Fort Hamer Bridge project moves forward

PARRISH — Heavy rains made a mess of the Fort Hamer Bridge site during the past month, and complicated several other local road construction projects.

Even so, bridge crews, which previously poured two sets of piers extending to the water’s edge on the north side of the Manatee River, drove their first piles in the stream during the past month, said Trudy Gerena, spokeswoman for the project.

Beams for the bridge were delivered this week and were being installed Thursday on top of the first two piers.

“The beams range in size from 130 to 145 feet and weigh up to 83 tons. There will be a total of 90 beams used in the construction of the bridge,” Gerena said.

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Transportation planners seek new Manatee River bridge

MANATEE — Transportation planners seek new Manatee River bridge.  A four-lane bridge over the Manatee River, expansion of Interstate 75 to 10 lanes and widening of Fort Hamer Road are among Manatee County’s roadway needs.

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization approved the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Needs Plan on Monday. The plan “identifies all transportation projects that are necessary to meet identified future transportation demand, or advance the adopted goals, objectives and policies of the MPO board,” according to agenda materials.

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Bradenton DDA gives tenative nod to Beneficial to continue design for 14th Street West

The Bradenton DDA Selection Committee that previously tapped Sarasota-based Beneficial Communities to help develop the old Manatee Inns site on 14th Street West heard a more detailed proposal Wednesday.

Beneficial, along with Bradenton’s Fawley Bryant architectural firm, presented a conceptual design for workforce housing featuring a staggered-roof commercial and residential building on 14th Street West and a second row of workforce housing farther to the east. In between the two rows of buildings containing about 80 units of live-work space, would be open green space for pop-up events and public art projects.

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