The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) repened the Sanibel Causway last October 19th repairs continue, they have provided an update on the latest developments. Crews are diligently at work along McGregor Boulevard and the Sanibel Causeway, spanning from Port Comfort Road to Sanibel Island. As a result of these ongoing efforts, the causeway islands in close proximity to the temporary roadway have been designated as active work zones, effectively restricting public access, including access by water.
Here's a breakdown of the scheduled work for the rest of the week.
1. Temporary Lane Adjustments: Motorists should be prepared for isolated flagging operations on the Causeway. Crews are planning to facilitate the opening of all lanes during specific time windows, notably from 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
2. Sheet Pile Installation: Work is progressing as crews continue to drive sheet piles on the causeway islands.
3. Temporary Roadway Construction: The construction of the temporary roadway on the causeway island closest to span A is actively underway. Once complete, vehicles will be rerouted to utilize the temporary road, allowing crews to elevate the existing final roadway by approximately 2 feet. The final roadway will be reinstated once this elevation is achieved.
4. Increased Traffic at Punta Rassa: Motorists should anticipate an influx of dump trucks entering and exiting Punta Rassa. They are engaged in delivering armor stone required for the project.
5. Daytime Delays: Regular daytime delays can be expected for the delivery and removal of materials, equipment transfers, and the removal of debris from the roadway.
Given the significant volume of oversized vehicles traversing the causeway to support the island's recovery efforts, travelers are encouraged to exercise patience as travel times may be extended. For the convenience and safety of all, bicyclists are advised to explore alternative modes of transportation, while pedestrians are reminded that access to the Sanibel Causeway is not permitted.
Throughout the project, shoulder closures will be in effect, and motorists are urged to adhere to the posted speed limit of 20 mph. Caution is paramount, with a particular focus on watching for workers and construction vehicles entering and exiting the roadway.