ROADWATCH REPORT #36 FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 7, 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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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.
SR 29 north of Farm Worker Way: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect the northbound lane closed from Tuesday, September 9 through Friday, September 12 for crews to repair underground utilities. Drivers should use caution as crews work in the roadway.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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. South of SW Collins a new northbound ramp through the median will be opened to traffic. 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.
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.
Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST Trail) from north of the Herbert Hoover Dike Bridge to the bridge east of CR 721: Construction project: Improvements under this contract include enhancement to the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) with construction of a 10-foot asphalt shared use path, two-foot shoulders, signs and pavement markings. No lane closures are expected; however, use caution as trucks enter and exit SR 78 near the Lake Port area. Estimated completion is spring 2015. The contractor is Lawrence Lynch Corp.
SR 78 in the town of Buckhead Ridge: Maintenance project: Crews will be trimming weeds near the roadway during daytime hours, Monday through Thursday. Motorists should use caution as crews work near the roadway.
SR 80 from SR 29 to Captain Hendry Drive: Maintenance permit project: Crews are replacing light poles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway.
SR 80 from east of LaBelle to US 27:Maintenance project: Crews will be trimming weeds behind guardrail and around bridges during daytime hours, Monday through Thursday. 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. At Dalton Lane expect one-lane traffic as crews prepare to shift westbound traffic onto the new lanes. 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.
SR 29 from Cowboy Way to G Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are replacing light poles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway.
SR 29 from F Road to Helms Road: Maintenance project: Workers are cleaning the ditch along the west side of the roadway, Monday through Thursday. No lane closures expected. Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway.
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 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, September 8 to Friday, September 12. 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. 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.
The new southbound exit ramp to Alico Road is now open. Southbound motorists traveling to Alico Road now exit about a mile south of Daniels Parkway, follow the lane parallel to the interstate under the new Direct Connect bridge and continue down the ramp to Alico Road. The exit number remains #128. FDOT urges caution as drivers adjust to the newly located exit ramp.
Work along I-75:
- Motorists traveling from Alico Road to northbound I-75 should expect both on-ramps closed during nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m., Sunday, September 7 to 5 a.m., Monday, September 8 for crews to pave. To access I-75 northbound from Alico Road drivers can use eastbound Alico Road to northbound Ben Hill Griffin Parkway to westbound Daniels Parkway to I-75.
- Motorists traveling eastbound on Alico Road to northbound I-75 should expect the on-ramp closed during the nighttime/overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, September 8 through Thursday, September 11 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 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. 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 are installing signing and lighting and completing final items. Motorists may encounter nighttime/overnight lane closures on SR 78/Bayshore Rd. from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. from Monday September 8 to Friday September 12. 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 College Parkway to Brantley Drive: Maintenance permit project: Crews are removing a driveway and installing new sidewalk. Motorists 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.
- Motorists can expect lane closures during daytime hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from north of Del Prado Boulevard to south of Trail Dairy Circle, weather permitting.
- During the nighttime/overnight hours of 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday, September 7 crews will replace the signal arm at Business 41. The signal will not be operational during the installation. Law enforcement will be onsite to assist drivers through the intersection. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures throughout the night, weather permitting.
Work also includes resurfacing driveways, building sidewalk, and working in the intersections of US 41 at Business 41, 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 during daytime hours. Motorists should use caution while workers are near the travel lanes.
SR 884/Colonial Boulevard from Challenger Boulevard to Winkler Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect eastbound lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends for crews to build a new turn lane and sidewalk. Drivers should expect delays and expect slow moving traffic in the area.
SR 865/San Carlos Boulevard from the Matanzas Pass Bridge to Gladiolus Drive: Maintenance project: Crews are replacing 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 Crystal Drive to Landing View: 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 just south of Hanson Street to three lanes northbound, and build a new six-lane Metro Parkway bridge that crosses over the railroad tracks, Ten Mile Canal, and Palm Avenue. The roadway will connect to Evans Avenue and Fowler Street and also include lanes for southbound Fowler Street drivers who may choose to use Metro Parkway southbound. Work currently involves roadway and bridge construction and drainage installation.
- During September motorists should expect slow moving tractor-trailers delivering bridge beams to the project. Tractor-trailers travel from I-75 west along Colonial Boulevard then travel north on Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard and Metro Parkway.
- Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours on Metro Parkway between Warehouse Road and Winkler Avenue.
Motorists are advised to use caution and to be aware of trucks 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. Travel lanes are split to allow crews to work in the median. Motorists use the outside lanes of the roadway. The roadway will remain in this configuration for the next few months. Turn lanes and median openings will be available.
Motorists exiting driveways and side streets should use caution as traffic is now closer to the outside of the corridor. Bus stops are available on Business 41, but some have been relocated to allow the contractor to build the new roadway. Current work includes paving the new lanes, installing drainage structures, placing embankment and installing street lighting and sidewalk at various locations along the project. 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 82 from Shawnee Road to 40th Street SW: Maintenance contract project: Motorists should expect lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for crews to resurface a section of roadway. Drivers should use caution, expect delays, and be aware of construction equipment entering/exiting the roadway.
SR 80/Palm Beach Boulevard from Manatee Park entrance to Joppa Lane: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect the eastbound lane closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for crews to install a new bus shelter. Drivers should expect slow moving traffic in the area.
SR 80 from Shoreland Drive to west of Orange River: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect westbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, September 8 through Friday, September 12 for crews to work on overhead utilities. Drivers should use caution while crews work in the roadway.
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 daytime hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.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. Intermittent nighttime lane shifts will continue from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for final paving 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