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Sarasota News Leader October 19, 2012 project go as smoothly as possible, Stafford said. Although FDOT had offered the contractor an incentive of $7,500 per day — up to a total of $150,000 — to complete the project before Oct. 16, Stafford said the contractor did not earn any of that bonus. On the other hand, she pointed out, the contractor would not be fined for working beyond the contract period. The contractor for the approximately $3.49 million project is Coastal Marine Construction Inc. of Venice. During the July 7, 2011 SKA meeting, FDOT officials had noted the contractor could be fined $7,500 per day — also up to $150,000 — for exceeding the 120-day schedule set for work days. The schedule called for work stop- page during the July Fourth and Labor Day weekend holidays. Page 44 Stafford said the contractor was allotted about 10 extra weather days for the project af- ter it was under way. Sarasota County had to contend with effects over the summer of both Tropical Storm Debby and Hurricane Isaac. The contractor's primary concern, Stafford said, was adhering to the schedule for the nightly lane closures to end. The primary work on the bridge involved the replacement of the sidewalk steel grating and repairs to the concrete and steel in the mov- able deck. The project included the installa- tion of new windows for the bridge-tender house. This is the first time the entire steel deck grat- ing on the roadway has been replaced, accord- ing to FDOT. The bridge was built in 1972. Enter To Win A New iPad When our "Likes" on Facebook reach 1,000, we will randomly select one of our subscribers to receive a new iPad. 1 Click here to Subscribe The contest concludes when The Sarasota News Leader achieves 1,000 "Likes" on Facebook, One winner will be selected at random from among subscribers. Only subscribers are eligible to win the iPad, regardless of having "Liked" our page on Facebook. Contest is open only to residents of Sarasota County. Selected winners must provide a valid Sarasota County street address to receive the iPad. Contest is void where prohibited by law. 2 Then Like Us On Facebook

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