Fort Hamer chronology

August 6, 2013 

• 1900: County considers building bridge between Fort Hamer Road and Upper Manatee River Road. • 1998: County commissioners decide it's time to look at whether building the bridge is feasible and if there are significant environmental issues. Serious talks about the proposal begin.• 2001: State transportation officials study proposed bridge. • 2002: Bridge project downsized from six lanes to four. • 2006: Second study conducted by the Federal Highway Administration supports the bridge. Developers tell county commission funds could be generated through tolls and special taxing. • 2007: County gives up on federal funding to build the bridge after years of delays. • 2008: Group of local developers suggest plan to build, own and operate a toll bridge potentially saving Manatee taxpayers up to $127 million. Under the proposal, Manatee would trade land to build the toll bridge for land needed to build a connector road between Interstate 75 and Port Manatee. • 2009: County officials recommend against land-swap proposal negotiated with developers. County approved concept of a two-lane bridge county Public Works Department says can be built for less than $30 million. • 2011: Design work on the proposed bridge halted for 22 months to study alternatives at a cost of more than $250,000.• 2013: U.S. Coast Guard reviews the Environmental Impact Statement submitted by the county for approval to begin designing two-lane bridge.

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