Work crews from Superior Asphalt are at the intersection of Manatee Avenue and Perico Harbor Boulevard removing old asphalt, widening turn lanes and adding landscaping. Most of the work is being done at night and motorists should use caution when in the area. The project is expected to finish by January 2012. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Construction on State Road 64/Manatee Avenue, from east of the old Perico Harbor Marina to Bristol Bay Drive will continue this week.
The Florida Department of Transportation project budgeted at $3 million involves removal of old asphalt and resurfacing, new curbs and gutters, sidewalks/bike paths, drainage improvements and widening of the road at the Perico Bay Boulevard entrance.
The contractor will be working primarily between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday evening through Friday morning, but some daytime activity is expected.
A flagging operation will be present, as needed, a DOT press release said, and motorists should expect minor delays during nighttime operations.
Weather permitting, the project by Superior Asphalt is expected to finish by the end of 2011, the DOT said.
Superior Asphalt is adding a new sidewalk from Gulf Drive to State Road 789/East Bay Drive, and from 31st Street to State Road 64/Manatee Avenue.
The DOT press release said motorists could expect intermittent lane closures along S.R. 789 and S.R. 64 during the project, which is expected to finish in January 2012.
Flaggers will be present as needed and pedestrians should plan alternate routes during construction.