BRADENTON -- Construction crews will begin renovation of the 14th Avenue Bridge in Wares Creek at 7 a.m. Wednesday, which will cause road closures and traffic detours.
Jim McLellan, Bradenton engineering section manager, said alternative routes will be similar to the detour program used during the construction on the 12th Avenue Bridge, which will reopen Wednesday morning.
"There's four bridges. While 14th is closed, people can use Ninth, 12th or 17th," said McLellan.
This bridge renovation has three of four bridges being remodeled in Wares Creek. Public works director Claude Tankersley said the projects are moving along smoothly.
"We are ahead of schedule and budget, we've been very successful with this project," said Tankersley,
The 14th Avenue Bridge is projected to be completed by January and will cost $175,00. The fourth bridge on 17th Avenue should be complete by November 2014. Tankersley said 17th Avenue Bridge will be built after the 14th Avenue Bridge is done.
Completing all four bridges will cost roughly $7 million, said McMellan. He said the Southwest Florida Water Management District is paying 50 percent of the project.
"The rest of funding is a low-interest loan from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection," said McMellan.
The loans, which the city will repay over 20 years at 2.3 percent interest, will be funded through stormwater utility fees
Residents are encouraged to call McLellan at 941-708-6300, ext. 235, with questions.
Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.