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MARCO ISLAND — The outside lanes of both the new and old S.S. Jolley Bridge are now being used for Marco Island traffic.
At 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, southbound traffic off Marco Island was switched back to the outside lane of the old bridge. On June 28, all traffic had been transferred to the new Jolley Bridge.
The change allows continued beautification to the roadway medians on the inside lanes of the bridges. It also allows for the completion of irrigation tie-ins to the medians, she said.
Seawall work underneath the bridges also continues, said Deb Tower, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation.
“We are in the home stretch,” she said. “We are on schedule to be finished in the fall.”
Tower could not give an exact completion date for the project.
The bridge is part of a $25.5 million federal stimulus project to improve traffic flow and capacity by adding two lanes to bring traffic onto Marco. The two lanes on the old bridge will take traffic off the island.
Having four-lanes of traffic will mean easier trips for residents, visitors and people who commute to the island for work, officials have said. Traffic will no longer have to come to a standstill if there is an accident, and hurricane evacuation should also be improved.