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Roadwatch, March 28-April 4

Manatee County Utilities Department crews are preparing trenches for pipeline installation along Anna Maria’s North Shore Drive and nearby side streets, and positioning equipment on the rights of way for further portions of the project. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria pipeline work begins

The Manatee County Utilities Department is continuing installation of new sewer lines along North Shore Drive in Anna Maria. Motorists are advised to use caution when driving near the construction.

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

There will be intermittent lane closures on State Road 684 at the Cortez drawbridge, 9 p.m.-5 a.m. beginning Monday, April 2, through Thursday, April 5, according to a Florida Department of Transportation press release. The closures will be controlled by a flagging operation.

In an ongoing maintenance project on the Cortez Bridge, sidewalk closures are anticipated this week. No lanes will be closed to traffic, the DOT said.

The DOT repair project to the Longboat Pass Bridge/State Road 789 is continuing.

Any lane closures will be 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, the DOT said.

The west sidewalk of the bridge is closed, and the DOT also has closed an area on Greer Island — often called Beer Can Island — near the bridge 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.

Construction is expected to end in late spring.

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