City of Bradenton to hold public meeting on Wares Creek bridge construction

nwilliams@bradenton.comJanuary 30, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The city of Bradenton has scheduled a public information meeting for 7 p.m., Feb. 6 at City Hall regarding plans to rebuild the 12th and 14th avenue bridges over Wares Creek.

The 12th Avenue West bridge will close in February for construction, and the 14th Avenue bridge will not close until the new 12th Avenue bridge reopens.

The bridges are being rebuilt to better facilitate the flow of the creek. City officials, project engineers and the contractor will be the meeting to answer questions.

Quality Enterprises USA Inc., a Naples-based construction company, was awarded the bid to replace the 12th and 14th avenue bridges and the city will pay the company $2.38 million for the work, as well as for drainage improvements on 20th Street West.

The 12th Avenue bridge is expected to be complete by Memorial Day, Claude Tankersley, Bradenton's public works director, previously said. Construction on the 14th Avenue bridge will begin this summer and be completed by Halloween.

The 20th Street drainage improvements will most likely take place during both bridge projects, officials said.

The Wares Creek flood control project, a $51.8 million project led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, began in January of 2012. The Corps of Engineers' contractors finished dredging 37,000 cubic yards of material from the flood-prone creek last August.

The new Ninth Avenue West bridge over Wares Creek opened Dec. 20.

The flood control project is currently suspended due to a protest filed against the Corps of Engineers' selection of a Miami company to perform the next phase of the project.

On Jan. 9, a company called Cayo filed a protest against PAC COMM Inc. being awarded the contract to perform the third phase of the flood control project, which was expected to begin as soon as February.

During the third phase, the creek channel will be widened to about 25 feet and made about 1 foot deeper from 21st Avenue West to 30th Avenue West.

The protest may delay the project for up to 100 days or more.

Nick Williams, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411 ext. 7049. Twitter:cface fontname="Roman" naxe="0" iaxis="0"/>

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