.

US 98 from SR 70 to NW 9th Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews will install gas mains along the roadway. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road.

SR 70 east of Okeechobee/NE 34th Avenue to Williams Road/NE 48th Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are relocating utilities along the south side of the road. No lane closures are scheduled, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road.

POLK COUNTY 

I-4 from County Road 557 to the Osceola County Line:  Construction Project: Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday night, August 10 through Friday morning, August 15 while crews continue paving eastbound Interstate 4.  Drivers will merge from three to two lanes through the work zone.  Improvements on this project include removing the old asphalt and paving, installing guardrail and traffic monitoring site and placing signs and new pavement markings.  Expected completion date is spring of 2015. The contractor is Ranger Construction.

I-4/SR 559 Interchange, Auburndale: Construction project: Crews will be mobilizing construction equipment, installing silt fence and construction signs. Project improvements include constructing a new bridge on SR 559 over I-4, expanding SR 559 from two lanes to four lanes, shifting the eastbound lanes of I-4 to the south, installing lighting on SR 559, resurfacing the existing roadway, and improving drainage. Expected completion is early 2017. The contractor is Cone and Graham.

US 98 from CR 540A to SR 540 (Winter Lake Road): Construction project: Crews will continue installing pipe and drainage structures, curb, gutter, light pole bases, grading and placing sod, working on turn lanes, driveways, paving and constructing bridges over Banana Creek. Expect northbound and/or southbound lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours from 6:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Work on this project includes expanding the roadway from four to six lanes, upgrading traffic signals, installing street lighting, adding pedestrian signals and crosswalks, constructing new sidewalk, and new bridge construction over Banana Creek. Weather permitting, expected completion is summer of 2015. The contractor is The Lane Construction Corporation. For more information, visit the www.idriveUS98.com.

US 98 from Daughtery Road to West Socrum Loop Road/West Hall Road: Construction project: Crews are installing sidewalk, drainage pipe and structures during the day, and preparing shoulders for widening at night. Contractor may shorten turn lanes during the day. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Work on this project includes removing and replacing the asphalt, adding northbound left turn lanes at various median openings between Fox Lake Drive and Thomas Road, extending right turn lanes at Marcum Road, Duff Road, Banana Road and West Oak Drive, adding bike lanes and shoulder on both sides of US 98, constructing sidewalk and upgrading bus stops. Weather permitting; expected completion is the end of 2014. The contractor is Lane Construction.

US 98 at Lakeland Central Park Center: Maintenance permit project: Work on this project includes adding a southbound left turn lane, modifying the sidewalk and moving the light pole box on the east side of US 98. Motorists should use caution and watch for intermittent nighttime lane closures while crews construct the southbound turn lanes and work in the northeast corner of the intersection. Pedestrians should follow the posted detour signs around the sidewalk closure on the east side of US 98.

US 92 (Memorial Boulevard) at North Brunnell Parkway: Maintenance permit project: Crews will begin removing eight existing driveway entrances, sidewalk and curb and reconstructing two new driveway entrances, sidewalk and curbs. Expect intermittent eastbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Use caution while traveling in the area, and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. 

US 92 at US 98: Construction project: There are no lane closures scheduled this week while crews work on underground utilities and rework the northeast corner. Be aware of the new traffic pattern in place for westbound motorists on US 92 turning north onto US 98.  Traffic on US 92 will now have to stop at the intersection before making the turn. This is a permanent change as crews have removed the pedestrian island. Use caution while motorists get used to the new traffic pattern. Work on this project includes removing the pedestrian island, widening the turn lane, resurfacing the intersection and upgrading the signals. Weather permitting, expected completion is the end of 2014. The contractor is Lane Construction.

US 92 (E. Memorial Boulevard) at Palmer Road: Maintenance permit project: Expect intermittent lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Work on this project includes constructing a left turn lane, reconstructing two driveway entrances, installing inlets and connecting pipe. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

US 92 at West Pierce Street: Maintenance permit project: Expect intermittent northbound daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews build a driveway entrance and sidewalk. Use caution and be prepared to stop.

US 27 from US 98 to West County Line Road: Maintenance project: Crews are cleaning ditches along both sides of this four-lane roadway through the end of August. Motorists should use caution when traveling in this area.

