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Toll plaza gets a fresh look

By Staff | Sep 28, 2012

JIM LINETTE Contractors began doing maintenance and painting on one lane of the Sanibel Toll Plaza this week, a project expected to take two weeks.

A routine preventative maintenance project at the Sanibel Toll Plaza began Monday. One lane of the plaza will be closed at a time during the project that is expected to take two weeks.

Workers with Spectrum Contracting will be pressure cleaning the structure, sealing areas that need it, treating rush and putting on a fresh coat of better quality paint, according to Lee County Facilities Management’s John Turner.

Closing one lane at a time ensures workers and motorists will remain safe during the overhead painting and pressure washing.

“Once they get finished with the lanes the contractor can work on the tower building and overhead structure without lane closures,” said Turner. “Overall we expect it to take about 30 days.”

Turner asks motorists to drive to and through the plaza with extra caution and be aware of personnel and equipment in the work zone.

“The last lane, exiting the island, is the tricky one,” said Turner. “We will have to reverse one lane when it is closed, so expect flagmen out there and at the traffic light at Punta Rassa. That lane closure will happen whenever the supervisor on site wants it to be done.”

The maintenance contract is costing the department about $20,000.