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Project Update -August / September 2017

Fort Hamer Bridge:

Construction of the Fort Hamer Bridge is approximately 90% complete and extends the full width of the river, approximately 2300 feet. The final deck is scheduled to be poured in mid-August, pending weather.

All the piers are constructed and all the beams are set. Once the crews pour the concrete for the remaining deck, 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.

  • Installing barrier wall and pedestrian railing
  • Grinding and Grooving
  • Painting

Watch the Fort Hamer Bridge Flyover Video:

Click HERE to see the video.

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

  • Paving the southern approach to the bridge
  • Permanent striping on Fort Hamer Road
  • Placing the final layer of asphalt and permanent striping on UMRR

Ribbon Cutting Event

A celebratory Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 23. The time is tentatively set for 8:30 a.m. We anticipate opening the bridge to traffic later that same day. Please check back for more details as we get closer to September 23.

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.
  • 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.
  • Aerial view of Fort Hamer Bridge that stretches the entire width of the Manatee River.
  • All the piers are constructed and all the beams are set allowing crews to finish the barrier wall and pedestrian railing.
  • Construction Assist Marine Vessel
  • Northern Approach Construction
  • Crane on a Trestle
  • 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
  • Aerial view of Fort Hamer Bridge
  • Piers and beams are set


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