MYAKKA CITY -- The temporary steel bridge on Taylor Road will be replaced by a concrete bridge by late 2014, according to Manatee County officials.
The steel bridge replaced a one-lane wooden bridge in need of significant repair. The county plans to remove the temporary bridge and build a two-lane bridge for roughly $700,000, said Chad Butzow, county deputy director of public works.
"The existing wooden bridge has exceeded its functional life, and the best long-term interest for the county... is to build a concrete bridge given the longer life span and long term investment," he said.
For Chris Baden, owner of Rocky Creek Ranch on Taylor Road, the new bridge is critical. He said the bridge, the only means of egress/ingress from Taylor Road, can't accommodate larger vehicles, which has put a burden on his business.
"We have purchased storage containers that couldn't get across the (temporary)
bridge because of their length and width," he said. "It can become a serious issue if we can't get across the bridge in terms of safety: fire and police."
Baden said he wishes the project, which began in March 2013, would move along faster.
As of Tuesday, project plans were complete and the county is preparing and releasing a bid package, Butzow said. Bidding will take up to three months. Once the contract is awarded, four to six months construction on the 100-foot bridge will follow.