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Road Watch: Week of Dec. 6

By Staff | Dec 9, 2015

This weekly report is prepared by Florida Department of Transportation 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.

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.

** LEE COUNTY

* US 41 from Lakeridge Court to Cypress Terrace: Maintenance contract project: Motorists should expect the outside southbound lane closed during the nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, for crews to update the water main system. Drivers should use caution as crews work in the roadway.

* US 41 from Batista Farms Road to Elwood Road: Maintenance contract project: Motorists should expect outside southbound lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, for crews to construct a deceleration lane. Drivers should use caution as crews work in the roadway.

* US 41 from Santa Elena Drive to Hickory Drive: Maintenance contract project: Motorists should expect outside southbound lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, for crews to construct a deceleration lane. Drivers should use caution as crews work in the roadway.

* SR 865/San Carlos Boulevard from Bayside Boulevard to Main Street: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday for crews to install power poles. Motorists should use caution as crews work near the roadway.

* SR 739/Metro Parkway from Winkler Avenue to Hanson Street: Construction project: This project expands Metro Parkway to six lanes and widened one-half mile of Evans Avenue just south of Hanson Street to three lanes northbound. The new six-lane Metro Parkway bridge that crosses over the railroad tracks, Ten Mile Canal, and Palm Avenue is complete and open to vehicles. The new roadway connects Evans Avenue and Fowler Street and also includes lanes for southbound Fowler Street drivers who may choose to use Metro Parkway southbound. Motorists are advised to use caution and to be aware of trucks entering and leaving the roadway while crews complete final work items. Expected project completion is fall 2015. The contractor is Conalvias USA.

* SR 739/Fowler Street from Second Street to Thompson Street: Maintenance contract project:

Motorists should expect Fowler Street closed from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, December 6 for crews to trim trees.Flaggers will be on site to maintain traffic and direct local area residents to their properties. Motorists should use caution and expect delays while crews work in the roadway

* SR 80/Second Street from Park Avenue to Michigan Avenue: Construction project: The City of Fort Myers is improving the storm drainage system on Second Street from Park Avenue to Michigan Avenue. Second Street will be reduced to one eastbound lane during construction. Detours will be in place during street closures. Local area residents will have access at all times during construction.

Beginning Monday, October 26 crews will shift traffic to the south side of the road. Motorists exiting driveways and side streets in this area should use caution, as traffic is now closer to the south side of the corridor.

Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are to use extreme caution. Motorists should be aware of slow moving traffic andpossible delays.

* SR 78/Bayshore Road at New Post Road: Maintenance contract project: Motorists should expect lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weather permitting for crews to remove a turn lane at the intersection. Motorists should expect slow moving traffic and possible delays. Drivers should use caution as crews work in the roadway.

** CHARLOTTE COUNTY

* I-75 from Lee/Charlotte County Line to North Jones Loop Road (exit #161): Construction project: Crews are adding lanes, resurfacing the existing roadway, performing bridge work, making drainage improvements, and adding guardrail, signs and pavement markings from the Lee/Charlotte County Line to south of Tuckers Grade (exit #158). Crews are also making drainage improvements from north of Tuckers Grade (exit #158) to south of North Jones Loop Road (exit #161). Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during the nighttime/overnight hours from 8p.m. to 5 a.m. Traffic shifts to the outside of the roadway through the majority of the project. Motorists should also use caution as construction vehicles and equipment enter and exit the roadway. PLEASE DRIVE WITH CARE. Variable message boards notify motorists of anticipated closures. Estimated project completion is early 2017. Thecontractor is AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, Inc.

* I-75 at the Peace River Bridge (just north of exit 164): Maintenance project: Motorists should expect lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, December 7 through Thursday, December 10 for crews to perform maintenance work on the bridge, weather permitting. Flaggers will maintain both directions of traffic. Motorists are advised to use caution and expect delays.

* US 41 from Enterprise Drive to Sarasota/Charlotte County Line: Construction project: Crews are working to expand US 41 to six lanes from Enterprise Drive to the Sarasota/Charlotte County Line. This 3.6-mile project also includes making roadway drainage improvements, installing water and sewer lines, adding bike lanes and sidewalk and replacing signals at Enterprise Drive, Toledo Blade Boulevard and S. Cranberry/Cornelius Boulevards. Crews are installing new utilities, building new roadway and drainage.

Northbound right turn lane on Toledo Blade Blvd. from Hibbert Avenue to US 41 is closed

Northbound and southbound traffic is shifted to the outside onto temporary pavement

The Chamberlain Boulevard median opening will close for this phase of construction; motorists should follow the detour signs

The speed limit is reduced to 40 miles per hour

Drivers should be aware of construction vehicles and equipment entering and exiting the roadway. The contractor expects to complete work in spring 2017. The contractor is Guymann Construction Inc.

