Thursday - April 30, 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:Paving is taking place at night/overnight on westbound I-4 Sunday night, May 3 through Thursday night, May 7. Crews will close the westbound inside lane from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and both the inside lane and center lane from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., merging westbound traffic into one lane. Expect Delays. Weather permitting; crews will complete the project by summer 2015. The contractor is Ranger Construction.

I-4/SR 559 Interchange (Auburndale): Crews are excavating the ramps at the interchange and driving concrete piles in the median of I-4 adjacent to the existing SR 559 overpass. Traffic shifts are in place on SR 559 and I-4. Drive with caution and watch for temporary intermittent lane closures, traffic shifts, and site changes. Flaggers are present directing traffic on SR 559 and the ramps as needed. 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 from CR 540A to SR 540 (Winter Lake Road) in Lakeland: Construction project: Crews will continue work on signalization, drainage and punch list items. Expect intermittent 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 in Lakeland: Construction project: Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures as crews continue to repair and improve the drainage system along US 98 and finish paving northbound near Daughtery Road and southbound near Yale Street. Use caution and be prepared to merge. 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 in Lakeland: Construction project: Watch for possible nighttime/overnight lane closures for striping and pavement marking and paving corrections. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern as crews complete punch list items. 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 summer 2015. The contractor is Lane Construction.

US 98 (North Florida Ave.) at 10th Street: Maintenance permit project: Expect periodic nighttime/overnight traffic stops of up to 5 minutes at a time between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., Wednesday, May 6, while crews string aerial cables over the roadway. Law enforcement officers will be directing traffic.

US 92 at SR 570 (Polk Parkway): Construction Project: Crews are placing signs and erosion control devices. Earthwork operations will begin early this week, widening a portion of the roadway. Watch for workers close to the road. Improvements on this project include resurfacing the roadway, improving drainage, widening for bike lane and upgrading signals. Expected completion is summer 2015. The contractor is Lane Construction.

US 92 at US 98 in Lakeland: Construction project: Watch for possible nighttime/overnight lane closures for striping and cleanup 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 summer 2015. The contractor is Lane Construction.

US 27 Southbound at Home Run Boulevard in Davenport: Maintenance permit project: Watch for southbound nighttime/overnight lane closures from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., starting Monday night, May 4 through Friday morning, May 8, while crews locate utility valves. Crews will also close the adjacent sidewalk and escort pedestrians around the work zone during construction. Use caution and be prepared to merge.

US 27 from south of the Eagle Ridge Mall to north of SR 540/Waverly Road in Lake Wales/Winter Haven: Construction project: Watch for nighttime/overnight lane closures as crews begin paving the final layer of asphalt at the intersection of Thompson Nursery Road/Chalet Suzanne early in the week and at the traffic signal at the Eagle Ridge Mall later in the week. Left turns may be restricted at the intersection, requiring motorists to travel in the opposite direction and make U-turns at the nearest median opening to reach their destination. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.  Improvements under this contract include removing the ruts in the roadway and paving, shoulder work and signalization. The contractor is The Middlesex Corporation. Expected completion is fall 2015.

US 27 at Citrus Ridge Drive in Davenport: Joint project agreement: Expect nightly/overnight lane closures from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday night through Friday morning as Polk County contract crews work in the intersection. Work on this project includes resurfacing, sidewalks and installing new signals.  Expected completion is summer 2015.

US 27 at Deer Creek Boulevard in Davenport: Joint project agreement: Expect nightly/overnight lane closures from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday night through Friday morning as Polk County contract crews work in the intersection. Work on this project includes resurfacing, sidewalks and installing new signals.  Expected completion is summer 2015.

US 27 from Barry Road to US 192 (Davenport/Clermont):Construction Project:  Crews are installing drainage pipe, pouring sidewalk, and installing sound wall panels at various locations. Electrical contractors are installing wiring for signalization at several intersections. Work is ongoing Monday through Saturday. Watch for traffic shifts under the bridge and on the ramps at US 27/US 192. On Tuesday, May 5, crews are paving the northbound US 27 ramp from westbound US 192. A temporary detour route is in place from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Crews will complete this work early Wednesday morning, May 6. Use caution and expect delays.

Detour: Westbound US 192 to Northbound US 27: The US 27 northbound ramp is closed to traffic traveling from westbound US 192. Detour signs direct westbound traffic to travel south on US 27 then make a U-turn at Polo Park Boulevard then travel north on US 27. 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 17 in front of Sunshine Growers in Ft. Meade: Maintenance Contracts: Crews will replace the concrete ditch bottom in front of the Sunshine Growers nursery, approx. 2.5 miles north of Fort Meade. Work will continue through the month of May. Use caution and watch for workers close to the road.

