Caloosahatchee Bridge

Caloosahatchee Bridge

bridge in Fort Myers, Florida


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The Caloosahatchee Bridge is a bridge located in Fort Myers, Florida. It carries U.S. 41 (locally known as Cleveland Avenue) over the Caloosahatchee River, which is where its name comes from. The Bridge has four lanes and is 55 feet tall.
The Caloosahatchee Bridge opened in 1962, changing the routing of U.S. 41 to bypass downtown Fort Myers. Originally, U.S. 41 went though downtown Fort Myers, and crossed the Caloosahatchee River on the Edison Bridge, which at the time was a two-lane drawbridge. The old route was then designated as the U.S. Route 41 Business.
The south side of the bridge passes over Centennial Park, as well as First Street, the main road through downtown Fort Myers. A loop ramp connects the southbound lanes of the bridge to First Street. Directly south of the bridge is U.S. 41's intersection with State Roads 867, 80, and 82. Each of these routes terminate at this intersection. A two lane overpass constructed with the Caloosahatchee Bridge crosses this intersection, which is also known as the Five Points interchange, since it is a five way interchange. The overpass originally carried both northbound and southbound traffic from the bridge, but was changed to have both lanes carry northbound traffic in the early 1990s.



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