The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has determined that a high-level fixed bridge will replace the current Anna Maria span built in 1957 at the western end of SR 64. While the final structural design plans of the new bridge are yet to be drawn, recommendations on how it will look was completed in April.

   The new span, estimated to cost about $84 million, will be built approximately 14 feet south of the existing bridge and allow 65 feet of vertical navigational clearance. Its fixed-span feature would help ease traffic between Anna Maria and mainland Manatee County, officials say, because this would result in less traffic queuing compared with the drawbridge operation of the existing span.   Boating and fishing enthusiasts in the bay and Gulf of Mexico will more enjoy a day on the water. 
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