Roadwatch, Feb. 15-22

The Florida Department of Transportation continues to ban oversize vehicles on the Longboat Pass Bridge/State Road 789 during ongoing construction.

A DOT press release stated the contractor required the travel lanes to be reduced in width from 12 feet to 10 feet, resulting in the ban.

Work crews this week will conduct both day and night operations.

Night activities will require temporary lane closures controlled by a flagging operation. Any lane closures will be between 10 p.m.-6 a.m., and no lane closures will occur between 6 p.m. on Friday through 6 a.m. Monday.

The sidewalk on the west side of the bridge remains closed until early March, but pedestrians are able to use the east sidewalk, the DOT stated.

The draw will open for boaters on demand.

Completion of the project is expected in spring 2012.

For the Cortez area, the DOT plans intermittent westbound lane closures at night on SR 684/Cortez Road from 127th Street West in Cortez to 51st Street West in Bradenton for repair and replacement of drainage inlets and pipes.

All work is scheduled between 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. weekdays, and the project should finish by April 30, the DOT said.

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