Public Involvement

Public Involvement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Betsy Clayton, APR/CPRC

Communications Director

Lee County Government

239-826-4606

bclayton@leegov.com

Save the date: Lee County welcomes the public to Big Carlos Pass Bridge meeting Project Development and Environment Study Hybrid Public Hearing on January 28, 2021

Fort Myers, FL, Dec. 22, 2020 – The Lee County Department of Transportation (DOT) invites the public to participate in a public hearing to learn about the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to assess improvements to the Big Carlos Pass Bridge on Estero Boulevard (County Road 865).

The hearing will take place online and in person:

Date: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021
Time: 5 to 7 p.m., with a formal presentation at 6 p.m.
Location: Virtual: GoToWebinar: Register at www.BigCarlosBridgeProject.com
&
In Person: Bay Oaks Recreation Center
2731 Oak St., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

On Dec. 18, 2018, the Lee Board of County Commissioners approved the fixed-span bridge on the Gulf side of the existing bridge as the preferred build alternative to move forward in the PD&E Study. Lee County DOT will present the preferred build alternative and the no-build rehabilitation alternative at the public hearing. (Federal requirements include showing the no-build rehabilitation alternative at the hearing and throughout the remainder of the PD&E study.)

Project information and graphics showing the proposed improvements will be available for public viewing at two locations from Jan. 5 until Feb. 18, 2021. One location will be the Fort Myers Beach Public Library at 2755 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; closed on Sunday. The second location will be the Lee County DOT office located at 1500 Monroe St., third floor, Fort Myers, Florida 33901. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Draft project documents are also available on the website, www.BigCarlosBridgeProject.com.

This public hearing was advertised consistent with federal and state requirements, Section 335.199, F.S., and developed in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Lee County DOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lee County will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in its services, programs, or activities. To request an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a reasonable modification to participate, contact Joan LaGuardia, 239-533-2314, Florida Relay Service 711, or jlaguardia@leegov.com. Accommodation will be provided at no cost to the requestor. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance.

The environmental review, consultation and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by FDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. § 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated Dec. 14, 2016, and executed by FHWA and FDOT.

If you have questions about the project or the scheduled public hearing, please contact Kris Cella, Cella Molnar & Associates, Inc., Public Information Consultant, at 239-337-1071 or by email at KCella@cella.cc.