Friday - November 6, 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 Emergency Crossover 1.22 miles east of SR 33 (Lakeland): Construction project: Crews continue widening and building cable barrier in the median during the day. Use caution and watch for workers close to the road. Improvements under this contract include building an emergency crossover, widening, base work, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings and installing high-tension cable barrier. Expected completion is fall 2015. The contractor is Blacktip Services Inc.

I-4/SR 559 Interchange in Auburndale: Construction project: The outside lane on eastbound I-4 will close temporarily from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., Wednesday, November 11, and Thursday, November 12, to shift traffic onto the newly constructed eastbound I-4 off-ramp to SR 559. Crews continue constructing new ramps at I-4/SR 559 and constructing the new bridge. Drive with caution and watch for traffic shifts along eastbound and westbound I-4 and temporary intermittent lane closures, traffic shifts, site changes and flaggers directing traffic as needed on SR 559.

I-4/SR 559 Interchange (Auburndale): Upcoming Detours:  Detour routes are on eastbound and westbound I-4. See details below. Temporary single and double lane closures will begin at 8 p.m. prior to the start of the detour.

Eastbound I-4 at the I-4/SR 559 Interchange, Exit No. 44 A detour route is in place at the I-4/SR 559 interchange while crews close the lanes on eastbound I-4 under the SR 559 overpass. Signs direct eastbound I-4 traffic to exit on the SR 559 entrance ramp (Exit No. 44), then cross over SR 559, and then enter I-4 on the I-4 entrance ramp. This detour is in effect at night/overnight between the hours of 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., Sunday, November 8 while crews construct the walls on the new bridge. Law enforcement officers will be present directing traffic.

Westbound I-4 at the I-4/SR 559 Interchange, Exit No. 44 A detour route is in place at the I-4/SR 559 interchange while crews close the lanes on westbound I-4 under the SR 559 overpass. Signs direct westbound I-4 traffic to exit on the SR 559 entrance ramp (Exit No. 44), then cross over SR 559, and then enter I-4 on the I-4 entrance ramp. This detour is in effect at night/overnight between the hours of 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., Tuesday, November 10 while crews construct walls on the new bridge. Law enforcement officers 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 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. For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.swflroads.com/i4/sr559/

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 the end of 2015.

US 98 from Socrum Loop Road to Thomas Road in Lakeland: Maintenance permit project: Crews will close the outside northbound lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to construct a turn lane. Use caution and be prepared to merge.

US 98 from US 17 to Peace River in Fort Meade: Construction project: Crews will be excavating and installing lighting conduit and constructing temporary construction signs during the daytime. Please use caution in these areas and watch for workers close to the road. The improvements under this contract consist of adding highway lighting, and signing and refurbishing pavement markings. The expected completion date is the spring of 2016. The contractor for this project is Florida Industrial Electric Company.

US 27 from Barry Road to US 192 (Davenport/Clermont): Construction Project: Expect northbound and southbound intermittent nighttime lane closures from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday, November 8 through Tuesday, November 10. Crews continue installing drainage pipe in the median along US 27 and pouring sidewalk at various locations. Signalization crews continue work at various intersections along US 27. Watch for traffic shifts on US 27, and 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 from Tuscan Ridge Drive to Deen Still Road in Davenport: Maintenance permit project: Crews are making improvements to the turn lanes at Laurel Estates. Watch for intermittent north and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, November 10 through Monday, November 23. Use caution and be prepared to merge.

US 17 from SR 540 (Cypress Gardens Boulevard) to US 17/92 in Winter Haven: Maintenance contracts project: Crews are repairing sidewalks. There are no daytime lane closures anticipated. Motorist should use caution and watch for workers and equipment close to the road.

US 17/92 at CR 54 (Ronald Reagan Parkway)/Kinny Harmon Road in Davenport: Maintenance permit project: Expect intermittent lane closures both northbound and southbound on US 17/92 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, while crews continue drainagework, road improvements and constructing a median separator. A temporary traffic signal continues controlling traffic at the intersection. Use caution and be prepared to stop.

SR 659 (Combee Road) at the intersection of US 92 in Lakeland: Construction project: Combee Road, from East Main Street to US 92, remains closed while crews rebuild the railroad crossing, relocate the crossing signals and work on the traffic separator.  Follow the posted detour using Reynolds Road or Fairway Avenue as alternate routes until Combee Road reopens in mid-November. Work on this project includes replacing the railroad crossing replacing portions of the traffic separator and curb, adding sidewalks, building a concrete bus pad at the existing bus stop and place new signs and pavement markings on Combee Road. On US 92, crews will extend the right turn lane from westbound US 92 onto northbound Combee Road, pour new sidewalk between McDonalds and Family Dollar, improve drainage, modify the median and pave the shoulder at US 92 and Woodland Avenue to allow eastbound to westbound U-turns. Weather permitting; expected completion is spring 2016. The contractor is Lane Construction Corporation.

