Portion of 53rd Avenue West reopens

A portion of 53rd Avenue West in West Bradenton has reopened.

As part of the 53rd Avenue West improvement project, the section between 51st Street West and 66th Street West, which was closed June 13, is now open to traffic, according to a notice sent Thursday.

While the road is back open, “the traveling public is asked to use continued caution throughout the project,” according to the notice. “Also please watch for traffic entering and exiting at the temporary golf course entrance.”

This closure, which was for the installation of a new 42-inch force main underneath the street, was anticipated to be the only road closure during the project, which is turning the undivided two-lane, an approximately 1.8-mile segment of 53rd Avenue West between 43rd Street West to the roundabout at 75th Street West, into a divided four-lane roadway.

Last summer, the Manatee County Commission awarded the contract to Bradenton’s Woodruff & Sons Inc. for almost $12 million, with 730 calendar days to complete.

The project also includes modification of traffic signals at the intersections at 51st Street West and 66th Street West. The Advanced Traffic Management System will be installed from 43rd Street West to 75th Street West. New signing and pavement marking will be done along 53rd Avenue West, in addition to replacing the force main.

Claire Aronson: 941-745-7024, @Claire_Aronson