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An eight-month long maintenance and repair project on the Cortez Bridge is in progress, the Florida Department of Transportation said.

Crews will work on the east side in Cortez on seawall and piers under the bridge. Work on this project includes general maintenance and repairs to the bridge span, beams, piling, seawall and bridge-tender house. Quinn Construction Inc. is the contractor.

While there is some daytime work, the DOT said most of the work would be from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. weeknights. Bridge closings will last no more than 15 minutes, the DOT said.

The project is slated to conclude in January 2015.

DOT improvements and repairs to Manatee Avenue West/State Road 64, from the Perico Bay Club to 75th Street in Bradenton.

Crews are remilling and resurfacing the asphalt roadway, making sidewalk and drainage improvements, and installing new signing and pavement markings. Motorists can expect lane closures from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. throughout the duration of the project. Expected project completion is summer 2014. The contractor is AJAX Paving Industries of Florida LLC.

Any lane closures will be accompanied by a flagging operation to keep vehicles moving, the DOT said.

A maintenance project on Gulf Drive from Cortez Road to 28th Street to replace a power pole may cause northbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, June 6.

On Manatee Avenue/State Road 64, at the Anna Maria Island Bridge, there will be intermittent eastbound and westbound lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, for bridge maintenance. Motorists should use caution in the area and expect possible delays.

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