SC Staff Report
The Sanibel Police Department issued a heavy traffic advisory today, April 4, for the fifth consecutive week. A high volume of traffic crossing the Sanibel Causeway is anticipated this week. Motorists should expect substantial delays coming to the island in the mornings and leaving in the afternoons to early evenings.
Island traffic has returned to pre-pandemic numbers and broke records last year. Traffic remained effected by the pandemic in the first two months of last year and roared back in March 2021.
Combined traffic in January and February was 9 percent higher compared to those months last year – 629,180 versus 576,332 – according to the Sanibel Causeway toll report released in March by Lee County, which owns and operates the bridge.
The report shows 311,596 vehicles were counted in January, 10 percent higher than January 2021 and 2 percent less than January 2020. The report also shows 317,584 vehicles were counted in February, an 8 percent increase over February 2021 and 1 percent lower than February 2020. The highest traffic count for February was recorded in 2000 when 334,888 vehicles crossed the Causeway.
The Sanibel Police Department encourages motorists to download the free Sanibel Bound traffic app to help plan travel accordingly and reduce congestion.