The design changes for the Cape Coral Bridge are to replace both the eastbound and westbound spans, gaining additional 40-plus years of useful life at the present-day value of $20 million. Commissioners reached a consensus on that plan at a Feb. 6 workshop.

Previously, plans were to replace the westbound span with a new three-lane bridge and widen the eastbound span to add a third lane. However, the latest Florida Department of Transportation design requirements would have significantly increased the cost of widening the eastbound lanes.

Construction on this project is slated to begin in 2027.

The Cape Coral Bridge will remain open and the current four-lane configuration will be maintained throughout construction.

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