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Date of Issue: May 07, 2008

Lane closure came quickly on AMI Bridge

Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto is working as quickly as it can to make repairs on the Anna Maria Island Bridge. The $9.1 million rehab project was projected to take up to a year to complete when Quinn began work in February.

The company was scheduled to close one lane of the bridge from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, May 5, to allow workers to install a sidewalk railing and grating on the north side of the bridge.

Crews have recently completed installation of the temporary hydraulic equipment that will raise and lower the span during repair of the bascule and the company is currently testing that equipment.

More single-lane closures can be expected during the next five months in preparation for the 45-day closure of the bridge from Sept. 29 to Nov. 13. During that period, vehicular traffic will be detoured to and from the Island via the Cortez Bridge. The Anna Maria Island Bridge will remain navigable to boat traffic during the closure.

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