UNIVERSITY PARK -- Motorists can expect to see temporary lane closures beginning Sunday as construction on the Interstate 75/University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange project continues.
Beginning Sunday and lasting until Aug. 21, there will temporary outside lane closures on northbound and southbound I-75 at University Parkway from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., according to a Florida Department of Transportation release.
"Crews continue mobilizing construction equipment, clearing within the right-of-way and installing silt fence for erosion control," the release states.
Speed limits in the vicinity of the project have been reduced during construction, and speeding fines are doubled in the work zones, according to the release. Speed limits along that portion of I-75 have been reduced to 60 mph and the speed limit on University Parkway is reduced to 35 mph.
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Construction on the first diverging diamond interchange in Florida, which began on Aug. 3, is expected to be completed in about two years -- in time for the Sept. 24- Oct. 1, 2017, World Rowing Championship at Nathan Benderson Park. Construction costs are estimated at $74.5 million, with a $5 million bonus if Prince Contracting LLC completes the
project by August 2017.
Other planned improvements include:
Adding auxiliary lanes on northbound and southbound I-75.
Constructing new bridges on I-75 over University Parkway.
Widening University Parkway and I-75 bridges over Erie Creek and Foley Creek.
Realigning on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Parkway.
Adding ponds and drainage improvements.
New lighting and signals.
Constructing a noise wall on the west side of I-75.
Adding sidewalks, bike lanes and walkways.
For additional information about the project, visit swflroads.com/i75/university/
Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024. Follow her on Twitter @Claire_Aronson.