US 27 North of Camp Inn Resort Entrance: Maintenance permit project: Expect intermittent daytime lane closures from 9 am to 4 pm. Work on this project includes constructing a southbound left turn lane, northbound right turn lane and driveway entrances, installing inlets and connecting pipe. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

US 27 from Ritchie Road to south of Barry Road:Construction project: Temporary intermittent lane closures are in effect during the daytime and nighttime on northbound and southbound US 27 starting Sunday, August 10 through Saturday morning, August 16, while crews pave US 27, pending weather. Daytime closures will have a minimum of two lanes open northbound and southbound. Nighttime closures will have a minimum of one lane open northbound and southbound. Watch for uneven pavement and traffic shifts and be cautious of workers in the work zone.  Work on this project includes expanding US 27 from four lanes to six lanes, resurfacing the existing roadway, adding 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. Southland Construction is the contractor on this project. Expected completion is fall of 2014.

US 27 from Barry Road to US 192 (Davenport/Clermont): Construction project: Traffic shifts are in place on the ramps at US 27/US 192. These shifts will remain in place through fall of 2015. The contractor is working at nighttime/overnight from 6 p.m. Sunday, August 10 to 7 a.m., Monday morning, August 11 paving the westbound US 192 ramp to southbound US 27 and the southbound US 27 ramp to eastbound US 192 Improvements on this project include expanding US 27 and the bridge at US 192 from four lanes to six lanes, resurfacing the existing roadway, adding 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. Prince is the contractor on this project. Expected project completion is summer 2016. 

US 17/92 at Kinny Harmon Road: Maintenance permit project. Crews will remove muck and place surcharge (extra soil) on the southeast corner of US17/92 and Kinny Harmon Road.  No lane closures are scheduled, however, use caution and watch for workers close to the road.

SR 659 (Combee Road) from US 98 to Ralph Road: Maintenance contract: Crews will be repairing the roadway shoulders during the day. No lane closures are expected, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. The contractor is Environmental Land Development Inc. Expected completion is mid-August 2014.

SR 659 (Combee Road) from north of Ralph Road to south of SR 33 in Lakeland: Construction project: Motorists should expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews continue to remove the old asphalt, work on the shoulders, sod and pave. Watch for flaggers directing traffic and be prepared to stop. Work on this project includes removing the old asphalt and paving the roadway and shoulders, improving drainage and replacing mailboxes. Expected completion is fall of 2014. The contractor is Preferred Materials, Inc.

Recker Highway (CR 655) just north of Commercial Boulevard: Maintenance permit project: Expect intermittent daytime lane closures with flaggers directing traffic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews widen the roadway for a right turn lane, construct a driveway, and install guardrail. Use caution and be prepared to stop.

SR 546 between Kettles Avenue and Texas Avenue D: Maintenance permit project: Crews will continue reconstructing two existing driveway entrances, sidewalk and curb. Expect intermittent westbound lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Use caution while traveling in the area, and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. 

SR 544 at Idylwild Drive: Maintenance permit project: Crews will remove and replace the existing sidewalk and curb on the northwest corner of the intersection and reconstruct a driveway entrance, sidewalk and curb gutter. Expect intermittent westbound lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours of 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Use caution while traveling in the area and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

SR 540 (Cypress Gardens Boulevard) from Overlook Drive to US 27: Construction project: Crews will continue constructing sidewalk and installing pipe, drainage structures, curb, gutter and guardrail during the day and paving at night. Motorists should expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Work on this project includes resurfacing, extending turn lanes, adding paved shoulders, upgrading traffic signals, installing lighted street signs and street lighting at signalized intersections, adding pedestrian signals and crosswalks at various intersections, repairing and constructing sidewalk, replacing guardrail at the bridges, and adding, replacing and cleaning drainage pipes. The contractor is Middlesex Corporation. Weather permitting; estimated completion by the end of 2014.

SR 540 east of State Farm Entrance: Maintenance permit project: Work on this project includes constructing a right turn lane, driveway entrance and sidewalk on the north side of the roadway. No lane closures are scheduled. Use caution while traveling in the area.

