Monday - March 17, 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.

SPECIAL NOTICE - SPRING BREAK

he Florida Department of Transportation wants to let you know about closures to I-4 in the Lakeland area at the end of March. Signs will direct drivers along detour routes. A detour map with contact information is attached.

  • I-4 will close westbound from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 29.
    • Regional traffic will leave I-4 westbound at exit 41 and follow the Polk Parkway to I-4 westbound on March 29.
    • Tolls westbound on the Polk Parkway will be suspended.
    • Local traffic westbound on I-4 to Lakeland will use exit 32/US 98.

  • I-4 will close eastbound from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 30.
    • Regional traffic will leave I-4 eastbound at exit 27 and follow the Polk Parkway to I-4 eastbound on March 30.
    • Tolls eastbound on the Polk Parkway will be suspended.
    • Local traffic eastbound on I-4 to Lakeland will use exit 28/US 92.

CSX is making railroad track repairs at the Kathleen Road overpass that require closure of interstate lanes below for safety. FDOT urges all drivers in the area to plan extra travel time during the March 29 – 30 weekend. Motorists are advised to use caution and extend courtesy to other drivers. Please buckle up and pay attention to traffic and detour signs.

Road Conditions

Interstate 4: Eastbound Exit Ramp at County Line Road and South Frontage Road: Construction project: Northbound County Line Road will be reduced to one lane while crews continue working on widening the roadway. Crews will also work on drainage and widening on the eastbound off ramp. 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 (north Lakeland): Construction project: Rock Ridge Road has been reduced to one lane and is controlled by temporary traffic signals at Creekwood Run and the adjacent Gator Creek Bridge. Traffic has been shifted from the south side of the bridge to the new lanes on the north side of the bridge. No lane closures will be necessary as crews continue constructing the new lanes behind the barrier wall. The speed limit is 25 mph. This project includes replacing the existing Gator Creek Bridge with a new bridge that will have two 12-foot travel lanes, five-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 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 at Farm Road: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect intermittent single lane closures on the northbound lanes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews place signs and pavement markings. Motorists should use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

US 98/North Florida Avenue between East Peachtree Street and East Oak Street: Maintenance permit project: The sidewalk on the east side of North Florida Avenue between East Peachtree and East Oak Streets is closed as a safety precaution while crews work on the expansion of the McKeel Elementary Academy. Pedestrians are detoured around the closure.

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 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 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 Silver Crest Drive to Bates Road (Haines City): Maintenance permit project: Crews continue relocating light poles and bases at the intersection of Bates Road and US 27, installing storm water pipe in the median and along the west side of the roadway and constructing turn lanes on the western side of US 27. Motorists should expect nighttime southbound lane closures and daytime southbound shoulder closures. Work on this permit includes constructing two right turn lanes, one left turn lane, three driveway entrances and sidewalk. Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for workers in the construction zone.

US 27 at SR 542 (Dundee Road) Intersection: Construction project: Crews will remove and replace the top layer of asphalt and install new signal sensors on SR 542 (Dundee Road) at the intersection with US 27. Motorists should watch for lane closures in the westbound lanes east of US 27 and in the eastbound lanes west of US 27 during the nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Work is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 17 and be completed by 6 a.m. Thursday morning, March 20. 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 Lemon Avenue to Kokomo Road: Maintenance project: Crews will be replacing reflective pavement markers along the outside and middle lanes, both north and southbound during the nighttime/overnight hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Work is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. on Monday night, March 17 and be completed by 6 a.m. Friday morning, March 21. Motorists should use caution and watch for slow moving vehicles.

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. Traffic shifts remain in place north of I-4 on northbound US 27 and at the intersection of US 27/Waverly Barn Road. 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, and will remain in place through fall of 2015. Drivers are asked to 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 five-foot 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 completion is expected in summer 2016.

US 27 from Silver Crest Drive to Bates Road (Haines City): Maintenance permit project: Crews have begun paving the southbound right turn lanes along the west side of the roadway and the new northbound left turn lane. Motorists should expect nighttime single lane closures, both north and southbound. Daytime lane closures are not scheduled, but 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 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 March. No lane closures are expected, however, motorists should use caution when traveling in this area.

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 remove the striping and restripe Combee Road at North Crystal Lake Drive. Work on this project also 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. 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 572 (Airport Road) north of Drane Field Road: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect intermittent northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Work on this project includes constructing a driveway entrance on the east side of the roadway. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

SR 549 (1st street) between Avenue C North and Avenue D North: Maintenance permit project: Crews will be adding equipment to the existing pole line. Expect intermittent northbound 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.

