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Lee County welcomes public to Big Carlos Pass Bridge meeting

Project Development and Environment Study Hybrid Public Hearing slated for Jan. 28.
 Lee County
Posted at 4:56 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 16:56:06-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Lee County Department of Transportation (DOT) invites the public to participate in a public hearing to learn about the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to assess improvements to the Big Carlos Pass Bridge on Estero Blvd. (County Road 865).

The hearing will take place online and in person on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a formal presentation at 6 p.m., at the Bay Oaks Recreation Center, 2731 Oak St., Fort Myers Beach. Or register for the GoToWebinar at:

On Dec. 18, 2018, the Lee Board of County Commissioners approved the fixed-span bridge on the Gulf side of the existing bridge as the preferred build alternative to move forward in the PD&E Study.

Lee County DOT will present the preferred build alternative and the no-build rehabilitation alternative at the public hearing. (FDOT requirements include showing the no-build rehabilitation alternative at the hearing and throughout the remainder of the PD&E study.)

Project information and graphics showing the proposed improvements will be available for public viewing at two locations from Jan. 5 until Feb. 18, 2021.

One location will be the Fort Myers Beach Public Library at 2755 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; closed on Sunday.

The second location will be the Lee County DOT office located at 1500 Monroe St., third floor, Fort Myers. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Draft project documents are also available on the website:

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lee County will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in its services, programs, or activities. To request an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a reasonable modification to participate, contact Joan LaGuardia, 239-533-2314, Florida Relay Service 711, or Accommodation will be provided at no cost to the requestor. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance.

If you have questions about the project or the scheduled public hearing, contact Kris Cella, Cella Molnar & Associates, Inc., Public Information Consultant, at 239-337-1071 or by email at