U.S. Highway 17 from the Charlotte/DeSoto County line to S.W. Collins St. — Work continues to widen four miles of US 17 from two to four lanes. Crews currently are converting original US 17 travel lanes to future southbound travel lanes through the entire length of the project. Workers are paving new lanes and installing retention ponds, water lines, drain pipes, silt fences, sod and mulch. Weather permitting, motorists should expect intermittent daytime flagging operations throughout the week for paving and striping at the points where side streets between SW Collins Street and the DeSoto/Charlotte county line, including County Road 761, intersect with the original (future southbound) US 17 lanes presently closed and under construction. Crews will be installing new guardrails on the west side of the future southbound US 17 travel lanes in the vicinity of SW Collins Street and the Fort Ogden Post Office, and erecting new signs throughout the construction zone. Project completion is expected early in 2013.
US 17, south of Cypress St. North to Maple St. — Crews are installing underground and aerial cables in state right of way. Motorists should expect possible intermittent lane closures from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., (Monday through Friday) weather permitting. Motorists should use caution and expect possible slow moving traffic in this area.
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