Island roadwatch, Jan. 25-Feb. 1

A Florida Department of Transportation restriction on over-size vehicles using the Longboat Pass Bridge/State Road 789 remains.

DOT officials expect the ban to last for several months.

Due to construction on the bridge, the contractor reduced the width of the travel lanes from 12 feet to 10 feet, resulting in the restriction, the DOT said.

Any necessary lane closures will occur between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., the DOT said. A flagging operation will be present to direct traffic during any closures. There will be no lane closures from 6 a.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Motorists are advised to use caution and obey the speed limit, which has been reduced to 35 mph for the duration of construction.

The draw remains available to boaters on demand.

The bridge project is expected to finish in April or early May, according to the DOT.

The sidewalk project in Holmes Beach along East Bay Drive/State Road 789 has been completed, the DOT said.

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