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Date of Issue: September 10, 2008

Police to monitor for speed during closure

Motorists caught in slow-going traffic may be tempted to search for shortcuts during the 45-day closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.

But Island police officers warn that speeds will be monitored and limits strictly enforced on the detours and along side roads.

“We want people to know, they can’t get around the traffic by speeding through a shortcut,” said Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson.

Stephenson said HBPD patrol officers will check speeds specifically on Gulf Drive, where it takes a turn to the west at East Bay Drive and curves around to the north to intersect at Manatee Avenue and the Manatee Public Beach

The speed limit on the Gulf Drive curve is 25 mph.