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 from US 27 to SR 17: Maintenance project: Crews will be replacing reflective pavement markers, both east and westbound during the nighttime/overnight hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Work is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. on Monday night, March 17 and be completed by 6 a.m. Friday morning, March 21. Motorists should use caution and watch for slow moving vehicles.

SR 544 (Avenue T NW) Pedestrian Bridge (Winter Haven): Construction project: The City of Winter Haven’s contractor continues work on the pedestrian bridge crossing SR 544 (Avenue T Northwest) between US Hwy 17 and First Street N. Traffic in both directions will be shifted as needed from beneath the work area on the bridge. Lane shifts will occur during the nighttime/overnight hours between 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 17 and 5:30 a.m., Friday, March 21. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Southland Construction is the contractor. Expected completion is spring of 2014.

Cypress Gardens Boulevard (SR 540) from Overlook Drive to US 27: Construction project: Crews will continue clearing for sidewalk and installing pipe and drainage structures during the day and paving at night. Cypress Gardens Boulevard (SR 540), between US 27 and Legoland, will be reduced to one lane in either direction during the nighttime/overnight hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights while crews continue removing the existing asphalt and paving. Motorists should watch for changes in the traffic pattern and add additional time in their schedule to reach their destination. 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, the project will be completed by the end of 2014.

SR 540 east of State Farm Entrance: Maintenance permit project: Crews will continue placing sod. No lane closures are scheduled. Work on this project includes constructing a right turn lane, driveway entrance and sidewalk on the north side of the roadway. Use caution while traveling in the area.

SR 60 from west of Saddlebag Lake Road to east of Sam Keen Road: Construction project: Work on this project includes adding street lights to both sides of this four-lane roadway. Crews will begin excavating, trenching and starting 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 60 at Diesel Road: Construction project: Motorists should expect single lane closures both east and westbound from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews install the new signal heads at the intersection. Work on this project includes replacing the signal poles and equipment and adding lighted street signs. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Weather permitting, expected completion is spring of 2014. The contractor is Traffic Control Devices.

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. No lane closures are anticipated, but use caution and watch for workers close to the roadway.

SR 60 (Van Fleet Drive) from west of US 98/Broadway Avenue to west of US 17 (SR 555): Construction project: Motorists should watch for intermittent nighttime lane closures both east and westbound through Monday, March 3 while crews place permanent roadway markings, including arrows and stop bars. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Weather permitting, expected completion is spring of 2014. The contractor is McShea Contracting.

SR 60 from Grape Hammock Road to CR 630: Maintenance project: Crews will be replacing reflective pavement markers during the nighttime/overnight hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Work is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. on Monday night, March 17 and be completed by 6 a.m. Friday morning, March 21. Motorists should use caution and watch for slow moving vehicles.

SR 60 from Saddlebag Lake Road to Sam Keen Road: Construction project: Work on this project includes adding street lights to both sides of this four-lane roadway. Crews will begin placing temporary construction signs, mobilizing equipment and starting lighting 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 work on the road base, sidewalks, curbs and pedestrian railings. 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 begin clearing the right of way and grading the shoulders and start widening for the northbound turn lane. 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.

R 33 (Lakeland Hills Boulevard) between Parkview Place and East Valencia Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews continue replacing wooden electric poles with steel poles and transfer power lines to the new poles on the east side of Lakeland Hills Boulevard. For safety, this work will be completed during the day and will require intermittent northbound outside lane closures from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., through Friday, March 21. Motorists should use caution when traveling in the area and add extra time in their schedule to reach their destination. Lakeland Police Department will assist with traffic control.

SR 33 from Voyles Loop to Grimes Street: Construction project: Work on this project includes expanding SR 33 to add left and right turn lanes, milling and resurfacing and signing and pavement markings. Crews are currently working on the east side of the roadway as they prepare to construct the paved shoulder and turn lanes. No lane closures are scheduled, however, 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 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 kept 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 are advised to 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, rework the center turn lane to include raised medians and median crossovers, replace existing drainage and add sidewalk and decorative street lighting. Completion is estimated in summer 2015. The contractor is Prince Contracting, LLC.

SR 17 at Palm Street (Frostproof): Maintenance permit 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.