The new bridge reopened Dec. 20 after months of construction to better facilitate water flow as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control project of Wares Creek. Construction on a new bridge began in July and it was remodeled to have a slightly higher elevation in order to reduce flooding. The City of Bradenton received a $1 million stimulus grant to rebuild the 67-year-old bridge.
The city will also replace bridges at 12th and 14th avenues to ease the flow of water in Wares Creek. Rebuilding of the 12th and 14th avenue bridges will begin in February.
Quality Enterprises USA Inc., a Naples-based construction company, was awarded the bid to replace the 12th and 14th avenue bridges and the city will pay the company $2.38 million for the work, as well as for drainage improvements on 20th Street West.