Riverside Drive bridge opening postponed

Photo by Norman Schimmel

The Riverside Drive bridge, northeast of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way bridge over Whitaker Bayou, is expected to reopen Friday, July 27, the City of Sarasota announced this afternoon, July 20.

The bridge had been scheduled to reopen today; however, maintenance on the structure has been more extensive than anticipated, prompting the extended closure, a city news release says.

Local traffic can access each end of the bridge from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and North Riverside Drive.  Just the Riverside Drive bridge itself is closed to traffic.  Motorists should follow the detour signs, the news release says.