Interstate 75 South - Lee County

Interstate 75 south
Florida 78 constitutes an 18.94-mile state road between Lee County 765 (Burnt Store Road) in west Cape Coral and Florida 31 by the Lee County Civic Center. SR 78 carries two lanes east of I-75 and up to six lanes west of Exit 143.
Sections of County Road 78 exist both to the west and east in Lee County. A second State Road 78 segment also exists between U.S. 27 in Glades County and U.S. 98 & 441 in Okeechobee. Photo taken 04/30/16.
Interstate 75 south reaches Florida 78 (Exit 143). SR 78 west navigates through North Fort Myers and Cape Coral.
North Fort Myers is an unincorporated area lying north of the Caloosahatchee River along U.S. 41 Business. Cape Coral lies further west and is the largest incorporated city in Lee County. Photo taken 04/30/16.
1.75 miles separate motorists from State Road 80 (Exit 141), the first of four Fort Myers based interchanges. SR 80 (Palm Beach Boulevard) provides a connection between Fort Myers and Palm Beach on the Atlantic coast. Totaling 123.9 miles, the state road passes through La Belle, Clewiston, and Belle Glade on its trek across the peninsula.
Fort Myers was named after Abraham Myers, a colonel during the Seminole Indian Wars in the 1850s, and has hosted many famous winter residents, including Thomas Edison, Henry Firestone, and Henry Ford. Photo taken 04/15/16.
Interstate 75 prepares to cross over the Caloosahatchee River. The diamond interchange (Exit 141) with Florida 80 (Palm Beach Boulevard) ensues in 1.25 miles, immediately south of the river. Photo taken 04/15/16.
The 67-mile long Caloosahatchee River meanders from near Lake Okeechobee westward through Glades and Hendry counties before entering Lee County near the community of Alva. The river widens to over one mile wide as it makes its way west and eventually southwest toward the Gulf of Mexico. A dredged canal links the Caloosahatchee River with Lake Okeechobee. Photos taken 04/15/16.
The twin spans that carry Interstate 75 across the Caloosahatchee River provide outstanding views of the surrounding area as well as a glimpse at the high rise condominium buildings that now make up the downtown area of Fort Myers. The Seminole Gulf Railway (SGLR) bridge crosses the Caloosahatchee River approximately one mile west of I-75. As well as running freight, the railroad is also known by locals and visitors for its murder mystery dinner train themed excursions. This part of southwest Florida is also known for its abundance of royal palms, which line many arterial and local roads throughout the city. Because of the abundance of royal palms, Fort Myers is often referred to as the City of Palms. Photos taken 07/05/11.
I-75 south reaches the ramp to State Road 80 (Exit 141). Also known as Palm Beach Boulevard, SR 80 links the freeway with Downtown Fort Myers. Eastward, SR 80 takes motorists toward La Belle, located 24.4 miles from I-75, along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River in adjoining Hendry County. Photo taken 04/15/16.
Continuing south, Interstate 75 next encounters Luckett Road (former Lee County 810) in 1.25 miles. Widening of the freeway southward from the Caloosahatchee River included the replacement of ground level signs with new overheads by winter 2014. Photo taken 04/15/16.
The freeway passes to the east of Billy Creek Commerce Center as it approaches the diamond interchange (Exit 139) with Luckett Road. Photo taken 04/15/16.
Truckers and travelers depart for Luckett Road (Exit 139). The east-west road was county-maintained west 0.8 miles from I-75 to Ortiz Avenue (unsigned CR 865). CR 810 was generally unsigned during its existence. Photo taken 04/15/16.
Beyond the apex of Exit 139 the first overhead guide sign for Florida 82 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) comes into view. 2011 completed construction from Exit 139 south to Florida 884 (Exit 136) yielded the addition of one travel lane in each direction. Photo taken 03/04/14.
A reassurance marker for Interstate 75 south posted between Luckett Road and Florida 82 (Exit 138). Photo taken 04/01/14.
Florida 82 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) constitutes a 29.88-mile route beginning at U.S. 41 in Downtown Fort Myers, stretching east and southeast skirting the southern edges of Lehigh Acres before ending at Florida 29 in northeastern Collier County. Immokalee is reached via SR 82 east and SR 29 south. Photo taken 03/04/14.
