No Problem With Anna Maria Island Traffic...
It's being reported in local media that many of the traffic problems anticipated as a result of the closure of the busiest connection to Anna Maria Island simply have not materialized. In fact CARL MARIO NUDI of the Bradenton Herald said, "If it wasn't for the extra miles one has to drive to get to the island, commuters wouldn't know the Anna Maria Bridge was closed for three days."
He also stated, "Traffic flow has been smooth since the Florida Department of Transportation closed the bridge at midnight Sunday, forcing drivers to detour from Manatee Avenue West to Cortez Road to get to their favorite island spots.
"There's been no real problems," said Sgt. Lenard Diaz, of the Bradenton Beach Police. "Traffic off of and onto the Cortez Bridge has been moving pretty steady."
Spokesperson for the Anna Maria Island bridge project has been quoted as saying the rehabilitation and repair being done has been progressing as expected and is on schedule. They said workers with Quinn Construction are in the first stage of hydro-demolition of the concrete surface of the bridge, Clarke said. They will remove two-inches of worn or deteriorated concrete with high-pressure water hoses from the bridge roadway and replace it with a new concrete surface.
"Everything so far seems to be going pretty good."
It was also brought to the media's attention that since the bridge closure there has been a lot of people stopping by to watch the rehabilitation work in progress. Project spokesperson said, "We understand these activities are interesting to watch, but we're asking residents, visitors, business owners, bicyclists and more, not to approach the bridge due to safety concerns."
For more information about the Anna Maria Island bridge project simply visit the project's Web site at www.amibridgerehab.com.
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