The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will begin paving a section of Toledo Blade and Sumter Boulevards at the Interstate 75 interchange within the FDOT right-of-way.

Construction will begin at the Sumter Boulevard interchange on Monday, July 22, 2013; construction will begin at the Toledo Blade Boulevard interchange on August 6, 2013.

The improvements will include milling and resurfacing, guardrail reset, median concrete installation, and signing and pavement marking. The work is being done by contractor Superior Asphalt, Inc. The work should take 100 days from start of construction at the Toledo Blade interchange and 80 days from the start of construction at the Sumter interchange.

North Port residents should expect delays at both locations. Closures will be limited to a length of one mile and a lane may be closed only during active work periods.

“The City of North Port recognizes that many of our residents use both interchanges at Interstate 75 to get to work as well as leisure activities. Both of these interchanges are important to the quality of life in our community,” said Branford N. Adumuah, Director of Public Works. “The City is working closely with FDOT and will be keeping residents informed on the City’s website as the projects commence and throughout their duration. We thank residents for their patience as the State makes these needed improvements.”

Portions of Interstate 75 within the City of North also are scheduled to be widened this Fall. FDOT will be working on a nine-mile segment from River Road to the north and Sumter Boulevard to the south. The design plans are completed, and this Summer, FDOT is moving forward with bidding the project for construction. Once a contractor is hired, the team will begin assembling equipment and materials needed. The construction project is expected to start late Fall and, weather permitting, finish mid-2016. More details about this project will be released in the Fall.

For more information about the road work taking place throughout the City of North Port, contact the Department of Public Works at (941) 240-8050 or visit to see recent updates.