Road watch alert from Florida Department of Transportation

The Florida Department of Transportation has issued the following road watch alerts for Lee and Collier Counties for this week.

COLLIER COUNTY

I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area at mile marker 63: Construction project: Work continues to build two recreational access areas adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve backcountry trails, replace the existing rest area, build a new public safety center and water treatment plant, and upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant.

• THE ENTIRE REST AREA IS CLOSED UNTIL PROJECT COMPLETION, ESTIMATED FALL 2014. ALL FACILITIES (including the picnic area, parking, restrooms or potable water) are unavailable. Entrance and exit ramps at mile marker 63 are open for motorists to turn around if needed. Motorists are cautioned to remain clear of the construction zone and be aware of construction vehicles entering/exiting the roadways around the rest area. Signs are posted to advise motorists of this closure. The rest area at mile marker 34 is open.

Estimated project completion is fall 2014. The design/build contractor is Stantec/Wright Construction Group.

US 41 from Immokalee Road to 109th Avenue North: Maintenance permit project: Crews will be removing and replacing curb and constructing a driveway. Motorists can expect the outside southbound lane closed during the nighttime/overnight hours of 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Drivers are asked to use caution as crews work near the roadway.

US 41 from Rattlesnake Hammock Road to Broward Street: Construction project: Crews are striping US 41 at Rattlesnake Hammock Road and US 41 at Broward Street. Motorist should expect lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for this work. Drivers are asked to use caution and expect delays. Motorists should expect construction equipment entering/exiting the roadway. Estimated project completion is early 2014. Contractor is L-J Construction Company.

US 41/Tamiami Trail East from SR 951 to Greenway Road: Construction project: Crews continue work to expand two-lane US 41 to six lanes from SR 951 to Joseph Lane and to four lanes from Joseph Lane to Greenway Road. A 30-foot median will separate northbound and southbound travel lanes. The project also includes a 10-foot multi-use pathway along southbound travel lanes and a six-foot sidewalk parallel to northbound lanes. Median openings spaced throughout the project allow for left turns and U-turns. Crews also replace the traffic signal at Manatee Road. Work includes clearing vegetation along the roadway relocating utilities, and hauling embankment. Project completion is expected in fall 2016. The design/build team is Wantman Group Inc./Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.

SR 84/Davis Boulevard from west of Radio Road to Santa Barbara Boulevard: Construction project: Crews are expanding the road to six lanes, adding sidewalk, bike lanes, and street lights, and building a noise wall. Crews continue placing fill dirt, lighting, sidewalk and sod on the south roadway of the project. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures during these activities. Please use caution when traveling throughout the work zone as well as when entering and exiting the roadway. Estimated project completion date is early 2014, weather permitting. The contractor is Guymann Construction.

SR 84/Davis Boulevard from Florida Club Circle to Falling Waters Boulevard: Construction project: Crews will be installing light pole bases, pull boxes and underground conduits along both sides of Davis Boulevard. Motorist should expect lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for this work. Drivers are asked to use caution and expect delays. Motorists should expect construction equipment entering/exiting the roadway. Estimated project completion is summer 2014. Contractor is American Lighting and Signalization, Inc.

SR 84/Davis Boulevard from County Barn Road/Glen Eagle Boulevard to Whitten Drive: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures for westbound traffic from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., weather permitting, as crews continue work to rehabilitate a pump station. The pedestrian/bike pathway westbound between Bald Eagle Drive and Whitten Drive is closed. Temporary crosswalks for alternate pedestrian routes have been provided to cross Davis Boulevard at County Barn Road and West Crown Pointe Boulevard. Detour signs are posted. Electronic message boards, advance warning signs and barricades are in use to assist motorists traveling in the area. Work is expected to be completed early 2014.

Gulf Shore Boulevard from Banyan Boulevard to Mooring Line Drive: Construction project: The project completes the 5-foot concrete sidewalk and brick pavers on the west side of Gulf Shore Boulevard. Pedestrians may be detoured in some areas. Motorists should expect construction equipment entering/exiting the roadway and possible delays. Estimated project completion is spring 2014. Contractor is Blacktip Services, Inc.

