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Date of Issue: September 09, 2009

Road work ahead

Several current road projects over the next week and future weeks will affect Island motorists, according to the Florida Department of Transportation, including:

State Road 789/Gulf of Mexico Drive: From Broadway Street to Longboat Pass Bridge: This construction project consists of sidewalk construction and turn-lane improvements. This project is expected to be completed by mid September. An intermittent one-lane two-way traffic operation with flagmen will be conducted weekdays between 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and expect delays with slow moving traffic. The Contractor is Frederick Derr & Company Inc.

S.R. 789/Gulf Drive: Between State Road 64 and the Sarasota County Line: Maintenance project. There will be intermittent northbound and southbound outside-lane closures through Friday, Sept. 11 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to permit tree trimming along the roadway.

S.R. 789/Gulf Drive: From the S.R. 684/Cortez Road intersection south 1,500 feet: This project consists of sidewalk construction. There will be intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Wednesday, Oct. 7. Motorists should expect delays and are advised to use caution. The contractor is Lovin Construction Inc.

State Road 684 at the Cortez Drawbridge: Bridge maintenance and painting. Lane closures are scheduled nightly from 8 p.m. through 6 a.m. (weather permitting) Monday, Sept. 14, through Monday, Oct. 5, while crews clean and paint the main draw span. Traffic will be reduced to one-lane, two-way traffic with flaggers. Additional short duration, five-minute delays can be expected occasionally between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. while crews open the bridge to clean and paint portions of the draw span. Estimated completion date is December. The contractor is Worth Contracting Inc.

S.R. 684/Cortez Road: From the S.R. 789/Gulf Drive intersection east 1000 feet: This project consists of sidewalk construction, sign relocation and gravity wall installation. There will be intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Wednesday, Oct. 7. Motorists should expect delays and are advised to use caution. The contractor is Lovin Construction Inc.

S.R. 684/Cortez Road between U.S. 41 and 127th Street West: Maintenance project. There will be intermittent eastbound and westbound outside lane closures through Friday Sept. 11, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to permit tree trimming along the roadway.

For more information on DOT projects, contact the District One Public Information Office at 863-519-2362, or e-mail lauren.hatchell@dot.state.fl.us.