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Workers for Ajax Paving remill asphalt on State Road 64/Manatee Avenue West at dusk May 14. A three-month repair project is taking place on Manatee Avenue from Perico Bay Club to Palma Sola Boulevard. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

The Florida Department of Transportation has begun an eight-month long maintenance and repair project on the Cortez Bridge.

Work includes repairing the electrical systems which operate the bascule.

The DOT said work would be from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. weeknights, and any work on the drawbridge that requires it be raised will be 2-3 a.m. Any bridge closing would last no more than 15 minutes, the DOT said.

The end-date for the project is projected to be January 2015.

Improvements and repairs to Manatee Avenue West/State Road 64, from the Perico Bay Club to 75th Street in Bradenton, are underway and expected to finish in July.

The project includes repaving and remilling, new sidewalks and drainage swales in various locations, line painting and signage, among other work.

Operations are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Any lane closures will be accompanied by a flagging operation to keep vehicles moving, the DOT said. Some nighttime lane closure is expected.

Work crews are replacing a power pole and lines from the Cortez Road/Gulf Drive intersection north to 28th Street North, Holmes Beach. Motorists can expect northbound lane closures 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Friday, June 6.

A flagging operation will be in place to keep traffic flowing, the DOT said.

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