Roadwatch, April 11-18

The Manatee County Utilities Department has equipment and supplies on North Shore Drive and adjoining streets in Anna Maria for the installation of new sewer lines in the city.

An MCUD press release said the work is not expected to impact traffic in the project area, which is between Cypress Avenue and Palm Avenue on North Shore Drive.

The Florida Department of Transportation maintenance project on the Longboat Key/State Road 789 bridge will be operational both day and night this week, including some nighttime temporary lane closures that will last no more than 15 minutes. A flagging operation will control traffic during lane closures, a DOT press release said.

No nighttime closures will be permitted from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Friday evening through Monday morning.

The west sidewalk of the bridge is closed, but pedestrians can use the east sidewalk during construction. The draw will open for boaters on demand.

The DOT has closed Greer Island — often called Beer Can Island — near the bridge to pedestrians and boaters during the project, citing safety concerns and liability. Boaters are advised they could be ticketed by law enforcement for anchoring or beaching their boat in the restricted area.

Completion of the project is expected in late spring.

More information on the project is available online at

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