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Roadwatch, March 21-28

Anna Maria pipeline work begins this week

The Manatee County Utilities Department will be installing new sewer pipes along North Shore Drive in Anna Maria beginning this week.

The project is between Cypress Avenue and Palm Avenue, a MCUD press release said, but should not impact traffic in the area for any extended periods.

Any sidewalk or lane closures will be temporary and a flagging operation will be in place for traffic control during lane closure periods.

The only planned road closure is the first week of July, when the Cypress Street/Jacaranda Road intersection will be closed, the MCUD release said.

The Florida Department of Transportation repair project to the Longboat Pass Bridge/State Road 789 is ongoing.

The only lane closures will be 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, a DOT press release said.

Over-size vehicles are still banned from using the bridge, and the west sidewalk is closed, but pedestrians can use the east sidewalk during the project.

The DOT also has closed the area on Greer Island — often called Beer Can Island — to pedestrians and boaters during the project. The DOT cited safety concerns and liability as factors in its decision to close that part of the shore.

The draw will open for boaters on demand.

Construction is expected to end in late spring.

Drom 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Thursday, March 29, the DOT said there will be east and westbound lane closures on State Road 64/Manatee Avenue for routine maintenance of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.

In the Cortez area, the DOT is conducting intermittent westbound lane closures at night on SR 684/Cortez Road from 127th Street West in Cortez to 51st Street West in Bradenton to repair and replace drainage inlets and pipes.

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

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