Thursday - August 25, 2016

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/SR 559 Interchange (Auburndale): Construction project: Drive with caution and watch for traffic shifts and temporary intermittent lane closures, changes in traffic patterns, and flaggers directing traffic as needed on SR 559 during the day and night. In observance of Labor Day, construction suspends Friday night, September 2 through Tuesday morning, August 6. Crews continue excavating earth material at the interchange, constructing the northbound bridge over I-4, clearing in the median, and installing sod. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the highway. Speeding fines 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 CR 559A 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 and Fort Fraser Trail at Banana Creek in Lakeland: Construction project: Watch for intermittent northbound lane closures on US 98 near Banana Creek from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, as crews take delivery of materials. Use caution and be prepared to merge. The Fort Fraser Trial remains closed at Banana Creek while crews continue building the new bridge over the creek. Work on this project includes replacing the deteriorated wooden bridge structure and pilings with a new steel reinforced concrete bridge. Brothers’ Construction, Inc. is the contractor. Weather permitting; expected completion is fall 2016.

US 98 Peace River Trail in Ft. Meade: Construction project: Crews are constructing the trail and timber bridges through Ft. Meade Outdoor Recreation Area between US 98 and Mt. Pisgah Road. Project improvements include constructing a compacted coquina shell path, two pedestrian bridges, a short path leading to the river on the south end of the trail and a pull-off area at Mt. Pisgah Road. Central Concrete Products, Inc. is the contractor. Weather permitting; expected completion is fall 2016.

US 98 (North Florida Avenue) between West Valencia Street and Modest Street: Maintenance permit project: Watch for southbound intermittent daytime lane closures, as crews install a monitoring well behind the curb. Use caution and be prepared to merge.

US 92/George Jenkins Boulevard from Churchill Avenue to Sloan Avenue in Lakeland: Construction Project: Watch for intermittent daytime shoulder closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for signalization and signage. This project includes milling and paving, repair sidewalks and ads ADA detectable warning surfaces on sidewalk curb ramps, replace various curb and gutter, repair drainage structures and replace guardrail at Winston Creek. The expected completion date is fall 2016. The contractor for this project is Hubbard Construction Corporation.

US 92 (SR 600) from Reynolds Road to Schalamar Creek Entrance: Construction project: Traffic on US 92 reduces to one lane in each direction and shifts onto the existing westbound lanes, from Reynolds Road to Schalamar Creek Drive. The temporary lanes will not accommodate wide loads, so wide load haulers should seek alternate routes.The changes are necessary while crews begin removing and replacing the eastbound lanes of the bridge through early 2017. Pile driving for the new bridge continues. Observe the reduced 45 mph speed limit, use caution and watch for trucks entering and leaving the work zone. Improvements on this project consist of milling and paving, base work, shoulder treatment, drainage improvements, curb and gutter, guardrail, sidewalks, signing & pavement markings and replacing the existing US 92 bridges over the Lake Parker Drainage Canal and Saddle. The expected completion date is summer 2017. The contractor is Commercial Industrial Corporation.

US 27 from Barry Road to US 192 (Davenport/Clermont): Construction Project: Watch for temporary intermittent single lane closures on northbound and southbound US 27 while crews complete punch list items on US 27 at night/overnight from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday, August 28, through Friday morning, September 2. Watch for temporary intermittent lane closures are in place at various intersections on US 27 while signalization crews install detectors for the signals. The signal at Student Drive begins full operation Monday, August 29. In observance of Labor Day, construction activities suspend Friday night, September 2 through Tuesday morning, September 6. Watch for uneven pavement and traffic shifts throughout the project corridor. 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 (south of US 17/92): Maintenance permit project: Crews will close the outside northbound lane from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while they build a right turn lane, gravity wall and sidewalk. Use caution and be prepared to merge.

US 17 from Bartow Road to Bear Creek Apartments: Construction Project:Watch for daytime and nighttime/overnight lane closures Sunday, August 28, through Saturday, September 3, while crews work on signals, install signs and make concrete repairs during the day, and paint traffic markings at night. Use caution and be prepared to merge.

