Replacement of sidewalk outside City Centre parking garage, infrastructure work continue

Crews were back at work Tuesday replacing pieces of the sidewalk outside the new City Centre parking garage in downtown Bradenton.

Earlier this summer, an issue with the brown aggregate portion of the sidewalk arose when it was found not to be what designers and the city expected. City officials chose to replace it with a “ginger” colored concrete.

However, that meant tearing up all the brown aggregate concrete that was already installed around the parking garage.

That’s being done in pieces now, but it means tearing up some of the concrete sidewalk that appeared finished.

On Tuesday, work on that replacement resumed at the corner in front of the Chamber of Commerce, which is located on the corner of 10th Street West and Third Avenue West.

Emmalee Legler, director of marketing and operations for Jon F. Swift Construction, said that while the company was resolving the issue with the aggregate concrete, crews poured a more traditional concrete in some places to ensure there was temporary walk-ability in the area so the chamber offices and garage could open.

The issues with the brown-colored sidewalk are being fixed outside the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. They have already been corrected down most of Third Avenue West and 10th Street West. Tiffany Tompkins ttompkins@bradenton.com

Now, they’re installing the newly chosen colored concrete product.

With the exception of the rain, Legler said crews are progressing at a rapid pace and they typically allocate for weather delays.

The brown aggregate concrete was also poured along Old Main Street, in front of City Hall. That will also eventually be replaced with the colored concrete product.

In addition to the sidewalk, there was some infrastructure work, such as drainage correction, at the corner that was scheduled work. This is planned as part of the city’s streetscape project.

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Sara Nealeigh covers what’s happening in the cities of Bradenton and Palmetto, Florida for the Bradenton Herald. She previously covered breaking news for the Herald after moving to Florida from Ohio in 2016.