Thursday - August 21, 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, August 24 through Friday morning, August 29 while crews continue paving eastbound Interstate 4. Crews will pave the eastbound inside lane, leaving two lanes open to traffic. Use caution 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/SR 559 Interchange (Auburndale): Construction project: Temporary intermittent flagging operations are in place during the day on SR 559 through September 26 while crews install barrier wall. The speed limit on SR 559 is permanently reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph. Speeding fines are doubled when workers are present. Crews are clearing debris and demucking throughout the project limits, mobilizing construction equipment, installing silt fence, setting up MOT, and installing 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 continue 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 is no lane closure 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, Sunday night, August 24 through Saturday morning, August 30, 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. Crews are setting beams at night/overnight at US 27/US 192. A temporary detour route is in place from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Wednesday, August 27 and Thursday, August 28. Crews will complete this work early Friday morning, August 29. 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. In observance of Labor Day, contractor will suspend construction activities on Monday, September 1. 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 the end of August 2014.

SR 659 (Combee Road) from north of Ralph Road to south of SR 33 in Lakeland: Construction project: Crews will be grading the shoulders and placing sod. 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 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 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 25 through Friday morning, August 29. 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 lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Crews will make repairs to the asphalt in the center turn lane on Monday night, August 25, and work in the outside lanes, Tuesday night, August 26 through Friday morning, August 29. During the day, watch for workers close to the road 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, gutter and sidewalk installation 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., weather permitting. 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: 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.