Roadwatch – 07-17-2019

Defendants, left, and plaintiffs, right, are seated July 15 for a civil trial in a lawsuit filed in August 2017 by Bradenton Beach ex-Mayor Jack Clarke and the city, alleging Sunshine Law violations by former board members John Metz, Reed Mapes, Patty Shay, Bill Vincent, Tjet Martin and Rose Vincent. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

A flagger manages early morning traffic July 9 on Gulf Drive/State Road 789 in Bradenton Beach as Florida Department of Transportation repair work continues on the Longboat Pass Bridge. Overnight repairs conclude into August. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following for the week of July 15:

Longboat Pass Bridge: Major repairs on the Longboat Pass Bridge on Gulf Drive between Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key take place through the summer.

Overnight work requires decreasing lane sizes, flagging operations and occasional lane closures. Work is to end in August.

State Road 684/Cortez Road: Crews are installing new lighting at various locations along State Road 684/Cortez Road from Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach to Ninth Street West in Bradenton. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures. PowerCore Inc. is the contractor.

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