BRADENTON -- A three-month resurfacing project starts next week along Manatee Avenue West ranging from the Perico Bay Club east to Palma Sola Boulevard.
Expect only minor delays on Anna Maria Island along the 1.6-mile stretch, said Lauren Hatchell, public information officer for the Florida Department of Transportation.
"There will be nighttime overnight lane closures associated with this project," said Hatchell. "Lane closures are allowed from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m."
Hatchell said motorists may see activity as early as Monday, but the bulk of construction activities are expected to begin after the Easter weekend, the time traditionally considered the end of tourist season.
That's no accident, given the fact 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 $988,000 project will consist of resurfacing, sidewalk improvements, new curbing, drainage improvements, new signage and pavement markings.
Nighttime road construction sites are typically well-lighted but 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 but workers may be present conducting work-related activities on roadsides.
The project is expected to be completed by late summer.