This is absolutely incredible. The idea that Pine Island will be connected again to the rest of Southwest Florida via a temporary bridge by next Monday is just staggering. What’s even more, it looks like they’re ahead of schedule. If you’re unfamiliar with the condition of the road after the hurricane,  NBC2 provided this video showing the scope of the damage:

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(image courtesy of Mickey Franklin)

So how are they going to fix Pine Island Road by Monday?

24/7 work. And a lot of trucks.

Convoys of trucks have been spotted in the area bringing truckload after truckload of dirt and materials to the construction site. Now, the road may not be pretty, but it will be a lifeline to those living on Pine Island and those communities.

It’s Tuesday October 4th at 4pm. The facebook group “Things To Do On Pine Island” is reporting that the island’s road is now connected.

People are not currently allowed to use the road, the primary initial use will be for electrical and infrastructure trucks. They’ve posted a picture of what looks to be trucks finishing up the road this afternoon. So if work trucks are already driving on the road, they should easily make their goal of residents and first responders vehicle access by this weekend. Absolutely incredible work. And here comes the utility trucks:

The cavalry is coming. This was the parade coming into Cape Coral on Pine Island Rd.

Posted by Joan Irvin Horlacher on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

EDIT: Residential traffic is scheduled to resume on this new bridge this afternoon (10/5). Several days ahead of schedule

Fort Myers, FL, Oct. 6, 2022 – Lee County would like to remind the public that access to the Matlacha-Pine Island area is restricted and checkpoints are being manned by law enforcement.

The following will be let through:

  • Residents. Bring a driver’s license, utility bill, lease or other proof of residency.
  • First responders and Emergency Management personnel.
  • Utility providers, tele-communications companies and garbage/debris haulers.
  • Supply vendors – such as water, fuel, groceries – who have an Emergency Operations Center-issued mission number.
  • Those who are contractors for individual property owners and those who are with insurance companies, etc, will need to show documentation that states the address with which they are affiliated.

The roadway and temporary bridges installed by the Florida Department of Transportation opened Wednesday afternoon.

Get updates from Lee County government on Hurricane Ian by following @Lee County Government on Facebook,  www.facebook.com/leecountyflbocc.

More information is available at www.leegov.com/storm.

 

And it could not come soon enough. I’ve heard some scary stuff about what’s going on after dark. Stay safe Pine Island. We ARE thinking of you.

 

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PINE ISLAND, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 03: A warning to looters is painted on the side of a car destroyed during Hurricane Ian on October 03, 2022 in Pine Island, Florida. Southwest Florida sustained severe damage during the Category 4 hurricane which caused extensive damage to communities along the state’s coast. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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