Gulf Drive section down to one lane Tuesday

You might want to think twice about driving through Bradenton Beach Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby told city commissioners Feb. 6 that Gulf Drive will be reduced to one lane Feb. 11 near Fifth and Sixth avenues south to accommodate Manatee County’s Force Main 1 replacement project.

The county project involves excavating, milling and resurfacing portions of Gulf Drive to replace the city’s 50-year-old sewer main.

On Tuesday, stationed flagbearers will direct traffic, while construction shifts the north-south travel lanes to the west, with one lane of vehicles passing through the unpaved Cortez Beach parking lot.

Cosby said the project will only require making Gulf Drive one lane that day, and the county has notified officials in the neighboring municipalities of its plan.

Work replacing the force main is projected to continue through the spring tourist season, but Gulf Drive construction could finish in February unless there is inclement weather.

For more information on the project, as well as a map showing roadways affected by the work, visit

— Ryan Paice

One thought on “Gulf Drive section down to one lane Tuesday

  1. David Fuith

    I’m stunned that this project had to be done during peak season. Much like the Bridge Street mess, and beach renourishment, this is another example of how governmental planning seems to be a lost art.

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