Roadwatch, April 4-11

The Manatee County Utilities Department has started replacing sewer lines along North Shore Drive and adjoining streets in Anna Maria.

An MCUD press release said the work is between Cypress Avenue and Palm Avenue on North Shore Drive, but should not impact traffic in the area for any extended periods.

On April 2, the Florida Department of Transportation began work on State Road 684 at the Cortez Draw that will cause intermittent lane closures 9 p.m.-5 a.m. through Friday, April 6. The closures will be controlled by a flagging operation.

A maintenance project also is under way on State Road 684 on the Cortez Bridge, and some sidewalk closures are expected this week. One pedestrian walkway will be remain open. No traffic lanes will be closed to motorists, the DOT said.

The project is scheduled for completion in April.

The DOT repair project to State Road 789 at the Longboat Pass Bridge 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, but the east sidewalk remains open. The draw will open for boaters on demand.

The DOT has closed the area of Greer Island — often called Beer Can Island — near the bridge to pedestrians and boaters during the project, citing safety concerns and liability as factors in its decision.

Boaters are advised they could be ticketed by law enforcement for anchoring or beaching their boat in the restricted area.

Construction on the bridge is expected to end in late spring.

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