Monday - April 28, 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.

Interstate 4: Eastbound Exit Ramp at County Line Road and South Frontage Road: Construction project: On Sunday, April 27, traffic will stop intermittently for up to 5 minutes at a time while workers install new signal wires. County Line Road will be one-lane traffic in each direction while crews continue widening the roadway and installing new signals at the I-4 exit ramp and South Frontage Road during the day, and pave at night. Drainage and widening work will also continue on the eastbound I-4 exit ramp with workers close to the road. Motorists should use caution, watch for changes in the traffic pattern and be prepared to stop. Work on this project includes adding two right turn lanes to the east bound exit ramp, adding two left turn lanes on County Line Road turning onto South Frontage Road, adding signals at both intersections, placing signs, and removing and replacing the asphalt. Weather permitting, the project is estimated for completion in spring 2014. The contractor is Cone and Graham.

Rock Ridge Road at Gator Creek Bridge and from US 98 to Deen Still Road: Construction project: Both lanes of the Gator Creek Bridge are now open to traffic. Motorists should watch for slow moving traffic and warning vehicles, Monday, April 28, while crews replace striping and pavement markings on Rock Ridge Road from US 98 to Deen Still Road. This project includes replacing the Gator Creek Bridge with a new bridge with two 12-foot travel lanes, eight-foot paved shoulder and barrier wall. In addition to replacing the bridge, new pavement markings will be placed on Rock Ridge Road from US 98 to Deen Still Road. Weather permitting, expected completion is spring of 2014. Wright Construction Group, Inc. is the contractor.

US 98 (SR 700/Bartow Road) from East Orange Street to East Lime Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews will be performing utility work. Expect southbound outside lane closures from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Use caution while traveling in the area, and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

US 98 from CR 540A to SR 540 (Winter Lake Road): Construction project: Work continues to expand the roadway from four to six lanes. Motorists should expect northbound and/or southbound lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours from 6:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. as crews install roadway drainage pipe, add drainage pipe beneath driveways and widen the roadway. Northbound traffic from Hancock Avenue to Colbert Road remains shifted onto newly constructed travel lanes. Use caution when driving through these areas. 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 North Socrum Loop Road to US 92: Maintenance contract project: Work on this project includes replacing cracked sidewalk and adding wheelchair accessible ramps, constructing curb, and replacing ditch pavement and deteriorated concrete. No lane closures are scheduled, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. Weather permitting, expected completion is summer of 2014. The contractor is Environmental Innovations.

US 98 from Daughtery Road to West Socrum Loop Road/West Hall Road: Construction project: Crews will pave at night and install drainage pipe and structures during the day. Motorists should expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. northbound and 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. southbound from Daughtery Road to Duff Road. 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.

US 98 at Williamstown Boulevard: Maintenance permit project: Work on this project includes modifying the median to include a northbound left turn lane and adding a driveway entrance and sidewalk on the west side of US 98 North. Motorists should use caution and watch for nighttime northbound lane closures while crews continue constructing the turn lane. Pedestrians should follow the posted detour signs around the sidewalk closure on the west side of US 98.

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 southbound lane closures while crews construct the turn lane. 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 begin removing eight existing driveway entrances, sidewalk and curb and reconstructing 2 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 27 from US 98 to Presidents Drive (Frostproof/Lake Wales): Maintenance project: Crews are cleaning ditches along both sides of this four-lane roadway through the end of April. Motorists should use caution when traveling in this area.

US 27 at SR 542 (Dundee Road) Intersection: Construction project: Motorist can expect intersection closures for up to 15 minutes at a time during nighttime/overnight hours of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The closures are necessary while crews remove the old signal equipment. Use caution and be prepared to stop. Improvements on this project include replacing signal poles and signal equipment, removing and replacing the asphalt, repairing sidewalks, and signing and pavement markings. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors. Expected completion is summer of 2014.

US 27 from Ritchie Road to south of Barry Road: Construction project: Work on this project includes expanding US 27 from four lanes to six lanes, resurfacing the existing roadway, adding five-foot 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. A traffic shift remain in place north of I-4 on northbound US 27. Drivers should expect delays and use caution. Southland Construction is the contractor on this project. Expected completion is fall of 2014.

US 27 from Ritchie Road to south of Barry Road: Construction project: 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. A traffic shift remain in place north of I-4 on northbound US 27. Drivers should expect delays and use caution. 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: A traffic shift is in place on the ramps and north and south of the bridge at US 27/US 192. These shifts will remain in place through fall of 2015. Drivers should use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. 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. Project expected completion is summer 2016.

US 27 from Silver Crest Drive to Bates Road (Haines City): Maintenance permit project: Crews continue working on the southbound right turn lanes along the west side of the roadway and the new northbound left turn lane. Motorists should expect intermittent nighttime single lane closures, both north and southbound. Intermittent daytime lane closures may become necessary, so motorists should use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Work includes constructing two right turn lanes, one left turn lane, three driveway entrances and sidewalk. Motorists should use caution when traveling in this area.

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) at North Crystal Lake Drive (Lakeland): Maintenance permit project: Expect intermittent lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews widen Combee Road in order to construct a northbound turn lane. Work on this project includes adding a northbound left turn lane on Combee Road north of the intersection, and adding sidewalk and installing driveways on the west side of Combee Road and north side of North Crystal Lake Drive. Motorists should use caution and be prepared to stop.

