Over-size vehicles banned from Longboat bridge

The Florida Department of Transportation announced last week that during the current construction on the Longboat Pass Bridge/State Road 789, over-size vehicles are restricted from the bridge for several months.

Due to work on the bridge, the contractor has had to temporarily reduce the width of the travel lanes on the bridge from 12 feet to 10 feet, resulting in the ban, a DOT press release said.

Any lane closures necessary will be between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., the DOT said. In the event of a lane closure, a flagging operation will be present to direct traffic. There will be no weekend lane closures — 6 a.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Motorists are advised to use caution and obey the speed limit, which has been reduced to 35 mph for the duration of construction.

The draw remains available to boaters on demand.

The project is expected to finish in April or early May, according to the DOT.