San Carlos Boulevard (SR 865) Design from North of Crescent Street to North of Hurricane Bay Bridge
About the Project
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One is preparing the design of improvements along San Carlos Boulevard (SR 865) from north of Crescent Street to north of Hurricane Bay Bridge, approximately one mile, in Lee County. The Matanzas Pass Bridge will be modified to accommodate a shared-use path. The existing southbound Bus/Bicycle-Only lane will be converted to a general use travel lane. San Carlos Boulevard from Main Street to Hurricane Bay Bridge will be restriped to accommodate bicycle lanes in each direction of travel. The existing southbound Right-Turn-Only lane approaching Main Street will be converted to a general use travel lane that will continue across the Matanzas Pass Bridge. A new traffic signal will be constructed at Main Street. The alternating signal at Prescott Street / Buttonwood Drive will be adjusted to operate as a conventional signal. The Hurricane Bay Bridge will be modified to accommodate bicycle lanes in each direction of travel and a barrier-protected sidewalk along the west side of the bridge.
In partnership with Lee County, LeeTran, and Town of Fort Myers Beach, this project will incorporate Lee County's Seafarers Alternative at the intersection of Estero Boulevard and Fifth Street. Lee County presented Seafarers Alternative to Fort Myers Beach Town Council on March 2, 2020. Town Council consensus was to move forward with Lee County's intersection concept. The intersection concept can be found under the Documents and Publications section. A new traffic signal will be constructed at Fifth Street to replace the existing pedestrian crosswalk signal. The reconstructed intersection will enhance public transit mobility, pedestrian safety, and provide opportunity areas for landscaping and other aesthetic features.
Need for the Project
The purpose of the project is to provide additional travel options on a congested corridor, especially during the peak tourist season (January - April). The project will enhance mobility and safety for vehicular and non-vehicular transportation and increase accessibility and connections between community points of interest.
FDOT is coordinating with Town of Fort Myers Beach, Lee County and LeeTran on the design of improvements throughout the project limits. Two projects are being implemented via the FDOT Local Agency Project (LAP) process ahead of the San Carlos Boulevard project. Lee County is installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Estero Boulevard and Crescent Street. Town of Fort Myers Beach is installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Estero Boulevard and Old San Carlos Boulevard. The Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study is running concurrently with the design.