The Sanibel Causeway Toll Booth records 310,367 vehicles in February,  .97 percent less than the same month a year ago. SC photo by Chuck Larsen
The Sanibel Causeway Toll Booth records 310,367 vehicles in February, .97 percent less than the same month a year ago. SC photo by Chuck Larsen

The number of vehicles crossing the scenic Sanibel Causeway in February decreased by nearly one percent compared to February 2018, according to the figures provided to the City of Sanibel by Lee County, which owns the three-mile bridge.

The toll booth recorded 310,367 vehicles in February, a difference of 3,042 or .97 percent less than February a year ago. The highest recorded traffic for February was experienced in 2000, when 334,888 vehicles crossed during the month. Year to date traffic is statistically flat to previous year to date amounts.

However, when comparing the vehicle count on the city’s fiscal year, which runs from October to September, the current fiscal year to date count of 1,392,528 vehicles is approximately 2.8 percent lower than the previous two fiscal years of the same time frame.

March numbers have not been released, but it remains the causeway’s heaviest traffic month year over year, reaching more than 350,000 vehicles the past four years.