New Braden River bridge would require environmental study

skennedy@bradenton.comAugust 20, 2013 

MANATEE -- A bridge across the Braden River at 44th Avenue East could potentially win a permit from the U.S. Coast Guard, but the project first will require an environmental assessment, a county official said Tuesday.

However, if there are "significant environmental impacts," the Coast Guard could also require a more extensive study, called an environmental impact statement, said Sia Mollanazar, the county's deputy director of engineering services.

"Our game plan is to hire a consultant and do the EA (environmental assessment) submittal," said Mollanazar during a workshop meeting with property owners who will be affected by the big road project designed to provide another east-west route across the county.

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