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County replacing Anna Maria sewer lines

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

If Anna Maria residents smell something a little stinky the next few weeks, they shouldn’t be alarmed. It’s only Manatee County replacing existing sewer mains at various locations in northern sections of the city.

City residents also can expect some traffic interruptions throughout the five-month project.

The project begins Sept. 30 with the closure of Palm Avenue at Crescent Drive, a Manatee County press release said. This closure runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 14, according to the release, and a suitable detour will be in place. The entire sewer replacement project is expected to finish in February.

The first replacement is the 8-inch sanitary sewer line along Magnolia Avenue, Crescent Drive and Palm Avenue.

County officials said they would use the directional drill method to “minimize impact to residents” near construction.

During the course of the project, other road closures and detours will be necessary, the release said.

Other excavation areas include Palm Avenue at North Shore Drive intersection.

Anna Maria public works director George McKay said he did not know if any water or sewer service will be shut off while installation occurs, but will meet with county officials this week to obtain more information. The city is not obligated for any project funding.

For more information, call McKay at 941-708-6130, ext. 26, or Anthony Benitez at the Manatee County Utilities Department, 941-708-7450, ext. 7333.

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