Roadwatch, May 9-16

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

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

Daytime-only repairs due to the start of turtle nesting season will continue to the Longboat Key Bridge/State Road 789, a Florida Department of Transportation press release said.

Some temporary lane closures will occur that will last no more than 15 minutes, and a flagging operation will control traffic during lane closures. No lane closures are planned, the release said.

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

Completion of the project is expected at the end of May and no construction activity is planned for Memorial Day weekend.

More information on the bridge project is available online at

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