LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Florida Department of Transportation's asset management contractor for I-75, ICA, is responding to damage to the I-75/Daniels Parkway overpass in Lee County (mile marker 131) that occurred during a traffic incident Tuesday. Multiple beams have been damaged and involve both northbound and southbound bridges. ICA will seek third party reimbursement for repairs. Damage is estimated at $750,000.
One lane eastbound on Daniels Parkway will be open to traffic on Friday and Saturday. Saturday morning, two lanes eastbound are expected to be open on Daniels Parkway.
Work this weekend at the overpass is likely to involve a detour for eastbound Daniels Parkway traffic. Mid-day Saturday, mid-day Sunday, and mid-day Monday, drivers should plan extra travel time eastbound on Daniels Parkway where they are detoured to southbound I-75 to the Alico Road exit. Motorists can turn left (east) onto Alico Road and return northbound using either I-75 or Treeline Avenue to Daniels Parkway. The detour is expected to be in place about two hours during the day.
It is possible this detour route for eastbound Daniels Parkway traffic may be in place for several hours sometime from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Saturday overnight, Sunday overnight, and Monday overnight.
Drivers are urged to plan extra travel time, pay attention to traffic signs, and use caution in this area.
Two lanes northbound and two lanes southbound on I-75 are expected to remain open to traffic during the daytime. The speed limit is reduced to 60 mph for northbound traffic and 50 mph for southbound traffic. One of the two lanes southbound is narrower in width. Nighttime lane closures are not expected for the next three or four days.
Drivers are advised to pay attention to traffic signs and to plan extra travel time. Changing conditions could require lane shifts and closures. Florida Highway Patrol is on-site to assist with traffic management. Motorists may use alternate routes depending on destinations.
These bridges are safe and are open to traffic. Parts of the structures affected are closed to traffic and will be repaired. Repairs are underway and work is expected to finish early December, weather permitting.