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Bradenton to start bridge construction over Wares Creek in April

BRADENTON -- Workers will begin to replace the aged Ninth Avenue West Bridge, spanning Wares Creek, in April, officials say.

Bradenton officials plan to advertise for bids on the $1.7 million project, which is expected to take 150 days, said Jim McLellan, engineering section manager for Bradenton’s public works department.

The city plans to remove the existing bridge, and install a new, precast concrete arch-type structure, McLellan said today.

The new bridge will be designed to provide a more generous flow capacity for the flood-prone creek, which starts near State Road 70 and meanders north to empty into the Manatee River.

Because the bridge is next to Ballard Elementary, the city hopes to do the majority of work during the summer, when children are out of school, said McLellan. The idea is to avoid as much as possible any disruption to students, parents and bus drivers, he said.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031.

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