DOT calls for Cortez Bridge meeting

The Florida Department of Transportation will host the first in a series of public meetings about the Cortez Bridge 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.

The meeting is part of the project development and environmental study required before any bridge project can begin, a DOT press release said.

The meeting will be an open-house format where people will be able to ask questions of representatives and provide comments in a one-on-one setting.

Options available to the DOT for the .9 mile section of S.R. 684/Cortez Road that links Cortez to Bradenton Beach include a short-term maintenance project, a long-term overhaul that might require the bridge to be closed for several months, or replacing the existing two-lane bridge with a new, two-lane bridge with emergency lanes.

Several public meetings on the bridge will be held before the DOT delivers its recommendations to the public.

For more information, call 863-519-2304.

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