By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
The start of the $9.4 million Anna Maria Bridge rehabilitation has been delayed by a month, but residents and business owners will have a chance to meet with state officials regarding the project at a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced the meeting last week and said that it had delayed the start of the rehabilitation project from Monday, Jan. 7, to Monday, Feb. 4, at the request of Quinn Construction. The contractor said that it needed the time to allow its sub-contractors to adjust their work schedules after agreeing to reduce the 75-day closure to 45 days and move the starting date for the closure from March to Sept. 29. Representatives of the Island business community requested that change, saying business is slower between September and November.
The 400-day, $9.4 million contract will extend until March 10, 2009. The Feb. 4 start date is when the contractor will begin mobilization, which will not affect traffic flow on the bridge.
PB Americas, Inc., is the construction management team hired by FDOT to oversee the work of the contractor. The project includes repair and resurfacing of concrete decks; repair of railings, piles, seawall and the re-balancing span; cleaning and painting steel, including lead abatement, renovation of the control house, reconditioning of drive machinery, and replacement of the entire electrical power and control system.
A project-specific Web site should be available for public viewing this month. The Web site address is www.amibridgerehab.com.