Interstate 75 south
SR 78 constitutes an 18.94-mile highway between Lee County Road 765 (Burnt Store Road) in west Cape Coral and SR 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 enters the diamond interchange (Exit 143) with SR 78 (Bayshore Road). Photo taken 04/30/16.
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 04/15/16.
The first of four Fort Myers based interchanges lies 1.76 miles ahead with State Road 80. 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 elevates across the Caloosahatchee River to the diamond interchange (Exit 141) with Florida 80 (Palm Beach Boulevard). The 3,904 foot spans were widened to accommodate eight lanes of traffic during a $72 million project completed on November 5, 2015.1 Photo taken 04/15/16.
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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 in width 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 04/30/16.
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. Photo taken 07/05/11.
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.
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. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Exit 80 leaves I-75 south for State Road 80. Also known as Palm Beach Boulevard, SR 80 links the freeway with Downtown Fort Myers. Eastward, SR 80 takes motorists toward La Belle. Located along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River in adjoining Hendry County, La Belle is 24.4 miles from I-75. Photo taken 04/15/16.
Continuing south, Interstate 75 the ensuing exit is with Luckett Road (former CR 810) in 1.25 miles. The freeway between SR 80 and Luckett Road was expanded to six overall lanes during a $29.2 million project from June 2011 to summer 2014.2 Photo taken 04/30/16.
The freeway passes to the east of Billy Creek Commerce Center ahead of 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. Six-laning of I-75 south from Luckett Road to Florida 82 was completed in July 2011. The $9 million project started in May 2010 and ran in tandem with subsequent widening south to Colonial Boulevard.3 Photo taken 03/04/14.
A reassurance marker for Interstate 75 south posted between Luckett Road and Florida 82 (Exit 138). Photo taken 04/30/16.
Florida 82 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) constitutes a 29.88-mile route beginning at U.S. 41 in Downtown Fort Myers and heading southeast along the outskirts of Lehigh Acres to Florida 29 in northeastern Collier County. Photo taken 04/30/16.
Interstate 75 south reaches the egress point for SR 82 (Exit 138) west to Ft. Myers and east to SR 29 south to Immokee. Prior to being named Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, SR 82 west of the interstate was known as Anderson Avenue. Photo taken 04/30/16.
Part of a major east-west corridor, forthcoming Florida 884 (Colonial Boulevard) links I-75 with Fort Myers and Cape Coral to the west and Lehigh Acres and Alva to the east. Photo taken 03/04/14.
Finished in September 2011, the $9.7 million widening from SR 82 to SR 884 (Colonial Boulevard) extended the six-lane portion of Interstate 75 northward from the IROX project.4 Photo taken 07/05/11.
SR 884 follows only the portion of Colonial Boulevard west from I-75 to U.S. 41 (Cleveland Avenue) in Fort Myers. CR 884 extends west into Cape Coral via the tolled Midpoint Bridge, eventually connecting with SR 78 (Pine Island Road). Photo taken 04/30/16.
Construction anticipated to begin in 2019 will redesign the parclo interchange (Exit 136) with SR 884 (Colonial Boulevard) into a DDI. Adjacent work along Colonial Boulevard includes rebuilding the intersection with 6 Mile Cypress Parkway (CR 865) to a CFI and creating a Superstreet intersection with Forum Boulevard to the east.5 Photo taken 04/30/16.
Going east from Exit 136, Colonial Boulevard (CR 884) was expanded into a six lane arterial 2.3 miles to its intersection with Florida 82. The center of Lehigh Acres is located 10.6 miles to the east via CR 884 and Homestead Road. Colonial Boulevard west continues with six overall lanes to McGregor Boulevard along the Caloosahatchee River. 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 Road 876) meets I-75 in four miles while Naples Park (27 miles) and Naples (35 miles) lie around one-half hour away. Photo taken 07/05/11.
An off freeway rest area lies 2.5 miles ahead Daniels Parkway east. The next facility is 67 miles further along Alligator Alley in Collier County. Photo taken 07/05/11.
The $458 million iROX mega project widened 30 miles of I-75 south from SR 884 to Golden Gate Parkway in Collier County. Expansion work finished one year ahead of schedule, running from June 2007 to December 2009.6The ensuing exit is with CR 876 (Daniels Parkway) in 1.25 miles. Photo taken 04/04/15.
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 via U.S. 41 (Cleveland Avenue) north to College Parkway west. College Parkway connects with Downtown Cape Coral across the tolled Cape Coral Bridge. Photo taken 04/05/15.
Southbound Interstate 75 at the parclo interchange (Exit 131) with CR 876 (Daniels Parkway). Daniels Parkway constitutes a six-lane arterial to the west through a bevy of commercial and residential development to State Road 867 (McGregor Boulevard). East of the adjacent rest area, Daniels Parkway continues toward SR 82 and Lehigh Acres. Photo taken 07/05/11.
The I-75 Airport Direct Connect project underway from fall 2012 to March 2015 expanded the freeway with two lengthy collector distributor roadways linking with new ramps to Terminal Access Road and realigned ramps with Alico Road.7 Photo taken 04/04/15.
A series of arrow-per-lane (APL) signs outline the two-lane c/d roadway for the trumpet interchange (Exit 128) linking Interstate 75 with Terminal Access Road to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). Photo taken 04/04/15.
The village of Estero debuts at 10 miles out on mileage signage preceding the c/d roadway (Exit 128) 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 $54.1 million8,9, Terminal Access Road spurs 3.2 miles northeast to the passenger terminal of RSW. The Direct Connect project eliminated the need for for drivers having to use either Daniels Parkway (Exit 131) or Alico Road (Exit 128) to parallel 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. Alico Road east connects with Ben Hill Griffin Parkway south to Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Photo taken 04/04/15.
Traffic headed to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) parts ways from the c/d roadway. Terminal Access Road east defaults directly to RSW Airport while a half-diamond interchange joins westbound with Treeline Avenue. A subsequent widening project started in April 2016 expanded the access road to six lanes between Treeline Avenue and Air Cargo Lane.10 Photo taken 04/05/15.
The c/d roadway expands to three southbound lanes through to the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 128) with Alico Road. Coupled with a healthy housing market, development along the Alico Road corridor blossomed during the 2000s with the addition of nearby Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). 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 returns to I-75 south ahead. Photo taken 04/05/15.
South from Alico Road, I-75 passes between Three Oaks Park and the Gulf Coast Town Center retail complex. FDOT recorded 101,500 vehicles per day (vpd) along this stretch in 2017, up 20,000 from vpd counted in 2013. Photo taken 04/04/15.
Corkscrew Road (former CR 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. Photo taken 04/04/15.
The 2009 built Estero Parkway overpass spans Interstate 75 one mile north of the diamond interchange (Exit 123) with Corkscrew Road. The roadway was extended from Three Oaks Parkway to Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. Photo taken 04/04/15.
Corkscrew Road (old CR 850) extends two miles west from Interstate 75 to U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) by Koreshan State Park in Estero.
Corkscrew Road continues east 19.5 miles to Florida 82 (Immokalee Road), with the easternmost 3.75 miles doubling as Collier County Road 850. Photo taken 04/04/15.
Southbound motorists depart I-75 for Corkscrew Road (Exit 123). Miromar Outlets anchor retail frontage along the four-lane arterial nearby. Ben Hill Griffin Parkway stems north to the adjacent Germain Arena as well. Photo taken 04/04/15.
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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, across Bonita Springs before turning northwest along Hickory Boulevard near Barefoot Beach. The county road straddles coastal areas northwestward to Fort Myers Beach and north onto 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 enters the diamond interchange (Exit 116) with CR 865 (Bonita Beach Road) west to Bonita Springs. The arterial extends westward with commercial frontage and six lanes to U.S. 41. East with four lanes, Bonita Beach Road spurs five miles by a number of residential subdivisions, ending at the gate to Bonita National golf course community. Photo taken 07/05/11.
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 Road 846 (Immokalee Road) and Naples Park preceding the county seat at the succeeding exits. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Interstate 75 enters Collier County one mile south of CR 865 and Exit 116. The freeway traverses nearly 64 miles of the county, eventually turning eastward toward the Atlantic coast and the greater Fort Lauderdale-Miami metropolitan area. Photo taken 07/05/11.


