Monday - October 20, 2014

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.

This information is provided to us by the Florida Department of Transportation.

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, October 26 through Friday morning, October 31, while crews continue paving Interstate 4, both east and westbound. Crews will pave the middle lanes, leaving only one lane open to traffic. Use caution, expect delays and schedule extra time for travel.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/US 27 Interchange: Construction project: There are no planned lane closures at the intersection. This BOLD landscaping project includes planting 1,411 trees and 505 palms along the entrance and exit ramps and in the median of the interstate at the US 27 interchange. Weather permitting crews will complete the project by spring 2015. The contractor is Oasis Landscaping Services, Inc.

I-4/SR 559 Interchange (Auburndale): Construction project: Watch for flaggers directing traffic during the day on SR 559 while crews continue to dig a new drainage pond on the west side of SR 559 and construct embankment along the east side of SR 559 and Bay Lake Connector Road. Speeding fines are double when workers are present. Project improvements include constructing a new bridge on SR 559 over I-4, expanding SR 559 from two lanes to four lanes from north of SR 559-A to the westbound entrance ramp to I-4, 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 east of Hendry Avenue to west of Edgewood Drive, in the City of Ft. Meade: Construction Project:Watch for daytime lane closures as crews clean up along the eastbound lanes.Work on this project consists of drainage improvements, base work, pavement restoration, curb and gutters, sidewalks, signing and pavement markings. Weather permitting; expected completion is the end of 2014. LJ Construction is the contractor.

US 98 from Bear Creek to Smith Lane: Construction project: Crews will be preparing median and shoulder areas for landscaping and planting trees and bushes. Periodic daytime lane closures may be necessary as crews work close to the road. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Work on this project includes planting palms, shrubs and groundcover in various locations on both sides and in the median of US 98, installing a new irrigation system and placing a brick monument welcoming visitors to Bartow. Weather permitting; expected completion is spring of 2015. The contractor is Oasis Landscaping Services Inc.

US 98 from CR 540A to SR 540 (Winter Lake Road): Construction project: Crews will continue installing 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 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: Expect temporary traffic stoppages at night as crews install signal span wires across the roadway. Traffic control officers will be onsite to assist with traffic. During the day, crews continue working on the widening area and installing sidewalk, drainage pipe and structures. Contractor may shorten turn lanes during the day. 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 92 (Memorial Boulevard) at North Brunnell Parkway: Maintenance permit project: Crews continue reconstructing 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: Expect temporary traffic stoppages at night as crews install signal span wires across the roadway. Traffic control officers will be onsite to assist with traffic. Crews will also be working on signals during the day. Work on this project includes removing the pedestrian island from the northeast corner of the intersection, widening the turn lane, resurfacing and upgrading the signals. Weather permitting, expected completion is the end of 2014. The contractor is Lane Construction.

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. Pedestrians should follow the posted detour. Use caution and be prepared to stop.

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 Barry Road to US 192 (Davenport/Clermont): Construction project: Watch for traffic shifts on the ramps at US 27/US 192 through fall of 2015. Crews are installing drainage pipe at night/overnight from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday, October 26 through Friday morning, October 31 on northbound and southbound US 27. This work requires temporary intermittent nighttime lane closures.

A temporary detour route is in place from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. at the US 27/US 192 interchange on Thursday, October 30. Crews will complete this work early Friday morning, October 31. Drivers should use caution and expect delays.

Detour: Southbound US 27 to Eastbound US 192

The US 192 eastbound ramp is closed to traffic traveling from southbound US 27. Signs direct southbound traffic to travel south on US 27 then make a U-turn at Polo Park Boulevard then travel north on US 27 then exit to eastbound US 192.

Detour: Westbound US 192 to Southbound US 27

The US 27 southbound ramp is closed to traffic traveling from westbound US 192. Detour signs direct westbound traffic to travel north on US 27 then make a U-turn at Cagan Crossings Boulevard then travel south on US 27.

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 27 at Heatherwood Blvd: Construction project: Watch for periodic daytime lane closures both north and southbound along US 27 as crews install drainage structures in the median and construct the roadway base. Work on this project consists of adding a northbound turn lane from US 27 to Heatherwood Boulevard, extending the existing southbound turn lane, drainage improvements, paving and pavement markings. Weather permitting; expected completion is the end of 2014. Tucker Paving is the contractor.

US 17 from SR 540 West to SR 540 East (Cypress Gardens Boulevard): Construction project: Crews will continue excavating for streetlight construction. Expect daytime lane closures both north and southbound. Work on this project includes adding 96 total streetlights to both sides of this six-lane roadway. Weather permitting, expected completion is spring 2015. The contractor is Highway Safety Devices, Inc.

US 17/92 at CR 54 (Ronald Reagan Parkway)/Kinny Harmon Road: Maintenance permit project: Watch for lane closures with flaggers directing traffic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, October 24, and Monday through Friday, October 27 – 31, while crews clear the right-of-way along the northbound lanes south of Kinny Harmon Road. Use caution and be prepared to stop.

