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Project Details
Work Type: Bridge Construction
Phase: Design
Limits: First Street to North Key Drive
Length: 1 miles
Start of Current Phase: Mid 2023
Est. Completion of Current Phase: Early 2024

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is designing improvements to provide a sidewalk along the west side of US 41 from First Street in Fort Myers to North Key Drive in North Fort Myers.  This project is intended to improve pedestrian safety by modifying the existing bridges to accommodate a sidewalk on the west side of the southbound bridge.  This will be accomplished by installing new outside traffic railings, connecting the two bridge decks in the center, and restriping the lanes.  A new single median barrier will separate the northbound and southbound traffic.  New cross frames will also be installed in the middle bays between existing exterior steel girders under the deck.  This eight-foot sidewalk will connect to existing sidewalks north and south of the bridge structure to create safe access for pedestrians to cross.  The bridge lighting system will be replaced with new double arms poles on the new median barrier.

Motorists should expect extended single lane closures during bridge construction for this project except during the following periods:

December 16, 2023, to April 7, 2024

December 14, 2024, to April 27, 2025

December 13, 2025, to April 12, 2026

During the dates mentioned above, no lane closures will take place between the hours of 7:00 AM to 7:30 PM. Lane closures will be restricted to better accommodate commute times.

FDOT is coordinating with Lee County and the City of Fort Myers Traffic Operations to provide optimal signal timing to ease traffic impacts. Alternative routes will be provided during construction.

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Contact Information
Communications Team
Katelyn Carmona
(239) 744-9192
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