A flagging operation was in place on East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach last week as crews began road improvements between Manatee Avenue and Gulf Drive. The flagging operation on East Bay Drive is expected to continue through Nov. 23, and motorists are advised to use caution in the area. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Construction of a new sidewalk from Gulf Drive to State Road 789/East Bay Drive and from 31st Street to State Road 64/Manatee Avenue will continue this week, except for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24.
The Florida Department of Transportation said motorists could expect occasional lane closures on East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue in the construction area during the project, which is expected to finish in January 2012.
Flaggers will be present to direct motorists and pedestrians should plan alternate routes during construction.
On State Road 64/Manatee Avenue, from east of the Harbour Isle entrance to Bristol Bay Drive, construction will continue on removal of old asphalt, resurfacing, drainage improvements and a new sidewalk and bike path.
The project is expected to finish by the end of 2011.
In Anna Maria, the North Shore Drive-Palm Avenue intersection remains closed and detour signs are posted as Manatee County Utilities Department installs new sewer lines. The project is expected to finish in early December.
DOT construction will be suspended from Nov. 23-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.