PARRISH -- Fort Hamer Road between Golf Course Road and U.S. 301 will be closed Jan. 14 - 21, as part of a $2 million road improvement project, Manatee County government announced Friday.
In December, Gator Grading and Paving paved a reconfigured intersection of Fort Hamer Road with U.S. 301. The new section of Fort Hamer Road sweeps gracefully to the intersection, and will allow motorists a clearer view of north and south-bound traffic on U.S. 301.
The new intersection is located just to the west of the current intersection.
The closure next week is to allow the newly paved section to be connected to Fort Hamer Road near Britt Road.
Also planned is work on a 24-inch water main and 16-inch sewer line in the area, said Randy Lanier of Gator Grading and Paving.
Completion date for the roadwork is April 2014, county spokesman Nick Azzara said Friday, adding that the project is on schedule.
While the section of road is closed next week, Fort Hamer Road traffic will be detoured south of Golf Course Road to Old Tampa Road to Chin Road and then onto U.S. 301.
Ben Jordan, vice president of the Parrish Civic Association, said there has been some concern about the project from a few Parrish residents, particularly along 121st Avenue East, which is directly across the street from the new intersection of Fort Hamer Road and U.S. 301.
They are worried that the new intersection will dump more traffic on 121st Avenue East when the Parrish bypass is eventually extended to Moccasin Wallow Road.
Carl Rhodes, owner of C&K Smoke House BBQ, located at the old intersection of U.S. 301 and Fort Hamer Road, said the project has so far had little affect on business.
"We knew it would happen. It will probably make it safer when it's completed," Rhodes said.
James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter @jajones1.