Coming to an intersection near you: The widening of Interstate 75 in Collier and Lee counties.
The Florida Department of Transportation says the project will be finished by the new year, some eight months ahead of schedule, except for one part — the area of the interchange at Immokalee Road in North Naples.
That will have to wait until April for completion.
Meanwhile, here is how key landmarks of the six-laning are going in aerials only two weeks old, courtesy of FDOT.
Enjoy. — Jeff Lytle, Perspective editor
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Pine Ridge Road interchange, looking north
A spokesman for the Interstate 75 Road Expansion (iROX) writes: “The first lane of ‘friction course,’ a pavement material with superior traction, in the outside northbound lane had been laid the night before. All three northbound lanes have the friction course between Golden Gate Parkway and Pine Ridge Road. Crews will lay friction course on all 30 miles of the northbound lanes up to Colonial Boulevard and then will come back and pave all of the southbound lanes.”
Immokalee Road interchange, looking west
Dave Parks of iROX says: “You can really start to see how the new bridges will allow for more traffic to flow under the overpass. Much of the work in this area is currently focused on what will become the eastbound lanes of Immokalee Road. Crews have paved the initial sub-base layers of asphalt in that area.”
Bonita Beach Road interchange
Dave Parks of iROX says: “You can see the ‘friction course’ on the northbound on and off ramps. The bridges that span Bonita Beach Road and the Imperial River are complete. The emergency stopping sites, located to the inside of both the northbound and southbound exit ramps, are open to the public.”
Vanderbilt Beach Road
While there is no interchange here, the highway and bridge widening is part of the big picture.