SR 659 (Combee Road) from north of Ralph Road to south of SR 33 in Lakeland: Construction project: Crews will be grading, sodding the shoulders and cleaning the project during the day. Watch for workers close to the road. 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 577 at Interstate 4: Construction Project: Expect daytime lane closures as crews continue widening the road and constructing shoulders on State Road 557 just north and south of the I-4 interchange. Watch for flaggers directing traffic and be prepared to stop. Work on this project includes removing the old asphalt and paving State Road 557 for approximately 1000 feet on each side of the interchange, adding five foot paved shoulders, curb and gutter, retrofitting guardrail and adding new signs and pavement markings. Weather permitting, expected completion is the end of 2014. The contractor is Preferred Materials, Inc.

SR 542 (Dundee Road) from 13th Street SE and 14th Street SE: Watch for a temporary traffic stop of up to 5 minutes between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Thursday, October 30, while crews replace cable over the road. Add an additional five minutes into your schedule and be prepared to stop when traveling in the area.

SR 540 in Winter Haven from Shadow Wood Drive to Spirit Lake Road: Maintenance permit project. Expect intermittent eastbound lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours of 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Work on this project includes constructing a right turn lane with curb, gutter and sidewalk, constructing a driveway entrance, installing an inlet, and relocating a light pole. 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 may periodically close the right eastbound turn lanes at Cypress Gardens Road, Lamplight Lane, and Heather Glen Drive to install ditch bottom pavement in the adjacent ditches. Watch for daytime closures and use caution. Improvements on this project include 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; expect project completion by the end of 2014.

SR 60 Roadway and Rail Road Crossing Improvement Projects from west of Diesel Road to east of CR 555; SR 37 from SE 3rd Street to SR 60; West of Nichols Road to east of Prairie Industrial Parkway: Construction project: A temporary road closure remains in place on SR 60 from SR 37 (South Church Street) to Nichols Road for one more week while crews rebuild the existing rail crossings at Nichols Road and Phosphate Boulevard. Detour signs direct westbound thru-traffic approaching Phosphate Boulevard south at SR 37 to CR 640/Pinecrest Road. Eastbound thru-traffic follows detour signs at CR 676/Nichols Road to Anderson Road south to CR 640/Pinecrest Road.

Improvements on this project include; constructing new approach slabs for railroad crossings on SR 60 at Nichols Road, Phosphate Boulevard, Mosaic Crossing, and Skew Crossing, resurfacing the existing roadway, improving the roadway drainage, and improving SR 60 signalization. Expected project completion is fall 2015, weather permitting. The contractor is The Lane Construction Corporation.

SR 60 (Hesperides Road) from Deland Avenue to CR 630: Construction Project: Crews will continue grading the ditches and removing old/installing new concrete ditch blocks. Expect shoulder closures as crews work close to the road. Work on this project includes reconstructing existing concrete ditch blocks, re-grading existing roadside ditches, constructing concrete ditch pavement, and extending a buried pipe to the ditch. Weather permitting, expected completion is the end of fall 2014. The contractor is MAER Construction.

SR 60 at Hunt Brothers Road: Maintenance permit project: No lane closures are scheduled. This project includes drainage work in the median and sidewalk and curb ramp construction on the east side of the roadway. Use caution while traveling in the area.

SR 37 from Railroad Boulevard to County Road 630: Maintenance project: Crews are repairing shoulders along both sides of this two-lane roadway through the end of October. Use caution when traveling in this area.

SR 37 (South Florida Avenue) from CR 540A to Carter Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are installing a gravity sewer line. There are no planned lane closures on SR 37, but watch for workers close to the road. Crews will close West Christina Boulevard nightly from 6:30 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday night, November 3 through Friday morning, November 14. The closure is necessary while workers install the new sewer line across the roadway. Residents will access the Christina community from Christina Parkway off CR 540A or East Christina Boulevard off Carter Road. Work will not affect traffic on SR 37 (South Florida Avenue).

SR 37 (Florida Avenue) Sidewalk from Lemon Street to Orange Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews have closed the sidewalk along the east side of Florida Avenue from Lemon Street to Orange Street through Friday, October 31. The closure is necessary while workers install new exterior windows. Follow pedestrian detour signs.

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, pouring concrete sidewalk and driveways, and constructing roadway base from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weather permitting. Observe posted speed limits, look out for pedestrians and bicyclists, and drive with caution in the construction zone. 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.

SR 17 (Scenic Highway) from south of Ray Martin Road/Passion Play Road to south of Mountain Lake Cut Off Road in Lake Wales: Construction project: Crews are clearing the railroad right of way, installing silt fence to control erosion and beginning drainage work. During this project, crews will resurface the roadway, improve drainage, upgrade traffic signals, install guardrail, curb, gutter and sidewalk, permanent signs and pavement markings. Observe posted speed limits, look out for pedestrians and bicyclists, and drive with caution in the construction zone. Estimated completion is fall 2015. The contractor is Gibbs and Register, Inc.

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 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 fall 2014. The contractor is Purifoy Construction, LLC.

North Parkway Frontage Road from South Florida Avenue to Waring Road: Construction Project: Watch for nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews work on signals, clean inlets and remove signs. 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): Construction project: Watch for nighttime/overnight lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews work on signals, clean inlets and remove signs. Use caution when traveling in the area and watch for workers close to the road. 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.

Pipkin Dairy Road from Old Highway 37 to Harden Boulevard: Rail project: Watch for periodic daytime lane closures and workers close to the road as crews install new equipment and LED signal lights at the railroad crossing. Estimated completion is mid-November.