Friday - August 29, 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 31 through Friday morning, September 5, 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 lay temporary asphalt and install barrier wall. Crews continue clearing debris throughout the project limits. The speed limit on SR 559 is permanently reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph. Speeding fines are doubled when workers are present. In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the contractor will suspend on Monday, September 1. 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 Bear Creek to Smith Lane: Construction project: Crews will be preparing median and shoulder areas for landscaping. 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 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. In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the contractor will suspend on Monday, September 1. Weather permitting, expected completion is summer of 2015. The contractor is The LaneConstruction 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 paving 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 southbound left turn lanes, 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 stripe the new southbound turn lanes and lay sod. 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 middle of September. 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, September 2 through Saturday morning, September 6, 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. In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the contractor will suspend construction activities on Monday, September 1. 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 and will remain in place through fall of 2015. The contractor is installing drainage pipe on the east side of US 27. This activity requires workers to drill under the side streets of Palm Key Blvd., McFee Dr., Ridgeway Blvd., and Student Dr. One-half of each side street will close temporarily while the other side remains open. Watch for flaggers directing traffic through the end of September. 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 the Labor Day holiday, the contractor will suspend construction activities on Monday, September 1. Prince Contracting 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 this week.

SR 659 (Combee Road) from north of Ralph Road to south of SR 33 in Lakeland: Construction project: Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews continue remove and replace asphalt. Watch for flaggers directing traffic and be prepared to stop.Crews will also be grading and sodding the shoulders 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 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 working on signals at night. Expect periodic 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 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 close the outside lanes to remove and replace curb and sidewalk both north and southbound. During the day, watch for workers close to the road while crews work on signals 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 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, and constructing the roadway base from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weather permitting. There is no work scheduled, Monday, September 1 for Labor Day. 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.