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FDOT emergency repairs to restore road access to Pine Island

Posted at 7:43 AM, Oct 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-04 06:47:28-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis has asked FDOT to expedite the project to restore road access to Pine Island by Saturday.

Monday morning FDOT got started on the repairs.

Dozens of dump trucks filled with dirt line up Pine Island Road as they worked to build a new road.

FDOT will also work to repair the bridge in Matlacha. It's the only bridge that gives people access to the bridge.

Right now the island is only reachable by boat, and as recovery efforts continue road access will be needed.

In addition to road repairs there were also crews working on building two barges.

A Sergeant with Lee County Sheriff’s Office says the barges will be used to send supplies to the island. That includes off-road vehicles and fuel for officers on the island.