Lane closures on Siesta Key bridges will not overlap, FDOT official says

The north Siesta bridge will have only one lane closed while rehabilitation is under way through mid-October, Florida Department of Transportation officials stress. File photo

Because heavy rains on June 1 delayed completion of a guardrail project on the Stickney Point Bridge on the south end of Siesta Key, intermittent lane closures on that bridge might continue through Thursday, June 7, the District One spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation told The Sarasota News Leader June 4.

Those closures would be between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. only, said Lauren Hatchell, public information officer for the FDOT in Bartow.

Erroneous information published early June 4 by another Sarasota publication had residents fretting that lane closures on the Stickney Point Bridge would overlap the coming lane closure on the north Siesta bridge as the rehabilitation of that bridge gets under way.

The north bridge project starts June 5, but the contactor is not planning any lane closure until Monday, June 11, Hatchell said.

The contractor and crew for the Stickney Point Bridge project “know that they have to be done before those lane closures start on the north bridge,” Hatchell told the News Leader.

The Stickney Point Bridge work involves the replacement of wooden posts to which the guardrail is attached, Hatchell said. The work should be complete later today, June 4, or on June 5, she said, “unless really bad weather comes through.”

Hatchell pointed out that FDOT officials had worked hard with residents and business owners on Siesta Key, as well as county officials, to make certain the north bridge project would create as little disruption as possible. It is scheduled through mid-October, but one lane will remain open at all times, she emphasized, while the work is under way between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.