Below is a report prepared by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to inform the public about upcoming road work in Southwest Florida. The work schedule and lane closure locations for major state road projects are listed. Motorists are urged to drive with courtesy, caution, common sense, and patience as they travel through construction areas. Speeding fines are doubled in work zones.
I-75: Recreational access area on Alligator Alley: Construction project — Crews are building a recreational access facility that includes a boat ramp and parking lot with fencing and lighting. Work involves widening and resurfacing the facility’s roadway, making drainage improvements, and adding intelligent transportation system components and a high-tension cable barrier system on I-75 in this area. Crews will have daily lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on northbound I-75 in the vicinity of mile marker 52, weather permitting. Work includes widening as well as milling and resurfacing the mainline. This will affect the northbound lanes only which will have one lane open and one lane closed during the operations. These dates are all dependant on the weather prior to the closure and during the activities. The job is estimated for completion by fall 2012. The contractor is Convalvias USA.
I-75: At the SR 951 interchange: Construction project — Crews are making improvements to interchange ramps, adding new mast arm signals, and placing new pavement markings and signs. Activities involve placement of base material, paving of road and shoulder widening; sign and signalization installation at the northbound and southbound off ramps, and the northbound on ramp (off the roadway). The traveling public should only expect minor delays as construction equipment is delivered to, and moved about the jobsite. Completion is expected in fall 2012. The contractor is APAC Southeast.
US 41: From State Road 29 to the Dade County Line (approximately thirty-two miles):Construction project – This project widens roadway shoulders from two to four feet and replaces curb and railing on 41 bridges. Work also includes paving side street connections and installing guardrail and pavement markings. Crews are laying out the project, erecting construction signs, installing erosion control, and doing preliminary work at the bridges. Activities are planned for daytime, Monday through Friday. Intermittent lane closures are required. Motorists are advised to observe posted speed limits, look out for pedestrians and bicyclists, obey flagging operations and drive with caution in the construction zone. Completion is estimated for spring 2014. The contractor is Wright Construction Group.
US 41: East of the Collier Seminole State Park entrance: Maintenance contract project — Crews will be working in the north side of the roadway replacing the culvert pipes in the driveway. Work continues through Monday, October 1, weather permitting. No lane closures are expected but motorists should be aware of construction traffic entering and exiting the roadway.
State Road 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 have constructed temporary eastbound traffic lanes allowing for the new roadway to be constructed. This traffic configuration is expected to be in effect through spring 2013. Crews are currently placing embankment along the north roadway and installing drainage structures in the median areas at the west end of the project near Santa Barbara Boulevard. There will be intermittent lane closures during these activities. Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for workers in the construction zone. Project completion is estimated by end of 2013, weather permitting. The contractor is Guymann Construction.
SR 29: At I-75: Construction project – Crews will resurface interstate ramps and SR 29 immediately north and south of the interchange. Work does not include the bridge (overpass) over the interstate. Crews are placing new guardrail, pavement markings, construction signs, and erosion control and are moving equipment to the project. Work on roadway shoulders has started. Contractor crews will begin milling and resurfacing the I-75 ramp on Monday, October 1, weather permitting. Work will begin on the south bound on ramp, north bound off ramp, north bound on ramp and south bound off ramp. Ramps will remain open to drivers during the project although traffic may shift slightly during working hours. Flaggers may be assisting traffic. Work is performed during daylight hours, weather permitting. Motorists are advised to look out for pedestrians and bicyclists along SR 29, obey flagging operations, observe posted speed limits, and drive with caution in the construction zones. Completion is estimated for fall 2012. The contractor is APAC Southeast.