There’s a New 12-Foot Wide Path Coming

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Unfortunately it’s not on any of the 7-mile stretch between the Matanzas Pass Bridge and the Big Carlos Pass Bridge. On Tuesday, Lee County Commissioners approved an agreement with Florida D.O.T. to design a 12-foot wide, mixed-use trail from the Big Carlos Pass Bridge to the Big Hickory Bridge. The state is paying for the project.

The path will link the South end of Fort Myers Beach with Bonita Beach.

The trail is part of the Florida Shared-Use Non-motorized (SUN) Trail Program stretching about 3.25 miles along Estero Boulevard from Big Hickory Pass Bridge to Big Carlos Pass Bridge.

Design is expected to begin by the end of 2024. The SUN Trail Program was established in 2015 and receives an annual allocation of funding from a redistribution of state vehicle tag revenues.

The Big Carlos Pass Bridge is currently under construction, and it will include sidewalk connections to the future SUN Trail. Additionally, the county has a future project to replace the remaining three bridges between Hickory Island and Fort Myers Beach, and those replacement bridges will also incorporate the future SUN Trail.

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