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Date of Issue: June 02, 2010

Island motorist cautions

Cortez Bridge/Road

The Florida Department of Transportation is advising motorists that work on the Cortez Bridge will take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday, but will not disrupt traffic. No lane closures are planned.

In addition, the DOT is asking motorists to use caution when driving on Cortez Road West — State Road 684 — from the Cortez Bridge to U.S. 41 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The DOT said both projects should be completed in mid-June.

Longboat Key Bridge

The DOT advised motorists that work crews would conduct a bridge maintenance project on the Longboat Key Bridge from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on June 9 and June 10.

The DOT said motorists will have a wait of approximately 10 minutes before being able to cross the bridge. The exception to the delay is for emergency vehicles.

Gulf Drive

The DOT said that the State Road 789 construction project would start night operations from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday in mid-June from the Longboat Key Bridge to Cortez Road.

From Cortez Road to Manatee Avenue (State Road 64) work will take place on Gulf Drive from 6 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

The project contractor is APAC-Southeast Inc.

Completion of the project is expected in mid-August, the DOT said.