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Bridge Closure Update

Sarasota, Florida
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Bridge Closure Update

After "two weeks of intense criticism", the Department of Transportation is rethinking its current plan to close the Anna Maria bridge for repairs in April. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that several alternatives are being discussed. One plan would call for a shortened 45-day closure beginning in April 2008. Two other plans envision closing one lane at a time next fall, something that would stretch out over 105 days. Some minor repairs will still begin this January 7. Some closure seems to be necessary; it's a question of when and for how long.

Comments may be directed to Audrey Clarke at clarkeau@pbworld.com. The must be submitted by November 5. DOT will announce its plans to the local County Commission on November 6.

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1. Re: Bridge Closure Update

Good Lord. What brain trust thought it would be a good idea to close the bridge during spring break?

*shakes head*

And then minor repairs right in the middle of season?

Do these people understand the meaning of the phrase "tourist season"?

I realize it has to be balanced, because closing it in the summer means a risk of trapping people on the island in the event of a hurricane, but there has to be more thought put to it than that!

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2. Re: Bridge Closure Update

The whole thing is incredible, how could the Chamber of Commerce, Tourist Association and the "IN" people on Anna Maria Island not know about this? It is a good thinh they finally found out and are trying to put a stop to it. I agree that work needs to be done but certainly not at that time.

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Has there been any updates on this? We're planning to be there around mid April for a few days, wondering if we'll run into any problems/traffic. It would make sense not to do this during busy tourist season but I know logic doesn't always dictate action. Thanks

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4. Re: Bridge Closure Update

just read that work is about to start but actual bridge closure will be end Sept for 45 days.

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