ESTERO, Fla - The final widening of U.S. 41 is about to begin in South Lee County .

The project will widen the 4 lane section of the highway to 6 lanes between Corkscrew Road and San Carlos Boulevard.

Along with the lane expansion, the construction crews will add bicycle lanes, and five to six foot sidewalks on both sides of the roadway.

The project is expected to be complete in the Summer of 2013, and will cost $14.2 million.

The Florida Department of Transportation is holding a public information meeting on Thursday about the job.  The meeting is 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at the Estero Community Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Boulevard.

It’s an informal open house – people can attend anytime during the two hours to ask questions and discuss the job with the project team.