Big Carlos Pass Bridge Work Begins

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Construction has begun on the new Big Carlos Pass Bridge between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita. The existing bridge will be closed to fishing beginning July 23 to ensure safety as Lee County’s contractor begins working in the pass later this month driving pile for the new bridge.

The contractor, Superior Construction, will be installing signs this week to notify the public of this change.

The new bridge will replace the existing drawbridge over Big Carlos Pass with a fixed-span bridge that will provide a vertical navigation clearance of 60 feet. The new bridge will be constructed on the Gulf side of the existing bridge, and will include:

  • one travel lane in each direction;
  • bicycle lanes;
  • 6-foot-wide sidewalk along the north side of Estero Boulevard;
  • and a 10-foot-wide shared use path along the south side of Estero Boulevard.

A parking area with access to the Lovers Key State Park and a fishing pier will be included on the southeast side of the bridge. The project also includes relocation of existing infrastructure for Lee County Utilities and Bonita Springs Utilities. The construction contract also includes creation of an offshore artificial reef using the materials from the old bridge.

The project is expected to be completed in Summer 2026. Project cost is $90.8 million.

For more information about the project, visit https://bigcarlosbridgeproject.com/.

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