Construction activities are planned to start next week on the Chokoloskee Bridge replacement on C.R. 29 over Chokoloskee Bay near Everglades City. This project will replace the existing bridge on the causeway to Chokoloskee Island with a new wider structure which will have two 12-foot wide travel lanes with 8-foot wide shoulders on each side and a single 8-foot sidewalk on the east (or bay) side. The sidewalk will be separated from the travel lanes by a barrier wall and it will be connected to the existing asphalt path that runs along C.R. 29 in this area. The new bridge deck will be at a higher elevation than the existing deck and the existing seawalls will remain in place to both protect the banks and maintain a platform used by many for fishing. Upon project completion, boaters will notice an increase in vertical clearance of about 3 feet and a wider passage due to fewer support columns.
During construction at least one lane of traffic will be maintained and the speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph in the construction zone. A sidewalk across the bridge during construction will not be provided due to insufficient width. Boat traffic will be able to pass beneath the bridge during construction with few exceptions. Certain operations during the course of construction will require short term (hours not days) closures for safety reasons. Also, during construction electronic message signs will be used to alert the traveling public of planned lane closures.
Construction of the approximately $8 million project is anticipated to be completed in spring of 2018.
For more information, call the Collier County Growth Management Department at 239-252-8192.