Traffic

Traffic Watch for Dec. 27

MANATEE COUNTY

nState Road 789 (Gulf Drive) at Longboat Key Pass Bridge: Improvement project activities, including bridge repair, painting and sidewalk construction will be suspended through Jan. 2. Construction will restart Jan. 3 with daytime and nighttime activities, including temporary nighttime lane closures 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Motorists are advised to obey speed limit and exercise extreme caution. This project is anticipated for completion in the spring.

nState Road 64/Manatee Avenue West at Eighth Street: A new traffic pattern at Eighth Street West will be in effect immediately. Southbound motorists traveling on Eighth Street West will not be permitted to exit onto Manatee Avenue and will have to use Fourth Avenue West as their new travel route. 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 west.

n 34th Street West from 53rd Avenue to Cortez Road: Milling and resurfacing the roadway, sidewalk and ramp construction and signing and pavement markings.

n 43rd Street West from Cortez Road to Sandpointe Drive, and from 17th to Manatee avenues west: Milling and resurfacing the roadway, sidewalk and ramp construction and signing and pavement markings.

n Riverfront Drive/Waterfront Drive: The eastbound lane of Riverfront and Waterfront drives near Manatee Memorial Hospital will be closed through the rest of the year for repairs and resurfacing associated with the Riverwalk Project.

n State Road 64/Manatee Avenue West from east of Perico Harbor Marina to east of Bristol Bay Drive: Temporary nighttime lane closures 7 p.m.-6 a.m. Sundays-Thursdays for removal of old asphalt and resurfacing, new curbs and gutters, sidewalks, bike path, drainage improvements, concrete bus stop pads, widening at Perico Bay Boulevard, signing and pavement markings and installation of ADA detectable warning surfaces.

n State Road 64/Manatee Avenue from 12th Street East to 15th Street West: Lane closures 7 p.m.-6 a.m. for reconstruction, milling and resurfacing, streetscape and drainage improvements. New permanent traffic pattern will be in effect at Eighth Street West to the north of Manatee Avenue. Motorists southbound on Eighth Street West will not be 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. The improvement project has an anticipated completion date of early 2012.

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 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

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