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Date of Issue: November 30, 2006

Intersection improvements at Gulf Drive-Cortez Road planned

Improvements to the Gulf Drive-Cortez Road intersection in Bradenton Beach are planned for sometime early in 2007.

Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie said the Florida Department of Transportation was expected to begin the process of bidding the $650,000 project after the first of the year, with a completion date of July 2007. Actual work on the project should take about a month.

The project includes resurfacing of the roadway in the area near the intersection and installation of a new traffic signal and "mast arm." Other improvements could include longer turn lanes, Chappie added, but the final design plans are not yet finalized.