Big Carlos Pass Bridge Rebuild to Start This Spring


The Lee Country Board of Commissioners have approved the construction contract for a new Big Carlos Pass Bridge. The bridge connects the south end of Fort Myers Beach to Lover’s Key on Estero Boulevard. The $90.8 million construction contract with Superior Construction Co. Southeast includes:

  • a new fixed span bridge with a 60-foot navigation clearance over Big Carlos Pass with a lifespan of 75 years
  • a fishing pier
  • pedestrian/bicycle-friendly features

The new bridge will be constructed on the Gulf side of the existing bridge; motorists will continue to have access to the old bridge throughout construction. It will include one travel lane in each direction, bicycle lanes, a 6-foot-wide sidewalk along the north side of Estero Boulevard and a 10-foot shared use path along the south side of Estero Boulevard. The project also includes installation of new infrastructure for Lee County Utilities and Bonita Springs Utilities.

Construction is expected to begin in late spring. The construction contract also includes creation of an offshore artificial reef using the old bridge.


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