Traffic on the Sanibel Causeway decreased by nearly 7 percent in October 2018 compared to October 2017. SC file photo by Chuck Larsen Photography
Traffic on the Sanibel Causeway decreased by nearly 7 percent in October 2018 compared to October 2017. SC file photo by Chuck Larsen Photography

Traffic on the Sanibel Causeway decreased by nearly seven percent in October 2018 compared to October 2017, according to statistics provided to the City of Sanibel by Lee County, which owns and operates the scenic bridge.

The report showed that 239,426 vehicles passed through the toll booth in October versus the 257,307 last year, an increase of 6.95 percent. The highest recorded October was experienced in 2002 when 262,318 vehicles crossed the bridge. Year to date through October 2018 as compared to year to date through October 2017, traffic counts are down by 1.09 percent.

In August 2018, when Sanibel declared a local state of emergency in response to the toxic bloom, there was a substantial decrease in traffic over the same time last year – a difference of 39,088 vehicles or 15.89 percent.

The same report showed September 2018 was up by 42.05 percent with 184,237 vehicles passing through the toll booth versus the 129,701 vehicles in September 2017, when Hurricane Irma passed the islands and the toll count was suspended for 13 days.

The causeway traffic count report is part of the Sanibel City Council’s agenda for Tuesday, Dec. 4. Council will meet at 9 a.m. in McKenzie Hall, 800 Dunlop Rd.