Roadwatch, March 7-13

The Florida Department of Transportation repair project to the Longboat Pass Bridge/State Road 789 continues this week, but lane closures will be limited to 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, a DOT press release said.

The contractor is working around the clock to finish the project by late spring, the DOT said in its release.

A ban on over-size vehicles using the bridge remains in effect. The contractor temporarily reduced the size of the travel lanes from 12 feet to 10 feet, requiring the prohibition on large vehicles.

Pedestrians can use the east sidewalk while work continues on the west sidewalk, the DOT stated. The west sidewalk is expected to open in about two weeks, the DOT said.

The draw will open for boaters on demand.

For safety reasons, the DOT said it has closed the nearby area on Greer Island — also known as Beer Can Island — to pedestrians and boaters during the construction project.

Completion of the project is expected in spring 2012.

The DOT also said it will perform routine maintenance work on the Cortez Bridge for the next several weeks, but no lane closures or disruption of traffic is expected. The mainenance project is expected to end in late March.

For the Cortez area, the DOT plans intermittent westbound lane closures at night on SR 684/Cortez Road from 127th Street West in Cortez to 51st Street West in Bradenton for repair and replacement of drainage inlets and pipes.

All work will take place 8:30 p.m.-6 a.m. weekdays, and the project should finish by April 30, the DOT said.

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