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Date of Issue: October 22, 2008

Commission to ponder humpback bridge solution

The Anna Maria City Commission at its Oct. 23 meeting will discuss potential solutions to the problems with the north approach to the humpback bridge on North Bay Boulevard that could cost the city $38,000 or more.

Commissioners were presented five options at their Oct. 9 worksession, and the consensus favored a $38,100 proposal by Uretek ICF Florida of Lakeland.

The company would inject a special compound, Uretek 486 polyurethane, to fill the void found by engineer Tom Wilcox and public works director George McKay under the approach.

Other proposals ranged from $7,500 to $72,500.

Commissioner Dale Woodland said he was in favor of Uretek’s proposal, as it seemed to offer the best value to the city. It includes a 10-year guarantee on materials.

Woodland pointed out that the problem was not caused by the recent resurfacing of the bridge, but was discovered during that process.

Wilcox told the city commission Oct. 9 that the bridges on Bay Boulevard and Crescent Street were built in 1952, and time and saltwater are having an impact.

“They’ve had a pretty good life,” he told the commission.

Woodland suggested it might be a good time to further inspect both bridges.