Client: FDOT District 1
Location: Manatee County, Florida
Start Date: August 2015
Completion Date: Estimated 2017
This project involves designing a high-level fixed bridge to replace the existing bascule bridge to Anna Maria Island. The new bridge will be constructed to the south of the existing bridge and provide 65-feet of vertical navigational clearance and 100-feet of horizontal clearance between fenders. The existing Anna Maria Island Bridge will be demolished following the construction of the new bridge with the acceptable debris recycled on an artificial reef where feasible. American is working closely with the Aesthetics Committee to evaluate architectural and aesthetic elements such as overlooks, pier flutes, logos, colors and textures, MSE wall features and geometrics, pedestrian barrier walls, and other features.
Roadway approaches to the bridge will consist of two 12-foot wide travel lanes, 10-foot-wide shoulders (7-foot paved for buffered bicycle lanes), 10-foot-wide sidewalks on both sides of the roadway, curb and gutter on the north side of the roadway (west of the bridge only), and a 45 mph design speed. A combination of reconstruction, milling and resurfacing, and widening will be used to reconfigure the travel lanes to match the new bridge. A roundabout analysis will be performed at the SR 789 intersection.
Public involvement and aesthetics are important to the community. We are working closely with the Aesthetics and Bridge Design Committees to preserve the open, spacious views from the water and nearby land areas. Enhanced landscape and hardscape features will be developed so the project is in harmony with the community and preserves and enhances the natural, environmental, scenic, and aesthetic values of the area. Local agencies and organizations include Manatee County, City of Holmes Beach, City of Bradenton, City of Bradenton Beach, and Save Anna Maria Island.
Additional work includes survey, aerial photography, geotechnical, drainage and permitting, seagrass mitigation, ITS, signalization, utility coordination, signing and pavement marking, and lighting.