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Date of Issue: February 25, 2009

No bridge delays planned this week

Motorists using the Anna Maria Island Bridge and Manatee Avenue should get a break this week as contractor Quinn Construction Co. has no repairs scheduled that would require the company to close the bridge or open the bascule.

Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson Cindy Clemmons-Adente said the contractor is still aiming to finish the $11 million rehabilitation project by March 3, although the DOT contract allows the company up until April to complete the work.

Clemmons-Adente said Quinn will get a $50,000 bonus from the DOT if the job is finished before the April deadline. Quinn has already received more than $600,000 in bonuses from the DOT for completing various portions of the project ahead of schedule. The bonus money has helped push the total cost of the project from its original $9.1 estimate to the present $11 million figure.

Last week, motorists using the bridge experienced various delays as Quinn raised the drawbridge on numerous occasions to perform required repairs and inspections on the bascule electrical system.

Clemmons-Adente said a master cleanup plan is in place to clear the area along the east end of the bridge approach of equipment and debris, but that effort will not begin until all bridge repairs have been completed. The contract calls for Quinn to return the area "to its original state," she said.

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