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Date of Issue: February 24, 2010

AM humpback bridge work begins

Florida Department of Transportation officials sent notice Feb. 19 that planned work would begin to rehabilitate the Crescent and Bay Boulevard humpback bridges in the city of Anna Maria Feb. 22.

Yes, work will be under way this week, according to the project notice from public information officer Darren Alfonso of the Valerin Group, a Tampa-based communications business.

“Construction activity will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Night-time work is not anticipated on this project. There will be no change in the speed limit during construction activities,” the release said.

There will be temporary closures during the construction on the two bridges. However, one of the two bridges will remain open at all times, according to the statement.

“Future notification fliers will be distributed prior to all detours and bridge closures,” according to the release.

In July 2009, Anna Maria’s capital improvements advisory committee began planning future projects.

Those plans included $1.22 million in projects to be funded from federal stimulus money, including sidewalks, road resurfacing and improvements to the two humpback bridges.

The project cost is $410,000. The design phase began in October 2009, and the project has a projected completion of “summer 2010.” The contractor is Wright Construction Group of Fort Myers.