Riverview Blvd. still closed as ramp project delayed

jdeleon@bradenton.comMarch 12, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Road closures have been extended as part of the county's project to upgrade facilities at Warner's Bayou Boat Ramp, leaving a portion of Riverview Boulevard closed through next Monday.

Boaters and residents will soon benefit from the $490,000 project of the boat launch at 5900 Riverview Blvd. The renovation includes reconfiguring the parking lot, adding a restroom, adding storm water treatment areas, redoing the seawall, redoing the dock adjacent to the boat ramp and the boat ramp, according to Manatee County Management Construction Services Project Manager Tom Yarger.

Construction, which began on Jan. 7, was originally set to be completely by April 1, but has now been delayed to May 1.

"The contractor is having an issue with the seawall that is needing a little more work than anticipated," Yarger said.

The road closure was supposed to last only a week but has been extended for a second due to utility conflicts.

Residents who live in the area say they are not happy with the delay in completion.

Marty Knudstrup, 64, said boaters accustomed to using the ramp now have to go all the way to Palmetto or Anna Maria Island.

Johnny Caldwell, 56, said the road crew has been working nonstop on the project.

But the delay "affects us in that we can't use the neighborhood," Caldwell said.

The entire facility is closed during the renovation. Boaters can use Kingfish Boat Ramp at 752 Manatee Ave. W. in Holmes Beach, the Palma Sola Causeway ramp at 9000 Manatee Ave. W. or the Riverside Park Ramp at 833 Riverside Drive in Palmetto as alternatives.

"The ramp is closed so we try to do all the work at the same time," Yarger said.

Some of the work has been contracted out. Duncan Dock and Seawall was hired to do the seawall, dock and ramp.

The storm water areas have already been completed.

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