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Roadwatch, May 23-30

A crew is at work between 59th and 62nd streets on Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, repairing and installing stormwater improvements. The construction forced vehicles to detour around the work area, but the project is expected to finish some time this week, according to Holmes Beach officials. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Marina Drive between 59th and 62nd streets in Holmes Beach has been closed the past week for stormwater improvements, but should reopen this week, according to Bob Shaffer of the building department.

Traffic was diverted onto 59th, 60th and 62nd streets to Holmes Boulevard and back onto Marina Drive.

Installation of new sewer lines on North Shore Drive in Anna Maria near the Cypress Avenue intersection by the Manatee County Utilities Department is under way and the project is expected to take several months to complete, according to an MCUD press release.

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

Daytime only repairs to the Longboat Key Bridge/State Road 789 continue this week, but the project should be completed by the end of May, a Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson said.

The east sidewalk of the bridge and Greer Island — often called Beer Can Island — near the bridge are closed. The draw will open for boaters on demand.

Although no work was scheduled for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the DOT spokesperson said the contractor will work Saturday, May 27, without interruption to traffic.

Information on the bridge project is available online at

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