* US 41 from Charlotte County Line to Morningside Drive: Construction project: Crews will be widening northbound shoulders and resurfacing the roadway. This project also includes updating signage and pavement markings. Work occurs during daytime and nighttime hours. Motorists should expect intermittent northbound lane closures through the duration of the project.

Southbound and northbound traffic will now use northbound travel lanes. Motorists exiting driveways and side streets in this area should use caution, as traffic shifts to the eastside of the roadway.

Drivers should use caution traveling in this area. Estimated completion is early 2016. The Contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.

* SR 31 from Lee/Charlotte County Line to CR 74/Bermont Road: Construction project: Work is underway to resurface this roadway. This 12-mile project includes repairing existing drainage facilities and improvements to signage and pavement markings throughout the project. Motorists should expect intermittent daytime lane closures through the duration of the project. Drivers should expect possible delays and use caution while crews work in the roadway. Estimated completion is early 2016. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.

** COLLIER COUNTY

* I-75 from Broward County Line to east of CR 951: Construction project: This safety project adds approximately 78 miles (39 miles in each direction) of guardrail along I-75/Alligator Alley from the Broward County line to east of CR 951 in Collier County. Crews will begin a moving pavement operation at CR 951 (exit 101) and work easterly to the Broward County Line. Crews will then work from the Broward County Line westerly to just east of CR 951. Guardrail installation will follow behind the pavement operation. Crews will work 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, with intermittent lane closures. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway.

Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays, through the duration of the project.

Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. The contractor is the de Moya Group, Inc. Estimated completion is summer 2017.

* I-75 from SR 951 to east of the toll plaza: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing and adding signs and pavement markings to the northbound lanes. This project also removes the median crossovers just east and west of the toll plaza. From 7 p.m. Sunday, November 22 to 5 a.m. Monday, November 23 Motorists should expect one northbound lane closed for crews to resurface the roadway. Drivers should use caution as construction vehicles and equipment enter and exit the roadway. PLEASE DRIVE WITH CARE. The contractor does not anticipate night work on this project. Estimated project completion is early 2016. The contractor is General Asphalt Company, Inc.

* I-75 from north of CR 951 to just north of Golden Gate Parkway: Construction project: This project adds six lanes and adds a 12-foot travel lane and 10-foot shoulder to the inside of existing northbound and southbound I-75. Work begins with installation of construction signs and silt fence for erosion control. Lane closures and ramp closures may occur in both the northbound and southbound travel lanes from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Variable message signs will be in place to alert drivers that work is underway. Drivers should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated completion is early 2017. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, Inc.

* US 41 Mosquito Canal to SR 29: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing US 41 from east of the Mosquito Canal to SR 29. This project also includes shoulder widening and guardrail replacements. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures through the duration of the project.

Motorists should expect lane closures between SR 29 and Port of the Islands during daytime hours while crews pave the roadway.

Drivers should expect possible delays and use caution while crews work in the roadway. Estimated completion is spring 2016. The contractor is General Asphalt Company, Inc.

* US 41 From Pelican Bay Boulevard to Vanderbilt Beach Road: Construction project: Crews will be placing sidewalk, curb and gutter, bus shelter pads, handrail, drainage, relocate lighting and signing and pavement marking US 41. Work occurs during daytime and nighttime hours. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures through the duration of the project from 9:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Drivers should use caution traveling in this area. Estimated completion is early 2016. The Contractor is Quality Enterprises USA, Inc.

* US 41 (Tamiami Trail East) from SR 951 to Greenway Road: Construction project: Crews continue work to expand two-lane US 41 to six lanes from SR 951 to Joseph Lane and to four lanes from Joseph Lane to Greenway Road. A 30-foot median will separate northbound and southbound travel lanes. The project also includes a 10-foot multi-use pathway along southbound travel lanes and a six-foot sidewalk parallel to northbound lanes. Median openings spaced throughout the project allow for left turns and U-turns. Crews also are replacing the traffic signal at Manatee Road.

Beginning early morning on Sunday, December 6, all travel lanes will be open to vehicles.

Crews continue to work on finish items for the job. Drivers should be aware of construction vehicles and equipment entering and exiting the roadway. The contractor expects to complete work by end of 2016. The design/build team is Wantman Group Inc./Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.

* US 41 from CR 951 to Mondago Lane: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, for crews to construct new turn lanes. Drivers should use caution traveling in this area.

* SR 951 from US 41 to Eagle Creek Drive: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, for crews to construct new turn lanes. Drivers should use caution traveling in this area.

* SR 951 at Fiddlers Creek Parkway: Maintenance permit project: Crews are improving the traffic signal. Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 951 and eastbound Fiddlers Creek Parkway during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays. Drivers should use caution traveling in this area.

* SR 84 from Airport Pulling Road to Heritage Trail: Construction project: This project includes resurfacing the roadway, connects two miles of bicycle lanes, replaces existing traffic signals and improves pedestrian crossings at every intersection. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures through the duration of the project.

