Cortez Bridge Project
Built in 1956, Cortez Bridge spans Anna Maria Sound/Sarasota Bay in Manatee County providing one of two connections between Anna Maria Island and the mainland of Manatee County. This study evaluated future repair or replacement of the existing two-lane structure. The need for the project was based on the functional obsolescence and structural condition of the existing bridge.
Bridge inspection reports conducted between 2008 and 2012 show that Cortez Bridge is functionally obsolete because of lack of shoulders, nine-inch concrete curbs separating the travel lanes from the sidewalk and old style bridge railings.
Due to the naturally corrosive salt water environment, the bridge continues to deteriorate and will need additional repairs in the future. The condition of the bridge is anticipated to deteriorate further as the structure has exceeded its 50-year service life. Replacement of the bridge will address the condition of the structure and reinforce the connection between Anna Maria Island and the mainland of Manatee County.