Roadwatch, March 7-13

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

Contractor Quinn Construction Co. Inc. is working 24/7 to finish the project by late spring, the DOT said in the release.

Over-size vehicles are banned from using the bridge because the travel lanes have been reduced from 12 feet wide to 10 feet during the project. The DOT said the ban would likely remain in effect until work is completed late this spring.

The west sidewalk is closed, but pedestrians can use the east sidewalk during the project. The west sidewalk is expected to open in about 2-3 weeks, the DOT said.

The draw will open for boaters on demand.

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 beach.

Completion of the project is expected in spring 2012.

The DOT 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 maintenance project is expected to end in late March, the DOT said in its press release.

In the Cortez area, motorists can expect DOT intermittent westbound lane closures at night on State Road 684/Cortez Road from 127th Street West in Cortez to 51st Street West in Bradenton as workers repair and replace drainage inlets and pipes.

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

Motorists are advised to drive with caution in project areas.

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