Within six-hundred feet of a signalized intersection, motorists should expect any eastbound lane closures from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. and any westbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Drivers should use caution while driving in this area. Variable message boards notify motorists of anticipated closures. Estimated project completion is end of 2015. The contractor is Preferred Materials, Inc.

* CR 896/Pine Ridge Road from US 41 to east of Caribbean Road: Construction project: This quarter mile project includes a new westbound left-turn lane at the Pine Ridge Road/US 41 intersection, milling and resurfacing, and drainage improvements. The improvements also include traffic signal replacement, landscaping, sidewalks, and signage/pavement markings.

Westbound lane closures may occur during nighttime/overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and eastbound lane closures may occur during nighttime/overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Drivers should use caution traveling in this area. Estimated project completion is spring 2016. The Contractor is Wright Construction Group.

** DESOTO COUNTY

* US 17 from CR 760A to Heard Street and within the City of Arcadia: Construction project: Crews are expanding US 17 to four lanes. Work underway for two new travel lanes to the east of existing US 17 travel lanes includes utility activities, installation of drainage and fill soils, and new roadway construction. Expect intermittent daytime single-lane flagging operations from Robin Road to MLK Jr. Street for drainage and utility installation. Northbound and southbound US 17 traffic have switched to the new portion of US 17 from south of CR 760A/McCaskill St to north of CR 760/Welles Ave. Traffic remains on the existing lanes of US 17 north of Joshua Creek. Motorists should continue to observe the posted speed limits. Work vehicles are entering and exiting the roadway during the week. Please use caution and plan additional travel time. Expected project completion is in the summer of 2017. The contractor is Conalvias USA.

** GLADES COUNTY

* US 27 (Mamie Langdale Memorial Bridge) over the Caloosahatchee River: Construction project: Workers are bracing bridge diaphragms beneath the bridge. Work on this project includes bridge repairs and rehabilitation. Expect project completion by the end of 2015. The contractor is Amroad, LLC.

* SR 78 from Canal Boat Ramp to Okeechobee County Line: Construction project: Crews are placing silt fence and setting guardrail. Watch for single lane closures with flaggers directing traffic. Work on this project includes resurfacing and resetting guardrail. Expected project completion is summer 2016. The contractor is Lawrence-Lynch Corporation.

* SR 78 at Curry Island Road, entrance to Vance Whidden Park (north of Moore Haven): Construction project: Crews continue building the new trail and parking area at the Vance Whidden Park Trail off SR 78. Work on this project includes resurfacing Curry Island Road from SR 78 to the trail, constructing a shell parking area and building a new segment of trail/bike path completing the Vance Whidden Park Trail loop. Expect completion in spring 2016. The contractor is Lawrence-Lynch Corporation.

* SR 29 at York Branch and Lone Pine Bridges: Construction project: Watch for temporary daytime lane closures while crews unload equipment, Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11. This project includes bridge rehabilitation and repair at York Branch and Lone Pine Bridges. Expect project completion in spring 2016. The contractor is Douglas and Higgins Inc.

** HENDRY

* US 27 from SR 80 to the City of Clewiston: Construction project: Work continues to build a bi-directional weigh-in-motion scale in the median. Motorists should expect the inside lanes closed throughout the project. Estimated completion is end of 2015. The contractor is Quality Enterprises USA, Inc.

* US 27 from SR 80 to the City of Clewiston: Maintenance project: Crews will be landscaping near the roadway during daytime hours. Motorists should use caution as crews work near the roadway.

* SR 82 from the Lee/Hendry County line to the Hendry/Collier County line: Construction project: Crews begin work to widen SR 82 to four lanes from the Lee/Hendry County line to the Hendry/Collier County line. This 1.3 mile project improves drainage to manage water running off the roadway and builds new five-foot sidewalk on the north side of the road. Motorists should expect lane closures while crews are working and use caution traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is end of 2016. The contractor is Community Asphalt Corporation.

* SR 80 from west of Cowboy Way to Huggett Road: Maintenance project: Crews will be installing a waterline near the east side of the roadway during daytime hours. Motorists should use caution as crews work near the roadway.

SR 80 from Industrial Canal to Merchant Street: Construction project: Crews will be resurfacing the roadway (including side streets), installing guardrail, and placing pavement markings. This 1.8-mile project includes updating traffic signals, and installing guardrail. The project also replaces and connects some existing sidewalk within the project. Crews also will be modifying the traffic signals at the intersections. Work occurs during daytime and nighttime hours. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Pedestrians and cyclists should expect sidewalk closures with detours through the duration of the project.Drivers should use caution traveling in this area. Estimated completion is winter of 2015. The Contractor is Weekley Asphalt Paving Inc.

* SR 29 from the Caloosahatchee Bridge to SR 80: Maintenance contract project: Crews will be performing underground utility work during daytime hours, Monday through Friday. Motorists should use caution as crews work near the roadway.