Expect some lane closures on Veterans, Suncoast

For the first time in weeks, drivers along the Veterans Expressway won’t have to worry about lane closures between Linebaugh Avenue and Gunn Highway.

But go a little further south, and construction crews will need a little extra space.

Waters Avenue, in the area underneath the Veterans overpass there, will be closed completely between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. beginning Sept. 14, and running through that following Thursday. While the Veterans itself won’t be closed, it could create some traffic congestion in that area, according to an alert from the Florida Department of Transportation.

There will be some single inside-lane closures on the northbound portion of the road during those same times between Memorial Highway and Waters while workers remove a temporary barrier wall.

Overall, construction will take place between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays, with additional work overnight. Motorists should be alert for construction vehicles entering and exiting the roadway, although no daytime lane closures are currently scheduled.

There will be general lane closures Sunday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., on the stretch of Veterans between Gunn and Dale Mabry highways. A full southbound off-ramp closure at Gunn will continue through Sept. 19, with detours using Ehrlich Road to Gunn Highway, near Westfield Citrus Park.

Hutchison Road will have a full northbound on-ramp closure beginning at 7 a.m. Sept. 13, and running through 5 p.m. that Sunday, for demolition of the old tollbooth there. The road also will have a full southbound off-ramp closure between Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 for that tollbooth demolition.

Although work continues to demolish the old toll plaza at Sugarwood, there are no lane closures expected.

The work is all a part of the $386 million improvement project that widens 11 miles of the Veterans, expected to double the capacity of the highway from four lanes to eight.

Milling and resurfacing has begun on the Suncoast Parkway in the Lutz area, with single-lane closures northbound running from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Sept. 17-19, and southbound from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 15-16.

That $3.4 million project includes resurfacing and signage between mileposts 14 and 18. 

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