Thursday, September 17, 2009

Where Will New Hendry County Bridge Be?

Comments Welcome On Caloosahachee Bridge Location

The New River Crossing Project Development and Environment study public information workshop was held on Tuesday, September 15, 2009. This project is a potential bridge to be located in western Hendry County over the Caloosahatchee River, either east of the city of LaBelle or on the west. 

The workshop was held at the LaBelle Civic Center, in LaBelle, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The workshop was held to present project information to the public and to give the public the opportunity to express their views regarding specific location, design, socioeconomic effects, and environmental impacts associated with the two locations being considered. An east and a west location with three possible alignments for each, is under consideration in this study.

A total of forty-eight people signed the attendance sheets at the workshop.  Aerial photos showing the six alignments were on display along with draft project reports and other project information.  Hendry County and their consultants' representatives were available to answer questions and receive comments.

There were a total of sixteen written comments received at the workshop.  Two additional comments were submitted via the project website ( to-date. The comment period related to this meeting is still open but will end on Friday, September 25, 2009.

An interactive survey is also available on the project website. Residents are encouraged to visit the website at to complete a survey. Hendry County administrators say they want to know what residents think about this project.

A Public Hearing for the New River Crossing PD&E Study will be held October 27, 2009 during the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners Meeting. At that time the public will have the opportunity to make comments on the results of the study.

Project documents are available for public review through Friday, November 6, 2009 at the Barron Library, 461 N. Main Street, LaBelle, and at the Hendry County Engineering Office located at 99 East Cowboy Way, LaBelle. For further information please call 863-675-5264.

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