Traffic watch for March 17

March 17, 2012 

MANATEE COUNTY

n Twelfth Street West between Manatee and Sixth avenues: The parking lane and a portion of the travel lane will close 7 a.m.-noon for crane work on the courthouse roof.

n Twelfth Avenue East between Second and Third streets: is scheduled to close 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for the relocation of a water service.

n Virginia Drive: The northbound lane between Seventh and Ninth avenues west will be closed through March for the Wares Creek dredging project.

n Traffic signals: Manatee County officials are asking drivers to use extra caution on major thoroughfares in coming months as traffic signals at large intersections are adjusted and retimed as the first major implementation of the Advanced Traffic Management System.More than 230 traffic signals in Manatee County will be better coordinated with each other, but willnot mean a continuous chain of green lightsaround town during rush hours.

n State Road 789 (Gulf Drive) at Longboat Key Pass Bridge: An improvement project -- including bridge repair, painting and sidewalk construction -- is under way, with temporary nighttime lane closures 10 p.m.-6 a.m. (excluding 10 p.m. Fridays-6 a.m. Sundays). Motorists are advised to obey speed limit and exercise extreme caution. This project is anticipated for completion in the spring.

n State Road 64/Manatee Avenue from 12th Street East to 15th Street West: The westbound far rightlane of Manatee Avenue West approaching Ninth Street has become right-turn-only onto Ninth. Anew permanent traffic pattern also is in effect at Eighth Street West to the north of Manatee Avenue. Motorists southbound on Eighth Street West are not permitted to exit onto Manatee and will have to use Fourth Avenue West. Access from Manatee Avenue onto Eighth Street West will remain open along with business entrances and driveways on Eighth Street West between Manatee and Fourth avenues.

-- Herald staff reports

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