Quick Facts:

  • Construction Start:
    March 2015
  • Anticipated Completion:
    Early 2017
  • Contractor:
    Johnson Bros. Corp.


  • Fort Hamer Bridge:
  • Upper Manatee River Road:
  • Fort Hamer Road:

Media Visits:

  • For safety reasons, all media visits must be scheduled through Trudy Gerena at 813-299-3579 or trudy@valerin-group.com
  • Media/visitors must report to the construction trailer prior to entering work zone. Proper construction attire must be worn at all times while in the work zone.


Fort Hamer Bridge Project

Project Description:

Manatee County is constructing the Fort Hamer Bridge that extends approximately 2,300 feet across the Manatee River and connects Upper Manatee River Road (UMRR) with Fort Hamer Road. UMRR and Fort Hamer Road will undergo functional improvements. All three projects span a total length of approximately 5.5 miles. The cost for all three projects is $32,690,155.48.

Project Improvements:

The Fort Hamer Bridge consists of new construction of a two-lane bridge with paved bike lanes, improved shoulders, sidewalk on the east side, and turn lanes at the north and south approaches. The approaches also include sidewalks, shoulders, and roadway lighting. A traffic signal will be installed on the south side of the bridge at the intersection of UMRR.

Improvements along UMRR and Fort Hamer Road include additional sidewalk, paved bike lanes, grass shoulders, right and left turn lanes at each intersection, milling and resurfacing, and widening of the road to 24 feet.



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