SR 659 (Combee Road) from Mineola Drive to McArthur Street in Lakeland: Florida Watch for around the clock lane closures with flaggers directing traffic through Friday, November 13, while crews from Florida Gas Transmission Company coat gas lines. Use caution and be prepared to stop.

SR 572 (Drane Field Road) from Waring Road to Airport Perimeter East: Maintenance permit project: Watch for flaggers directing traffic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through the end of November, while crews work on utilities. Use caution and be prepared to stop.

SR 544 (Lucerne Park Road) just west of Ridge Career Center: Maintenance permit project: Watch for intermittent eastbound daytime lane closures with flaggers directing traffic from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. while crews construct a right turn lane. Use caution and be prepared to stop.

SR 544 (Havendale Boulevard) from Idylwild Drive to west of 29th Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews will close the outside westbound lane, Monday through Friday, to adjust the manholes. Use caution and be prepared to merge.

SR 539 (Kathleen Road) from Pear Street to West Elliot Street: Construction project: Watch for nighttime/overnight lane closures Sunday night, November 8, through Friday morning, November 13, as workers continue placing asphalt, concrete, curb and gutter, and work on signals. Ninth Street/Providence Road remains closed to all cross traffic and left and right turns during construction. For improved safety, the new traffic separator will only allow motorists to turn left onto Ninth Street from northbound Kathleen Road once complete. Crews will continue work in various locations throughout the project, so use caution and watch for workers close to the road. Work on this project includes resurfacing, closing two underutilized mid-block median openings, adding turn lanes, making median modifications, replacing traffic and pedestrian signals, reworking some of the side street entrances, restriping and building a new median crosswalk just south of Interstate 4. Estimated completion is summer 2016. The contractor is Preferred Materials, Inc.

SR 60 from Espo Road to County Line Road: Maintenance project: Crews are removing built up dirt from the shoulders on both sides of SR 60. Use caution and watch for workers and equipment close to the road.

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 in Bartow/Mulberry: Construction project: Expect lane closures on SR 60, both eastbound and westbound for pipe crossing reconstruction, railroad crossing repair, sidewalk and curb construction, sod placement and paving. Observe posted speed limits 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 from Flamingo Drive to Connersville Road in Bartow: Construction project: Crews are driving pile or bridge supports, building a temporary trestle work-platform, installing concrete bridge deck and sidewalk. Watch for eastbound daytime lane closures for materials and equipment deliveries including bridge beams and concrete. Use caution and be prepared to merge. Note: Wide loads may not be able to pass through when lane closures are in place. Wide load haulers should take a different route. Crews will also be placing asphalt and pouring concrete in business driveways along the eastbound lanes. Use caution and watch for flaggers directing vehicles in and out. Work on this project includes adding a new sidewalk and pedestrian bridges on the south side of SR 60, and building a bus bay and bus pad at the stop east of Peace River Mobile Home Park. Estimated completion is summer 2016. The contractor is Leware Construction Company, Inc.

SR 37 (South Florida Avenue) from CR 540A to Carter Road in Lakeland: Maintenance permit project: Crews are installing a gravity sewer line along the northbound lanes of SR 37. Use caution and watch for workers close to the road.

SR 37 at CR 640 south of Mulberry: Construction project: Crews will be excavating and installing lighting conduit and constructing temporary construction signs on the shoulders of the road during the daytime. Use caution and watch for workers close to the road. The improvements under this contract consist of highway lighting, signalization and signing and pavement markings. The expected completion date is the spring of 2016. The contractor for this project is Florida Industrial Electric Company.

SR 33 (Commonwealth Avenue) at the intersection of Deen Still Road in Polk City: Construction project: Watch for trucks entering and leaving the construction zone as crews continue pouring concrete and constructing the new roundabout northeast of the intersection. Use caution and be prepared to stop at the temporary signal at the intersection. The stop bars are as far back as 100 feet from the signal to allow trucks enough room to turn. There are no right turns on red. Work on this project includes roundabout construction, new asphalt and concrete pavement, resurfacing, installing drainage structures, curb and gutters, sidewalk, gravity walls and handrails, lighting, signing, and landscaping. Weather permitting; expected completion is summer 2016. The contractor is Atlantic Civil Constructors Corp.

SR 17 at the intersection of CR 17B (Hunt Brothers Road) in Lake Wales: Construction project: The SR 17/CR 17 B (Hunt Brothers Road) intersection will remain closed and traffic detoured while crews pave the new roundabout. Motorists should use US 27 between Central Avenue (north of the SR 60 overpass) and CR 640/Pine Crest Road as alternate routes, or follow posted detour signs to access local destinations. Work on this project includes construction of a new roundabout at the intersection and includes removing old asphalt and resurfacing, installing drainage structures, curb and gutters, sidewalk, pavement markings, and landscaping. Weather permitting; expected completion is early 2016. The contractor is Wright Construction.