Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Matlacha Bridge will have sidewalks and biking shoulders

Good news for both pedestrians and cyclists! The replacement Matlacha Bridge will be similar in design and height to the existing bridge, but with new facilities for cyclists and pedestrians. The new bridge will be about 4 feet wider than the existing and will provide two 11-foot wide travel lanes, one in each direction. Five-foot wide shoulders will be provided on both sides of the bridge. Five-foot wide sidewalks, separated from the shoulder by a barrier will also be provided on both sides of the bridge.

Construction is scheduled to start on September 13th. LeeDOT is holding a community meeting to talk about the construction of the new Matlacha Bridge on Tuesday,
Sept. 7 on Pine Island from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church gymnasium, 12175 Stringfellow Road.

To keep up to date on the project, visit the Matlacha Bridge website. Sarah Clarke is the LeeDOT project manager and can be reached on (239) 533-8718.

Kudos to LeeDOT for providing biking and walking facilities in the front-end of the design of this new bridge!

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