Interstate 75 south reaches the egress point for Florida 82 (Exit 138). Prior to being named Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, SR 82 west of the interstate was known as Anderson Avenue. Travelers bound for Lehigh Acres can also use Exit 138 to SR 82 east. Photo taken 04/30/16.
Less than two miles separate the interstate from Florida 82 and the upcoming Florida 884 interchange at Exit 136. Photo taken 03/04/14.
I-75 continues southward through the eastern portions of Fort Myers as it quickly approaches Florida 884 (Colonial Boulevard). Photo taken 07/05/11.
Part of a major east-west corridor, Florida 884 (Colonial Boulevard) links I-75 with Fort Myers and Cape Coral to the west and Lehigh Acres and Alva to the east. SR 884 follows only the portion of Colonial Boulevard west from I-75 to U.S. 41 (Cleveland Avenue) in Fort Myers. Lee County 884 continues west into Cape Coral via the Midpoint Bridge eventually connecting with SR 78 (Pine Island Road). To the east, Colonial Boulevard carries Lee County 884 through to Lehigh Acres, where the county road follows Joel Boulevard east and north to SR 80 near Alva. Photo taken 04/30/16.
Florida 884 (and Lee County 884) consists of six overall lanes from Interstate 75 west to McGregor Boulevard along the Caloosahatchee River. Photo taken 03/04/14.
Going east from Exit 136, Lee County 884 was expanded into a six lane arterial 2.3 miles to its intersection with Florida 82. The center of Lehigh Acres lies 10.6 miles to the east via CR 884 and Homestead Road. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Just south of Florida 884 (Exit 136), Interstate 75 plies across Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Daniels Parkway (Lee County 876) will meet I-75 in four miles while Naples Park (27 miles) and Naples (35 miles) lie at just about one-half hour away. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Drivers are advised of the next rest area in 2.5 miles along Daniels Parkway east. The next facility is in 67 miles along the Alligator Alley (toll) portion in Collier County. Photo taken 07/05/11.
I-75 comes to within 1.25 miles of Exit 131 to Lee County 876 (Daniels Parkway). CR 876 lines Daniels Parkway west from Treeline Avenue through to U.S. 41 (Cleveland Avenue) and Florida 867 (McGregor Boulevard). Daniels Parkway indirectly provides the final access point into Cape Coral. Photo taken 04/04/15.
Travelers bound for Cape Coral should follow CR 876 (Daniels Parkway) west through to U.S. 41 (Cleveland Avenue) north to College Parkway west. College Parkway connects with Downtown Cape Coral via the Cape Coral Bridge. Photo taken 04/05/15.
Drivers prepare to depart for Exit 131 to CR 876 (Daniels Parkway). The aforementioned rest area resides immediately to the east of the interchange. Daniels Parkway constitutes a six-lane arterial to the west bisecting commercial and residential development through to State Road 867 (McGregor Boulevard). To the east Daniels Parkway continues CR 876 toward SR 82 and Lehigh Acres. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Interstate 75 south will next meet the interchange complex (Exit 128) between a connector road to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Alico Road. Photo taken 04/04/15.
The village of Estero debuts at 10 miles out on the one mile approach to the collector-distributor roadway to RSW and Alico Road. Naples is now a 30-mile drive from this point. Photo taken 04/05/15.
Opened March 2015 at a cost of $54 million2, Terminal Access Road provides a direct connection between I-75 and RSW. Dubbed the "Direct Connect" project, the upcoming trumpet interchange eliminated drivers having to use either the Daniels Parkway (Exit 131) or Alico Road (Exit 128) exits to reach Treeline Avenue and the airport. Photo taken 04/04/15.
A single egress point funnels traffic from I-75 south to both Terminal Access Road and Alico Road at Exit 128. Alico Road extends west to U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) near San Carlos Park. Use Alico Road east to Ben Hill Griffin Parkway south to reach Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Photo taken 04/04/15.
One lane departs for Terminal Access Road and Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) along the collector-distributor roadway for Exit 128. Traffic along Terminal Access Road east connects directly with RSW while westbound traffic sees a half-diamond interchange with Treeline Avenue. A widening project began April 2016 to expand the access road to six lanes between Treeline Avenue and Air Cargo Lane.3 Photo taken 04/05/15.