SR 60 bridge over US 27: Bridge inspection: Watch for intermittent eastbound lane closures while crews perform routine bridge inspection from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, August 18.

SR 60 from SR 17 to 11th Street: Maintenance contract project: Watch for east and westbound lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., beginning Monday night, August 11 through Friday morning, August 15. The lane closures are necessary while crews repair curb inlets.  Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

SR 60 from west of Saddlebag Lake Road to east of Sam Keen Road: Construction project: Motorists should watch for daytime lane closures both east and westbound on this four-lane roadway while crews continue excavating, trenching and street light construction. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Work on this project includes adding streetlights to both sides of this four-lane roadway. Traffic Control Devices, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall of 2014.

SR 60 at Hunt Brothers Road: Maintenance permit project: Work on this project includes constructing sidewalk and curb ramps on the east side of the roadway. No lane closures are scheduled. Use caution while traveling in the area. 

SR 37 (South Florida Avenue) from Young Place to Palmola Street: Construction Project: Expect nighttime/overnight inside lane closures both north and southbound from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday night, August 11 through Friday morning, August 15. The lane closures are necessary while crews pave around the new pedestrian islands and raised medians and replace sidewalk and curb both north and southbound. Watch for workers close to the road during the day while crews work on utilities near the intersections with John Church Lane, Edgewood Drive, Pablo Street and Oak Street. Work on this project includes adding pedestrian islands and raised medians on South Florida Avenue, replacing curb and gutter, reconstructing sidewalk and curb ramps and installing concrete pads at bus stops.

SR 37 (South Florida Avenue) from CR 540A to Carter Road:  Maintenance permit project: Expect intermittent northbound lane closures while crews install underground gravity sewer line along the east side of South Florida Avenue. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

SR 17 (S. 10th Street) from SR 544/CR 544 to US 17/92 (Hinson Avenue) in Haines City: Construction project: Northbound SR 17 (S. 10th Street) remains closed to all traffic between SR 544/CR 544 and US 17/92 (Hinson Avenue). Follow posted detour signs.  The detour will be in place until spring 2015.  Crews continue underground utility work, earthwork, grading, concrete curb and gutter installation, and will begin paving from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weather permitting. During this project, crews will replace the roadway base and pavement, widen travel lanes, and rework the center turn lane to include raised medians and median crossovers, replace existing drainage and add sidewalk and decorative street lighting. Estimated completion is summer 2015. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC.

6th Street NE from Avenue A NE to Avenue C NE and 4th Street SE from Avenue K SE to Avenue C SE: Construction project: Crews will continue clearing the right of way of debris and pouring sidewalk and driveways on 4th Street SE and 6th Street NE. Expect lane closures with flaggers directing traffic during the day. Use caution and prepare to stop. This is a Safe Routes to School project that includes adding sidewalk on both sides of 6th Street NE and 4th Street SE, installing wheel chair-accessible ramps with ADA compliant pads at the side street intersections, constructing curb and gutter, and adding pedestrian crossings, signs and pavement markings at various locations. Estimated completion is summer of 2014. The contractor is Purifoy Construction, LLC.

North Parkway Frontage Road from South Florida Avenue to Waring Road: Construction Project: Crews will be working on signals during the day and paving at night. Watch for nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., starting Sunday night, August 10 through Saturday morning, August 16, weather permitting.

Crews will close the Polk Parkway WESTBOUND Harden Boulevard exit and entrance ramps from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday night, August 11 through Tuesday morning, August 12. Polk Parkway motorists traveling westbound should exit at South Florida Avenue and stay on the North Parkway Frontage Road to reach Harden Boulevard. Motorists entering the Polk Parkway WESTBOUND in this area should stay on the North Parkway Frontage Road and enter at Waring Boulevard.

Work on this project includes resurfacing the roadway, reconstructing sidewalk and curb ramps in various locations, installing detectable warning surfaces on all sidewalk ramps, installing traffic detection cameras to control the signals at Waring Road, Harden Boulevard and Underpass Road, replacing the signal equipment at Underpass Road and installing concrete pads at bus stops. Estimated completion is the end of 2014. The contractor is Preferred Materials, Inc.

