U.S. 41/U.S. 301 in downtown Bradenton reopens after accident

BRADENTON — Officials have reopened a key section of U.S. 41/U.S. 301 closed for about three hours because of damaged signs hanging precariously over the road.

Traffic began flowing on the section between Manatee Avenue in Bradenton and Haben Boulevard in Palmetto about 5:15 p.m.

Officials closed the road because a garbage truck struck overhead signs near Manatee Memorial Hospital shortly after 2 p.m.

“The signs are hanging and with these winds, we’re not comfortable allowing traffic underneath those signs,” Clemmons said earlier.

Traffic was detoured through downtown Bradenton and downtown Palmetto to the Green Bridge.

Meanwhile, traffic was backed up on side streets in the area near Manatee Memorial Hospital, as the affected stretch of U.S. 41/U.S. 301 is one of the busiest roadways in Bradenton.

The driver of a Waste Management truck had a portion of the truck raised to pick up dumpsters. That equipment struck the overhead signs as he was driving southbound, officials said.

An officer witnessed the collision as the driver left the scene.

Department of Transportation workers were called to inspect the integrity of the sign and make needed repairs.