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Date of Issue: May 21, 2008

Bridge rehab continues, DOT public meeting June 5

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Workers for Quinn Construction have been busy this past week repairing the sidewalk and bascule on the south side of the Anna Maria Island Bridge. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

The Florida Department of Transportation has scheduled a public “pre-closure” meeting for the Anna Maria Island Bridge rehabilitation project from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.

A number of public agencies will have tables at the meeting for the various representatives to explain their preliminary plans to deal with the Sept. 29 to Nov. 13 closure of the bridge to vehicular traffic. Those in attendance will be afforded an opportunity to discuss operations during the closure period.

DOT project spokesperson Audrey Clarke said that several product distributors, including Sysco, Gold Coast Eagle and Cheney Bros. will have representatives on hand to discuss service to customers on the Island during the 45-day bridge closure period.    

Clarke said that if any other agencies or distributors want to attend and participate, they should call her at 941-792-0369, or e-mail clarkeau@pbworld.com.

Contractor Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto is continuing its rehabilitation of the bridge on schedule, Clarke said.

The south sidewalk has been closed to the public, while the previously closed north sidewalk is accessible. Quinn is also presently working on the west-end seawall, replacement of the fender system timbers, non-structural pile jackets, the sidewalk/bascule steel on the south side of the bridge and repairing the concrete piles, Clarke said.

Among the agencies that will have a table for questions at the June 5 meeting are:

  • City of Anna Maria.
  • City of Bradenton Beach.
  • City of Holmes Beach.
  • Town of Longboat Key.
  • West Manatee Fire and Rescue.
  • Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Manatee County Emergency Services.
  • City of Bradenton public works.
  • Florida Department of Transportation.
  • Waste Management Inc.

For the latest information on the $9.2 million rehablitation project, go on the Web to www.amibridgerehab.com. People without Internet access can call 941-792-0369.