Ongoing construction on the Veterans Expressway and Suncoast Parkway could mean some delays and detours in the coming weeks.
The Florida Department of Transportation plans to close the State Road 54 northbound off-ramp of the Suncoast Parkway from 9 p.m. Sept. 25 to 6 a.m. Sept. 26 for the installation of a temporary asphalt and barrier wall. The southbound off-ramp of County Line Road will be closed from 9 p.m. Sept. 26 to 6 a.m. Sept. 27 for the same reason.
This is all part of the continued conversion project that will make the entire Suncoast Parkway all-electronic tolling between Van Dyke Road and U.S. 98. The total project is costing $24.2 million. It includes gantry foundation installation, toll plaza equipment buildings, asphalt milling and resurfacing, roadway reconstruction and widening, lighting, drainage, utilities and final landscape work.
The 42-mile project is expected to be completed by June 2015.
Throughout the rest of the Veterans Expressway, drivers should prepare for general lane closures nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
FDOT asks that motorists drive with caution through work zones, and adhere to posted detour signs and speed limits. Speeding fines are doubled in construction zones when workers are present.