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Progress in the restoration of Sanibel Causeway post-Hurricane Ian

Sanibel Causeway Restoration Making Progress Since Hurricane Ian

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November will mark 14 months since Hurricane Ian clobbered Southwest Florida. Residents, snowbirds, and vacationing tourists remain anticipating updates on hotels, restaurants, and the status of the famous piers in Naples and Fort Myers Beach.

It is not scientific, but based on recent scans of social media, some of the popular inquiries is concerning the Sanibel Causeway. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) continues the emergency restoration of the Sanibel Causeway, making progress every day. Listed here are the updates for November that FDOT wants the general public to know:

– The contractor is working on restoring five bridge approaches where the bridge meets the upland roadway.
– Motorists should expect one to two-lane traffic on weekends through November and December, from 7 p.m. on Fridays to six a.m. on Mondays.
– Flaggers and temporary signals will assist drivers as crews work across the clock to revive the causeway bridge approaches. Traffic delays ought to be expected, and motorists should allow additional travel time on weekends.

To make sure safety and smooth traffic flow:

– Motorists are reminded to obey the posted speed limit of 20 mph on the Sanibel Causeway.
– The causeway islands surrounding the temporary roadway are closed for public access, including access from the water.
– Be patient, as travel could also be slower than usual attributable to oversized vehicles crossing the causeway for recovery efforts on the island.

Other necessary updates concerning the Sanibel Causeway:

– In November, portions of the travel lanes near the bridges on the Causeway can be narrowed to 10 feet with a one-foot shoulder and barrier partitions on all sides. Oversized loads will only be permitted during nighttime/overnight hours with this restriction.
– From 6:30 am to noon, motorists leaving Sanibel should expect the eastbound McGregor Boulevard to be reduced to 1 lane from just east of the toll plaza to Port Comfort Road. Concrete delivery trucks will use the closed lane and can be escorted by FHP. FHP may intermittently stop traffic to permit concrete trucks to cross westbound travel lanes to achieve the staging area.
– On weekdays, starting no sooner than 10 am, the surface lane on McGregor Boulevard, for motorists traveling westbound to Sanibel, can be closed for crews to put in guardrails from Port Comfort Road to the toll plaza.
– There can be isolated flagging operations on the Causeway, with all lanes expected to open between 7 – 9 am and three – 5 pm.
– The causeway could have an uneven road surface until the top of the yr. The contractor is monitoring road conditions and can make crucial repairs.
– Utilities along McGregor Boulevard are being relocated, so motorists should exercise caution as work activities could also be near the roadway.
– Crews proceed driving sheet piles on the causeway islands, with several dump trucks delivering armor stone for the project. Motorists should expect periodic daytime delays for delivery/removal of materials, transfer of kit, and trash removal from the roadway.
– Shoulder closures will occur throughout the project, so caution ought to be exercised when staff and construction vehicles enter or leave the roadway.

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