Cape Coral Bridge

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Cape Coral Bridge
Cape Coral Bridge.jpg
Coordinates26°33′40.04″N 81°55′44.96″W / 26.5611222°N 81.9291556°W / 26.5611222; -81.9291556Coordinates: 26°33′40.04″N 81°55′44.96″W / 26.5611222°N 81.9291556°W / 26.5611222; -81.9291556
Carries CR 867A (Cape Coral Bridge Road)
CrossesCaloosahatchee River
LocaleCape Coral, Florida
Official nameCape Coral Bridge
Maintained byLee County Department of Transportation
Characteristics
DesignConcrete Girder Bridge
Total length3,400 feet (1,000 m)
Longest span95 feet (29 m)
Clearance above55 feet (17 m)
History
OpenedMarch 14, 1964
Statistics
Toll$2 (Westbound traffic only)

The Cape Coral Bridge is a bridge located in Southwest Florida. It spans the Caloosahatchee River connecting Fort Myers and Cape Coral. It is made up of two parallel fixed spans, each 3,400 feet (1,000 m) long.

The Cape Coral Side of the eastbound span (the 1989 span)

The original span opened for traffic on March 14, 1964, with one lane in each direction.[1] In 1989, a second parallel span opened south of the first span, with two lanes for eastbound traffic, and westbound traffic using both lanes on the original span. In conjunction with the new eastbound span, a four lane overpass was constructed over the intersection of State Road 867 (McGregor Boulevard) just east of the bridge.

The Cape Coral Bridge was the only link between Fort Myers and Cape Coral until 1997, when the Midpoint Memorial Bridge opened just north of the Cape Coral Bridge on the Caloosahatchee River.[1]

"Welcome" Monument and Water Fountain on the median of Cape Coral Parkway on the Cape Coral Side of the bridge

The bridge is owned by the Lee County Department of Transportation. There is currently a two dollar toll in effect for westbound vehicles only, and there is no tolls for eastbound traffic. Florida's statewide "Sunpass" prepaid electronic toll collection system is accepted on the Cape Coral Bridge, along with Lee County's "Leeway" prepaid toll system, which is also used on the Midpoint Bridge, and the Sanibel Causeway. However, there is a variable pricing scheme in effect.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wadsworth, Chris; Cull, Anne (2009). Cape Coral. Arcadia Publishing. p. 113. ISBN 978-0-7385-6771-6.