Fort Hamer Bridge gains support at hearing

August 7, 2013 

— Roughly 400 people turned out Wednesday for a hearing about sites for a bridge crossing the Manatee River, most in favor of a Fort Hamer Road alternative.

Many in the crowd wore bright chartreuse shirts reading: “For our bridge,” referring to the Fort Hamer Road alternative named in a recently released draft environmental impact statement authored by the consulting firm URS.

Alicia Simat of Parrish told officials she suffered a cardiac emergency and, without a more direct bridge route, it took a half-hour to drive to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

She said quick access to hospital facilities is important, and urged a bridge be built as soon as practical.

The hearing adjourned after 30 people spoke.

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