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Work crews were on State Road 789/East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach, last week preparing for construction of a sidewalk. The project is expected to finish by the end of the year. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

The Florida Department of Transportation announced it has begun repairs to the Longboat Key Pass Bridge on State Road 789 from north of Northshore Road on Longboat Key to south Coquina Park in Bradenton Beach.

Work this week will include repairs under the bridge with no impact to traffic, the DOT said. Plans call for repairs and painting, as well as sidewalk reconstruction.

During the repair period, motorists will encounter a 35-mph speed limit, but the bridge will not be closed to motorists and the draw will remain in operation for boaters.

Quinn Construction Inc. is the contractor for the $1.1 million project, which is expected to finish in the spring.

DOT work will continue on Manatee Avenue on Perico Island between Perico Harbor Marina and Bristol Bay Drive.

Construction of a new sidewalk in Holmes Beach on East Bay Drive/State Road 789 from the Manatee Avenue intersection south to Gulf Drive and from 31st Street to Manatee Avenue is continuing. A flagging operation will be in place if any lane closures are necessary, the DOT said.

This project should be completed in January, according to the DOT.

All DOT construction will be suspended from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2 and Jan. 13 through Jan. 17.

For additional information on DOT projects, contact public information officer Trudy Gerena at 813-299-3579 or visit

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