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Date of Issue: July 15, 2009

City, DOT to meet for Gulf Drive workshop

A meeting to discuss the final plan for improvements to Gulf Drive/State Road 789 in Bradenton Beach will take place July 20.

The meeting, which will involve representatives from the city, the Florida Department of Transportation and the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization will take place at 3 p.m. at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.

The improvement project is being funded with federal stimulus money budgeted for transportation enhancements in the state.

The area targeted for improvements is Gulf Drive from Fifth Street South to Cortez Road.

The work will involve the addition of new sidewalks, reconstruction of existing sidewalks, minor drainage modifications and landscaping, according to the DOT.

The sidewalk being constructed will run along the west edge of Gulf Drive/State Road 789 and will include Gulfside curbing.

Additionally, the DOT will install bollards and ropes along the sidewalk at some locations in front of the public beach area at the southern end of the project.

The plans provide for the addition of native plant species, as requested by the city, as well as placement of some benches.

The stimulus project budget is $830,169, which is higher in part than the city’s estimate because it includes oversight work by inspectors and engineers.

Any money budgeted for the project but not used will be returned to the Sarasota-Manatee pot of federal stimulus funds for other work.