By SARA KENNEDY
BRADENTON -- County officials announced there will be street closings in downtown Bradenton in coming months to accommodate a huge "chiller plant" construction project. Also, the Central Library will be closed for eight weeks during construction.
The $12.5 million plant to be built in the 300 block of Ninth Street West.
Lines filled with chilled water will stretch from the plant site and extend north and south on 10th Street West and west on Third Avenue West to 15th Street West and down 13th Street West to the Bradenton Central Library, as well as parts of Fourth Avenue West.
Workers have already cut a deep trench just north of the Manatee County Administration Building for piping designed to cool county buildings as part of an overall long-term energy savings plan.
A major impact of the project will be the closure of parts of 10th Street in mid- to late-November, officials told the Manatee County Commission Thursday.
Other parts of 10th Street will be closed in late December through January, they said.
The Central Library in downtown Bradenton will be closed for eight weeks beginning in February of next year, officials said. An alternate site has been arranged to provide some library services, officials said.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.