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MANATEE COUNTY

n State Road 64 from Carlton Arms Boulevard to Interstate 75: The Florida Department of Transportation has begun a project to widen the roadway from four lanes to six, including drainage improvements and excavation of ponds. The speed limit is reduced from 50 mph to 45 mph. Temporary intermittent nighttime lane closures and traffic shifts will be taking place 7 p.m.-6 a.m. May 21-24. Activities during the day include maintenance of traffic, drainage, and utility work. In observance of Memorial Day, construction activities will be suspended May 28.

n 16th Street West between First and Third avenues: a lane will close7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily through June 8 for the replacement of a water main. The Westminster entrance on Third Avenue West will be closed intermittently during this period.

n 17th Avenue West from 17th to 22nd streets west: Road closure is scheduled 7 a.m.-5 p.m. through June 22 for utility work. Access and parking for the 17th avenue park tennis courts is available along 18th avenue west.

n 18th Avenue Drive West from 17th to 18th avenues: Road closure is scheduled 7 a.m.-5 p.m. for approximately two months (until mid-July) for general construction and restoration activities. The 17th avenue park and tennis courts will have access and to street side parking along 18th Avenue West. No work will be conducted or equipment operated within the limits of the MOT Plan area, including roadway and sidewalk, outside this posted time frame.

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 will not mean a continuous chain of green lights around 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). The sidewalk on the east of the bridge is closed, pedestrians are to use the sidewalk of the west side of the bridge. Motorists are advised to obey speed limit and exercise extreme caution. For safety reasons, the area directly under the bridge on Greer Island will be closed to pedestrians while construction activities are taking place. Weather permitting, this closure is expected to be in place until the project is complete. This project is anticipated for completion sometime this spring.

n U.S. 301/Hernando De Soto Bridge Improvement Project: The Florida Department of Transportation is making improvements to the U.S. 301/Hernando De Soto Bridge. Improvements being made as part of this project include minor structural repairs, replacing a portion of the bridge, and installing bridge pile jackets. The main channel for boat access remains open but boaters should use caution. Most construction will occur at night and work requiring lane closures will occur between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Lane shifts should also be expected throughout the duration of the project, which is expected to be complete in late summer.

-- Herald staff reports

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