An official groundbreaking ceremony for the $91 million Big Carlos Pass Bridge replacement will be held Thursday, June 15th at 10 a.m. The bridge connects the south end of Fort Myers Beach to Lover’s Key on Estero Boulevard. The project is slated to start this Summer.
The ceremony will be held at the west parking area for Lovers Key State Park, on the south side of the Big Carlos Pass Bridge.
The construction contract with Superior Construction Co. Southeast LLC 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.
Read more about the project HERE.
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. When completed, 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 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 old bridge.