 

Sources:

  1. "No. 3 - I-75 Caloosahatchee River Bridge Widening." Roads&Bridges.
  2. I-75 On The Go - I-75 from Luckett Road to SR 80. http://i75onthego.com:80/homeLuckettRdSR80.html. FDOT District 1 project web site.
  3. I-75 On The Go - I-75 from SR 82 to Luckett Road*. http://i75onthego.com:80/homeSR82.html. FDOT District 1 project web site.
  4. I-75 On The Go - I-75 from Colonial Boulevard to SR 82*. http://i75onthego.com:80/homeColonial.html. FDOT District 1 project web site.
  5. I-75 at Colonial Boulevard (SR 884). FDOT Distrct 1 project news letter, May 2017.
  6. Project Profile: I-75 Roadway Expansion (iROX). FHWA - Center for Innovative Finance Support - Project Profiles.
  7. I-75 On The Go - I-75 - Airport Direct Connect. http://i75onthego.com:80/homeAirportDC.html. FDOT District 1 project web site.
  8. "Alico exit relocation first part of project to open", Fort Myers Newspress, August 18, 2014.
  9. "I-75 direct connect to RSW opens", www.nbc-2.com (news and TV).
  10. "EHC, Inc. Awarded Terminal Access Road Widening Project", EHC Inc. Construction (website)


Photo Credits:

  • 07/05/11 by AARoads.
  • 11/22/12 by AARoads.
  • 03/04/14 by AARoads and Chris Kalina.
  • 04/04/15 by AARoads.
  • 04/05/15 by AARoads.
  • 04/15/16 by AARoads.
  • 04/30/16 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 08-09-2018.