New span of S.S. Jolley Bridge now open

— The new span of the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge is now being used for north and southbound traffic to and from Marco Island.

“The traffic shift went well last night,” JoAnn May, spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation said in an email. "The first car traveled southbound over the new bridge at 9:15 p.m. Northbound was opened at approximately 12:30 a.m. Everything is going well this morning. Crews will work in the roadway on both north and south sides of the existing bridge and do tie-ins to the irrigation system.”

May said that when crews finish the work, probably near the end of August or early September, one lane of traffic going southbound will continue using the new bridge and one lane of traffic going northbound will shift back and use the existing bridge. Crews then will complete work in the median – finish irrigation and plant landscaping. Access to the Marco Island Yacht Club continues to be open. Motorists are advised to use caution driving in the construction zone.

The bridge is part of a $25.5 million federal stimulus project to improve traffic flow and capacity.

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