Caloosahatchee Bridge remains closed, worrying commuters
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Caloosahatchee Bridge remains closed tonight as FDOT crews perform emergency repairs on a road leading to the bridge.
Lanes in both directions have been closed since 2:00 a.m. this afternoon, causing traffic problems this afternoon. Fort Myers police say they expect the shutdown to last 3-7 days, but so far the FDOT has not confirmed that.
FDOT says the Caloosahatchee Bridge closure is approximately one emergency with causeway leading to the bridge called approach slabs – and thought they might have been washed away. As we hear two different sides as to a time frame for the reopening of the bridge, this has some concerned.
“All of a sudden, I see a whole stream of cars turning around in this direction and in this direction.”
On US-41 in North Fort Myers, barriers go up as authorities close the Caloosahatchee Bridge to all travelers.
“It’s going to hurt the business because nobody can cross the bridge and nobody can come back down the bridge,” says Sirron Jackson, who lives in North Fort Myers. “Police have blocked off the corner where you turn to IHOP.”
Jackson works at IHOP off US-41 next to North Shore Park. As well as impacting business, he says he can see it causing some headaches while driving.
“A lot of people are coming home from work,” Jackson said. “They have to cross the bridge and now they have to take another road. Now there is going to be more traffic on this other road.”
And it was clear in downtown Fort Myers tonight, as you could see lines of cars taking a detour.
“I hate it for them.”
Joyce Nedoff and her husband visit their daughter in Cape Coral to help her recover from Hurricane Ian.
“We’re actually staying in an Airbnb so we’re just walking around. We weren’t affected today. It might affect us tomorrow, though, we’ll see.”
We were told that teams were working to determine the timing of the closure as well as the cause. If repairs need to be made, FDOT says they will finish it with grout and concrete. In the meantime, travelers will need to use the Edison or Midpoint bridges.
“We’re on vacation and retired, so our time is unlimited,” Nedoff said.
The Lee County School District also said closing the bridge would cause delays in bus transportation. So if you are the parent of a Lee County Schools student, the district asks for patience.