This project includes milling and paving, closing some unused driveways, pouring concrete bus pads, adding/repairing sidewalk, replacing traffic signal poles at Georgia Street, and upgrading equipment and adding lighted street signs at signalized intersections, installing pedestrian crossing signals and drainage improvements. The expected completion date is fall 2016. The contractor for this project is Preferred Materials, Inc.

US 17/92 at CR 54 (Ronald Reagan Parkway)/Kinny Harmon Road in Davenport: Maintenance permit project: Expect intermittent shoulder closures both northbound and southbound on US 17/92 and on Ronald Reagan Parkway from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, August 29, though Friday, September 2, while crews complete final roadwork. Use caution, and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

US 17/92 at Ernie Caldwell Blvd. in Davenport: Maintenance permit project: Motorist should use caution and watch for workers and equipment close to the road. This project includes adding turn lanes and shoulders on US 17/92 at the extension of Ernie Caldwell Boulevard, approximately two miles south of CR 54 (Ronald Reagan Parkway). Contractor plans no lane closures this week.

SR 572 (Airport Road) from Steeplechase Drive to south of Rooms to Go: Maintenance permit project: Watch for intermittent daytime lane closures, both north and southbound, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as crews continue building the new entrance to Lakes at Laurel Highlands. This project includes milling and paving, adding right and left turn lanes with bike lanes and sidewalk, and concrete wall. Use caution and watch for equipment entering and leaving the roadway.

SR 546 (Memorial Boulevard) from Interstate 4 to Brunnell Parkway: Construction project: Watch for intermittent daytime shoulder closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for utility work and westbound concrete pavement demo. Watch for nighttime/overnight single lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday, August 28, through Thursday, September 1, while crews place temporary pavement and striping in the median. Westbound traffic shifts onto the temporary lanes in the median while crews remove and replace the existing westbound lanes. This project includes reconstructing the concrete roadway, drainage improvements and guardrail work between Interstate 4 and Wabash Avenue, and adding a bike path/trail on the south side of SR 546 from Chestnut Road East to Brunnell Parkway. The expected completion date is spring 2018. The contractor is GLF Construction Corporation.

SR 539 at West Second Street: Maintenance permit project: Watch for intermittent daytime lane closures, both north and southbound, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, August 29, throughFriday, September 2. This project includes adding left turn lanes, a new directional median opening, new driveway entrance, sidewalk, curb and gutter. Use caution and watch for equipment entering and leaving the roadway.

SR 60 from Kid Ellis Road to Diesel Road: Maintenance contract project: Crews are repairing broken sidewalks and driveways through mid-September. Watch for daytime westbound lane closures between SR 37 (North Church Avenue) and Diesel Road, and daytime eastbound lane closures between Diesel Road and Kid Ellis Road. The contractor is Evans Contracting.

SR 60 from CR 630 to Osceola County line: Construction project: Traffic on SR 60 both east and westbound now shift onto the temporary detour at Ice Cream Slough, approximately two miles east of CR 630, so crews can continue building the new box culvert. Signs warn of the new traffic pattern, no wide loads over 8’6” maximum and reduced 45 mph speed limit. No lane closures anticipated this week. Watch for dump trucks entering and leaving the construction site, use caution and be prepared to stop. Work on this project includes resurfacing the roadway, widening roadway entrances at Grape Hammock Road and River Ranch Boulevard for right turning vehicles, replacing the roadway bridge at Ice Cream Sough with a box culvert, replacing guardrail, retrofitting bridge railings, improving roadway drainage. The expected completion date is spring 2017. The contractor is Ranger Construction Industries, Inc.

SR 37 (South Florida Avenue) between Palmetto Street and Hickory Street: Maintenance permit project: Watch for intermittent nighttime/overnight lane closures in the inside north bound lane and center turn lane as crew repair the asphalt from an earlier water main leak. Use caution and be prepared to merge.

SR 33 from Haynes Circle to Withlacoochee Bridge: Construction project: Watch for daytime lane closures with flaggers directing traffic as crews mill and resurface the roadway. Use caution and be prepared to stop. Work on this project includes milling and resurfacing the roadway, adding an ARMI layer to lessen future roadway cracking, adjusting the cross slope for improved drainage in various locations, adding rumble strip striping, and replacing guardrail. The expected completion date is early 2017. The contractor is Ranger Construction Industries, Inc.