South Parkway Frontage Road from Pipkin Creek Road to Underpass Road (including Underpass Road): Expect day and/or night lane closures starting Wednesday, August 13 through Saturday, August 16 while crews remove the old asphalt and pave the South Parkway Frontage Road.

Crews will close the Polk Parkway EASTBOUND Harden Boulevard exit and entrance ramps from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Wednesday night, August 13 through Thursday morning, August 14 for paving. Polk Parkway motorists traveling eastbound should exit at Waring Road, head south on Waring Road then east on Drane Field Road to reach Harden Boulevard. Motorists entering the Polk Parkway EASTBOUND in this area should remain on the South Parkway Frontage Road, turn north on Underpass Road, head east on the North Parkway Frontage Road, and south on South Florida Avenue to enter the Polk Parkway on the east side of South Florida Avenue.

Work on this project includes resurfacing and installing traffic detection cameras to control the signals at Harden Boulevard. Estimated completion is the end of 2014. The contractor is Preferred Materials, Inc.

West Pipkin Road at Old Hwy 37: Construction project: Expect nighttime lane closures with flaggers directing traffic at the intersection of West Pipkin Road and Old Highway 37.  The lane closures are necessary as crews repair broken concrete, and install a new traffic separator on West Pipkin Road from South Florida Avenue to just past Old Highway 37. The new traffic separator will prevent illegal left turns from eastbound West Pipkin Road onto northbound Old Highway 37. Use caution and be prepared to stop. Weather permitting; crews will complete this work in one week. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors. 

SARASOTA COUNTY

SR 780/Fruitville Road, SR 758/Bee Ridge Road and SR 72 between I-75 and US 41: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are making concrete repairs to inlets and curbing. Motorists should expect intermittent northbound and southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the end of August.

I-75 Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and Satellite Traffic Management Center: Construction Project: Currently in 30 Day Operational Testing phase for fiber optics communications cable and transmission equipment, closed-circuit television cameras, and roadside sensors along 56 miles of 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, August 10, 2014, the contractor will continue operational testing of ITS devices northbound and southbound I-75 between mile markers 172 and 213. The contractor will also be installing concrete aprons around pull boxes. Motorists should anticipate shoulder closures for this work. Use caution while traveling through construction zones. Estimated completion is summer 2014. The contractor is World Fiber Technologies, Inc.

I-75: From Sumter Boulevard to River Road: Construction project: This project expands I-75 to six lanes. Crews are performing earthwork activities and placing drilled shafts for high mast lighting. Workers continue bridge widening and jack and bore operations for installation of drainage. 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 at Jacaranda Boulevard and Laurel Road: Construction project: Crews are installing new highway lighting at the Jacaranda Boulevard and Laurel Road interchanges. No lane closures are expected. Motorists should be aware of trucks entering and exiting the highway. Estimated project completion is summer 2014. Conti Corporation is the contractor.

US 41 at Salt Creek and the Myakka River: Construction project: Crews are installing erosion control materials beneath the bridge. There will be minimal impact to marine traffic and no anticipated lane closures.  Expected completion is fall 2014. Coastal Gunite Construction Co. is the contractor.

US 41 at SR 789: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk located along the west side of US 41 from SR 789 to Ritz Carlton Drive and sidewalk located along the north side of SR 789 from Sunset Drive to US 41 will close on Monday, August 4. The sidewalks will remain closed until construction of the development located at the corner of US 41 and SR 789 is complete. Pedestrians should follow the established detour.

US 41 From University Parkway to the Manatee County line: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are performing sidewalk/driveway/curb ramp repairs northbound and southbound on US 41 between University Parkway and the Manatee County line.  Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day Monday, August 11 through Monday, August 25. Use caution while in the area.

SR 72/Stickney Point Road at Swift Road: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, making drainage improvements and replacing mast arms. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Weather permitting; completion is summer 2014. Preferred Materials, Inc. is the contractor.

SR 780 (Fruitville Road) from Honore Avenue to US 301: Maintenance contract project: Crews are inspecting and repairing drainage pipes. Motorists should expect daytime intermittent eastbound and westbound outside lane closures through the end of September, weather permitting. Motorists should use caution while in the area and expect possible delays.

 CONTACT: JoAnn May, (239) 225-1900

 

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