Published: Jul 01, 2010 7:48 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 01, 2010 2:34 PM EDT

The State road 29 bridge in LaBelle is set to close for a month for repairs.  Causing delays and detours for drivers.

Work is underway to make electrical, mechanical, and structural repairs to the bridge. This rehabilitation project will extend the service life of the bridge 15 to 20 years with continued routine maintenance.  The project is expected to finish early 2011.  The contractor is Coastal Marine Construction.

From late evening on July 5 to August 8, the bridge will be closed 24/7 to all vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic.

From August through project completion, motorists should expect some nighttime/overnight bridge closures from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Variable message boards in Glades and Hendry Counties will alert drivers to bridge closures.

The detour route during S.R. 29 bridge closures is S.R. 78 and S.R. 80 (east/west) and S.R. 29 and U.S. 27 (north/south).  Drivers also may choose alternate routes depending on destinations.

Local traffic, with the exception of heavy trucks and other heavy vehicles, may use the Ft. Denaud Bridge when the S.R. 29 drawbridge is closed.  Motorists are advised the Ft. Denaud Bridge has a 5-ton weight restriction, which will be strictly enforced.  Drivers also are advised to expect more traffic in this area and at the S.R. 80/Cowboy Way/Ft. Denaud Road intersection.

The Alva bridge in east Fort Myers also is under construction and is weight restricted at 30 tons.  No through truck traffic is permitted at this location.