LEE COUNTY

Lee County Traffic Management System (TMS): Construction project: Work continues to install fiber optics communications cable and transmission equipment, closed-circuit television cameras, and roadside sensors at 61 intersections. Crews are testing and revising data communications between existing ITS components and the Lee County traffic operations center. Workers are installing underground conduit along the shoulders of US 41 from Collier Avenue toward downtown, on SR 739/Business 41 between Pondella Road and Pine Island Road and on SR 78/Bayshore Road from US Business 41 east to Hart Road. Workers also are installing fiber optic cable from Daniels Parkway to Beacon Manor and along the College Parkway corridor. Crews will erect camera poles at Daniels Parkway and Gateway Boulevard and replace pedestrian signal devices on SR 739/Business 41 at Pondella Road and at the Walmart on Six Mile Cypress Parkway. Project completion is expected in fall 2014. The contractor is Traffic Control Devices, Inc.

State Roadways (SR 865, SR 867, SR 884, SR 739 and Business 41): Maintenance project: Crews will be restriping the lines along the state roadways. This will be a nighttime/overnight slow moving operation from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting, continuing through February 2014. Motorists should expect slow moving traffic and possible delays.

I-75 from Corkscrew Road interchange (mile marker 123) to Luckett Road interchange (mile marker 139): Construction project: Crews will install overhead signs on Luckett Road and Corkscrew Road and bridge mount signs on I-75. Motorists can expect lane closures from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Corkscrew Road. Motorists can also expect lane closures on Luckett Road from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Variable message boards and flaggers will assist motorists. Drivers are advised to use caution and watch for construction workers and equipment in the construction zone. Project completion is expected April 2014. The Contractor is Highway Safety Devices, Inc.

I-75 from north of SR 80 to south of SR 78: Construction project: This project expands I-75 adding new travel lanes, transition lanes and shoulders. Bridge crews are driving pile and building concrete structures. Work continues on the sound barrier wall and will require that the high-mast lighting in the northwest quadrant of I-75 Exit 141 State Road 80/Palm Beach Boulevard be lowered for about one week. Drivers should pay attention to traffic signs and barricades throughout the construction project, stay alert, and use caution in the work zone. A reduced 60 MPH speed limit is posted throughout the project limits. Speeding fines are doubled when workers are present. Estimated completion is fall 2015. The contractor is The de Moya Group/Leware Construction Company joint venture.

I-75 -- Airport Direct Connect from south of the Alico Road interchange (#128) to south of the Daniels Parkway interchange (#131): Construction project: Work continues to build a direct connection from I-75 to the Southwest Florida International Airport. The job adds new lanes parallel to I-75 from south of the Alico Road interchange to Daniels Parkway interchange. The contractor will construct a bridge over I-75 and Treeline Avenue/Ben Hill Griffin Parkway connecting the interstate to the airport. Crews have shifted travel lanes on Terminal Access Road (entrance to Southwest Florida International Airport) toward the median to complete work on the outside of the roadway.

• Motorists should expect lane closures on I-75 during the nighttime/overnight hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., for crews to widen the roadway and continue work on the bridge over I-75. Motorists should be aware of slow moving traffic and possible delays. Variable message boards will notify motorists of the closures.

• During daytime hours crews are constructing the bridge over I-75 and constructing new lanes parallel to the interstate. Motorists need to use caution while crews and vehicles work near the interstate. Drivers are asked to be aware of slow moving traffic as construction vehicles enter/exit the interstate.

• Crews continue digging ponds and placing fill to build new lanes and roadways. Motorists should be aware of construction vehicles and equipment entering/exiting Ben Hill Griffin Parkway/Treeline Avenue near the airport entrance and Terminal Access Road. Construction vehicles are also using Three Oaks Parkway, Alico Road and Corkscrew Road.

Estimated project completion is spring 2015. The design/build contractor is Stantec/Prince.

I-75 from Luckett Road to SR 80 and SR 80 interchange: Construction project: This project expands I-75 to six lanes, adds transition lanes and makes improvements at the SR 80 interchange.

• I-75 southbound entrance ramp at State Road 80/Palm Beach Boulevard (exit #141) will be closed during the nighttime/overnight hours of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, February 23, 25 and 27 for paving operations, weather permitting. Signs will guide drivers through detour.

• I-75 northbound exit ramp at State Road 80/Palm Beach Boulevard (exit #141) will be closed during the nighttime/overnight hours of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday, February 24 and 26 and March 2 for paving operations, weather permitting. Signs will direct motorists through the detour.

• Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 80 eastbound during the nighttime/overnight hours of 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Sunday, February 23 for paving operations, weather permitting.

• Crews continue lighting, signal and sign work, finish grading and laying sod at the I-75 ramps, and installing irrigation and landscaping along SR 80/Palm Beach Boulevard.

A reduced 60 MPH speed limit on I-75 is posted throughout the project limits. Speeding fines are doubled when workers are present. Drivers should pay attention to traffic signs and barricades throughout the construction project, stay alert, and use caution in the work zone. Estimated completion is early 2014. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries.

I-75 from SR 78 to the Charlotte County line: Construction project: This project expands I-75 to six lanes. Roadway crews are scheduled to work with base materials on the outside shoulders of the project. Lane closures are possible during the nighttime/overnight hours of 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Drivers should pay attention to traffic signs and barricades throughout the construction project, maintain a safe speed, stay alert, and use caution in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2014. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries.

US 41 at Colonial Boulevard (SR 884): Maintenance permit project: Weekdays from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. motorists should expect the westbound to northbound turn lane to be closed for crews to build a driveway connection to Colonial Boulevard. Motorists should also expect the northbound acceleration lane on US 41 to be closed for driveway work. Drivers are asked to use caution as crews work near the roadway.

US 41 at Pondella Road, Hancock Bridge Parkway and North Key Drive: Maintenance project: Crews will be restriping the lines along the state roadways. This will be a nighttime/overnight slow moving operation from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting. Motorists should expect slow moving traffic and possible delays.

US 41 from Business 41 to Del Prado Boulevard: Maintenance project: Crews will be repairing drainage pipe near the roadway during daytime hours, Monday through Friday. Motorists are advised to use caution as construction vehicles enter/exit the roadway. Drivers should use caution while crews are working near the roadway.

SR 739/Business 41 at Willis Road and Pondella Road: Maintenance project: Crews will be replacing roadway striping. Motorists should expect lane closures from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting. Motorists should expect slow moving traffic and possible delays.

SR 739/Business 41 from Littleton Road to US 41: Construction project: Work continues to expand Business 41 to four lanes from Littleton Road to US 41. Crews will build two new 11-foot lanes in each direction separated by a 44-foot grass median. The project also adds highway lighting, sidewalk, and bike lanes and builds a new drainage system to manage water running off the roadway. Crews also will replace the traffic signal at Laurel Drive. This week the contractor is installing drainage structures, placing embankment and installing street lighting and conduit at various locations along the project during daytime hours. The contractor is also excavating the offsite pond during daylight hours. Pedestrians are advised that sidewalk may be closed in some areas. Motorists are advised to look out for pedestrians and bicyclists along Business 41, obey flagging operations, observe posted speed limits and drive with caution in the construction zones. Project completion is expected spring 2015. The contractor is Wright Construction Group.

SR 739/Metro Parkway from Winkler Avenue to Hanson Street: Construction project: Work is underway to expand Metro Parkway to six lanes, expand one-half mile of Evans Avenue to three lanes northbound just south of Hanson Street, and build a new six-lane Metro Parkway bridge that crosses over the railroad tracks, Ten Mile Canal, and Palm Avenue. The roadway connects directly to Evans Avenue and Fowler Street (with a connection for southbound Fowler Street drivers who may choose to use Metro Parkway southbound). Work currently includes roadway and bridge construction, drainage and relocating utilities.

Expect intermittent lane closures during nighttime/overnight on Metro Parkway between Warehouse Road and Winkler Avenue. Motorists are to use caution and expect trucks to be entering and leaving the roadway. Estimated project completion is summer 2015. The contractor is Conalvias USA.

SR 78/Pine Island Road from west of Burnt Store Road to west of Chiquita Boulevard: Construction project: Work is underway to expand the roadway to four lanes with outside four-foot paved bike lanes and roadside swales. Work also includes building two stormwater ponds and construction of new eastbound travel lanes.

During the week of February 23, crews will shift traffic from east of Burnt Store Road to west of Chiquita Boulevard to the south for the westbound roadway to be constructed. This new traffic configuration is expected to be in effect through summer 2014.

Drivers are advised to plan extra time when driving in the area. Project completion is expected in fall of 2014, weather permitting. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.

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