The c/d roadway gains a lane from Terminal Access Road on the final approach to Alico Road. Development along the Alico Road corridor blossomed during the 2000s with the inclusion of nearby Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and a healthy housing market. Photo taken 04/05/15.
Two lanes leave for Exit 128 to Alico Road and San Carlos Park. Germain Arena stands between I-75 and Ben Hill Griffin Parkway south of the FGCU campus. The multipurpose arena is the primary home to the Florida Everblades hockey team (ECHL franchise). Otherwise a single lane continues ahead for a return to I-75 south. Photo taken 04/05/15.
Corkscrew Road (former Lee County 850) lies three miles ahead along Interstate 75 south. Estero, centered around the Corkscrew Road and U.S. 41 cross roads, follows in five miles. Naples is now a mere 25 miles ahead. Photo taken 07/05/11.
The 2009 built Estero Parkway overpass comes into view as Interstate 75 begins its approach to Corkscrew Road (Exit 123). The roadway was extended from Three Oaks Parkway to Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Corkscrew Road (old CR 850) extends two miles west from Interstate 75 to U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) in Estero. Koreshan State Park is located just west of the U.S. 41-Corkscrew Road intersection.
Corkscrew Road continues east 19.5 miles to Florida 82 (Immokalee Road), with the easternmost 3.75 miles doubling as Collier County 850. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Southbound motorists depart I-75 for Corkscrew Road (Exit 123). Miromar Outlets (retail center) exists by the northeast quadrant of the diamond interchange. Motorists can also access nearby Germain Arena via Corkscrew Road east and Ben Hill Griffin Parkway north. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Continuing south of Exit 123, Interstate 75 skirts the eastern edge of the Estero area on the nine-mile drive to Bonita Springs. Photo taken 11/22/12. Second photo taken 07/05/11.
1.25 miles north of the diamond interchange (Exit 116) with Bonita Beach Road (CR 865) on Interstate 75 south. The east-west arterial links I-75 with the city of Bonita Springs and nearby beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Lee County 865 (Bonita Beach Road) stems west from Interstate 75, penetrating Bonita Springs before turning northwest along Hickory Boulevard near Barefoot Beach. The county road eventually makes its way northwestward to Fort Myers Beach, where the route turns north via San Carlos Boulevard back toward Fort Myers. Two state-maintained portions (Florida 865) exist in the Fort Myers area as well. Photo taken 07/05/11.
The freeway reaches Lee County 865 (Exit 116) west to Bonita Springs. The county road is fairly commercialized west of Exit 116 while heading east yields residential subdivisions for the first 3.5 miles.
Bonita Beach Road comes to an end 5.1 miles east of I-75 in the middle of undeveloped land. The road was extended due to increased housing construction in the area but when the economic bust occurred in the late 2000's development along the corridor ceased. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Several golf course communities line both sides of Interstate 75 over the next five miles. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Naples is now just 11 miles away, with Collier County 846 (Immokalee Road) and Naples Park preceding the county seat at the next two exits. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Interstate 75 enters Collier County one mile south of Lee County 865 (Exit 116). It traverses nearly 64 miles of the county on its south and eastward trek to the east coast and the greater Fort Lauderdale-Miami metropolitan area. Photo taken 07/05/11.



  1. "Alico exit relocation first part of project to open", Fort Myers Newspress, August 18, 2014.
  2. "I-75 direct connect to RSW opens", (news and TV).
  3. "EHC, Inc. Awarded Terminal Access Road Widening Project", EHC Inc. Construction (website)

Photo Credits:

  • 2011-07-05 by AARoads.
  • 2012-11-22 by AARoads.
  • 2014-03-04 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 2014-04-01 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 2015-04-04 by AARoads.
  • 2015-04-05 by AARoads.
  • 2016-04-15 by AARoads.
  • 2016-04-30 by AARoads.

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