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Project Details
Work Type: Bridge Construction
Phase: Construction
Limits: Project limits are County Road 78 (Pine Island Road) from west of Little Pine Island Bridge (Bridge No. 120111) to west of Shoreview Drive
Length: 1.3 miles

Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Ian, FDOT is committed to improving quality of life for the Matlacha and Pine Island community. An executive order from Governor DeSantis paved the way for permanent Pine Island Road Causeway and Bridge permanent repairs. The roadway segments within this area however are owned, operated, and maintained by Lee County.  

This project is being procured as an emergency contract pursuant to the State of Florida Governor’s Executive Order No. 22-218, as amended by Executive Order No. 22-219 so the team can respond more rapidly for the community.

The limits of the Project are County Road 78 (Pine Island Road) from west of Little Pine Island Bridge (Bridge No. 120111) to west of Shoreview Drive.

Goals of the project:

  • Develop design and deliver phases of construction to provide for a permanent roadway, meeting the applicable standards within Lee County right-of-way;
  • Resiliency options for potential inclusion in permanent construction;
  • Proactively communicate, collaborate, and coordinate with Project stakeholders and the public;
  • Minimize impacts to the natural and built environments;
  • Complete NEPA and related environmental documentation prior to construction;
  • Complete permitting required for construction;
  • Restore access to private property;
  • Ensure that all NEPA commitments are met;
  • Minimize disruption to traffic flow during construction;
  • Minimize impacts to and endeavor to avoid utilities and coordinate Utility/Agency Owner’s (UAO) utility relocation schedules and plans;
  • Align phased Project delivery and earned value with available funding and environmental commitments;
  • Use innovation, design optimization accelerated construction techniques and sharing of risk to expedite project completion.

As information becomes available, this website will be updated.

NOTE:  The Shared Use Feasibility Study is currently on hold.

Public Involvement

Stakeholders are an integral part of our process, so we have created a project hotline, email, website, and dedicated community outreach team to serve you throughout this process. 

Hotline: (239)-214-3364

Email: shana.overhulser@dot.state.fl.us

Website: https://www.swflroads.com/project/451937-2

Project stakeholders:

  • Lee County
  • Property Owners
  • Utility Agencies and Owners - see Reference Documents for known utilities in area
  • Lee County School District
  • Businesses, Business Organizations, and Hotels in adjacent areas
  • Neighborhood Associations
  • Fire, Law Enforcement, and Emergency services
  • General Traveling Public
  • Others


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Contact Information
Construction Project Manager
James Heffelfinger
Communications Team
Shana Overhulser
For Media Inquiries Only
  • FDOT appreciates the community’s continued patience as we reconstruct the causeway.

    Pine Island Road Causeway and Bridge Permanent Repairs: Construction project:  As part of the Emergency Restoration of the Pine Island Road Causeway and Bridge, crews will be working in the project boundaries along CR 78 Pine Island Road from west of Little Pine Island Bridge (Bridge No. 120111) to West of Shoreview Drive.

    • CONTINUED: Motorists can expect traffic shifts and flagging operations as crews continue work on underground utility installation on the north side of the causeway
    • Motorists can expect occasional delays due to flagging operations for delivery/removal of materials, transfer of equipment. 
    • Please use caution and watch for workers and construction vehicles entering and exiting the roadway.
    • Crews are maintaining two-lane traffic on causeway.
    • Please be alerted to construction equipment in the construction zone. To maintain safety, motorists should find alternate parking areas.
    • Pedestrians and bicyclists are not permitted within the construction zone.
    • Noise from construction equipment in the area is to be expected.
    • Please be patient and plan for additional travel time as it may be slower than usual in the area.

    For additional information, visit the FDOT project web page at https://www.swflroads.com/project/451937-2 or email at shana.overhulser@dot.state.fl.us

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