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Project Update -July / August 2017

Fort Hamer Bridge:

Construction of the Fort Hamer Bridge is approximately 87% complete and extends the full width of the river, approximately 2300 feet. There are still 4 decks that remain to be poured, however the north and south ends of the bridge are connected by concrete beams.

All the piers are constructed and all the beams are set. Crews plan to pour the concrete for the remaining decks during the month of July. Once complete, crews will finish the barrier wall and pedestrian railing.

You may have noticed that the bridge is getting a fresh coat of paint. Crews continue installation of conduit and light poles for street lighting at the south end of the bridge. Grading and sod placement is also taking place on the south end of the bridge, near UMRR.

Below are the activities scheduled to take place over the next several weeks on Fort Hamer Bridge.

  • Pouring concrete decks (spans)
  • Installing barrier wall and pedestrian railing

Watch the Fort Hamer Bridge Flyover Video:

Click HERE to see the video.

Fort Hamer Road and Upper Manatee River Road (UMRR):

  • Punch list items
  • Paving the southern approach to the bridge
  • Placing the final layer of asphalt and permanent striping on Fort Hamer Road in July
  • Placing the final layer of asphalt and permanent striping on UMRR in August

Ribbon Cutting Event

A celebratory Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is in the planning stages. The tentative date is Saturday, August 26 and the time is still to be determined. As more information becomes available, it will be posted here.

Fort Hamer Bridge Run Event*

Be a part of history and run the bridge before it opens to traffic. Local supporters are hosting a 5K, 10K, 1 Mile and Kids’ Race on Saturday, August 26. For more information on registration and race day events call 941-932-6147 or visit

*Note: This is not a Manatee County sponsored event

Local Notice to Mariners:

Please click this LINK for posting of information for those requiring access to the Manatee River channel during construction of the Fort Hamer Bridge.

  • While working in the river, a marine vessel is used to assist with construction of the bridge.
  • The northern approach is being constructed and will connect with end bent 19 at this location.
  • The crane is positioned on top of the trestle (temporary bridge) as crews prepare for construction of the next pier on the river’s edge.
  • An Aerial view of the Fort Hamer Bridge construction shows the temporary bridge (trestle). Crews have started driving piles at Pier 16 adjacent to the southern end of the trestle.
  • Pier 16 under construction. The columns are covered to prevent the concrete from cooling too quickly. The trestle bridge is to the right.
  • Looking south at Pier 18 and 17 with concrete beams set on top.
  • Looking south at the bridge from ground-level.
  • The sidewalk is poured alongside of the deck and forms are set for the placement of barrier wall.
  • Construction of pier 15 is underway.
  • Looking South - 800 feet from the north bank of the Manatee River
  • Looking south towards UMRR - Future southern approach to the bridge
  • 134 foot girders (beams) on top of Piers 12 and 13
  • Installation of guardrail on the northern approach to bridge
  • Looking north from Winding Stream Way towards the bridge
  • Looking North at Pier 8
  • Aerial View of the Beams Prior to the Deck Pour
  • Looking North Toward Fort Hamer Park
  • The Bridge Deck Looking South Toward Upper Manatee River Road
  • Looking South Toward the Construction of the Southern Approach to Bridge
  • Fort Hamer Bridge Approximately 1500 Feet from the Northern Bank of the Manatee River
  • Looking North at the New Signalized Intersection at UMRR and Fort Hamer Road
  • Construction of Sidewalk, Curb and Gutter along UMRR
  • Span 7 Extending out to Pier 6
  • Looking South Toward Pier 2 from the Temporary Bridge
  • Southern Approach to Fort Hamer Bridge
  • Trestle Bridge Relocated to the Southern Bank of the Manatee River
  • Concrete beams connect the north end of the bridge with the deck on the south end.
  • Construction Assist Marine Vessel
  • Northern Approach Construction
  • Crane on a Trestle
  • Aerial View of Project Site
  • Pier 16 Covered
  • Pier 18 and 17 looking South
  • Beams
  • Sidewalk01
  • View of Pier 15
  • South Facing - Besides Manatee River
  • South Facing - Future Road to Southern Approach
  • Girders to Pier 12/13
  • Guardrail Installation
  • Looking Towards Bridge Construction
  • 20161130 FHR Looking N
  • 20161130 FHR Bridge Deck
  • 20161130 FHR Bridge Looking N
  • Ft. Hamer bridge6 2
  • Ft. Hamer bridge2 2
  • Intersection at UMRR
  • Sidewalk, Curb and Gutter along UMRR
  • Under Bridge
  • Looking at Pier 2
  • southern approach resized
  • Trestle
  • Concrete Beams


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