Cape Coral Bridge

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About Cape Coral Bridge

  • Body Of Water Spanned: Caloosahatchee River
  • Bridge Type: Girder bridge
  • Locale: Fort Myers

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. Around 1958, even before the bridge's construction, people had been living in the southern tip of Cape Coral. These people had to travel all the way into North Fort Myers to cross the Caloosahatchee River into Fort Myers, which was roughly 20 miles (32 km). This was the main justification for the construction of a bridge traveling directly between Cape Coral and Fort Myers. In 1959, engineers determined one possible location for the bridge would be to connect Everest Parkway and Colonial Boulevard (which is the site of the present-day Midpoint Memorial Bridge). However, due to construction costs and the additional length needed for this location, the site was moved downstream to where it is today, connecting College Parkway and Cape Coral Parkway. The original span opened for traffic on March 14, 1964, with one lane in each direction. In 1989, a second parallel span opened south of the first span, with two lanes for eastbound traffic, and westbound traffic using both lanes

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