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Date of Issue: September 30, 2009

DOT plans October, November work

Groundbreakings for sidewalk and road work funded with federal stimulus dollars will take place in October and November on Anna Maria Island.

The Florida Department of Transportation is overseeing the stimulus projects and let the contracts for the work in September.

The most dollars will be spent in Bradenton Beach on improvements to the Gulf Drive scenic highway, but lots of activity is planned for Anna Maria and Holmes Beach.

In Holmes Beach, sidewalk work will begin in October, including along Holmes Boulevard from 54th Street to 66th Street at a cost of $64,379; Gulf Drive from 57th Street to 84th Street at a cost of $11,414; Palm Drive from 66th Street to 85th Street at a cost of $14,724 and 85th Street from Gulf Drive to Marina at a cost of $20,102.

In November, a crossing for golf carts will be installed at East Bay and Gulf drives and the intersection improved. The estimated cost is $78,110.

Also in November, about .3 miles of Gulf Drive, from Willow Avenue to Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, will be resurfaced, with the cost estimated at $112,229.

Pine Avenue from Gulf Drive to Bay Boulevard .5 miles will be resurfaced. The cost is $186,264.

Sidewalk work is scheduled to begin in Anna Maria in November, including along Gulf Front Park from Palm to Willow at a cost of $30,513; along Gulf Front Park from Magnolia Street to Oak Street at a cost of $15,437; along Gulf Drive from Spring Avenue to Pine Avenue at a cost of $13,107 and along North Bay Boulevard from Hibiscus to North Shore Drive at a cost of $85,486.

Also, groundbreakings are scheduled for October on $775,169 in improvements to the Crescent Avenue and Bay Boulevard bridges.

The Bradenton Beach scenic highway improvements also are scheduled to begin in November. The DOT plan includes sidewalks, landscaping and other improvements from Cortez Road to Fifth Street South on the west side of Gulf Drive/SR 789 and from Second Street North to Fifth Street South on the east side. The project budget is $830,169.