North pier boardwalk, parking lot to open this week

The north boardwalk, parking lot and trolley shelters at the Anna Maria City Pier were expected to open this week, a Florida Department of Transportation press release said. Construction of the $857,000 project began in mid-May, with contractor Woodruff & Sons Inc. of Bradenton concentrating on completion of the north parking lot, the north portion of the boardwalk and the two shelters before beginning the south boardwalk and parking. Motorists can expect temporary, intermittent lane closures at the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection and along Bay Boulevard this week, with a flagging operation in place. Pedestrians can expect to use alternate routes to reach the pier during construction, and the pier restaurant remains open. The entire boardwalk project should be completed in October, the DOT said in the release. Funding for the boardwalk is from a federal grant administered by the DOT through its maintenance of State Road 789/Gulf Drive. For more information on the project, go to