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Date of Issue: September 10, 2008

Final night-time bridge closures?

A lone vehicle stalls on the Cortez Bridge one day last week, forcing a back-up of traffic and a 10-minute delay to cross the bridge. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

The Florida Department of Transportation was scheduled to close one lane of traffic on the Anna Maria Island Bridge Sept. 8 and 9 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. — the final night-time lane closures planned before the bridge closes for 45 days beginning Sept. 29.

A DOT press release said contractor Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto needed the night closures to continue repair of the pile jackets and revise the traffic pattern on the bridge.

The DOT reminded Islanders and the public that its final public meeting prior to the bridge closure will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.

For the latest information on the rehabilitation project, go on the Web to and click on “community links.” People without Internet access can call 941-792-0369.