BRADENTON -- Expect minor delays if heading to or from Anna Maria Island starting next week.
According to Lauren Hatchell, public information officer for the Florida Department of Transportation, a 3-month resurfacing project consisting of 1.6 miles of Manatee Avenue West from the Perico Bay Club east to Palma Sola Boulevard will slow traffic down, but delays are expected to be minimal.
"There will be nighttime overnight lane closures associated with this project," said Hatchell. "Lane closures are allowed from 6 p.m.-8 a.m."
Hatchell said motorists may see activity as early as Monday, but the bulk of construction activities are expected to begin any day next week after the Easter weekend, the traditional time considered to be the end of tourist season.
Hatchell said that was no accident given the fact that the island is a popular tourist destination.
"We try to be as minimally invasive as possible, especially in this type of area where we prefer to start after tourist season to reduce the amount of impact," she said.
The project will consist of resurfacing, sidewalk improvements, new curbing, drainage improvements, new signage and pavement markings. The cost of the project is $988,000.
Nighttime road construction sites are typically well lighted areas, however, motorists are asked to use patience and caution when negotiating the construction zone and to be aware of workers present.
"Obviously when we are talking about closing lanes, there will be flaggers out directing traffic," said Hatchell. "We expect to have at least one lane open to direct traffic through the construction zone."
Hatchell said both lanes will be open during the day for normal traffic flow, but that workers may be present conducting work-related activities on the sides of the road.
The project is expected to be completed by mid-to-late summer.