Cortez Bridge may get a facelift

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BRADENTON - The Cortez Bridge that extents to Bradenton Beach may be getting a facelift.

A public hearing on the future of the bridge is being held today.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the bridge does not meet current standards. That means repairs must be done or the bridge must be replaced.

F-DOT announced a 1.5 million-dollar study on the long-term future of the 57-year-old drawbridge.

They will present some of their finding at today’s meeting. “The positives, quite honestly, is that people could have a better bridge, whether we do a rehabilitation or if we do a replacement. What we want to shoot for is to make sure that the bridge is save and that it’s an effect means of transporting people and allowing boats and what not to travel underneath it,” says Robin Stublen, F-DOT.

If you are interested in attending it’s from 4-7 p.m. at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 6101 Cortez Road, Bradenton.