FDOT Update on Sanibel Causeway Work

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

As a part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Emergency Restoration of the Sanibel Causeway, crews continue work on McGregor Boulevard and the Sanibel Causeway from Port Comfort Road to Sanibel Island. The causeway islands surrounding the temporary roadway are an active work zone and are currently closed for public access, including from the water.

Here is the work planned for the week of Sept. 4 to Sept. 9:

1. Motorists should expect isolated flagging operations on the Causeway. Crews anticipate opening all lanes between the hours of 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.

2. Crews continue driving sheet pile on the causeway islands.

3. Crews continue constructing the temporary roadway on the causeway island closest to span A. Once vehicles shift to use the temporary road, crews will raise the elevation of the existing, final roadway approximately 2 feet. Vehicles will be shifted back to the existing location once the final roadway is completed.

4. Motorists should expect numerous dump trucks entering and exiting Punta Rassa. They are delivering armor stone to be used throughout the project.

5. Motorists should expect periodic daytime delays for delivery/removal of materials, transfer of equipment, and for crews to remove trash from the roadway.

Many oversized vehicles are crossing the causeway to assist with recovery efforts on the island. Please be patient as travel may be slower than usual. Bicyclists are encouraged to utilize another mode of transportation to travel the causeway and pedestrians are not permitted on the Sanibel Causeway.

Expect shoulder closures throughout the project. Motorists are reminded to obey the posted speed limit of 20 mph. Please use caution and watch for workers and construction vehicles entering and leaving the roadway.

For further questions, contact Jennifer Dorning by email at Jennifer.Dorning@dot.state.fl.us or by phone at (239) 338-7723.

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