Groundbreaking ceremony held for bridge connecting Fort Myers Beach to Lover’s Key

Reporter: Asha Patel Writer: Paul Dolan
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A groundbreaking ceremony is underway on a project to replace the Big Carlos Pass Bridge connecting the south end of Fort Myers Beach to Lover’s Key on Estero.

It’s an almost $91,000,000 project that will include a fishing pier featured on the bridge, bike lanes, and a huge sidewalk.

“We saw the devastation that the storm brought some of our other bridges, and when these bridges get damaged and need to be repaired and the transportation,” Lee County Commissioner Ray Sandelli said.

Big Carlos Bridge Project. CREDIT: WINK News

“It’s good to see people on bikes. I rode this morning. I try to ride every day to stay somewhat fit. It’s a big biking community. They’re looking for connected trails they wanna ride without being interrupted and safely,” Sandelli said.

You can still drive on the old bridge during construction, which will last two years.

The bridge is expected to have a 75-year lifespan.

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