Traffic

Traffic Watch for Jan. 2

MANATEE COUNTY

n State Road 789 (Gulf Drive) at Longboat Key Pass Bridge: Improvement project activities, including bridge repair, painting and sidewalk construction will be suspended through today. Construction will restart Tuesday with daytime and nighttime activities, including temporary nighttime lane closures 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Motorists are advised to obey speed limit and exercise extreme caution. This project is anticipated for completion in the spring.

n State Road 64/Manatee Avenue from 12th Street East to 15th Street West: Lane closures 7 p.m.-6 a.m. for reconstruction, milling and resurfacing, streetscape and drainage improvements. New permanent traffic pattern will be in effect at Eighth Street West to the north of Manatee Avenue. Motorists southbound on Eighth Street West will not be permitted to exit onto Manatee and will have to use Fourth Avenue West. Access from Manatee Avenue onto Eighth Street West will remain open along with business entrances and driveways on Eighth Street West between Manatee and Fourth avenues. The improvement project has an anticipated completion date of early 2012.

n Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers: Demolition of 75 spans from the east sides of the north and south fishing piers together with the pile caps and associated piles. Project is expected to be complete by spring.

n County Road 675/Rutland Road from U.S. 301 to State Road 64: Traffic control sign installations as well as erosion control installations.

-- Herald staff reports

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