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FDOT announces road work; motorists asked to slow down

Special to Highlands Today

The Florida Department of Transportation has released an advisory for motorists who take the following roads where maintenance or construction work is taking place this week:

U.S. 441 North from Northwest 179th Street to County Road 68 East: This two lane roadway will be reduced to one lane and flaggers will direct traffic while crews repair the shoulders. Use caution when traveling in the work area.

U.S. 441 North from Southwest 9th Street to Southwest 16th Street: Crews are repairing the sidewalk on both sides of the roadway. No lane closures are scheduled, however, caution is advised.

U.S. 441 Southeast from S.R. 78 to the Martin County line: Crews will be trimming low hanging tree branches as needed. No lane closures are expected, however, motorists should drive with caution.

U.S. 98/SR 700 west of C.R. 68: Crews will perform guardrail maintenance at the Chandler Ditch and Cypress Ditch bridges. No lane closures are planned, but may become necessary. Motorists should watch for changes in the traffic pattern and be prepared to stop.

S.R. 78 from Okeechobee County line to Lemkin Creek Bridge: Crews continue installing and upgrading drainage pipe and building drainage swales. No lane closures are scheduled, however, use caution and watch for workers close to the road. Project improvements include removing and replacing the existing asphalt, adding shoulders, replacing guardrail, and signing and pavement markings. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2014.

S.R. 70 east of Old S.R. 8: Crews will be repairing concrete ditch on the north side of the roadway. Motorists should watch for daytime lane closures. Flaggers will direct traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Work is expected to be completed by the end of January.

S.R. 70 from Greenbrier Lane to C.R. 721: Crews will be weeding and performing miscellaneous road work. Use caution and watch for lane closures. Flaggers will direct traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.