Motorists may experience temporary intermittent lane closures with flagging operations along UMRR. Proceed with caution and be prepared to stop.
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.
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.
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 www.FortHamerBridgeRun.com.
*Note: This is not a Manatee County sponsored event
Please click this LINK for posting of information for those requiring access to the Manatee River channel during construction of the Fort Hamer Bridge.