US 17 from Bear Creek Apartments to 1st Street in Bartow: Construction project: Watch for lane closures during the day as well as nighttime/overnight throughout the project as crews continue widening the shoulders, installing guardrail and paving. Improvements on this project include removing and replacing the asphalt, replacing the median opening at Crossover Road with a northbound dedicated left turn lane, adding bike lanes, replacing guardrail and improving drainage. Estimated completion is fall 2015. The contractor is Preferred Materials, Inc.

US 17/92 at CR 54 (Ronald Reagan Parkway)/Kinny Harmon Road in Davenport: Maintenance permit project: Watch for northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 3 through Saturday, May 9, while crews work on barrier wall. Use caution and be prepared to stop.

SR 544 from Brenton Manor Avenue to east of US 27 in Winter Haven/Haines City: Construction project: Traffic is traveling on the outside lanes of the SR 544 while crews continue working on signals, and widening the road. Use caution and watch for temporary traffic shifts and nightly lane closures for paving and signal work.

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 540 (Cypress Gardens Blvd) from west of 2nd St SW, to 10th St SW in Winter Haven: Construction project: Crews are removing and replacing sidewalk, resurfacing several side street entrances and upgrading the signalization at 1st St. Use caution and watch for temporary, intermittent nighttime lane closures on SR 540 as work progresses. Expected completion is the summer 2015. The contractor is Tagarelli Construction, Inc.

SR 540 from East of All Saints Academy to US 17: Maintenance contracts: Crews are replacing concrete sidewalk through mid-June 2015. Use caution and watch for workers close to the road. Absolute Tree Service is the contractor.

SR 539 (Kathleen Road) from West 10th Street to Bellgrove Street in Lakeland: Maintenance permit project: Watch for northbound lanes closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., through Monday, June 1, while crews work on the overhead lines. Use caution and be prepared to merge into one lane.

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, paving and railroad crossing repair. Observe posted speed limits and watch for changes in the traffic pattern.

  • Skew Crossing - Traffic diverts to one lane in each direction and shifts to the eastbound lanes of SR 60.
  • SR 60 between SW 2nd Avenue and SW 8th Avenue – Traffic diverts to one lane in each direction. Traffic will shift to the north side lanes of SR 60.

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 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 (South Florida Avenue) at the SR 570 (Polk Parkway): Watch for nighttime/overnight single lane closures from 8:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., starting Sunday night, May 3 through Saturday morning, May 9.  The lane closures are necessary while crews paint the Polk Parkway Bridge overhead. Use caution and be prepared to merge. Expected completion is summer 2015. The contractor is S&D Industrial Painting, Inc.

SR 33 (Commonwealth Avenue) from north of I-4 to Clearwater Avenue in Polk City: Construction Project: Workers are scheduled to pave the Park and Ride Lot on SR 33 just north of Interstate 4, Saturday, May 9 through Sunday, May 10. Make sure to move your vehicle out of the lot by Friday evening, May 8. Roadway paving should resume the following week. 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 33 from Appaloosa Hill Road to Van Fleet Road in Polk City: Maintenance project: Crews are repairing shoulders on both sides of the road. Please use caution and watch for workers close to the road.

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). The detour will be in place until summer 2015. Crews are working on underground utilities, pouring curb, gutter and sidewalk, building and paving the roadway, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 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: Southbound SR 17 between Osceola Avenue and Seminole Avenue is closed and will reopen by 5 p.m. Friday June 5, while crews install drainage, curb, driveways and sidewalks. Obey posted detour signs. Drivers heading south on SR 17 will turn west on Dr. JA Wiltshire Avenue to south on N 1st Street to east on E Crystal Avenue to south on SR 17. Northbound SR 17 remains open. Crews are installing storm pipes and drainage structures, working on signalization, pouring sidewalk, curb, gutter and driveways, and laying sod, Monday through Friday, weather permitting. During this project, workers 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.

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 in Haines City: Construction project: Crews have begun driving temporary sheet pile at the Lily Avenue Bridge. Watch for lane closures with flaggers directing traffic and be prepared to stop.  Pedestrians should follow detour signs when crossing the bridge. Anyone close to the bridge may experience some vibration during pile driving. Crews also continue building embankment and sub grade for the new trail between Lilly Avenue and Grace Avenue. 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.

South 6th Street from Hinson Avenue to Wood Avenue in Haines City: Construction project: Construction crews will close the intersection of South 6th Street and Oak Avenue, Monday, April 4 to replace drainage pipes beneath the intersection and connect the new storm water drainage system beneath South 6th Street. The closure should last at least a week and possibly two weeks, depending on weather or other unforeseen conditions. South 6th Street north of Ledwith Avenue to Oak Avenue has been closed to through traffic since April 13, 2015, and remains closed through mid-June. Follow detour signs around the closure using South 5th Street and South 7th Street as alternate routes. South 6th Street access is for local traffic only. Use caution and watch for changes in the traffic pattern. Work on this project consists of milling and resurfacing, driveway replacement, sidewalk improvements, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markings, decorative lighting and landscaping. Weather permitting; expected completion is late 2015. The contractor is Gibbs & Register, Inc.