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Date of Issue: May 19, 2010

FDOT calls public to project meeting

The Florida Department of Transportation will hold an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, on its improvements for State Road 789.

DOT spokesperson Darren Alfonso said the project is expected to begin in late May and continue through November.

The main focus of the project is the resurfacing of S.R. 789/Gulf Drive from the Manatee Avenue-East Bay Drive intersection in Holmes Beach to the Longboat Pass Bridge in Bradenton Beach, Alfonso said. Other improvements include base and shoulder work, signalization, signage and pavement markings, sidewalks and traffic monitoring.

Project personnel will be available at the meeting to “answer questions concerning construction impacts to the public,” such as lane closures and times, Alfonso said.

 Most of the work on S.R. 789 between Manatee Avenue and Cortez Road will be done at night from 6 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., while repairs to the Longboat Pass Bridge will be done primarily between 7:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., he said.

APAC Southeast is the chief paving contractor for the estimated $1.3 million project.

Cortez drawbridge closings

The Florida Department of Transportation will close one lane of the Cortez Bridge every Thursday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. until mid-June. The lane closures began May 13, the DOT said.

A DOT press release said workers from CEM Enterprises Inc. are performing routine maintenance on the bridge.

Vehicles will be flagged through the construction zone during the lane closure, according to the DOT.