SR 572 (Airport Road) at SR 542 (Old Tampa Highway) Intersection: Construction project: Motorists should watch for daytime lane closures with flaggers directing traffic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. while crews continue constructing the new turn lanes, and during the nighttime/overnight hours of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for paving. Improvements on this project include adding left turn lanes in both directions from Airport Road onto Old Tampa Highway, adding traffic and pedestrian signals, replacing drainage pipes, removing and replacing the asphalt, and adding paved shoulder and sidewalk.The contractor is Lane Construction. Weather permitting, expected completion is summer of 2014.

SR 563 (Harden Boulevard) from West Beacon Road to Beacon Terrace entrance: Maintenance permit project: Crews will install cables over the roadway. 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.

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 546 (Memorial Boulevard) at North Lincoln Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews will remove and replace the existing sidewalk and curb on the northeast corner of the intersection. 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 at Spirit Lake Road intersection: Construction project: Motorists should watch for nighttime/overnight lane closures from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. as crews begin work in the median. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. This project includes removing and replacing the existing asphalt, upgrading the traffic signals, and adding turn lanes, curb, gutter, signs and pavement markings. Expected completion is summer 2014. The contractor is Lane Construction Corporation.

SR 540 at 6thStreet: Construction project: Motorists should watch for nighttime/overnight lane
closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.as crews begin work in the intersection. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. This project includes upgrading pedestrian features on all four corners, restriping stop bars and cross walks and refurbishing the existing asphalt. Expected completion is summer 2014. The contractor is Florida Safety Contractors.

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 working on turn lanes 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 517 (Wabash Avenue) from Dille Street to Ivey Lane: Maintenance permit project: The northbound outside lane and sidewalk will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 23 through Friday, April 25 while crews work on the water main. Motorists should use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Pedestrians should follow the posted detour.

SR 60 from Bonnie Mine Road to Armour Road: Maintenance permit project: Motorist should expect eastbound shoulder closures as crews replace transmission poles. Use caution when driving in the area and watch for workers close to the road.

SR 60 from NE 12th Avenue to Kid Ellis Road (Mulberry): Maintenance permit project: Crews continue placing casing for underground utilities along the north side of SR 60. Use caution and watch for workers close to the roadway.

SR 60 from Stokes Road to Indian Lakes Estates: Maintenance project: Motorists should watch for intermittent east and westbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews patch the outside travel lanes. 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: Work on this project includes adding streetlights to both sides of this four-lane roadway. Crews will continue excavating, trenching and street light construction. No lane closures are scheduled, but motorists should use caution and watch for workers close to the road. Traffic Control Devices, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall of 2014.

SR 37 at the Mulberry Bridge from South of SR 60 over the Alafia River: Construction project: Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures on SR 37 while crews install railings, guardrails, and curbs. Work on this project includes widening the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway separated with a median from Dean Street north to SW 4th Street. The existing four-lane roadway, from SW 4th Street to SE 3rd Street, will be resurfaced, and the two-lane bridge over the north fork of the Alafia River is being replaced with twin bridges to accommodate four 12-foot travel lanes, bike lanes, and sidewalks. Leware Construction Company of Florida, Inc. is the contractor on this project. Expected completion is spring of 2014.

SR 37 from Cozart Road to Bethlehem Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews continue installing water lines on both sides of SR 37. Motorists should expect intermittent daytime lane closures with flaggers directing traffic, and be prepared to stop.

SR 37 at CR 630: Construction project: Motorists should watch for daytime lane closures while crews continue grading the shoulders, sodding and installing permanent signs. Work on this project includes widening the roadway to add a northbound right turn lane on SR 37 to eastbound CR 630, and resurfacing the intersection. Expected completion is spring of 2014. Tucker Paving Inc. is the contractor.

SR 37 at CR 630: Construction project: No lane closures are scheduled, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. Work on this project includes widening the roadway to add a northbound right turn lane on SR 37 to eastbound CR 630, and resurfacing the intersection. Expected completion is spring of 2014. Tucker Paving Inc. is the contractor.

SR 33 from Voyles Loop to Grimes Street: Construction project: Motorists should watch for daytime lane closures with flaggers directing traffic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews begin paving. Work on this project includes expanding SR 33 to add left and right turn lanes, milling and resurfacing, and signing and pavement markings. Motorists should use caution and watch for workers close to the road. Cone and Graham, Inc. is the contractor on this project. Expected completion is summer of 2014.

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) is closed to all traffic between SR 544/CR 544 and Wood Avenue. Signs will direct northbound traffic east on CR 544 then north on 30th Street and west on US 17/92 (Hinson Avenue) to SR 17 (S. 10th Street). A southbound lane will be open for the duration of the project with access to driveways and side streets maintained for southbound traffic only. The detour will be active through spring 2015. Crews continue to install pipe and underground utilities from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weather permitting. Motorists should 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 at Palm Street (Frostproof): Maintenance project: Expect intermittent southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. while crews continue building a driveway entrance and sidewalk along the southbound lanes. Motorists should use caution and be prepared to stop.