Cortez Bridge meeting set Aug. 28 in Holmes Beach

The Florida Department of Transportation will host an open house 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, to display information and take public comments on the future of the Cortez Bridge.

A press release said the public meeting is part of the DOT’s project, development and environment study of Cortez Bridge.

Comment will be solicited on options for continued repair, rehabilitation or replacement of the two-lane bridge. A video will be shown explaining the various alternatives.

Attendees will be able to talk one-on-one with DOT officials and express their views.

For more information, call project manager Tony Sherrard at 863-519-2304, or email

Meanwhile, area road work for Aug. 27-Sept. 3 includes the continuing repair project of the Cortez Bridge by the DOT. The south sidewalk is closed and the eastbound lane of the bridge will close occasionally at night for repairs. A flagging operation for traffic will take place as needed. Night repairs are 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

The project is expected to finish in January.

Florida Power and Light continues to replace power poles on Gulf Drive/State Road 789 from the Cortez Road intersection to 28th Street in Holmes Beach, and on Cortez Road.

A flagging operation will be in place 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for vehicle movement on Gulf Drive when one lane is closed for pole replacement.

A DOT press release said additional pole replacements will occur this week at various locations on Cortez Road West from 103rd Street West to 119th Street West.

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