Vehicles traveling through the Sanibel Causeway toll booth in March increased by 0.10 percent compared to the same month a year ago. SC photo by Chuck Larsen Photography
Vehicles traveling through the Sanibel Causeway toll booth in March increased by 0.10 percent compared to the same month a year ago. SC photo by Chuck Larsen Photography

Vehicles traveling through the Sanibel Causeway toll booth in March increased by 0.10 percent – a marginal gain of 349 vehicles – compared to the same month last year, according to the figures provided to the City of Sanibel by Lee County, which owns the scenic bridge.

The count of 355,759 vehicles did not break the record for March, which was 373,881 vehicles in 2001.

When comparing causeway traffic on the city’s fiscal year, which runs from October to September, the year-to-date count of 1,748,287 vehicles is lower than the previous three fiscal years. That fiscal year-to-date number is only a 0.45 percent increase over 2015 and 3.72 percent higher than 2014.

Generally, the number of vehicles crossing the causeway in April decreases by approximately 40,000 compared to March. However, those numbers won’t be released until June.