Manatee County officials are asking local 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 better coordinated with each other but will not mean a continuous chain of green lights around town during rush hours.
n Ninth Street West between 13th and 17th avenues: The northbound lane and a portion of its center lane will close 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for construction work at McKechnie Field. Northbound traffic will be detoured.
n Virginia Drive between Seventh and Ninth avenues west: The northbound lane will close through Feb. 25 for the Ware’s Creek dredging project.
nState 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 right lane of Manatee Avenue West approaching Ninth Street has become right-turn-only onto Ninth. A new 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.
n Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers: Demolition of 75 spans from the east sides of the north and south fishing piers together with the pile caps and associated piles. Project is expected to be complete by spring.
n County Road 675/Rutland Road from U.S. 301 to State Road 64: Traffic control sign installations as well as erosion control installations.
n State Road 64 from County Road 675 to Zipperer Road: Intermittent lane closures while crews work in the shoulder.
n Various roads in vicinity of Bayshore, B.D. Gullett, Kinnan, Oneco, Palm View, Palma Sola, Prine, Rowlett and Samoset elementary schools: Possible lane closures, except during school arrival and dismissal times, for sidewalk installation. No work will be done between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. in residential areas.
-- Herald staff reports