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Date of Issue: September 02, 2009

Cortez Bridge lane closures coming in September

Motorists using the Cortez Bridge after Sept. 14 can expect lane closures and traffic delays from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. until Oct. 5. Some brief bridge closures are expected between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Motorists who routinely use the Cortez Bridge may want to plan a detour to and from Anna Maria Island beginning Sept. 14.

The Florida Department of Transportation said it will paint portions of the Cortez Bridge beginning Sept. 14.

A DOT press release said the planned maintenance will require some single-lane traffic with flagging operations and short closures. To minimize the impact on traffic, the DOT said lane closures will occur between Sept. 14 and Oct. 5, while the entire project is slated to finish in December.

Flagging operations will take place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., while bridge closures will be limited to 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

“The short closures will be required in order to access certain areas of the moveable bridge. No vehicular traffic delays will occur past Oct. 5, weather permitting,” the DOT pledged in the release.

“Imposed traffic delays are limited to approximately 5 minutes,” the DOT said, along with a reminder that drivers are “encouraged to drive safely through the work zone.”