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Date of Issue: January 28, 2009

Quinn cleans up AMI Bridge approach

Following a story in the Jan. 21 edition of The Islander, which prompted an appeal from the Florida Department of Transportation, Anna Maria Island Bridge contractor Quinn Construction Inc. has been actively cleaning up the trash and construction rubble that had collected at the east end of the bridge on Perico Island.

DOT spokesperson Audrey Clarke said two weeks ago that Quinn has a master cleanup plan, but she promised to speak to company officials about the blight.

Dumpsters are now full of trash, tires, concrete rubble and other debris that had been on the ground on both sides of the approach and Quinn’s equipment is now stored in an orderly fashion.

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohhenberger said that the quick action by Quinn is appreciated.

“It’s looking a lot better. The bridge is the first impression visitors have of Holmes Beach and the Island, and the contractor deserves some praise for putting it in decent order.”

The $10.2 million AMI Bridge rehabilitation project is expected to continue through April, but the major repairs to the bridge have been completed, according to Clarke.

Planned closures of the bridge to vehicular traffic on Jan. 26 for two 15-minute periods were canceled, Clarke said, because Quinn was able to complete installation of the electrical system on Jan. 23.