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Date of Issue: June 18, 2008

Busy bridge activity

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Sunny sidewalk up
Workers for Quinn Construction Co. Inc. of Palmetto last week continued with work on the sidewalk on the south side of the Anna Maria Island Bridge as part of the Florida Department of Transportation $9.2 rehabilitation project for the bridge. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Bridge repair seems to be popular in and around Anna Maria Island this summer.

As work crews on the 127th Street humpback bridge in Cortez last week demolished the old structure, Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto was busy with the Florida Department of Transportation’s $9.2 million rehab project for the Anna Maria Island Bridge.

According to the DOT’s Web site, Quinn is currently working on improving the sidewalk and railings on the south side of the bridge, along with repairing the concrete bulkheads at each end of the bridge, repairing support beams and other contracted work in preparation for the larger repairs that require closing it to vehicular traffic for 45 days starting Sept. 29.

The bridge is expected to reopen Nov. 13, according to the DOT.

For the latest information on the project and links to the DOT Web site for the rehab as well as the ongoing study for a new bridge, go on the Web to www.islander.org. People without Internet access can call 941-792-0369.