COLLIER COUNTY — The following column is the Road Watch report for Collier County for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 10, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state.
Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.
• US 41/Tamiami Trail at Lake Shore Drive: (Construction project) Crews are improving drainage on US 41 near Lake Shore Drive. Motorists should expect the outside northbound closed for the duration of the improvements. This week, crews will be preparing to install lane striping next week. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. Expected completion is fall 2021.
• SR 951 at the Judge Jolley Bridge: (Construction project) Crews will be painting the steel underside of the Judge Jolley Bridge and conducting other necessary repairs to the structure. Motorists should expect northbound lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews perform maintenance on the bridge, weather permitting. Motorists should expect delays and use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated project completion is end of 2022. The contractor is Seacoast, Inc.
• SR 82 from Gator Slough Lane to SR 29: (Construction project) Crews are working to widen SR 82 from Gator Slough Lane to SR 29 from a two-lane undivided highway to a four-lane divided roadway, while allowing for a future six-lane roadway.
○ Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures through the duration of the project during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
○ The temporary signal at SR 82 and SR 29 has been removed to allow crews to continue the construction of the roundabout. Motorists traveling eastbound on SR 82 will continue to have a stop condition (stop sign) at the intersection.
○ The northbound and southbound traffic on SR 29 at SR 82 has been shifted west onto the newly constructed roadway to allow crews to build the lanes on the east side.
○ Motorists can expect changing traffic patterns from Gator Slough Lane to SR 29.
The project also includes constructing 5-foot-wide paved shoulders, which will serve as bike lanes, a 54-foot wide median, a 10-foot multi-use trail along the south side, and a 5-foot sidewalk along the north side. The intersection at SR 29 will be changed from a stop condition with flashing beacon to a roundabout. Estimated project completion is summer 2022. The Contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.
• SR 29 from I-75 to Oil Well Road: (Maintenance permit project) Motorists should expect intermittent northbound and southbound lane closures during daytime hours while crews install guardrail and pave the roadway, weather permitting. Motorists should expect slow moving traffic and possible delays.