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Date of Issue: July 09, 2008

Bridge repairs continue on schedule

Work crews for Quinn Construction Inc. were busy last week preparing the south side of the bridge in anticipation of the planned July 8-9 overnight closure of one lane of traffic between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. to install temporary railing on the south side. Flaggers were slated to direct traffic during the closure. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

The Florida Department of Transportation and Anna Maria Island Bridge contractor Quinn Construction Co. were scheduled to complete a nighttime installation of temporary railing on July 8-9.

The work was to involve the closure of one lane of the bridge between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Flaggers were to direct traffic across the bridge during the 10-hour period.

DOT spokesperson Audrey Clarke said she was still trying to determine if Quinn planned any other night closures before Sept. 29, when the bridge will close to vehicular traffic for 45 days to allow Quinn to finish the $9.2 million project. The bridge is scheduled to reopen for all traffic Nov. 13.

During the 45-day closure period, Quinn will perform bridge deck hydro-demolition and concrete overlay, complete bascule structural replacement, paint the bascule leaf structural steel, complete installation of permanent electrical system power and controls, replace the Hopkins frame and recondition the drive machinery and perform functional testing and checkout.

While the bridge is closed to vehicle traffic, boat traffic will be able to transverse through the span at selected times that will coordinate with raising the Cortez Bridge bascule. The system is designed to ensure no boat is “trapped” between the two bridges.

Also during the 45-day closure, emergency vehicular traffic such as ambulances, fire trucks and police vehicles will be allowed across the bridge with an advance notice.

For the latest information on the rehabilitation project, go on the Web to People without Internet access can call 941-792-0369.


Traffic correction

The story in the July 2 issue of The Islander should have indicated that only emergency traffic will be allowed across the Anna Maria Island Bridge during the 45-day closure period from Sept. 29 to Nov. 13.