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Caution urged for Longboat Key Pass Bridge

Caution urged for Longboat Key Pass Bridge

Longboat Key, Florida - Transportation officials urge motorists to use caution when using the Longboat Key Pass bridge. The ongoing repair project there will bring some increased worker activity.

The increased activity began Sunday, April 8 and will run through Friday, April 13.

Nighttime activities will require temporary lane closures controlled by flaggers and that could mean delays for drivers. The speed limit in the area has also been reduced.

 

DUI checkpoint Tuesday in Venice

DUI checkpoint Tuesday in Venice

Venice, Florida -- The Florida Highway Patrol, Venice District, will be conducting a DUI checkpoint tonight in the 1400 block of US 41 (Tamiami Trail), south of Venice.

FHP is setting up the checkpoint to help keep impaired drivers off the roads and others safe while driving. Troopers will be monitoring those who pass through to ensure they are properly licensed and driving sober.

The checkpoint will be held at the above location starting at 10 p.m.

I-75 back open after morning fog/smoke closure

I-75 back open after morning fog/smoke closure

Update: All lanes of Interstate 75 in Sarasota County reopened shortly before 8:30.

Earlier Story:

Sarasota County, Florida --  Traffic is building this morning along I-75 in Sarasota County where the Florida Highway Patrol has shut down a 12 mile stretch of I-75 due to concerns of low visibility because of smoke and fog.

The Forestry Service lists a controlled burn in the area of Laurel Road on its fire maps.  This may be the source of the smoke.

Traffic Alert: I-75 closure in Sarasota Co.

Traffic Alert: I-75 closure in Sarasota Co.

Sarasota, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol has announced a portion of I-75 has been shutdown due to heavy fog conditions in Sarasota County.

The highway closure is in both directions near the 200 mile marker, between 205 Clark Road exit and 195 Laurel Road exit.

Since the original alert, the closure has expanded southward to the 193 exit. The FHP reports the expansion is due to poor visibility between the 195 mile marker and 193 marker.

Troopers out in Sarasota Co. for DUI detail Friday

Troopers out in Sarasota Co. for DUI detail Friday

Sarasota County, FL -- The Florida Highway Patrol will be conducting a DUI Wolfpack detail this Friday, Feb. 17.

Troopers will be on the roads beginning at 10 p.m. monitoring traffic in an effort to maximize their visibility and effectiveness in removing impaired drivers from roads in Sarasota and Charlotte counties.

Sarasota's SCAT Cattlemen Intermodal Transit Station now open

Sarasota's SCAT Cattlemen Intermodal Transit Station now open

Sarasota, Florida -- The SCAT Cattlemen Intermodal Transit Station is now open.

Located on the southeast corner of Cattlemen Road and Bahia Vista Street in Sarasota, the Cattlemen Intermodal Transit Station is a full-service transfer facility with six bays that can accommodate SCAT's fixed-route 29- and 35-foot-long buses. If all the bays are full, a smaller separate area is available for SCAT's paratransit buses.

DUI checkpoint results released

DUI checkpoint results released

Venice, FL -- The FHP has released the results of its latest DUI checkpoint on Dec. 31 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Five troopers conducted the detail and were mobile, monitoring traffic, in an effort to maximize their visibility and effectiveness in removing impaired drivers from the roads in Sarasota and Charlotte counties.