U.S. Highway 41 North - Lee County

U.S. 41 North
In Fort Myers, U.S. 41 (Cleveland Avenue) meets Florida 884 and Lee County Route 884 (Colonial Boulevard) at a single point urban interchange (SPUI). This interchange was built in conjunction with the building of the Midpoint Memorial bridge (Lee County 884) linking Fort Myers with Cape Coral. Use Florida 884 east to reach Interstate 75 and also Lehigh Acres, which lies 15 miles to the east. Photo taken 11/12/08.
Victoria Avenue west acts as a direct link between U.S. 41 (Cleveland Avenue) northbound and Florida 867 (McGregor Boulevard). Take Victoria Avenue east to nearby parallel Broadway to get to City of Palms Park. The park opened in 1992 and is the current spring training facility for the Boston Red Sox. The team will be moving in 2012 to an undetermined new location further south in Lee County. Photo taken 01/02/07.
Immediately north of Victoria Avenue U.S. 41 approaches the interchange with Business U.S. 41, Florida 80 and Florida 82. The interchange, commonly known to locals as the Five Points interchange, opened in 1963 in conjunction with the Caloosahatchee River bridge. Photo taken 01/02/07.
The Five Points interchange opened to traffic in 1963 as part of the Caloosahatchee River bridge that links Fort Myers with the western side of North Fort Myers. Prior to this connection, U.S. 41 followed the current Business U.S. 41 through downtown Fort Myers and North Fort Myers via the Edison bridge. This interchange also serves as the termini for four routes, Business U.S. 41/Florida 80 (Main Street), Florida 82 (MLK Jr. Boulevard - former Anderson Avenue) and Florida 867 (McGregor Boulevard). The Harborside convention center and the Fort Myers historic district are reached via this interchange. Photo taken 01/02/07.
Until the 1990's, the flyover for the Five Points interchange was a two-lane structure, carrying both U.S. 41 southbound and northbound traffic. As traffic accidents involving wrong-way drivers became more numerous and as traffic congestion grew, so did the need for an alternative solution. Instead of constructing a new flyover, however, it was decided to convert the southbound off and on ramps into through lanes carrying southbound U.S. 41 traffic. Photo taken 01/02/07.
U.S. 41 prepares its transition from the Five Points interchange flyover to the Caloosahatchee River bridge. The flyover was converted to carry additional northbound traffic with a jersey barrier separating northbound and southbound. Before this separation, traffic heading southbound merged onto the flyover. Motorists prepare for merging traffic from the on-ramp from the downtown interchange. A pair of reassurance markers also greets motorists on the ramp before the merge. Photo taken 01/02/07.
Near the crest of the Caloosahatchee River bridge, a sign bridge crosses over both northbound and southbound lanes. The signs alert southbound motorists of the impending departure for Florida 80/82/867 at the Five Points interchange. Photo taken 01/02/07.

A reassurance marker just north of the Caloosahatchee River bridge. U.S. 41 prepares to enter unincorporated North Fort Myers. Photo taken 01/02/07.
U.S. 41 approaches the first intersection in North Fort Myers at North Key Drive. The 0.40 mile local road serves a few condominium developments along the northern shores of the Caloosahatchee River. A wire-span sign assembly before this intersection indicates which lanes continue north along U.S. 41. Photo taken 01/02/07.
Between North Key Drive and Hancock Bridge Parkway, U.S. 41 gains an extra northbound lane that eventually becomes a second left-turn lane for motorists wishing to turn onto Hancock Bridge Parkway. This extra lane was constructed in the mid 1980's to accommodate heavy amounts of traffic coming from the Fort Myers area heading into Cape Coral to the west. The approaching Hancock Bridge Parkway is the first of three access points into Cape Coral from U.S. 41. Photo taken 01/02/07.
Hancock Bridge Parkway is a major east-west corridor serving the northern portion of Cape Coral. Until the Midpoint Memorial Bridge was constructed Hancock Bridge Parkway served as one of two main routes into Cape Coral. The four-lane arterial snakes its way west of U.S. 41 into the city limits of Cape Coral, eventually ending at Florida 78 (Pine Island Road), 0.30 miles west of Santa Barbara Boulevard. A corridor study is underway to extend Hancock Bridge Parkway east to connect with Business U.S. 41. If constructed, an abandoned Wal-Mart shopping plaza would have to be torn down. Photo taken 01/02/07.
Pondella Road is the next signalized intersection U.S. 41 encounters. Though not signed from U.S. 41, Pondella Road carries Lee County 78A markers on its entire stretch from Business U.S. 41 0.60 miles to the east to Florida 78 (Pine Island Road) three miles to the west. Photo taken 01/02/07.
Dual left-turn lanes carry motorists from northbound U.S. 41 onto westbound Pondella Road. Also known as Lee County 78A, the multilane arterial acts as a second way into the northern part of Cape Coral, with a western terminus at Florida 78 (Pine Island Road) less than a quarter of a mile east of Del Prado Boulevard, one of Cape Coral's main north-south arterials. Photo taken 01/02/07.
A reassurance assembly north of Pondella Road with a Tamiami Trail trailblazer marker attached under the U.S. 41 marker. These markers were originally placed on several reassurance assemblies along U.S. 41 in several counties during the mid-1980's to commemorate the trail that was constructed in the 1920's connecting the cities of Tampa and Miami. This particular Tamiami Trail trailblazer is erroneous as this portion of U.S. 41 is not part of the original Tamiami Trail. The actual trail follows Business U.S. 41 instead. This reassurance assembly was also the first colored U.S. 41 marker replaced in Lee County as part of the decommissioning of the once fabled colored U.S. highway shields that inundated all U.S. highways in Florida. Tampa, the end of the Tamiami Trail, lies 121 miles to the north. Photo taken 01/02/07.
U.S. 41 approaches Florida 78 (Pine Island Road), the third and final main access point into Cape Coral. Pine Island Road constitutes a major east-west thoroughfare through northern Cape Coral and North Fort Myers. Motorists wishing to gain access to Interstate 75 must use Florida 78 east. Florida 78 is part of a complex road system consisting of state and county maintained portions stretching from Pine Island 14.80 miles west of the intersection with U.S. 41 to Okeechobee, which lies 91.30 miles to the north and east. Photo taken 01/02/07.
Florida 78 extends west 9.30 miles west, slicing through the northern part of Cape Coral, and terminates at the intersection of Lee County 765 (Burnt Store Road) and Lee County 884 (Veterans Memorial Parkway). Lee County 78 continues 5.50 miles further west to the center of Pine Island, ending at Lee County 767 (Stringfellow Road). Photo taken 01/02/07.
Florida 78 (Pine Island Road) is a major four-lane divided arterial from Chiquita Boulevard in western Cape Coral east 13.80 miles to the interchange with Interstate 75 (Exit 143). The two-lane portion west of Chiquita Boulevard is planned to be widened, but no specific time table has been established. Several commercial centers, including Coral Walk and Northpointe, opened along a one mile stretch of Pine Island Road in 2008, bringing several big-box store chains to Cape Coral. Photo taken 01/02/07.
Here, U.S. 41 departs from Lee County and enters Charlotte County, which was ravaged by Hurricane Charley in August 2004. U.S. 41 remains a four-lane, divided highway in Charlotte County as it serves Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and Murdock. Photo taken 12/26/03.

Page Updated March 1, 2009.

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