LEEWAY® — Sanibel Causeway Toll Facility
The original Sanibel Causeway & Drawbridge was opened to traffic in 1963 replacing a ferry boat that had run from Punta Rassa to Sanibel since 1912. In 1991, the original bridges showed signs of deterioration, and Lee County made major repairs. Major repairs were made again in 1997. The bridges continued to show deterioration in the early 2000s, and in 2001, Lee County made plans to replace Bridges B and C, and refurbish Bridge A (the drawbridge).
Construction of the current bridges commenced in August of 2004. As the old bridges were demolished, they were sunk into the water to create a number of artificial reefs in the San Carlos Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The official grand-opening ceremony for the current bridges was held on September 8, 2007.
Sanibel Lane Dimensions:
- Lane Height: 17 ft 6 in
- Lane #1 Booth Lane: Width = 13 ft to flex stakes ( 2 additional feet to curb)
- Lane #2 Booth Lane: Width = 12ft
- Lane #3 Open Road Tolling Lane: Width = 12ft
- The toll facility though small in size, has three traffic toll lanes that process on average over three million vehicles annually. All three traffic lanes flow in a Westerly Direction towards Sanibel Island. Two traffic lanes are designated for patrons who need change and or receipts for payment of tolls and one traffic lane dedicated to Electronic Toll Collection.
- Average daily toll paying traffic processed is approximately 8,100 vehicles.
- Annual traffic processed is approximately 3,000,000 vehicles.