Monday - January 26, 2015

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: Crews will install guardrail at night. Watch for nighttime single-lane closures in both directions. 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 interchange. 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: Crews continue constructing drainage ponds on the east and west side of SR 559 and expanding the lanes on SR 559. The contractor continues driving concrete piles in the median of I-4 adjacent to the existing SR 559 overpass. Watch for temporary intermittent lane closures on SR 559. Flaggers will be present directing traffic.

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 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. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i4/sr559/

US 98 from CR 540A to SR 540 (Winter Lake Road): Construction project: Crews will continue grading and placing sod, working on turn lanes, driveways and paving. Expect daytime and nighttime lane closures both north and southbound. 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. The contractor is The Lane Construction Corporation. Weather permitting; expected completion is spring of 2015. For more information, visit the www.idriveUS98.com.

US 98 from Baker Drive to Norton Road: Construction project: Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures as crews continue to repair and improve the drainage system along US 98. Use caution and watch for changes in traffic patterns.Crews are repairing sidewalks in various locations along US 98, which may require sidewalk closures and pedestrian detours. Work on this project consists of drainage improvements, removing and replacing the asphalt, constructing curb, gutters and sidewalks and signing and pavement marking.Weather permitting; expected completion is spring 2015. The contractor is Evans Contracting Services, Inc.

US 98 from Daughtery Road to West Socrum Loop Road/West Hall Road: Construction project: Watch for possible nighttime lane closures for paving (dependent on warmer temperatures) and signal work. During the day, crews continue installing sidewalk, driveways and sod, and may shorten turn lanes while they work. 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 early 2015. The contractor is Lane Construction.

US 92 (Memorial Boulevard) at North Brunnell Parkway: Maintenance permit project: Crews continue constructing a driveway and reconstructing sidewalk and curbs. Use caution while traveling in the area, and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

US 92 at US 98: Construction project: Crews are working on signals during the day and paving at night. Watch for nighttime/overnight lane closures from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. on US 98 and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on US 92. Improvements on this project include 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 early 2015. The contractor is Lane Construction.

US 27 North of Camp Inn Resort Entrance: Maintenance permit project: Watch for daytime lane closures as crews install the permanent pavement markings. Work on this project includes installing inlets and connecting pipe in the median. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

US 27 from Barry Road to US 192 (Davenport/Clermont):Construction project: Crews are installing drainage pipe on southbound US 27. This activity requires temporary intermittent nighttime lane closures between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. Crews are installing sidewalk on the east side of northbound US 27. Watch for traffic shifts under the bridge and on the ramps at US 27/US 192.

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 West Main Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews are constructing a new driveway and installing a new driveway pipe just south of West Main Street. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

US 27 south of West Main Street/Crump Road: Maintenance permit project: Crews are closing two existing driveways and building a new driveway entrance, curb and sidewalk, and removing old drainage pipes and installing a new one. No lane closures are scheduled, however, use caution and watch for workers close to the road.

US 17 (8TH Street NW) from Avenue V NW to Motor Pool Road: Maintenance permit: Utility company crews will close the northbound outside lane from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, January 26 through Friday, January 30 to replace an existing pole. Use caution and Watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

US 17 from SR 540 West to SR 540 East (Cypress Gardens Boulevard): Construction project: Crews will continue streetlight construction. Expect daytime and nighttime lane closures both north and southbound. Use caution and watch for workers close to the road. 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., Monday, January 26 through Friday, January 31, 2015, while crews remove muck along the northbound lanes, both north and south of Kinny Harmon Road. Use caution and be prepared to stop.

SR 544 from Brenton Manor Avenue to east of US 27: Construction project: Watch for daytime lane closures on US 27 while crews set light poles at each corner of the intersection. Watch for nighttime/overnight lane closures Sunday, January 25 and Monday, January 26 on SR 544 for paving. Crews plan to shift traffic slightly south onto new pavement on Thursday, January 29 and Friday, January 30, in order to begin work on the north side of the roadway. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

Project improvements include widening portions of SR 544 at the US 27 intersection and restriping it to include:

·Dedicated westbound left turn lanes at Benton Manor Avenue (Ridge Vocational Technical Center Entrance) and Center State Bank

·An eastbound dedicated right turn lane and dual left turn lanes at the US 27 intersection

·A westbound right turn lane at US 27

·Bike lanes on both sides of US 27

Additionally, the project includes wider north and southbound right turn lanes from US 27 onto SR 544, smaller pedestrian islands with new crosswalks, new sidewalks and upgraded signals. Expected completion is summer 2015. The Contractor is Lane Construction.

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: Expect lane closures on SR 60 both east and westbound at Mosaic Crossing. Crews are diverting traffic onto the outside travel lanes in order to rebuild the existing railroad crossings.Use caution while traveling in the area, and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

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 at Hunt Brothers Road: Maintenance permit project: 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 (South Florida Avenue) at Christina Boulevard: Maintenance permit project: Crews are closing the southbound right turn lane periodically at Christina Boulevard (in front of Bob Evans) Monday, January 26 through Friday, January 30. The closures are necessary while crews drive sheet pile in order to install a gravity sewer-line connection.

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.

SR 37 (Florida Avenue) Sidewalk from Lemon Street to Orange Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews will close the sidewalk along the east side of Florida Avenue from Lemon Street to Orange Street through February 2015. The closure is necessary while workers install new exterior windows. Follow pedestrian detour signs.

SR 33 (Commonwealth Avenue) from north of I-4 to Clearwater Avenue: Construction Project: Crews will install a drainage pipe and drainage structure, pour concrete and grade the ditches. Watch for intermittent daytime lane closures with flaggers directing traffic as crews take delivery of materials starting Wednesday, January 28. Improvements on this project include removing the old asphalt and placing new asphalt, widening some of the existing turn lanes and drainage improvements along SR 33 from north of I-4 to Polk City.Expected completion date is the summer 2015. The contractor is Preferred Materials, Inc.

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, building roadway base, pouring gravity wall and sidewalk 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 and grading the right-of-way and building sidewalk, curb and driveways at various locations along SR 17 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 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.

Recker Highway (CR 655) just north of Commercial Boulevard: Maintenance permit project: Crews are widening the roadway for a right turn lane, constructing a driveway, and installing guardrail. Watch for westbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and eastbound lane closures from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Grace Avenue from 9th Street to east of 16th Street and Haines City Trail from Grace Avenue to Lily Avenue west of the railroad tracks: Construction project: Crews continue clearing for the new trail and removing and reconstructing sidewalk and curb on Grace Avenue. Watch for flaggers directing traffic during the day. This project includes sidewalk, gravity wall, and curb and gutter construction on the north side of Grace Avenue and a shared use path west of the railroad tracks between Grace Avenue and Lily Avenue. Work also includes drainage improvements, lighting, fencing, and a sidewalk connection between the new trail and the Lily Avenue overpass. Estimated completion is summer 2015. The contractor is Cathcart Construction Company.