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Date of Issue: January 21, 2009

15-minute bridge closings to inconvenience motorists

The Florida Department of Transportation and contractor Quinn Construction Inc. will close the Anna Maria Island Bridge to vehicular traffic for approximately 15 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, and again at 11 a.m. the same day.

Additionally, the DOT will close the bridge to motorists to accommodate construction plans at 9 a.m. and also at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26 for planned 15-minute periods.

DOT spokesperson Audrey Clarke said the closures are to allow the contractor to install the mechanical drive system. During the closures, the drawbridge will be raised to allow workers to complete the installation.

Clarke advised pedestrians and cyclists that the south sidewalk of the bridge is closed, but the north sidewalk remains accessible.

For more information, call Clarke at 941-792-0369.