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Bradenton awards $1.6 million contract for new bridge over Wares Creek

BRADENTON -- The Bradenton City Council on Wednesday awarded a contract worth $1.6 million to Woodruff & Sons Inc. for a new Ninth Avenue West bridge over Wares Creek.

The city received three bids for the project and Woodruff & Sons, a local company, provided the most appealing option, said Claude Tankersley, public works director.

The project, which coincides with the first phase of dredging of Wares Creek, consists of the demolition of the existing bridge, construction of a new structure, and associated roadway improvements.

The award is tentative, pending written approval by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

“They’ve done work for us in the past and it has been very good,” said Mayor Wayne Poston, of Woodruff & Sons.