Roadwatch, April 25-May 2

Installation of new sewer lines on North Shore Drive at Cypress Avenue in Anna Maria is under way and the project is expected to last several months, according to the Manatee County Utilities Department, which is overseeing the project.

Traffic on North Shore Drive should not be affected by the work, the MCUD said.

Work crews for Hawkins Construction Co., the project contractor, are staging equipment and materials at a vacant lot near the North Shore Drive-Cypress Avenue intersection.

Repairs to the Longboat Key Bridge/State Road 789 continue both day and night, a Florida Department of Transportation press release said.

There will be some temporary nighttime lane closures that will last no more than 15 minutes, the DOT said. A flagging operation will control traffic during lane closures, and no lane closures are permitted from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Friday evening through Monday morning.

The east sidewalk of the bridge is closed, but pedestrians can use the west 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.

Completion of the project is expected in late spring.

More information on the project is available online at

A routine bridge maintenance project on the Cortez Bridge/State Road 684 is scheduled to end April 30, the DOT said.

Although no lane closures are planned, some sidewalk closures will take place until the project is completed.

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